wreckage. In Alphabet, four British artists explore the use of text in artists’ books. The final stage of the exhibition, Structure And Surface which opens on Mon 22 Nov, looks at traditionally-crafted books and book-bindings by top contemporary binders.

Blind Alphabet C - The Blind Leading The Sighted Sat 20 Nov—Sun 5 Dec. South African artist Willem Boshoff creates twenty wooden sculptures, each representing an unfamiliar word beginning with C, which can be best appreciated by the sense of touch. During the exhibition, visually-impaired guides take sighted people around the display.


Lady Stair’s House, Lady Stair’s Close, 529 4901. Mon—Sat 10am-5pm. Free. Makars' Court Exhibition Until Sat 27 Nov. An exhibition celebrating the lives of twelve Scottish writers.


152 Nethergate, 01382 432000. Tue-Wed, Sat & Sun 10.30am—5.30pm; Thu & Fri 10.30am—8pm.

Christine Borland Sat 20 Nov—Sun 23 Jan. A new body of work by Ayrshire-bom Christine Borland. Shortlisted for the Turner Prize in 1997, this major solo exhibition features DNA samples suspended in gel, translucent bleached leaves and video projections of jellyfish. See feature.



MCLEAN MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY 15 Kelly Street, 01475 715624. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm.

Urban 200 Sat 27 Nov-Thu 23 Dec. Paintings, photographs and sounds by this year’s artist-in-residence at Edinburgh Zoo, Lesley Banks.



35 High Road, 01698 251000. Mon4at lOam-Spm; Thu 10am-7pm; Sun noon—5pm.

Renny Nisbet Until Sun 28 Nov. £2 (£1). Edinburgh-based artist Renny Nisbet creates a new installation entitled Nechronomika for the gallery space using Ii ht, water and sound.

0 jects For The 21st Century Sat 20 Nov—Sat 15 Jan. Free. Local pupils’ selection of items they feel should be in ‘a museum of the future’.



01368 850256. Mon-Sun noon-5pm (Closed Thu).

Stars Of The East Thu 18—Thu 2 Dee. Festive gifts and ideas for the home by artists and craftspeople.



For a detailed itinerary call 0131 529 3682/3930. Opening times vary.

The Girl's Room Tour The Travelling Gallery’s new show features the work of Munich-based artist Pia Lanzinger following her residency at the City Art Centre. Through photography, sound and installation, Lanzinger explores issues of gender and space, highlighting the experiences of teenage girls. The tour stops off in Falkirk (until 26 Nov) and North Lanarkshire (29 Nov-3 Dec).


lectures & events Glasgow

The Lighthouse - A Beacon For Architecture In Scotland Tue 23 Nov, 6.30pm. £2.50 (£2). The Lighthouse. David Page of Page and Park Architects talks about the transformation of the Mackintosh’s Herald Building to the

Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Architecture, Design and the City. Curious Discussions Wed 24 Nov, 7pm. £3 (£1.50). Visual Arts Projects lst floor, 14 King Street, 552 6563. Evening discussions arising from Visual Art Projects Artists’ Research Fellowships. Anonymity ’s Struggle In Art And Science is this evening’s subject, with speakers Christine Borland, Lisa Schwartz and Sally Macintyre.

Turner Prize Event Sat 27 Nov, 4pm. Free. Transmission Gallery. Artist and editor of StopStop, Caroline Woodley chairs a discussion on the Turner Prize with speakers Rob Tufnell, Andrew

Bri hton, Kirst Ogg and Robert Johnston. Maiing A Di erence Tue 30 Nov, 6.30pm. £2.50 (£2). The Lighthouse. Pauline Gallacher, director of Community Initiatives, talks about the Glasgow 1999 community projects.

John Denton Wed 1 Dec, 7pm. £4.25 (£2). Glasgow Film Theatre. John Denton talks about the latest projects of his practice ‘Denton Corker Marshall’, which include a design for the world’s tallest high rise and the restoration of the Sydney Opera House.

Curious Discussions Wed 1 Dec, 7pm. £3 (£1.50). Visual Arts Projects lst floor, 14 King Street, 552 6563. Evening discussions arising from Visual Art Projects Artists’ Research Fellowships. Embedding Art In Culture is this evening’s topic, with speakers Thomas Lawson, David McCrone and Ruth Wishart.


Lectura Dantis Thu 18 Nov, 5.30pm. Free. City Art Centre. To mark the opening of The Ancient Mosaics OfRavenna exhibition, scholar, writer, translator, lecturer and actor Vittorio Serrnonti, who has devoted his time to study Dante, gives a readin .

MichaefLandy Fri 19 Nov, 1pm. Free. Edinburgh College ofArt. Further details from 221 6141. Michael Landy, one of the exhibiting artists in the Fruitmarket Gallery’s Flower Show talks about his work.

Views 0f Venice Fri 19 Nov, 12.45pm. Free. National Gallery of Scotland. A talk by Matthew Wellard.

Meet The Artists Sat 20 Nov, 2pm. Free. Fruitmarket Gallery. A chance to meet the artists showing work in the group exhibition, Flower Show.

Still Life By Fernand Leger Mon 22 Nov, 12.45pm. Free. National Gallery of Modern Art. Matthew Withey talks about Femand Leger’s painting.

Sir James Hall Of Dunglass Wed 24 Nov, 12.45pm. Free. National Gallery of Modern Art. Duncan Thomson talks about Angelica Kauffman’s painting.

Meet The Artists Thu 25 Nov, 2.30—4.30pm. Edinburgh College OfArt. Andrew Grassie and Alex Hartley talk about their work on show at Stills, with curator Naomi Salaman.

A Woman And Child In A Garden Fri 26 Nov, 12.45pm. Free. National Gallery of Scotland. Berthe Morisot’s painting is put under the spotlight by Belinda Thomson. The Blue Fan Mon 29 Nov, 12.45pm. Free. National Gallery of Modern Art. Philip Long talks about F.C.B. Cadell’s painting.

Future Curves Wed 1 Dec, 9am-5pm. £47 (£17.63). Royal Museum Of Scotland. Booking from RIAS on 229 7545. A one day conference entitled Future Curves, Scotland '5 Architecture Now And In The Next Millennium, focusing on the work of some of the country’s best contemporary architects. Speakers include Murray Grigor, Richard Murphy, David Page and Professor Charles McCallum.

James Tassie by David Allan Wed 1 Dec, 12.45pm. Free. National Portrait Gallery 1 Queen Street, 624 6200. Joan McGirk discusses the work of David Allan.


Glasgow Southern Art Club Sun 28 Nov, 1-5pm. Free. Eastwood House, Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road, 577 4970. A one-day sale and exhibition of paintings by members of the Glasgow Southern Art Club.



listings KIDS


to do at home. (Louisa Pearson)

The Happy Prince *itii

Oscar Wilde’s stories for children are always moving but can often be rather bleak, so it was impressive to find an adaptation which transforms the original story into a lively and humorous piece of theatre for young people. The story follows the adventures of a cheeky young swallow who delays his traditional migration to Egypt after meeting a golden statue, The Happy Prince. When the Prince tells of the hardship suffered by the townspeople, the swallow willingly becomes his partner, delivering precious jewels to the needy. A tale of friendship and charity, there is also plenty of fun here to keep the young crowd entertained. The audience warms to the inquisitive swallow, while the two actors playing the assorted townspeople add a touch of slapstick humour to the proceedings.

The magical set features a projected backdrop where city lights twinkle in the distance and blue sky and clouds float by, but one of the most impressive aspects of the production is the imaginative use of animation. As the swallow describes its journeys to far off lands, we are treated to an animated view of the world, using images created by some of the local schoolchildren.

While the consequences of the swallow's decision not to fly off for the winter may have you reaching for the tissues, the play manages to end on an upbeat note, ensuring the theatre isn't left with a crowd of bawling toddlers. Indeed the faces leaving the theatre were plastered with smiles, and everyone was handed a free activity pack full of ideas for drama and artwork

I The Happy Prince: MacRobert, University of Stirling, Wed 1 Dec-Sun 12 Dec

We welcome submissions for this section, but cannot guarantee inclusion. Please send details to our offices at least ten days before publication. Kids listings compiled by Helen Monaghan.

Actrvrties And Fun

Jock And Elizabeth's Adventures Permanent attraction. Daily 10am-6pm. £3.50 (£2.95). The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour, 100 Stobcross Road, 339 0631. All aboard the Clyde-built sailing ship Glenlee for a whole host of children’s activities.

The Sound Of Red Sat 20 & Sun 21 Nov, Sat 11am—1pm & 2.30—4.30pm; Sun 12.30—2.30pm & 3-5pm. £3. The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, 221 6362.

Ages 8—10 (mornings) and 11-14 (afternoons). Inspired by the current The Shape Of Colour: Red exhibition, Scottish Youth Theatre present a series of workshops exploring colour.

Children's Day Sun 28 Nov, 10.30am—6pm. Free. Waterstone’s, 153-157 Sauchiehall Street, 332 9105. Get 10% off children’s titles while the kids can enjoy face-painting and meeting members of the King’s Theatre panto cast.


Casper (PG) Sat 20 Nov, 12.30pm; Fairytale: A True Story (U) on Sat 27 Nov, 11.30am. £3.50 (£2.25). Glasgow Film Theatre, 12 Rose Street, 332 8128. See Film Index.

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