This section lists museums currently showing temporary exhibitions.
142 Canongate, 529 4143. Mon—Sat 10am-5pm. Free.
Changing Stories Sat 4 Dec—Sat 22 Jan. Local people living near the museum tell their stories in images, songs and words as the area undergoes major environmental changes.
MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND
Chambers Street, 247 4219. Mon—Sat 10am-5pm (8pm Tue); Sun noon-5pm. £3 (£1.50); under 185 free. This is the latest addition to our National Museums and the only one dedicated solely to Scotland’s history and heritage. The building contains ﬁve thematically- arranged exhibitions, moving from pre- history, through the Industrial Revolution, to the present day, at which point national heroes such as Billy Connolly and Elaine C. Smith get involved.
ROYAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND
2 Chambers Street, 247 4219. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm (8pm Tue); Sun noon—5pm. £3 (£1.50); under 185 free. A 19th century museum housing international collections of natural history, geology, science, technology and the decorative arts, plus two permanent exhibitions: Art & Industry and The Ivy Wu Gallery. Sentimental Journey - A History Of Souvenirs Until Sun 9 Jan. From the earliest forms of souvenirs dating from Pilgrim times to the tacky seaside kiss- me-quick hat, this fascinating exhibition traces the history of the souvenir with a display of over 500 objects.
Beyond Bounds - Containers Until Tue 4 Jan. The ﬁrst stage of a four-part exhibition focusing on artists’ books. Containers features experimental bindings as diverse as pigskin and aircraft wreckage. In Alphabet, four British artists explore the use of text in artists’ books. The final stage of the exhibition, Structure And Surface looks at traditionally-crafted books and book- bindings by top contemporary binders. Blind Alphabet C - The Blind Leading The Sighted Until 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 dis lay. The AIDS Memorial Quilts Exhi itIon Until Sun 30 Jan. An exhibition organised by the Names Project (UK) c0mprising fourteen quilts goes on display in remembrance and celebration of the lives of people who have died from AIDS. The AIDS Memorial Quilt was ﬁrst seen in the UK on World AIDS Day in London, 1988.
Millennium Clock Sat ll—Sun 31 Dec. A chance to view Russian mechanical sculptor Eduard Bersudsky’s work in progress as he creates a millennium clock
Natura Morta: Work by the Italian artist. Gorgio Morandl is
for the museum, a kinetic sculpture, measuring nine metres high. The clock will chime for the ﬁrst time at noon on 1 Jan 2000 to ring in the new century. Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre Sat 11 Dec-Sun 23 Jan. To complement the construction of the ‘millennium clock’, Eduard Bersudsky and Tatiana Jakovskaia’s kinetic theatre goes on display. Created from carved wood and scrap metal, the sculpture tells stories of the human spirit struggling against life and death.
Festival Of Trees Mon 6—Fri 10 Dec. Save The Children’s successful ‘Designer Christmas Tree’ exhibition makes its ﬁrst Scottish appearance, with companies and chosen designers letting their artistic and creative talents run wild.
Lady Stair’s House, Lady Stair’s Close, 529 4901. Mon-Sat 10am—5pm. Free. Artists On Stamps Sat 4 DeonSat 25 Mar. To celebrate the release of the Royal Mail’s December set of millennium stamps which commemorates artists, an exhibition on the theme of writers featured on the stamps.
DUNDEE CONTEMPORARY ARTS
152 Nethergate, 01382 432000. Tue-Wed, Sat & Sun 10.30am-5.30pm; Thu & Fri 10.30am—8pm.
Christine Borland Until Sun 23 Jan. A new body of work by Ayrshire-born 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.
Albert Square, 01382 432080. Mon$at, 10am—5pm; Tue 10am-7pm; Sun 12.30—4pm.
Lustre Until 9 Sun Jan. A group show by artists working with light. Submissions were invited from artists in the UK and the seven selected artists include Roddy Mathieson, Gordon McKenna and Diane Maclean.
OUTSIDE THE CITIES
PITTENCRIEFF HOUSE MUSEUM Pittencrieff Park, 01383 722935. Mon-Sun 11am—4pm.
Collecting Cities Sat 27 Nov. Free. Images from Patrick Geddes’ Cities and Town Planning exhibition.
KIRKCALDY MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY
War Memorial Gardens, 01592 412860. MonnSat 10.30am-5pm; Sun 2-5pm. Straw Bales Project Sat 11 Dec-Sun 23 Jan. Designs and photographs documenting large-scale outdoor installations made from straw bales by various artists.
Out Of The Ark Sat 11 Dec—Sun 6 Feb. Animal paintings drawn from the gallery’s collection, in an exhibition
exhibited at the Dean Gallery until Sun 5 Dec
curated with the help of pupils from Sinclairtown Primary School. Blackout Sat 11 Decéun 6 Feb. Lens- based work by artist Mhairi Sutherland focusing on local subjects around St Andrews including RAF Leuchars, the Secret Bunker and the New Picture House.
THE TRAVELLING GALLERY
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 North Lanarkshire (2 8t 3 Dec) and Edinburgh (7-11 Dec).
lectures & events
Deyan Sudjic Tue 7 Dec, 1pm. Free. The Lighthouse. The director of Glasgow 1999 reﬂects back on the year of architecture and design.
Curious Discussions Wed 8 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. Planning Art In is this evening’s subject, with speakers Maurice O’Connell, Riccardo Marini and Amanda Crabtree. Anti-Prophet Discussion Thu 9 Dec, 6.30pm. Free. CCA at McLellan Galleries. Artist Sarah Tripp introduces a discussion on her documentary ﬁlm Anti- Prophet with Inigo Garrido, Julie McLauchIin, Kim Sweet, Mick Brown and Rebecca Shatwell.
Will Alsop Thu 9 Dec, 6pm. £4.25 (£2). Glasgow Film Theatre. The architect responsible for the headquarters of the Haute du Rhone administration in Marseilles, the Cardiff Bay visitors centre and a new station on the London Underground Jubilee Line, talks about his work.
Gallery Talk Sat 11 Dec, 2pm. Free. CCA at McLellan Galleries. John Wilson and Frances McKee talk about their part as interviewees in Sarah Tripp’s documentary ﬁlm Anti-Prophet, currently on show at the gallery.
Eva Jiricna Tue 14 Dec, 6pm. £4.25 (£2). Glasgow Film Theatre. Eva Jiricna talks about her current projects, the Spirit Zone in the Millennium Dome and the Presidential Palace for Vaclav Havel. Imagining The Future Thu 16 Dec, 6pm. £4.25 (£2). Glasgow Film Theatre. Rector of The Royal College of Art, Chris Frayling discusses how designers in ﬁlm have seen the future of the city.
The Church At Vetheuil By Claude Monet Fri 3 Dec, 12.45pm. Free. National Gallery of Scotland. Claude Monet’s painting is discussed b Richard Thomson. Eileen Agar, Angel (if Audacity Mon 6 Dec, 12.45pm. Free. National Gallery of Modern Art. Allen Freer talks about Eileen Agar’s work.
David Laing By Sir William Fettes Douglas Wed 8 Dec, 12.45pm. Free. National Portrait Gallery. Duncan Thomson talks about Sir William Fettes Dou as’ portrait.
Lu time Concert Fri 10 Dec, 12.45pm. Free. National Gallery of Scotland. The Weatherby String Quartet perform classical and light music featuring works by Mozart and Scott Joplin.
Hanging Magritte: An Exhibition Prevrew Mon 13 Dec, 12.45pm. Free. National Gallery of Modern Art. Patrick Elliot talks about the current Rene
Ma ritte exhibition.
Sir tlliam Stirling-Maxwell Wed 15 Dec, 12.45pm. Free. National Portrait Gallery. Francis John Williamson’s
painting is put under the spotlight by Hilary McCartney.
Listed below at lectures and events taking place at Dundee Contemporary Arts, 152 Nethergate, 01382 432000. Life Itself - Approaches To Human Genetics Thu 2 Dec, 6.30—7.30pm. Free. A series of talks to complement Christine Borland’s exhibition, which looks at approaches to human genetics. This evening’s talk by Dr Hannah Bradby focuses on the racist uses of genetics then and now.
Christine Borland Sat 4 Dec, 2—2.30pm. Free. Curator at Talbot Rice Gallery in Edinburgh, Pat Fisher, is in conversation with artist Christine Borland, whose work is currently on show.
Simon Starling Wed 8 Dec, llam-noon. Free. Simon Starling, who was recently appointed Henry Moore Fellow in the Sculpture Department at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, talks about the many places and objects which appear in his work. Contemporary Sculpture In Scotland Wed 8 Dec, 6.30—8pm. Free. Andrew Patrizio, Director of Research at Edinburgh College Of Art, gives a slide talk on the diversity of contemporary sculpture in Scotland.
Life Itself - Approaches To Human Genetics Thu 9 Dec, 6.30—7.30pm. Free. A series of talks to complement Christine Borland’s exhibition, which looks at approaches to human genetics. This evening’s talk by Harry Collins, a research professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for the Study of Knowledge, focuses on scientiﬁc research.
Christine Borland Sat 11 Dec, 2—2.45pm. Free. Shona Main chairs a discussion on the work of artist Christine Borland.
Christine Borland Sat 18 Dec, 2-2.30pm. Free. DCA Director Andrew Nairne gives a talk on the work of artist Christine Borland.
TALBOT RICE GALLERY
UNIVERSITY or EDINBURGH OLD COLLEGE, SOUTH BRIDGE
AINSLIE YULE - WALL SCULPTURES 13 November -
Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
The ﬁrst opportunity in Edinburgh for ten years to see the work of this Scottish sculptor now based
in the south.
Tuesday 7 December, 5.15pm.
Students of composition from the University of Edinburgh’s department of music will perform in the Gallery a new work inspired by Ainslie Yule's sculpture.
Please call 0131 650 2211 for further details.
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