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Art of mtter Following a slew of successful exhibitions. the National Galleries of Scotland have

announced the recent purchase of two ‘Glasgow School‘ pictures from the private collection of Andrew McIntosh Patrick. In collaboration with The Art Fund. the Galleries have made two grant-aided purchases, ‘A Cabbage Garden' (1877) by Arthur Melville and ‘A Herd Boy' (1886) by EA Walton. The aquisition of these pieces builds upon the Galleries” previous acquisitions of three masterpieces from the McIntosh Patrick collection in 1999. McIntosh Patrick. the former Managing Director of The Fine Art Society began collecting the work of the Glasgow Boys in the late 19605.

system from Barcelona by the Scott Monument. More than 75% of the tickets for Concert in the Gardens (which will be headlined by Kasabian with support from ldlewild and Calvin Harris) have already been sold. though some gardens tickets (£35 plus booking fee) are still available.

I Edinburgh's Hogmanay has launched in suitable style with the final big name acts being added to the bill. King Creosote appear on the Waverley Stage. while Scotland's Red Hot Chilli Pipers will join forces with British Asian fusion band. Kismet and Go Lem


I The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Glasgow City Halls

are forming a Community Orchestra for Glasgow. The Merchant Sinfonia is open to anyone. regardless of prevrous musical experience and Will meet on a weekly basis to explore a wide variety of orchestral repertoire. Led by cellist LOUISC Martin. it allows players of all abilities to work together. Players of any orchestral instrument. aged 16 and over, are invited to open rehearsals beginning in January. To register, complete the online application at bbc.co.uk/bbcsso

I Film biopic Control (see main news story on page 7) has been shortlisted for this year's British Independent Film Awards. receiving ten nominations. ‘Dog Altogether'. produced by Glasgow- based Sigma Films and starring Scots actor Peter Mullan. gets a mention in the short film category. In other film news. director Kevin Macdonald's The Last King of Scotland picked up awards for

Best Feature Film. Best Screenplay and Best Actor (James Mi‘Avoy) in the Scottish Baftas. Sophia Myles took Best Actress for Hal/am Foe.

I Follownig the news that it Will receive three years of lottery funding. new arts and community venue the CatStr'and has been recognised at Dumfries and Galloway's Leader'i awards. The title of Champions of Culture Art In Public Places was awarded in recognition of the centre's promotion of crafts. art, music. history. dance. literary and theatrical resources and talents of the region. Since it opened in September, the venue has been praised for bringing the arts to the local community.