■ LEITH GALLERY 65 The Shore Leith, 553 5255. Mon–Fri 11am–5pm; Sat 11am–4pm. FREE Christmas Exhibition Until Sat 8 Jan. Mixed exhibition by gallery artists. ■ NATIONAL GALLERY OF SCOTLAND The Mound, 624 6200. Daily 10am–5pm (Thu until 7pm). FREE Mirrors: Prison Portraits Until Sun 16 Jan. Artwork from inmates at five Scottish prisons inspired by examples from the National Collection, produced with the assistance of artists Kevin Reid and Fraser Gray and photographers Craig MacLean and Fin Macrae. FREE Portrait of the Nation ●●●●● Until Sun 4 Sep. A chance to get a taster of the planned environment of the currently-under-renovation Scottish National Portrait Gallery and some of the works that will be on show when it reopens its doors in 2011. FREE Turner in January Until Mon 31 Jan. The annual display of JMW Turner watercolours bequeathed by Henry Vaughan, from early topographical wash drawings to the atmospheric sketches of continental Europe in the 1830s and 1840s. At Vaughan’s behest, the delicate watercolours are only shown in January when daylight is weak to avoid fading. FREE Young Vermeer Until Sun 13 Mar. Three paintings from Johannes Vermeer’s early career: ‘Christ in the House of Mary and Martha’, ‘The Procuress’ and ‘Diana and her Companions’, all quite different to the intimate interior scenes for which he is celebrated.
■ OPEN EYE GALLERY & EYE TWO 34 Abercromby Place, 557 1020. Mon–Fri 10am–6pm; Sat 10am–4pm. FREE Printed Words Mon 10 Jan–Sat 12 Feb. Contemporary printworks taking their inspiration from pieces of text. Featured artists include Patrick Caulfield, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Eduardo Paolozzi and David Hockney. FREE Words on Clay, Wood and Glass Sat 8–Tue 25 Jan. Crafts featuring textual manifestations. FREE Painted Words Mon 10–Tue 25 Jan. Exhibition of works from various artists inspired by prose, poems and songs.
■ OUT OF THE BLUE DRILL HALL 30–36 Dalmeny Street, Leith, 555 7100. Mon–Sat 10am–5pm. FREE Wandelung Until Fri 21 Jan. New contemporary piano compositions by Vroni Holzmann and an installation artwork by Karl Sylvester. ■ THE QUEEN’S GALLERY Palace of Holyroodhouse, 556 5100. Daily 9.30am–4.30pm. Dutch Landscapes ●●●●● Until Sun 9 Jan. £6 (£5.50; children £3; under 5s free, family ticket £15.50). A welcome opportunity to learn more about art and life in 17th-century Holland while enjoying some examples of finely detailed landscapes in oils.
■ ROYAL SCOTTISH ACADEMY The Mound, 225 6671. Mon-Sat 10am- 5pm; Sun noon-5pm FREE Richard Demarco at 80: A Life in Pictures Until Sun 9 Jan. Paintings, drawings and sketchbooks by Demarco from throughout his career. Scotland and the European Avant-Garde Until Mon 17 Jan. £6 (£4). An exhibition curated in association with the National Galleries of Scotland, addressing a perceived imbalance in the recent history of Scottish art and the place of Scotland in a European context. The display investigates the impact in Scotland of Richard Demarco’s exhibitions of work
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drawn from Europe and the importance of Demarco in the promotion of Scottish artists. ■ THE SCOTTISH GALLERY 16 Dundas Street, 558 1200. Mon–Fri 10am–6pm; Sat 10am–4pm. FREE Peter Howson, William Kirk and Claire Hillerby Until Sat 29 Jan. An exhibition of work by three artists, including new pieces by great Scottish painter Peter Howson whose work has encompassed many themes including war, masculinity and religion. Clare Hillerby presents jewellery creations alongside a retrospective of the creative practice of silver artist William Kirk.
■ SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART 75 Belford Road, 624 6200. Daily 10am-5pm. Home to an outstanding collection of international post-war art and the country’s most significant collection of modern Scottish art, featuring works by Francis Bacon, David Hockney, Andy Warhol and Lucian Freud alongside more contemporary pieces by artists including Antony Gormley, Gilbert & George, Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. The collection also includes early 20th- century French and Russian art, Cubist paintings and important examples of Expressionist pieces, including works by Picasso and Matisse. ■ SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT Holyrood Road, 348 5000. Daily 10am–4pm. FREE V&A at Dundee Mon 17 Jan–Thu 27 Jan. The six shortlisted designs for Scotland’s new design centre on Dundee waterfront are all on show. Work on the winning design from Kengo Kuma & Associates is scheduled to start work in 2012, but you can still view the other submissions, which came from architects all over the globe keen to be a part of this high-profile project.
■ STILLS 23 Cockburn Street, 622 6200. Daily 11am–6pm. FREE The Ethics of Encounter ●●●●● Until Sun 6 Mar. Social documentary series of portraits examining the nature of photographic documentation as a form of research and cultural analysis. ■ TORRANCE GALLERY 36 Dundas Street, 556 6366. Mon–Fri 11am–6pm; Sat 10.30am–4pm. FREE Torrance Gallery Christmas Exhibition Until Sat 15 Jan. Work from over 70 artists, plus jewellery designed by Sheana Stephen.
OUTSIDE THE CITIES
■ DUNDEE CONTEMPORARY ARTS 152 Nethergate, Dundee, 01382 909900. Tue–Sat 10.30am–5.30pm (Thu until 8.30pm); Sun noon–5.30pm.
✽✽ FREE Jonathan Horowitz: Minimalist Works from the Holocaust Museum Until Sun 20 Feb. Provocative and radical artist Jonathan Horowitz showcases his new exhibition inspired by his interest in so- called ‘dark tourism’ and his visit to the Washington Holocaust Museum.
■ THE PARK GALLERY Callendar Park, Falkirk, 01324 503789. Mon–Sat 10am–5pm. FREE Winter Warmth Until Sat 8 Jan. Seasonal exhibition bringing together a wide range of contemporary arts and crafts. This year’s featured artists include willow sculptor Lise Bech, accessory and jewellery-maker Evie Milo, furniture craftsmen Joachim King and Lyle McCance, and jeweller Vivien Johnston.