City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Galleries


Art Festival Brought Out the Kid Critics

One of the main aims of the Edinburgh Art Festival, which ended yesterday, is not only to present a programme of international and emerging artists in est

Airport Backtracks on Picasso Nude Cover-up

Picasso poster

The Scottish National Galleries got a nice bit of unexpected publicity and Edinburgh Airport is looking a mite foolish after the airport backtracked on a decision to

Picasso & Modern British Art Exhibition Comes To Edinburgh

Picasso's Three Dancers

Pablo Picasso was a colossus bestriding the 20th century art world, but British collectors were slow to recognise his importance. The Tate didn't  purchase a Cubist Picasso until 1949, decades after the artist's pioneering work in Cubism.

Top Wildlife Photography Show Opens at Botanic Garden

Pine Marten

A new exhibition of nature photographs by 20 top British photographers is now on show at the Royal Botanic Garden.

Transient Skies - Edinburgh scenes by Jamie Primrose

Pentlands skyscape

It is almost ten years since Jamie Primrose became a professional artist in 2003. It is a tough market with many talented landscape painters exhibiting their work in Scottish galleries.

British Woods Photography Competition

Scots Pine (Pinus Sylvestris)

Online woodland database VisitWoods is holding a Photography Competition. VisitWoods (which I've posted about before) is a publicly funded web project designed to encourage greater awareness about British woods. The competition is a way of encouraging people to find out more about their native woodlands and to get out and share photos of their explorations.

Edinburgh Fringe Programme 2012 Grows By 6%

Fringe launch 2012

This year's Edinburgh Fringe promises “more artists performing more work, in more venues, than ever before”.

Following a 6% increase on last year’s programme, visitors to the biggest performing arts festival in the world will have a staggering 2,695 Fringe shows to choose from in August (see Fringe stats).

NGS Photography Gallery Named After Robert Maplethorpe

Prater Wheel, Vienna

The new Photography Gallery in the recently refurbished Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, has been named after Robert Mapplethorpe, the provocative American photographer who died of AIDS in 1989. The National Galleries of Scotland (NGS) said that the Robert Maplethorpe Foundation is giving a total of $300,000 (£190,000) over the next three years towards "innovative displays, exhibitions, research and related publications" in the purpose-built photography space.

Review: Treasures from the Queen's Palaces

Eos by Landseer

 To commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, a special exhibition, "Treasures from The Queen's Palaces" is at the Queen's Gallery, Edinburgh until 4th November 2012.

This is a fascinating selection of paintings, portraits, jewels, books, bronze sculptures and furniture carefully sourced from nine Royal Residences. 

National Museums Scotland Wins Prestigious Award

Catherine Gordon, National Museums Scotland; Phillip Tefft, Ralph Appelbaum Associates; Jane Carmichael, National Museums Scotla

National Museums Scotland has been awarded a prestigious industry award at the 2012 national Museums + Heritage Awards for Excellence ceremony.

The £47 million Transformation of the National Museum of Scotland project was announced as the joint winner in the hard fought Permanent Exhibition category, sponsored by Service Graphics, after being shortlisted from hundreds of entrants from across the UK and Europe.

The three-year overhaul at the museum on Chambers Street, Edinburgh included a transformation of the building, new displays and extensive work to make the Museum more accessible.