'Songs of the Hebrides'

The Songs and the Story of Marjory Kennedy Fraser

Saturday 24th March 12.00noon

‘Songs of the Hebrides’ tells the amazing adventurous life story of Marjory Kennedy Fraser , illustrated by the Hebridean Songs  she collected and published. She travelled the world in her youth as accompanist to her father, the famous singer of Lowland Scots songs David Kennedy. Later, widowed after only three years of marriage, she settled  with her two young children in Edinburgh , teaching singing and piano, giving lecture- recitals and writing as a music critic for the Evening News. In 1904, the artist John Duncan wrote to her from Eriskay urging her to come to the remote island and set down the traditional songs that were still to be heard there. She made her first visit the following year and her life’s work from then on was devoted to the collection, arrangement, publication and performance of Hebridean songs, which became known and loved world wide.


New websites from our associates, The Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust

Time to get writing/painting/sculpting/photographing

Short story competition

DEADLINE 31 March for the £1000 Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition, with Alexander McCall Smith as chief judge - up to 1500 words on any topic.

DEADLINE 31 March for the Isobel Lodge Award for unpublished writers born, living or studying in Scotland sho enter the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition.

DEADLINE 30 April for the £500 Edinburgh International Flash Fiction Award for stories up to 250 words on any topic.

Scottish Portrait Awards

ENTER FROM 2 April TO 30 June for the:£5000 Scottish Portrait Award in Fine Art (First Prize) - all mediums

£1,000 Scottish POrtrait award in Fine Art (Second prize) - all mediums

£2000 Scottish Portrait Award in Photography - black and white only

Youth Awards for 18 to 25 year olds also available in each category.



Our exhibitions and events

Refreshed monthly, our exhibitions showcase the work of many outstanding and award-winning artists in our varied gallery spaces. Exhibitions are open to the public Tuesday to Friday 10.30am to 5.00pm


Classes, workshops and groups

Weekly sessions in the Studio include the  Watercolour Group (Wednesday 10.30am), the Creative Stitchers (Wednesday, 2.00pm), the Life Drawing Class (Thursday, 10.45am) and the Portrait Group (Friday, 2.30pm). The Opera Group (Thursday, 2.00pm) and the film club meet in the John Calder Reading Room. 

The Portrait Group meets on the second and third Fridays of the month at 2.30pm in the Studio. The Bridge Group plays on the second Tuesday every month, 7.00pm in the Club Room. The Drama Workshop gets together on the third Tuesday of every month in the Studio and the Writer's Group meets in the same place at 7.00pm on the last Tuesday of the month. Learn more...and join in!