New Members Evening
Oct
19
6:30pm 6:30pm

New Members Evening

Are You a New Member of the Club?

Then you are cordially invited to this social occasion to meet new and prospective members. This is a chance for new Members to socialise and learn about the Club over a glass of wine.  There will be a short talk on available studio activities.  £3 donation from existing Members would be appreciated. 

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Hallowe'en Soiree
Oct
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

Hallowe'en Soiree

Come along and enjoy an evening of Edgar Allan Pie with poetry recitations from members and a guest presentation from a member of the Scottish Poetry Library, followed by a dedicated trivia quiz.

Prosecco, cheese and wine, and dessert will complement a delightful evening of entertainment.

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Scottish Portrait Awards Public Exhibition
Nov
7
to Dec 2

Scottish Portrait Awards Public Exhibition

The Scottish Portrait Awards presents an outstanding exhibition of contemporary Scottish portraiture. Open to the public daily from 11.00 am to 5.00 pm (Closed Sunday and Monday). Please note that the Richard Coward SPA Photography exhibition is held in the Scottish Arts Club Dining Room and therefore viewing between 12.30 to 2 pm is limited. 

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John McLeod CBE in conversation with David Lyle: Music and Life
Nov
25
11:30am11:30am

John McLeod CBE in conversation with David Lyle: Music and Life

To mark a very special year for award-winning composer
and Club Member John McLeod – all the way from being presented with the CBE for services to music right through to his recent new recording with the RSNO and Dame Evelyn Glennie – John has been asked to present three special events at the Club which we’re sure will be fascinating as well as illuminating.
 
 Music & Life / Saturday 25th November / 11.30am
John McLeod in conversation with David Lyle
followed by Club lunch
 
Reminiscences of life in war-time Aberdeen – a job in Aberdeen’s City Police Force and a journey which saw his entry to the Royal Academy of Music and his future as a composer, conductor and teacher. Meetings with Sir Adrian Boult, Lutoslawski, Guilini and Bernstein, all accompanied by his specially chosen music, should make a fascinating morning!

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Tours To See The Scottish Art Exhibition In The Assembly Rooms
Oct
12
7:30pm 7:30pm

Tours To See The Scottish Art Exhibition In The Assembly Rooms

The Scottish Art Exhibition in the Assembly rooms from October 27th to 29th is a prequel to the Sotheby’s art sale in London on November 21st (http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/2017/scottish-art-l17135.html).

There will be up to three free guided tours for Members of the Scottish Arts Club, two on Friday October 27th and one on Saturday October 28th, with a Sotheby’s specialist as a guide. To join a tour please contact the office on 0131 229 8157 or sign up on the sheet in the foyer.  If the event is oversubscribed a ballot will be held. The closing date for registering interest is Tuesday October 24th at 2pm.

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John McLeod CBE Music and Revolution Talk and Canapes
Oct
7
6:00pm 6:00pm

John McLeod CBE Music and Revolution Talk and Canapes

To mark a very special year for award-winning composer
and Club Member John McLeod – all the way from being presented with the CBE for services to music right through to his recent new recording with the RSNO and Dame Evelyn Glennie – John has been asked to present three special events at the Club which we’re sure will be fascinating as well as illuminating.
 
Music & Revolution / Saturday 7th October
6.00pm for Russian canapés and Vodka Cocktail £8 (£10)
followed by John’s talk at 6.30pm
 
John has always had a fascination for Russia and its music and the effects which the Revolution had on its composers. He also talks about his correspondence with Shostakovich and his visits to Moscow and St. Petersburg. 

 

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Marie - A comic new play about Mary Queen of Scots
Sep
23
6:30pm 6:30pm

Marie - A comic new play about Mary Queen of Scots


Sarah MacGillivray, the Winner of the Club’s 2017 Bright Spark Theatre Award will give a special performance of Marie for Members and guests on Saturday 23 September at 6.30pm in the Clubroom. The performance lasts one hour.  After the performance Sarah and her co-creator Philip Bartlett will be available to talk to Members.  The audience will be asked for a donation (suggested minimum: £6.00).
 
Fast-paced and irreverent, “Marie” is a darkly comic play inspired by the life of Mary Queen of Scots, but given a distinctly modern twist.  There are two rules: first, the person you choose must be dead. And second, you have to be dressed up to get in.  It’s Thursday night in the “Prince Arthur” and their latest theme night is in full swing. Landlady Liz is run off her feet, whilst husband Barry struggles to get into his new costume. Elsewhere in London, a young woman from Edinburgh steps off a train, determined to make her dreams a reality.              Audience will be asked for a donation (suggested minimum £6).

6.30pm - 9.00pm

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Screening of Derek Jarman's 'Caravaggio'
Sep
22
6:00pm 6:00pm

Screening of Derek Jarman's 'Caravaggio'

Join us for a truly enthralling cinematic experience as we show a screening of Derek Jarman's controversial biopic of Caravaggio.  With a glass of wine, Italian canapes, ice cream and an introduction from special guest Aidan Weston-Lewis, Chief Curator at National Galleries of Scotland, all included in the ticket price, this is an event of exceptional quality and value for money.       Members £13         Guests   £15

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John McLeod CBE Talk and Supper
Sep
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

John McLeod CBE Talk and Supper

To mark a very special year for award-winning composer
and Club Member John McLeod – all the way from being presented with the CBE for services to music right through to his recent new recording with the RSNO and Dame Evelyn Glennie – John has been asked to present three special events at the Club which we’re sure will be fascinating as well as illuminating.
 
Music & Film / Friday 8th September
6.00pm / followed by supper £16 (£18.50)
 
As well as composing for the concert hall, John has written the musical scores
for several films and this evening he will talk briefly about his film music and also show a BBC 2 feature called The Shutter Falls which, as well as being a captivating love story, also chronicles the herring industry in North East Scotland at the end of the 19th century.

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Meet the Author - Sheila Kohler
Aug
26
11:15am11:15am

Meet the Author - Sheila Kohler

ClubFest meets BookFest with Sheila Kohler

The award-winning novelist and Princeton lecturer Sheila Kohler will discuss Once We Were Sisters, her powerful and heart-breaking memoir of a childhood in South Africa, and a story of a bond between two sisters, with former President of the Scottish Arts Club, Nola Meikle in this special one-off event.  The conversation will reveal a strange and chance connection with the Scottish Arts Club.

Tickets £10 

Complimentary drinks sponsored by Canongate at 11.15am, talk 11.45am - 12.30pm, followed by optional lunch.

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Scottish Arts Club Garden Party
Aug
12
12:00pm12:00pm

Scottish Arts Club Garden Party

Saturday August 12th, 12 noon

Members £30 // Guests £35

The annual Scottish Arts Club Garden Party begins in the delightful Rutland Square Garden, and moves into the Club for a delicious meal and more entertainment. Dress ranges from the casually elegant to the utterly flamboyant. Hats optional!

Tickets are now on sale from the Club bar or over the phone.

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On Masks, Sculptures by Teresa Hunyadi
Aug
11
to Aug 24

On Masks, Sculptures by Teresa Hunyadi

August 11th - 24th (Open Tuesdays to Saturdays 11am to 5pm) 

Teresa Hunyadi is a young sculptor whose work, primarily working with the material wood, is finely crafted, figurative, but with surprising twists and titles, which give the pieces profound meanings. She is originally from Austria, and studied Art, Design and Art Education at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna from 2010–2015. She followed this by six month in Japan, studying at the Institute for Sculpture, Joshibi University in Sagamihara. From 2015 to date, Teresa has been travelling for solo and group exhibitions abroad, whilst living in Edinburgh. She works here, and is a member at Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. 

Her work has been exhibited in Japan, Austria, France, and Scotland. This year in Paisley (May–June), Caol Ruadh Sculpture Park Argyll (June–Sept) and The Scottish Arts Club is proud to host her exhibition during our ClubFest during Edinburgh Festival, from 11th – 24th August.  
Her website is Teresahunyadi.com where you can see her work and read more about her studies and awards. Teresa's work is highly professionally executed, unusual and fascinating, take this opportunity to see it while it is here!

Admission FREE

 

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ClubFest
Aug
7
to Aug 26

ClubFest

August 7th - 26th 

For three weeks the Club is transformed into one of the most exciting venues on the Edinburgh Festival Fringe with a host of rich performances daily. Explore our Club Fest page to learn more.

All bookings are through the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Box Office Outlets.

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Fringe-In-A-Day
Aug
3
2:30pm 2:30pm

Fringe-In-A-Day

Thursday August 3rd, 2.30pm - 11pm

The Scottish Arts Club's eighth Fringe-In-A-Day preview of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the world's biggest annual celebration of comedy, drama, song, music, dance and fun, will be held at the Club on Thursday, August 3rd from 2:30 to 11 pm. Over 20 acts will provide a taster and set the mood for the Fringe itself, which officially opens the following day.  

Performances will  take place in the Dining Room, the Club Room and the top floor Studio.

A £10-per-person admission charge at the Club entrance will be valid for the whole day. Lunch will be served as usual in the dining room before it is converted into a theatre, while bar, snacks and sandwiches will be available through the day. 

Come and enjoy a day, and evening, to remember.

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Festival Exhibition - Frances Macdonald
Aug
2
to Sep 2

Festival Exhibition - Frances Macdonald

Frances Macdonald   

From her studio overlooking the Corryvreckan, Frances Macdonald has a clear view across the Sound of Jura to the north end of the island. She has lived at Crinan for 40 years. Frances paints vibrant and exciting seascapes and the Scottish Arts Club is pleased to host her in the Club Room for the Festival Exhibition.

Paintings by Frances Macdonald are in several important private collections at home and abroad as well as corporate collections including Fleming's Scottish Collection.  Frances Macdonald regularly exhibits at London's Portland Gallery and The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh.

Preview Wed 2nd August 6-8pm

The Exhibition is showing until 2nd Sept Open to the public Tues - Sat 11am - 5pm

Craft Exhibition   A Cabinet of Curiosities     - Fiona Dean

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Aug
2
to Sep 2

Alfred Villeneuve Exhibition

Artist Statement
- Alfred G. Villeneuve
“Saturated motion,
In Colour,
Gives Life,
Animated for all time.”

Through my creative process I live out the following personal maxim-To capture in each subject the eternal movement of colour; that resides in Nature; and affords us the opportunity to revisit, and discover new fragments of memory and reflection.  For me, it is not good enough to replicate a scene, with a view to merely attracting theviewer.

I choose and commit a subject to canvas; based on its ability to convey a thought, or reflection, in relation to what I am experiencing, or have experienced in lifestruggle, joy, love, outrage, peace… Living and working in the same locale where I was born and raised (Madawaska & Ottawa Valleys, Algonquin Park Region), has granted me a familiarity with the land; a painterly intimacy; sensitive to its faintest change or movement.

My Father’s ancestors (Kichisippirini-Algonquin) regarded this area as “Tanakiwin” (homeland), and it still boasts what visitors might call-‘pristine wilderness.’  Forty minutes west of my hometown in the Madawaska Valley, you pass through Whitney Ontario, three kilometres further, the East Gate’s log buildings beckons you into Algonquin Provincial Park’s more than 7,600 square kilometres of forest, including thousands of lakes, rivers and streams; ,and hundreds of kilometres of canoe routes and trails on which to explore the ‘interior’. Travelling these trails and waterways, for more than four decades, I feel guided to continue discovering the aesthetic of this sprawling, Boreal forest, splayed over the Canadian/Pre-Cambrian Shield; and to express the stories of our shared history and
cultures. My personal artistic creed encompasses aesthetic, cultural and historical approaches, as well as an autodidactic approach to the history of Art. This has allowed me to explore a range of philosophies and movements; including the Romantic, Impressionist and Modern Periods. I’ve found inspiration and kinship closer to home, in the lives and work of – Emily Carr, Jean Paul Riopelle, Alex Colville, Norval Morriseau, David Milne and Glen Gould.  Journaling my experiences and composing poetry along the trail/ at the easel, has offered another prism from which to examine and focus on the subject at hand.
This cross-pollination of my anthropological cultural ties to both First Nations and Settler
populations; Native- Nature based spirituality; vis a vis; Euro-Christianity; has resulted in a
stylistic divination I call “Algonkin Mosaic”, honouring both the spirit and memory of ‘all
my relations’. I continue to discover new paths on the land, and in my paintings.


Thank you, Megwetch, Merci !
Alfred G. Villeneuve

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Festival Insights & Fringe Benefits
Jul
27
6:00pm 6:00pm

Festival Insights & Fringe Benefits

Thursday 27 July, 6pm

Is this a world-first?

All three Directors of the world’s most prestigious Festivals together on the same stage!  Don’t miss your opportunity to hear Fergus Linehan, Shona McCarthy and Nick Barley give us the inside stories on the 2017 Edinburgh International, Fringe and Book Festivals.  Tickets at £15 per person must be purchased in advance to secure your seat.

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Chinese Brush Painting
Jul
25
6:30pm 6:30pm

Chinese Brush Painting

Tuesday July 25th, 6.30pm

Six places are available for a taster evening of Chinese Brush Painting at the Club at a cost of £15 per person. At this time we are trying to gauge interest before booking the tutor. The event cannot take place unless at least 10 people book before 14th June so please get in touch with the office soon if you are interested.

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A Potter, a Painter, and a Poet
Jul
19
2:30pm 2:30pm

A Potter, a Painter, and a Poet

Wednesday July 19th, 2.30 -4.30 pm

A Film Screening, Discussion and Display, with Paul Tebble, Anne Gilchrist, Alan Rice and Sitar Rose

We are extremely excited to host this remarkably talented collection of artists, all exceptionally gifted in their fields of work, to present their beautiful collaboration, 'A Potter, a Painter and a Poet'.  This event will be FREE but please sign up on the sheet in the lobby so that we are aware of numbers.

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Syrian Evening
Jun
30
6:00pm 6:00pm

Syrian Evening

The Scottish Arts Club is holding a cultural event - a Syrian Musical Evening with authentic food and music

£15.00 (with part of the proceeds being donated to Syrian families)

The Scottish Arts Club has a long history of celebration of the arts in its widest definition - from painting, sculpture, literature, music, craft and much more. Creative arts can transcend all cultures and we are committed to advancing the creative art of minorities who may not have a public forum for their work.

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Agents of Change, Scots in Poland 1800-1918
Jun
24
12:00pm12:00pm

Agents of Change, Scots in Poland 1800-1918

Members and Guests are invited to join the Polish Consul General to celebrate the recently published Polish edition of Club Member Mona McLeod’s superbly detailed book.  Mona will talk about the work that went into the first edition, and then the journey that took her to Poland for the celebration of the publication of the Polish edition. Mona is a graduate of Edinburgh University and has lived in England, Scotland, France and Switzerland.  Lecture tours have taken her to The Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Canada and the USA.

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Italian Wine Tasting and Supper
Jun
23
6:45pm 6:45pm

Italian Wine Tasting and Supper

A fabulous evening is expected as we welcome a representative from Appellation Wines to guide us through the tasting of six top quality Italian wines, followed by a rustic two course Italian dinner from Chef Steve Morton.  Ashton Cobb was hoping to make the tasting, but sadly is unable for family reasons.  However, he is sending a substitute who is young, but has a wealth of experience. 

Tickets £30

Purchase tickets for you and your guests at the Club Bar or over the phone.

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Thomas Podd of Sotheby's
Jun
14
2:30pm 2:30pm

Thomas Podd of Sotheby's

On Wednesday June 16th Thomas Podd from Sotheby's will be joining us for lunch and is happy to give us a talk immediately afterwards on the lasting heritage of Scottish Victorian painters, many of whom were Members and founder Members of our Club. His official title at Sotheby's is Specialist, Scottish Art (British and Irish Art post 1850).   His talk will last only 20 minutes or so but he will gladly take questions. 

Thomas spent six years at Bonhams before joining Sotheby’s as a specialist in British Art. During his time at Sotheby’s Thomas has led the growth of the Scottish Art sale and has played a key part in its ever increasing success. In 2016 Thomas was responsible for overseeing the Scottish pictures in the ground breaking sale of David Bowie’s art collection which set numerous world record prices for Scottish artists and helped bring Scottish Art to a wider global audience.

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Goodbye Bechstein
Jun
13
2:00pm 2:00pm

Goodbye Bechstein

As announced at the AGM in April, our dear old Bechstein has reached the end of its life as a recital piano.  It will be retired to a domestic setting and a replacement has been identified.

Six young pianists from St Mary’s Music School will join us for lunch and then play from 2.30 until 4pm.  Club Member David Lyle will then take over and we are looking for a team of skilled pianists from the Club to help play out our dear old Bechstein.

Why do we need a new piano?  Click here for the full report.

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Visit to Artists' Book Archive at Dean Gallery
Jun
8
3:00pm 3:00pm

Visit to Artists' Book Archive at Dean Gallery

There are 4 places left on this trip organised for Club members to visit the collection of artist books held at the Dean Gallery (Modern Two) on Thursday 8th June, at 3pm. This is a unique opportunity to see a part of the National Galleries collection that is not on regular display.  Under the guidance of Kerry Watson, Librarian, we will discover a range of books from early examples by William Blake to recent acquisitions from contemporary artists.

The visit is free, open exclusively to Club Members, to book a place email or phone the Club.

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