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Art review: Beyond Caravaggio at the Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

It’s fascinating to see work by those inspired by Caravaggio, but none of them surpass the master

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New look for historic Edinburgh University student union

New look for historic Edinburgh University student union

It has a proud history as the world’s oldest purpose-built student union building.
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More than 350 objects, including loans from the Vatican and the Louvre, are in the new Jacobites exhibition at the National Museum.

National Museum facing protests over lack of Gaelic in Jacobites exhibition

A major new exhibition on Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites is facing protests today over claims it has sidelined the Gaelic language.

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Inverleith House art gallery was closed suddenly at the Royal Botanic Garden just after its 30th anniversary.

Botanic Garden told to rethink after Inverleith House closure

The Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh has been urged by experts to overhaul its entire approach to the arts after the controversial closure of its long-running gallery.

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Detail from Burning the Kailyard by Aiden Milligan at the Gray's School of Art Degree Show 2017

Art review: Gray’s School of Art Degree Show 2017

Well, I’ve got my comeuppance. No sooner do I write a review bemoaning the near complete absence of artist statements at the Glasgow School of Art Degree Show than I find myself in Aberdeen at Gray’s School of Art, where they take the opposite approach. Here, every student has been drilled to write a summary of their practice and their degree show work in 125 words. What is more, they’ve clearly been instructed to make it accessible to the lay person, and as far as possible, devoid of art-speak.

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Surgeons Hall by Hugh Buchanan at the 
Scottish Gallery

Art review: Hugh Buchanan at the Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

Edinburgh’s civic masterpiece is celebrated in this wonderful show, writes Duncan Macmillan

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The Glue Factory  is an independent arts workspace in Glasgow

Rob Morrison: Breathing life back into the city’s empty spaces

Glasgow used to be the second city of the British Empire, an industrial powerhouse with a population of more than two million. This has now shrunk to around 600,000, a change clearly articulated by the vast number of vacant buildings and sites.

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Mr Campbell, an unemployed brickworker, outside the closed Walkinshaw brick works near Paisley. Picture: Larry Herman/Contributed

Industrial decline of Glasgow and Clydeside captured in pictures

Clydeside, stretching from Glasgow, through Paisley, Renfrew and out to Greenock - was once the engine room of the British Empire. A land of shipyards, foundries, factories, mills, and brickworks. But by the 1970s the empire was gone and so to was much of Scotland’s heavy industry.

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The closing party featured Kid Canaveral, who deserve the breakthrough their many fans have been awaiting for years

Festival review: LeithLate

Back when the annual LeithLate mini-festival of art, music and general cultural congregation first arrived in 2011, Leith was a different place. Physically, the change has been slight, with new blocks of student housing appearing here and there, yet in character it’s changed markedly; there are now hundreds more students and young families, with gentrified bars and coffee shops to maintain them. The area has a youthful, cosmopolitan feel which stands alongside the down-to-earth and sometimes rough character of the place from decades before.

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The refurbished Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries. Picture: Chris Humphreys Photography

Dunfermline Carnegie Library wins double architecture award

The revamped Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries has been given two nods at a presitgious architecture awards.

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Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries won a gong at the RIAS Awards 2017. Picture: Chris Humphreys Photography

Revealed: 12 best new buildings in Scotland

Twelve of Scotland’s most exciting new buildings have been recognised by the prestigous Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards 2017.

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The 'Lady in a Fur Wrap' has been in Glasgow's museums collection for more than half a century.

Can the riddle of the Lady in a Fur Wrap finally be solved?

Scientific tests have been launched to try to crack a long-standing riddle over the true identity of the artist behind one of Glasgow's most celebrated paintings - and their enigmatic subject.

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Work by William Braithwaite PIC: McAteer Photography

Art review: Glasgow School of Art Degree Shows

Among Scotland’s art schools, Glasgow School of Art is the largest and the only one which is still independently run. Its Degree Show is awaited with particular anticipation because of its pedigree for producing top contemporary artists. This year, more than 130 undergraduates in Fine Art set out their stall (literally) in partitioned spaces in the Tontine Building in Trongate, while another cohort of MFAs exhibit in the Glue Factory.

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Work by Tschabalala Self at Tramway, Glasgow

Art reviews: Florian Hecker and Tschabalala Self at Tramway, Glasgow

Sitting in the cafe at Tramway, you would be forgiven for thinking that half-a-dozen films were being played simultaneously next door, minus the dialogue. A chase sequence in one seems to run into a moment of suspense in another and a helicopter landing in a third.

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Art project Normanslanding is coming to Glasgows Tramway, having already  appeared in Australia and Germany. Photo by Rainer Schlautmann

Theatre: Director Graham Eatough on Tramway’s new show that was four years in the making

Blurring the lines between theatre, art and performance, Normanslanding at Tramway is an evolving project, says director Graham Eatough

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Work by Beth Hadshar at ECA Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show 2017. PIcture: Andrew O'Brien

Art review: ECA Degree Show 2017

From portraits of aircraft crash sites to sculptures incorporating fake pound coins, this year’s ECA degree show is bursting with big ideas

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Jeanie Wilson and Annie Linton [Newhaven], 1843-1847, by David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson PIC: Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Art review: A Perfect Chemistry - Photographs by Hill & Adamson

It began with a painting. In May 1843, the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland made history when more than 400 ministers walked out to form the Free Church. David Octavius Hill was a painter, and brother-in-law to one of the dissenting clergy. He wanted to immortalise the moment in a large-scale history painting. He began almost straight away, making studies of the people involved and planning the composition, but he had more than 400 ministers to paint and only a matter of days before they returned to their parishes all over Scotland. Sir David Brewster, physicist and keen amateur photographer, suggested a solution: why not use the new medium of photography to capture his source material? He knew just the man to help.

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The Monarrch of the Glen mastepiece will begin a nationwide tour in October.

National tour of Monarch of the Glen revealed

A nationwide tour of one of Scotland’s most iconic paintings has been unveiled - months after its future was secured.
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Work on the proposed expansion for the Scottish National Gallery was supposed to start in the spring of this year.

Scottish National Gallery extension abandoned after cost soars

A multi-million pound overhaul of Scotland’s flagship art gallery has had to be scaled back due to soaring cost over-runs and delays.
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Ghetto Priest in  The Slave's Lament by Graham Fagen at SNPG

Art reviews: Graham Fagen | Summa | Syria in Painting, Photography, Film & Word

Graham Fagen’s Venice Biennale work centred on a Burns poem has found a new lease of life after its repatriation to Edinburgh

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