Where are Scotland’s most improved neighbourhoods?

Irvine, Shawlands in Glasgow and Middlefield in Aberdeen are vying for a major urban regeneration prize, writes Alison Campsie

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Dundee Mountain Film Festival starts a new debate with its art show

It hardly needs stating that the so-called “new nature writing” is a literary phenomenon – it has been putting broad smiles on publishers’ faces for about a decade now, and shows no sign of losing momentum. Spearheaded by the endlessly articulate Robert Macfarlane, whose 2007 book The Wild Places set the tone for much of what was to follow, this enormous wave of words has washed up all kinds of exotic treasures, ranging from the profoundly psychological (Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk, Amy Liptrot’s The Outrun) to the groundbreakingly experimental (Paul Kingsnorth’s Beast, Cynan Jones’s Cove). It has also had the beneficial side-effect of refocusing attention on some of the great nature writers of the past, notably Henry David Thoreau, John Muir, Edward Thomas and Nan Shepherd, who wouldn’t have found herself anywhere near a Scottish five pound note pre-2007.

Curator Adrienne Hynes with part of Bonnie Prince Charlie's travelling canteen, one of the star objects in the exhibition.

National Museum breaks two million visitor barrier for the first time

A blockbuster exhibition on Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites has helped propel visitor numbers at Scotland’s busiest ever visitor attraction through the two million barrier for the first time.
The Adoration of the Kings, early 1540s, by Jacopo Bassano  PIC: Antonia Reeve

Art review: Ages of Wonder: Scotland’s Art 1540 to Now, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

The Scottish Academy was founded in 1826, but the rival and better connected Royal Institution for the Promotion of the Fine Arts succeeded in blocking this bunch of mere artists in their quest for official status. It was not till 1838 that the Academy was granted its Royal Charter to become the Royal Scottish Academy. That was short-sighted of the Institution. It needed the artists and when they deserted it en bloc for the new Academy, it was doomed and the RSA soon took over the exhibition rooms in the building that is now called the RSA, but was then still called the Royal Institution. The Academy was an artists’ collective. Primarily an exhibiting society, it was also a teaching organisation, but sporadically. The long-established Trustees Academy – which continues in Edinburgh College of Art – already occupied the teaching role, so instead of focusing on it, the RSA began collecting to secure the best art of past and present as examples to the young.

In 1859 the Academy moved to share the new National Gallery building on the Mound to the south. Then in 1910, the northern building, completely remodelled, was given to the RSA for its exclusive use, dislodging the Trustees Academy, which became part of the new College of Art, the Society of Antiquaries and the Royal Society of Edinburgh, which had all lived there cosily together for most of a century.

Families will be mesmerised by the hypnotic beauty of a flickering, scented Fire Garden

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Above: Carey Lander. Right: the artwork by Chop Pop inspired by Camera Obscuras video for Lets Get Out Of This Country

Japanese fan of Glasgow band Camera Obscura creates artwork for cancer charity

It promises to be a coming together of one of Scotland’s most revered bands and one of its most distant fans, all for a good cause.

Neil Baxter has led the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland for the last 10 years.

Scottish architecture chief quits days after revolt was revealed

The figurehead for the architectural profession in Scotland has quit his job suddenly - days after a damning open letter calling for an overhaul of his historic organisation.
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Frozen unicorn in George Street. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Scotland’s history to be told in stunning ice sculpture display

This stunning unicorn sculpture is part of an ice installation to go on display in Edinburgh.

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Leonardo da Vincis "Salvator Mundi" on display at Christie's in New York, TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

Leonardo da Vinci painting of Christ sells for record $450m

A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci has sold for a record 450 million US dollars (£341 million) at auction, smashing previous records for artworks sold at auction or privately.

A view over Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis. One of the shortlisted FutureTown design envisages a new waterfront walkway built to encourage more leisure activities. Picture: TSPL

Scotland’s Towns Week 2017: FutureTown design shortlist unveiled

A shortlist of imaginative designs with the potential to transform 11 communities across Scotland has been revealed ahead of the third annual Scotland’s Towns Week.

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Win tickets to the Edinburgh Art Fair

The Edinburgh Evening News has teamed up with the Edinburgh Art Fair to offer our readers 25 pairs of tickets to this weekend's event.

Children playing in the snow at Eaglesham. The village in East Renfrewshire was the location of Scotland's first conservation area in 1968. Picture: Allan Milligan/TSPL

Conservation areas: 50 years of protecting Scotland’s built heritage

Eaglesham is today recognised as one of the finest examples of a planned village anywhere in Scotland. Its smart 18th century cottages were laid out on the orders of the Earl of Eglinton, a visionary local landowner, and remain in high demand among commuters working in nearby Glasgow.

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Leith Theatre rebirth and Ross Pavilion vision in running for Creative Edinburgh Awards

Leith Theatre rebirth and Ross Pavilion vision in running for Creative Edinburgh Awards

The reopening of the neglected Leith Theatre building after 30 years is to compete with multi-million pound plans to replace the Ross Bandstand at Edinburgh’s annual creative industries Oscars.


Everything you need to know about the Edinburgh Art Fair

We all know Edinburgh loves an arts festival, and for the past 12 years its had its own art fair to add to the ever-growing roster. Providing a platform for both emerging and established artists, the Edinburgh Art Fair (EAF) brings together galleries from around the world in the city and is now the largest annual event of its kind outside London – exhibiting 3,500 original works from more than 500 artists, and attracting 13,000 visitors who make more than £1 million-worth of purchases.

Detail from Venus, 1988 by Calum Colvin at the Fine Art Society, Edinburgh

Art reviews: The Vigorous Imagination at the Fine Art Society, Edinburgh and Roger Bilcliffe Gallery, Glasgow | Adrian Wisniewski at Glasgow Print Studio

Thirty years ago, The Vigorous Imagination at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh was a landmark show. Broadly, the artists involved were a generation: the oldest, Joseph Urie, was born in 1947; the youngest, Stephen Conroy in 1964. Nevertheless, they were not exactly a group or a movement, but a pretty heterogenous bunch. What they did have in common, however, apart from attracting art critic Clare Henry’s eye, for it was she who selected the show, was ambition. It was expressed in many different ways, but the common factor was some kind of figuration, narrative even, in work that was generally pretty physical and that definitely ran counter to current fashions.


AUDIO PREVIEW: Christmas at the Botanics at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - full details revealed

IT'S beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh where work is underway this week to transform it into a spectacular new festive landscape lights trail.

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Why everyone should buy at least one piece of art for their home

Edinburgh Art Fair gives everyone a chance to buy art for their home, something which everyone should do – no matter budget available - according to these artists and gallery owners

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Ten Scottish artists to follow on Instagram

Meet the Scottish artists making their mark on Instagram.

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Why buying a piece of art is an ideal present for your partner

If you’re struggling to think of a Christmas present for your other half, then why not consider buying some artwork?
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A design for a Royal Observatory that was never built. Picture: RIAS

Leader comment: What Edinburgh should learn from Playfair’s genius

So Edinburgh, a city designed as if by “enlightened angels” in the words of the cultural critic Jonathan Meades, could have been even more beautiful.

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