Postcard firm which captured glory era of Scottish tourism

At the height of the summer season, it produced more than one million picture postcards a week with writing a little message home becoming as much a part of the holiday tradition as day on the beach, or a ‘99 ice cream with a view.

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One of the 'Putin Rides' memes featured in the new exhibition. Picture: Contributed

Art exhibition inspired by Putin Rides meme opens in Dundee

An art project inspired by internet memes has opened in Dundee, with the aim of exploring their political usage in the modern era.

National Museums Scotland director Dr Gordon Rintoul and Scottish culture secretary Fiona Hyslop examine an early medieval silver chain from Torvean, near Inverness.

National treasures set to leave Edinburgh and go on tour around the country

A host of Scotland’s most important historic artefacts and precious treasures are to be sent around the country as part of a new drive to ensure they are seen by far more people in future.
Ian Hamilton Finlay at Little Sparta PIC: IAN RUTHERFORD

Art Review: Ian Hamilton Finlay at Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh

Exactly 50 years ago, in the autumn of 1966, Ian Hamilton Finlay moved with his wife Sue and their two young children to Stonypath in Lanarkshire. It was a bleak, treeless place, a thousand feet up on the south-western end of the Pentland Hills. Later renamed Little Sparta, over the next 40 years this unpromising spot was to become the internationally celebrated garden that was the artist’s most famous creation. Its fame and the memory of the controversy that surrounded it in the 80s when a dispute with Strathclyde Region developed into a theatrical Battle of Little Sparta have, however, tended to dominate the public profile of the artist-poet to the exclusion of a gentler, more subtle picture. He is in consequence too often remembered as a combative individual whose main creation was the garden that he filled with equally combative imagery of Panzer tanks and battleships.

Students have faced major upheaval since a fire at Glasgow School of Art's Mackintosh building.

Glasgow School of Art faces student revolt

Students at the Glasgow School of Art are to stage a one-day boycott of their students and a public protest about the way the world-famous institution is being run.
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The annual landscape photography competition has an overall prize fund of �20,000 across all categories. Picture: PA

‘Tornado’ image of starlings wins coveted photography competition

A photographer who captured an “intriguing” image of starlings swirling around the fire-ravaged remains of Brighton’s West Pier has been awarded a prestigious prize.

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The Burrell Collection, Glasgow. Picture: Robert Perry

Glasgow’s Burrell Collection to close for £60m facelift

A leading museum is marking the final day before it closes for a multimillion-pound refurbishment with a host of activities.

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The growing online campaign hopes to halt the closure of Inverleith House art gallery.

5000 art lovers back online campaign to halt closure of Botanics gallery

More than 5000 people have backed a campaign calling for a long-running Edinburgh art gallery to be saved from closure.
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Amanda Catto, Creative Scotland's of visual arts, admits the sector suffers from "a culture of low or no pay."

Fears for future of Scotland's visual arts scene revealed

Scotland’s award-winning visual arts scene has slipped into a precarious and unsustainable financial state, according to a major new report.
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Peter Howson will display his new show, Prophesy, portraying the world as it is now, and as it could be in the future. Picture: SWNS

Peter Howson unveils apocalypic vision in New York exhibition

Celebrated artist Peter Howson has revealed his apocalyptic new vision for a major show in New York.

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Trevor Jones shows off the app with his Donald Trump portrait. Photograph: Neil Hanna

Leith artist turns rubbish into portraits of politicians

An artist is turning rubbish he finds on the streets of Edinburgh into portraits of politicians such as Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, David Cameron and Tony Blair – which are then brought to life with the help of new technology.

Project for a Door by Anthea Hamilton PIC: Joe Humphrys / Tate Photography

Art review: Turner Prize 2016

By turns cheeky and profound, the Turner Prize 2016 shortlist gathers contrasting contemporary talent in one place

May in Black Dress on Armchair, 2010, by Alasdair Gray

Art Review: Drawing Attention at the Scottish National Gallery | Joyce Gunn Cairns and Alasdair Gray at Sutton Gallery

Some of the NGS’s wonderful drawings are finally getting the wall space they deserve, while distinctive voices share an exhibition to great effect

Sculptor Jill Watson with her Women And Bairns memorial at Eyemouth harbour. Photograph: Toby Williams

Memorial to 189 Eyemouth fishermen drowned in day of tragedy

It was the close-knit Scottish coastal community that lost 189 men at sea in a single day.

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Artist Alan Faulds. Picture: Phil Wilkinson/Contributed

Edinburgh artist unveils mural inspired by community projects

Alan Faulds of Edinburgh-based arts and disability organisation Artlink has visited the India Quay development site in Fountainbridge to showcase the mural he designed in celebration of the success of the site’s partnership with local community groups.

Installation view of Meaning in Action, 2013, by Katy Dove, courtesy the artist's estate. PIC: Ruth Clark

Art review: Katy Dove at Dundee Contemporary Arts

In 1999, as part of her degree show at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, the artist Katy Dove made a short film entitled Fantasy Freedom. A lovely pulsing gem of a thing, it owes a lot to the animations of pioneering and experimental mid-century figures like Norman McLaren. Fantasy Freedom is a kind of lyrical yet punk response to the beautiful but industrial model of Disney’s epic Fantasia: short, simple, succinct. It lasts just 90 seconds, in which time abstract watercolour images come and go to a soundtrack of the artist’s own breath and her spinning bicycle wheel. It is relentless in its rhythm, but delightful in its charm. Judging by its apparent simplicity, the film might have been made in 1949. Is it possible to reinvent the wheel? I think it’s just possible that Katy Dove did.

Suffragettes marching for the right for women to vote.

Scotland’s suffragette hunger strikes brought to life in play

The brutal ordeal inflicted on Scotland’s suffragette hunger strikers is being brought to life in a ground-breaking play by an acclaimed writer.

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A proposed temporary replacement for the Palace of Westminster while it closes for major refurbishment.  Picture: Gensler

Floating replacement for Westminster proposed by design firm

A quirky replacement has been proposed for when the Palace of Westminster closes for major refurbishment - and it would be on the River Thames.

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The planned development on Sauchiehall Street. Picture: submitted

Student accommodation next to Mackintosh building opposed

Plans for residence accommodation next to Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow School of Art have been criticised.

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An image of what Dundee's V&A museum will look like when it opens in 2018.

Dundee's V&A to become a work of art two years before it opens

Dundee's new V&A museum is set to be turned into a glow-in-the-dark work of art - two years before the waterfront attraction opens its doors to the public.

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