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The Cauldron, Grangemouth, by George Robertson. Picture Photo: George Robertson/PA Wire

Urban views of Scotland win VisitBritain landscape photography awards

An industrial landscape at Grangemouth, a steam train crossing the Glenfinnan Viaduct and the three bridges crossing the Forth were among the Scottish entries in this year’s Landscape Photographer of the Year Award.

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Alexander Grant Mor, Champion of the Laird of Grant, painted by Richard Waitt

Art reviews: Richard Waitt | New Scottish Colourists | Joyce Gunn Cairns & Cécile Simonis

Richard Waitt’s portraits of 18th century clan life offer a fascinating glimpse of Highland culture, while Iona inspires differing responses from artists at Summerhall

5 Advocate's Close was named one of the best workplaces in the UK. Picture: Contributed

Edinburgh office space named one of UK’s best workplaces

An office space in Edinburgh’s historic Old Town has been named one of the best workplaces in the UK.

Installation shot of Palace by Nathan Coley at the The Dick Institute, Kilmarnock PIC: Keith Hunter

Art reviews: Martin Boyce | Nathan Coley | Sahej Rahal

Imagining places in which to explore ideas is a fruitful field for many contemporary artists, from a single room to an entire world. The fact is, architecture is a common language; whether or not we know the specialist terms, we know our brutalism from our Belle Époque, and the ideas associated with each. That means there’s a lot for an artist to work with.

St Mary of the Angels church in Camelon was designed by the celebrated firm of Gillespie Kidd and Coia. Picture: Michael Gillen

Five lesser-known architectural masterpieces in Scotland

Scotland’s built environment has much more to offer than castles, cathedrals and country houses.

The revamped home for the Burrell Collection in Glasgow is due to be unveiled in 2020.

Green light for Burrell Collection revamp after £15m lottery win

Work on a £66 million overhaul to transform one of Scotland’s most prestigious art collections will get underway within months after the Heritage Lottery Fund gave the green light to the project.
The new-look Paisley Museum is due to be unveiled in 2022.

Paisley wins Heritage Lottery Fund backing for historic museum revamp

A £42 million bid to transform Scotland's first municipal museum into a new "world-class" visitor attraction is set to go ahead after the Paisley project received crucial backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Pictures of the aftermath of the Peterhead prison riot in 1987

New exhibition tells ‘inside’ story of prison riot

Photographs taken in the aftermath of a prison riot in the northeast of Scotland have gone on show to the public for the first time since the violent protest took place 30 years ago.

Rankin has expressed concerns about the craze for selfies - saying it reflects a "huge wave of narcissism". Picture: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Narcissistic selfie craze ruining photography says leading Scot

He has captured some of the most famous faces in the world, helping to redefine the art of portraiture.

Terra Nova by Barry McGlashan at the Scottish Gallery

Art reviews: Scottish Portraits 1700-1950 | Barry McGlashan | Enduring Eye

At the beginning of his career Sir Joshua Reynolds declared that he was never going to be just a mere face painter: portraiture unadorned would not be good enough for him. As he was about many things, Reynolds was wrong, misleading English art for several generations in the process. Indeed William Blake who was right about as many things as Reynolds was wrong scribbled angrily in his copy of Reynolds’s Discourses, his addresses as President of the Royal Academy: “This man was hired to depress art!” Dismissing mere face painters, Reynolds probably had his older rival Allan Ramsay in his sights. Some of Ramsay’s finest portraits are of faces and almost nothing else, just an oval with the sitter’s head and shoulders against a spacious but indistinct background. But then Ramsay as a close friend of David Hume and himself a central figure in the Scottish Enlightenment understood something that evidently escaped Reynolds entirely: the idea of the individual and thus of the face, the visible incarnation of individuality, is not ‘merely’ anything. On the contrary it is central to modern western civilisation and in particular to that key moment in its history, the flowering of the Enlightenment. Empiricism, democracy and the modern ideal of social order all depend on respect for the individual and finding ways to mediate the competing needs of the numberless individuals who make up society. These were the key themes of the Enlightenment.

The missing Rubens portrait of George Villiers, the 1st Duke of Buckingham, has turned up in Pollok House in Glasgow.

Missing masterpiece worth millions found hanging in country house in Glasgow

A lost masterpiece worth tens of millions of pounds has been found on display in a historic country house in Glasgow - after being missing for nearly 400 years.

Margaret Hunter by Re-Statement a near full-size replica of the mural Joint Venture, which is painted on the Berlin Wall. Picture: Iain Forest Photography

Art review: Margaret Hunter at Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr

Margaret Hunter trained in Glasgow but was made in Berlin. There she forged a distinctive style based around the female form, which is fascinatingly explored in this retrospective exhibition

Brenner by Michael Sailstorfer at Jupiter Artland PIC: Ruth Clark

Art review: Michael Sailstorfer, Liz Magic Laser and Marco Giordano at Jupiter Artland

Jupiter Artland’s unstuffy approach to art makes it a great place to see new work

Primal Speech by Liz Magic Laser. Picture: Ruth Clark

Art review: Michael Sailstorfer, Liz Magic Laser and Marco Giordano at Jupiter Artland

Jupiter Artland’s unstuffy approach to art makes it a great place to see new work

Installation shot of Nazhad and The Bell by Hiwa K, Hospitalfield, Arbroath

Art reviews: Hiwa K at Hospitalfield, Arbroath | Richard Wright at Modern Institute, Glasgow

One of the most talked about works at the Venice Biennale in 2015, Nazhad and the Bell by the Iraqi artist Hiwa K gets its first UK showing here, ­having been spotted by the team from Hospitalfield who curated Graham Fagen’s ­Biennale show for the same year. Two films run side by side: in Nazhad’s scrap yard in Northern Iraq, old armaments are melted down to make metal ingots; in Northern Italy, these same ingots are used to make a beautiful, decorated bell. Even shown without the bell itself – which is considered too fragile to transport – the work is full of resonances.

Amazing aurora seen over the sky above John O'Groats on Sunday. Picture: SWNS

Northern Lights captured in stunning photo in Caithness

This stunning image shows spectacular scenes in northern Scotland as the Northern Lights illuminate these rugged coastal cliffs.

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The Unicorn Experience gives youngsters the chance to meet Pumpkin the magical pony/unicorn

Capturing unicorn magic

A mum has started her own business making children’s fairytale fantasies come true and giving them the chance to meet a real live unicorn.

Watching our Artillery Fire on Trones Wood from Montauban, 1918,
 by Muirhead Bone

Art review: Alastair MacLennan, Muirhead Bone & Rudolph Von Ripper at Summerhall, Edinburgh

Summerhall’s summer shows address conflict in an echo of the Edinburgh Festival’s original aim to heal the wounds of war

Downie makes the new Forth crossing look magisterial

Art review: Kate Downie: Anatomy of Haste| Festival 2017

Traditional landscape painting, setting out to evoke the beauty and splendour of the natural world, sometimes struggles to define itself in the modern world. This is not an issue which bothers Kate Downie, an assured painter of the post-industrial world and of the infrastructures people impose on the landscape to make it work for them.

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