Arts review: Painting Paradise | Elizabeth Blackadder | Barbara Rae

Power and prestige are both on display in the fascinating images of gardens at the Queen’s Gallery

Donald Runnicles, Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Picture: BBC

Scotsman critic’s choice: Four must-see shows this week

The Scotsman’s arts critics round up their must-see theatre, art and concerts for the next week

The Enchanted Forest sound and light show attracted 62,000 people last year. Picture: Jane Barlow

What to expect from the Enchanted Forest light show 2016

Taking place every autumn in the ancient woodlands of Perthshire, the Enchanted Forest is a spectacle like no other in Scotland.

Nathan Anthony, video, Black Friday. Picture: Contributed

Scots well represented in two major drawing competitions

The shortlists for two major drawing competitions have just been announced, and Scottish artists are well represented. Wendy Kirkup and Nicola Carberry, who both live and work in Glasgow, and Kevin Smith, who is based in Dundee, have all been shortlisted for the Derwent Art Prize 2016, a prestigious international drawing competition with a first prize of £6,000 and a second prize of £3,500.

Edinburgh born artist Peter Doig. Picture: Jane Barlow

Judge backs Edinburgh-born artist in painting row

An American judge has ruled that a celebrated Scottish artist was right when he insisted he did not paint a work now owned by a retired prison worker.

The Jockey II by Paloma Proudfoot and Aniela Piasecka at Edinburgh Art Festival Kiosk as part of Platform. Picture: Rosie Harriet

Arts review: Edinburgh Art Festival

Jupiter Artland and Inverleith House make wonderful backdrops for exciting work, while the late Jo Spence’s art is as vital as ever

Glasgow Girls is showing at the Edinburgh Fringe. Picture: Robert Day

Scotsman critic’s choice: Four must-see shows on this week

The Scotsman’s arts critics round up their must-see theatre, art and concerts for the next week

The Holyrood  parliament designed by Spanish architect Enric Miralles is in the running for the  Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland award. Picture: Jayne Wright.

Scottish Parliament named among Scots buildings of the century

The Scottish Parliament building and the modern extension to Edinburgh’s Victorian Royal Museum will compete with a shopping centre, a former tyre factory and a tiny concrete castle for the honour of being named the nation’s best building of the last century.

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The  Kelpie burger being fed to Duke, one of the Kelpies. Picture: Michael Gillen/ Johnston Press

Kelpies creator demands nearby burger van be moved

Artist Andy Scott has threatened legal action over a “tacky burger van” that sits in the shadow of his beloved Kelpies sculptures.

The painting of Brigitte Bardot will be joined by a selection of works by Peter Howson, Andy Scott and John Bellany. Picture: Neil Hanna

Bardot, Bowie and Berkoff artworks go under hammer in Edinburgh

A classic image of sixties sex symbol and actor Brigitte Bardot, a rare painting by David Bowie and a Peter Howson portrait of Edinburgh Festival regular Stephen Berkoff are to go under the hammer in Scotland this week.

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Alice Neels younger son and his wife in Hartley and Ginny, 1970. Picture: Contributed

Alice Neel’s life on canvas gets first Scotland exhibition

Alice Neel’s fascinating life is on the canvas for all to see, writes Susan Mansfield

Highland Landscape, c1930s by William Gillies. Picture: Contributed

Arts review: Gillies & Maxwell | Demarco & Beuys

Two new exhibitions explore artistic friendships: the contrasting styles and temperaments of Gillies and Maxwell and the political intent of Demarco and Beuys

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Anohni, a transgender British-born US singer, will be performing at the Playhouse. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Scotsman critic’s choice: Four must-see shows on this week

The Scotsman’s arts critics round up their must-see theatre, art and concerts for the next week

Harry Bensons pictures are on show at the Scottish Parliament  in a Festival retrospective. Picture: Ian Rutherford

Scots photographer fears worst if ‘dangerous’ Trump is president

A Scottish photographer who has captured every US president since Eisenhower on camera says he is fearing the worst if Donald Trump enters the White House because he is so “dangerous”.

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New public artworks in the Hebrides, Helensburgh and John OGroats have emerged as winners of the prestigious 2016 Art in Public Places Awards. Picture: Contributed

Installations in rural Scotland scoop top art awards

They bring a splash of colour and verve to some of the country’s most striking landscapes.

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MayBe, a dance piece by Glasgow-based choreographer Marc Brew, is among the shows at Tramway's Unlimited festival. Picture: Susan Hay

Festival proves Unlimited potential of disabled artists

AN ARTS festival which grew from the London Olympic Games hopes to inspire the next generation of Scottish performers living with disabilities.

A Drama in Time by Graham Fagen. Picture: Contributed

Arts review: More Lasting Than Bronze | Jonathan Owen

From the First World War and the Easter Rising to the 2011 Christchurch Earthquake, the site-specific work at this year’s Edinburgh Art Festival is inspired by momentous events

Cast of The Glass Menagerie. Picture: Johan Persson

Scotsman critic’s choice: Four must-see shows on this week

The Scotsman’s arts critics round up their must-see theatre, art and concerts for the next week

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Work by Jacquelyn Pearce. Picture: Contributed

Arts review: RSA Open Exhibition 2016, Edinburgh

Small is beautiful at this year’s RSA Open Exhibition, as diverse works from diverse talents share space to surprisingly good effect

The winning picture in landscape photography competition. Picture: Contributed

Fishing boat on Argyll loch is best landscape photo

A photograph of a fishing boat as it navigated a loch has won first prize in a new Scottish landscape photography competition.

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