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Art review: Margot Sandeman | David Michie | Matthew Inglis

From the time they first met as students at Glasgow School of Art in 1940, Margot Sandeman and Joan Eardley were lifelong friends. Indeed Fiona Pearson, writing in the catalogue of the major retrospective held eight years ago, says Sandeman “was the mainstay in Eardley’s emotional life”. They frequently worked side by side. They also wrote to each other constantly and their letters are a primary source for Eardley’s life. But that says it all. Sandeman’s own life as an artist has been hidden behind the brilliance and drama of that of her short-lived friend. Eardley was just 42 when she died in 1963. Sandeman, just a year younger, lived and worked for another 46 years.

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Anatomical Museum, Teviot Place.

Five unusual Edinburgh museums you should visit

From anatomy to boxing.

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Aurora borealis over Castle Stuart golf course

Ethereal effects created by the aurora borealis – better known as The Northern Lights – cast a new light on the championship golf course at Castle Stuart, near Inverness, which hosted this year’s Scottish Open tournament.

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Scottish teenagers are being offered the chance to create the ultimate self-image in one of the nations most prestigious art institutions.

‘Selfie masterclasses’ to be held at Scottish National Portrait Gallery

It is the photographic craze that has swept the world in recent years.

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German-themed burger bar to be removed from Kelpies site

KELPIES artist Andy Scott has won a battle to have a “fake Bavarian burger bar” that sits in the shadow of his beloved Kelpies sculptures removed.

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Three Cats by Nicolas Party at The Modern Institute, Airds Lane, Glasgow. Image courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute.  Photography: Max Slaven

Art Review: Nicolas Party | Jennifer West

At the Modern Institute Aird’s Lane the Swiss artist Nicolas Party’s second major solo show for the gallery is a reprise of much that has made his art distinctive and wildly popular since he graduated with an MFA from Glasgow School of Art in 2009. Born in 1980 and currently based in Brussels, he is a classically trained painter who also spent a decade as a graffiti artist in his native Switzerland. In the contradictions of those interests there is a pleasing dissonance between the untrammelled energy of the settings he creates for his art versus the apparent propriety of his oils, watercolours and more recently chalk pastels.

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City of Glasgow College's Riverside campus is among the buildings open to the public. Picture: Contributed

Doors Open Days 2016: 5 buildings to see in Edinburgh and Glasgow

FROM crematoriums to curling clubs, they are buildings used on a daily basis yet remain little known to the wider public.

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St Abbs Harbour, c.1986, oil on board, by Michael McVeigh

Art review: Michael McVeigh at the Scottish Gallery

Michael McVeigh is a street artist, or at least that is part of what he is. Certainly if you occasionally walk around the streets of Edinburgh, you may well know him by sight. He often takes up a station to draw, perhaps somewhere near the RSA looking across Princes Street Gardens towards the Old Town, for instance, and from time to time he also sells prints of his work from a stand in Rose Street. Now he has come indoors for a major show at the Scottish Gallery. Like Walter Geikie before him, however, also a bit of an outsider and a recorder of the city’s street life as part of it, McVeigh has always managed to be both an outsider and an insider. He has shown quite widely and has also had several one man shows before this one, though perhaps not on this scale. He is represented in several major collections, too, including the Scottish Parliament. For an artist so much of the people that is particularly appropriate.

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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.

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Winning image Hitchhikers, Lions mane jellyfish by George Stoyle. Picture: PA

Winners announced for capturing wildlife through a camera lens

A STRIKING image of young fish taking refuge among the stinging tentacles of a giant jellyfish has scooped the top prize in this year’s British Wildlife Photography Awards.

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Teenage Fanclub will play Edinburgh's Liquid Rooms. Picture: Contributed

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

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Revellers pack into Princes Street to welcome in 2016. Picture: TSPL

Edinburgh festive events under threat due to gallery’s revamp

EDINBURGH’S Christmas and Hogmanay celebrations are under threat from the £16.8 million project to expand Scotland’s flagship art gallery, it has emerged.

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A photograph by Keny Drew printed on glass on display at Rusacks Hotel. Picture: Alan S. Morrison

Arts review: St Andrews Photography Festival

The inaugural St Andrews Photography Festival shows lots of promise, but is lacking in focus, writes Moira Jeffrey

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The oil painting is the first in a series of political portraits by Graham McKean. Picture: contributed

Satirical painting starring Sturgeon and Salmond set for auction

A PAINTING showing a suit and stocking-clad Nicola Sturgeon driving an SNP motorcycle while Alex Salmond gives the thumbs up from a Saltire-emblazoned sidecar is to go up for auction.

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Sculptor Sandy Stoddart in his studio in Paisley. Picture: Robert Perry

Edinburgh architects’ effect on skyline compared to ISIS

MODERN architects have been accused of rampaging around Scotland’s capital like ISIS, by one of the Queen’s official artists.

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The revamp is now due for completion  in 2019.

Delay for £16.8m Scottish National Gallery overhaul

The opening of a multi-million pound extension to Scotland’s flagship art gallery has been put back until 2019 – despite the project clearing its final planning hurdle.

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A part coat on show at the the launch of the Paisley Make Festival of Creativity and Design. Picture: John Devlin

Rare collection of Paisley Pattern fabrics unveiled

A collection of rare textiles, many not seen by the public for decades, have been revealed at the Paisley Museum to mark the launch of the PaisleyMake Festival of Creativity and Design.

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A Young Man Seated Under a Tree by Isaac Oliver,  c1590-95. Picture: Contributed

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

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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

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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.

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