Ten thought-provoking World Press Photo 2018 entries

From the far right in America to the Marathon des Sables, the World Press Photo competition can be relied upon to attract entries which may its viewers think.


Dunbar to host Stone Stacking European Championships

STONE stacking will return to East Lothian in April when the second European championships are held in Dunbar.

Robert Wilson has taken over from Ben Thomson as chair of Creative Scotland.

Sculpture park founder to take over as Creative Scotland chair

The multi-millionaire founder of a vast sculpture park on the outskirts of Edinburgh is to take over as chair of troubled arts quango Creative Scotland.
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In pictures: stunning pictures of Scotland’s east coast

An amateur photographer has created a selection of breathtaking photographs that show off the beauty of Scotland’s east coast.

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The modernist interior and distinctive shape fell out of favour as assengers sought a more retro look.

Sixties splendour revived as exhibition celebrates QE2 Formica fest

From its sunken apple green settees in the circular midships lobby to the abundance of chrome and Formica, it was a calling card for Britain’s bold brand of mid-century modernism.

Elizabeth Blackadder is celebrated for her exquisite flower paintings, and her Orchids and Bananas is a fine example

Art review: Winter Flowers

WINTER Flowers at the RSA owes at least part of its inspiration to The Beechgrove Garden on BBC2. Colin Greenslade, the exhibition’s organiser, describes how seeing the Edinburgh garden of certain RSA friends and supporters visited by the Beechgrove gardeners moved him to realise a long-held ambition to create a show of botanical art from the RSA collection.

Japanese architect Kengo Kuma won the competition to design Dundee's V&A museum eight years ago.

Architect of Dundee's V&A museum wants to create another building in Scotland

The architect of Dundee's new V&A museum of design says he wants to return to Scotland to work on another project.
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Alasdair Gray with his reworked mural, which was originally a private commission in 1965. The print is on display at The Lighthouse gallery. Picture: John Devlin/TSPL

Never before seen Alasdair Gray mural goes on public display

It was first commissioned in 1965 by the son of a cinema impresario to decorate the stairwell in his family’s townhouse in Glasgow’s fashionable North Kelvinside district.

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Installation shot of Burns Unbroke at Summerhall, showing Big Blue Burns by Robert Mach (left) and Cool Scot by Greg Moody (right) PIC: Jane Barlow/PA Wire

Art review: Burns Unbroke, Summerhall, Edinburgh

The more closely you look at Robert Burns, the more he seems to shift and fragment before your eyes. Ploughman dreamer or highly literate wordsmith? Tax man or socialist? A philanderer who penned some of the most beautiful love poems ever written? His image has become instantly recognisable all over the world, but the handful of artists who depicted him during his lifetime seemed to agree on very little about what he looked like. He is embedded in the Scottish psyche like no other figure, but is it possible that the Burns myth says more about us than it does about him?

Installation shot of Steven Campbell: Love at Tramway in Glasgow PIC: John Devlin

Art reviews: Steven Campbell at Tramway, Glasgow | Alexander Moffat at Open Eye, Edinburgh

When Steven Campbell reached a crisis in his working life, he took on his idols in a series of collages. The results show him to be a true original, writes Duncan Macmillan

A portrait of Lincoln and his youngest son, Tad. Picture: J Paul Getty Museum

Pioneering Scots photographer’s Civil War images feature in new show

From slain corpses piled three deep in a sunken clay ditch to the portraits of an increasingly careworn President Abraham Lincoln, he captured for posterity the most turbulent era of a young nation’s history.

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Children's theatre company Catherine Wheels says it has been "penalised for success" by Creative Scotland.

Theatre companies hit out over Creative Scotland cuts

Creative Scotland has been accused of making a mockery of an official “Year of Young People” by cutting support for children’s theatre companies - despite receiving millions of pounds of extra funding from the Scottish Government
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Creative Scotland chief executive Janet Archer would not comment on any of the specific funding cuts.

Fury as Fringe and theatre companies have funding axed by Creative Scotland

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the city’s King’s and Festival theatres and the body that promotes its Unesco “City of Literature” status have had their funding stripped by Creative Scotland.
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Detail from This Mess is Kept Afloat by Kate V Robertson at Dundee Contemporary Arts

Art reviews: Andrew Lacon and Kate V Robertson at DCA | Aaron Angell at GoMA

Eventually, after some time spent looking at Andrew Lacon’s new work in DCA’s Gallery 1, I decide to ask if I can walk on it. It is a floor, after all, a marble terrazzo floor in a geometric pastel design. On the other hand, there is a walkway around it. And we are in an art gallery. One isn’t usually invited to walk on works of art. The answer, however, is yes.

5 Soldiers by the Rosie Kay Dance Company, pictured at Edinburgh Castle by Colin Hattersley

Hannah Utley: What a drama! How conversation starters can build real connections

I spent my first day as ­creative learning officer at Macrobert Arts Centre in Sauchie Hall, where members of the ­community were exploring the theme of protest with artist Philip Gurrey and drama practitioner Lucy Wild – all inspired by a production called Coal (Gary Clarke Company).

The sinking of the Iolaire near Stornoway's harbour in 1919 was one of Britain's worst maritime disasters.

Hero of Iolaire disaster to be honoured in new stage show

A hero of the Iolaire disaster which claimed the lives of more than 200 servicemen returning to the Isle of Lewis is to inspire a new musical production marking its centenary.

Former Scottish Album of the Year winner Anna Meredith will be creating the Edinburgh International Festival's opening event with video designers 59 Productions.

First World War centenary event to open Edinburgh International Festival

The centenary of the end of the First World War is to be commemorated in a spectacular opening curtain-raiser for the Edinburgh International Festival.
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Dundee's 80 million waterfront museum has been in the planning for more than a decade.

V&A Dundee to open in September with ocean liners exhibition

A lavish celebration of the golden age of ocean travel will be unveiled at Dundee’s long-awaited V&A Museum of Design when it opens to the public in the autumn.
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The Bayeux Tapestry could be displayed in Britain after France agreed in principle to the historic artwork leaving the country for the first time in 950 years. Picture: AFP/Getty

Bayeux Tapestry could be put on display in Britain

The Bayeux Tapestry could be put on display in Britain following reports French president Emmanuel Macron has agreed to allow the artwork to leave France for the first time in 950 years.

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Service of State or durbar set presented by Chamarajendra Wadiyar X, Maharaja of Mysore, part of the Splendours of the Subcontinent exhibition at the Queen's Gallery in Edinburgh PIC: Royal Collection Trust / � Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2017

Art reviews: Splendours of the Subcontinent at the Queen’s Gallery | BP Portrait Award 2017, Scottish National Portrait Gallery

Gold, diamonds, rubies, emeralds... the gifts the Prince of Wales received on his 1875 tour of the Indian Subcontinent are nothing if not lavish

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