Part of the Dundee Women’s Festival, the exhibition Portraits of Women in Science is a series of portraits by Duncan of Jordanstone artist Janice Aitken of women working in the sciences in the local area, accompanied by descriptions of their career journeys.
You can also take this opportunity to help women and children in the local area who find themselves in a homeless situation as the result of domestic violence, by donating toiletries (toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, hair brushes and relaxing bath products are some of the suggested items to donate) which can be dropped off at the collection bins at each of the Festival venues.
Portraits of Women in Science, 1-18 March, 9am-7pm, Dalhousie Building, University of Dundee
Head to the Stockbridge Market on Saunders Street and let your mum pick her own present, from the array of olives, patés, jams and pickles, cheeses, bread, macarons, meat, fish and game, cakes, and vintage clothes on offer. To make a day of it, stop at Florentine’s at North West Circus Place for hot chocolate, viennoiserie and the Sunday papers on the way, and at The Saint on St Stephen’s Street for a drink in front of the fire on the way back.
The Stockbridge Market, 18 March, 10am-5pm, Saunders Street
Hotel du Vin are laying on a musical feast for cool cats (and their children) with a three course lunch set to the sound of a live jazz band, plus a complementary glass of Prosecco and a gift (handy if you forgot yours) for mum, all for £30 each.
12-3pm, Hotel du Vin, Bristo Place, Edinburgh
The Sunday market on Ashton Lane is a cornucopia of vintage clothes, handmade jewellery, vinyl, bric a brac and art works, and thus the ideal location for a day out and a spot of gift shopping. Stop for tea and cake at Kember & Jones a stone’s throw away on Byres Road, and then head back to the Lane to the Grosvenor cinema, which has a special showing at 4pm of, appropriately enough, And God Created Woman.
Ashton Lane Sunday Market, 18 March, 10am-5pm
And God Created Woman, 18 March, 4pm, Grosvenor Cinema, Ashton Lane
80s movie fan mum:
Bill Murray, lovingly rendered in coloured pencil; what more could a woman want? Edinburgh artist Megan Lindsay has turned Sofi’s bar into a shrine to the great man, exhibiting her portraits and screening classics from Murray’s long and varied career, including Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and, of course, Ghostbusters. Take advantage of Sofi’s Champagne Sundays too and spoil your mum with a good deal on some bubbles.
Bill Murray Exhibition, Sofi’s, 65 Henderson Street, Edinburgh, 2 March-1 May
As for gift inspiration, you may wish to go elsewhere, given that these are some of the Mother’s Day presents given by the Scotsman.com team in previous years:
Fake flowers and a slab of Dairy Milk from the last petrol station on the way home (after being reminded that it was Mother’s Day en route)
My unstinting love for another year
A share in an ironing board