An Art Day

If I am honest – one of my favourite days. We really packed it in – we were on a mission – catching the 9.30am train at Drem we met up with a small selection of the North Berwick Art Collective – apart from me, an alarmingly talented, amazing bunch.

We started off at the City Art Centre when we alighted from the train at Waverley and looked round the amazing Pauline Burbidge and Charles Poulsen exhibition. All of us were totally blown away by it.

Charles’s sculptures particularly, made such talking point. Douglas has photographed Charles and Pauline’s home home at Allanbank, in the Scottish Borders, so we have been familiar with their work for a long time, but that just made it even more interesting.

We then went on to the Fruitmarket to see the Jacqueline Donachie exhibition. I loved her Advice Bar.

A Minimalist sculpture and a performance piece, it will host a programme of advice sessions throughout the exhibition, in a nod to the work’s first incarnation in New York, during which a young Donachie dispensed drinks and free advice to visitors. Brilliant!

We marched on to the Scottish Arts Club to see the Scottish Portrait Awards Two of our friends had reached the final and were included in the exhibition:

Rosie Savin’s portrait of her husband Pete Angel, above and Susan Smith’s portrait of her son Roan Du Feu, below.

We were filled with pride to see them. The winners were truly worthy though, Glasgow artist, Helen Wilson won the fine art prize with her portrait of Jonah Gaskell

while Robin Gillanders of Edinburgh received Richard Coward Photography prize. It is on until Saturday 2nd December and open to the public Tuesday to Saturday.

We all sat down for lunch next – thank goodness – it was getting a bit much. The Scottish Arts Club do a delicious lunch in beautiful surroundings for members and their guests for £12.50 for two courses. Made me think that membership was well worth investigating.

Doug and I made the mistake of heading off to the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art afterwards. It was brilliant, showing work by Ed Ruscha and the second in a six-part series of exhibitions entitled NOW, bringing together the best of contemporary art being made in Scotland with work by leading international artists. I liked Hiwa K’s The Bell Project 2007–2015, showing simultaneously two videos, one documenting a munitions yard in Northern Iraq where scrap metal was collected and sent to a bell-making foundry in Italy, the other video depicted the process of turning the weapon detritus into a beautiful ornamented bell, but I am afraid I stopped taking photographs, I am not sure if my camera battery had worn out or if I had.

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