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Making The Great Tapestry Of Scotland opens at NEW LANARKMaking The Great Tapestry Of Scotland opens at NEW LANARK
Added: 23 May 2018
New Lanark, an 18th century cotton-spinning Mill Village and one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is delighted to turn their newly developed Exhibition Gallery into the home of the Great Tapestry of Scotland for six weeks until the 1st July 2018 (10am-5pm).

New Lanark first hosted the tapestry back in 2014, exhibiting it to over 13,000 visitors. Now in 2018, The Great Tapestry of Scotland returns to New Lanark as you’ve never seen it before. Discover the story of the tapestry’s creation through original sketches, photography, memorabilia and memories from those closest to the project. For the first time ever, panels from ‘The Great Tapestry of Scotland’ will be exhibited alongside fascinating insights from Dorie Wilkie, Lead Stitcher and her team of 1000+ stitchers who worked on the project across Scotland. The exhibition will also include original sketches and personal works by Andrew Crummy, the man behind the tapestry’s beautiful illustrative designs depicting key moments in Scotland’s history.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland was the brainchild of one of the world’s best-loved writers, Alexander McCall Smith. The 44 Scotland Street author, together with historian Alistair Moffat, and with the artistic talents of Andrew Crummy, (not to mention more than 1000 stitchers from all areas of Scotland) formed a team set to produce the world’s longest tapestries through one of the biggest community arts projects ever to take place in Scotland.

Taking 65,000 hours of stitching and using over 300 miles of wool (enough to lay the entire length of Scotland), illustrating 420 million years of Scottish history in 160 panels, this beautiful tapestry depicts the entire history of Scotland.

Textile production and innovation has been the continuous thread throughout New Lanark’s history, from the village’s early years as the one-time largest cotton manufacturer in Scotland, to now producing over 60 shades of high-quality woollen yarn using historic textile machinery and launching the world’s first Organic Tartan in 2015. Through this exciting partnership with the Tapestry makers, New Lanark offers the perfect backdrop for this wonderful exhibition which will be on show until the beginning of July 2018.
 
The Lost Words @ the BotanicsThe Lost Words @ the Botanics
Added: 21 May 2018

This summer the RBGE is delighted to be showing The Lost Words exhibition on both floors of Inverleith House. The exhibition of hauntingly beautiful paintings by Jackie Morris and exquisite spell-poems by Robert Macfarlane is being seen for the first time in Scotland just six months after The Last Words book was released. Rising quickly to the top of the book charts and recently awarded Children’s Book of the Year, The Lost Words celebrates the relationship between language and the living world, and nature’s power to spark the imagination.

Coinciding with the opening of The Lost Words, is our Connect with Nature Writing Festival. A two day literary event offering a unique opportunity to connect or re-connect with the natural world through inspirational talks by leading authors, lively Q&A sessions, workshops and tours.

19 May to 2 September 2018, 10.30am - 5.30pm daily
Website: http://www.rbge.org.uk
 
Scottish stars back National Trust for Scotland’s biggest ever campaign Scottish stars back National Trust for Scotland’s biggest ever campaign
Added: 15 May 2018
Some of Scotland’s most recognisable public figures have thrown their weight behind the National Trust for Scotland’s most ambitious campaign ever with the aim of boosting member numbers by more than a third to 500,000, doubling paid visits to 1 million and increasing regular donors and member visits over the next five years.

An extraordinary cast from Hollywood A-listers to TV favourites and sports legends have all given their time for free to support the charity. The celebrities appear alongside less familiar faces in a film which takes the unconventional approach of asking Scots what they hate about Scotland before finding out what they love about the country. The film entitled For the Love of Scotland debuted on STV on the 29th of April, taking over the whole of a prime-time ad break. At three minutes, this is thought to be the longest Scottish TV advert ever made.

The cast includes Hollywood actors Brian Cox and Gerard Butler; sporting royalty Sir Chris Hoy, Judy Murray, Alex McLeish and international rugby players Stuart Hogg and Finn Russell; TV presenter Andrea McLean and musician Evelyn Glennie. The stars were joined by a host of less well known National Trust for Scotland supporters from across Scotland as they revealed not only what gets them down about Scotland but what fires them up about the country.

Sir Chris Hoy hates potholes but loves how Scots can be the best in the world. Brian Cox hates having to work so far away from Scotland but loves how Scots all have a sense of home. Gerard Butler loves mountains, glens and lochs and naturally, Burns, but hates midges and smirr! With a nod to her passion for tennis, Judy Murray hates when ‘rain stops play’ but she loves our national treasures. Scotland manager, Alex McLeish, of course, hates Glorious Defeat, but loves how Scots all pull together as a team.

Mark Bishop, Director of Customer and Cause at the National Trust for Scotland said: “Everything we do is for the love of Scotland. The hundreds of thousands of members, donors, volunteers, visitors and staff do what they do because they care about Scotland and we thought it was time to recognise that. The National Trust for Scotland isn’t just here for a lovely day out, it stands for something much bigger than that.

“We’re about coastlines and castles, art and architecture, wildlife and wilderness. We’re here to protect our natural and national treasures for everyone to enjoy.

“We’ve set ourselves an ambitious target to do two things – firstly to help people better understand what we do and why we do it and secondly to protect the Trust for the future by increasing our members, donations and visitors.

“In creating this campaign, we’ve been heartened by the extraordinary passion we’ve tapped; from multi-award winning actors and sporting royalty to our hard working staff and volunteers and everyone else who champions our work. We have harnessed that support to help us shout louder about the important role we play in caring for Scotland now and forever.”

The For the Love of Scotland film can be seen at the National Trust for Scotland’s website
Website: http://www.nts.org.uk
 
Three cheers for 30 years of The Scotch Whisky ExperienceThree cheers for 30 years of The Scotch Whisky Experience
Added: 15 May 2018
The Scotch Whisky Experience is toasting 30 years as a whisky visitor attraction with the creation of a new and exclusive bottled blend and some special events.

Since opening in 1988, the five-star Royal Mile attraction has welcomed 6.8 million whisky fans through its doors, who have sampled a whopping 8 million drams.

Now, it has released the unique 30 year old Scotch to commemorate three decades of whisky tourism in the capital. The blend is limited to only 550 bottles, each individually numbered and visitors undertaking the Platinum Whisky Tour over the coming months will have the exclusive opportunity to sample it.

In addition to the celebratory bottling, a series of events will also be running throughout the month of May.

During May, the bar within the Amber restaurant will be offering a unique flight of four whiskies, including one from each decade over the last 30 years. This will include Cu Bocan 1988, Balblair 1991, Glenrothes 2001 and Benromach Organic 2010.

At the end of May, two special members of the team will be hiding a time capsule in the attics of the building which was originally built as Edinburgh’s Castlehill Primary School. This will include a photo of the 90-strong team and a commemorative message in an empty bottle of the new blend. The team members are general manager, Susan Morrison and head of technical, Dave Wilson who have worked at the attraction since it opened 30 years ago.
A visit by local MSP Ruth Davidson will also be taking place later this month.

Susan Morrison, director and general manager at The Scotch Whisky Experience, said: “This is a huge milestone for us at SWE and we wanted to do something truly special to commemorate – so what better way than doing what we do best and creating an exclusive new Scotch Whisky?

“We pride ourselves on providing a unique experience for all our guests, whether it’s a whisky tasting or blending session, or an intimate private dining experience and we have had a huge amount of success over the past three decades.

“It’s incredible to think that we have shared some of world’s best whiskies with 6.8 million visitors from all around the globe in the past thirty years and we are very excited to see what the next thirty will bring.”
Website: https://www.scotchwhiskyexperience.co.uk
 
New Exhibitions at The HunterianNew Exhibitions at The Hunterian
Added: 15 May 2018
Two new exhibitions are now open at The Hunterian, the University of Glasgow’s museum and art gallery.

The Philosophy Chamber: Art and Science in Harvard’s Teaching Cabinet, 1766-1820 celebrates the connections between Glasgow and Harvard over two and a half centuries and showcases two unrivalled collections which have played a vital role in teaching and research. Weaving together art and science, it presents a cross-section of the period’s art and material culture, providing an invaluable window into the art and culture of early America.

Organised in partnership with the Harvard Art Museums, The Philosophy Chamber reunites exceptional works of art and artefacts from its collections, many of which have not been on show for nearly two hundred years, and places them in the context of objects used and collected at the same time on the other side of the Atlantic, at the University of Glasgow.

Still Moving: The Films and Photographs of Ulrike Ottinger profiles the influential German filmmaker and artist, Ulrike Ottinger, whose work has rarely been exhibited in the UK. This is the first solo exhibition of Ulrike Ottinger’s films and photographs to take place in a UK art gallery and is part of Glasgow International Festival of Visual Art 2018.

Still Moving offers a survey of Ottinger’s work from the 1970s to the present day, focusing on the two mediums which have been most central to her oeuvre - still photography and moving image. A selection of the artist’s own archival material, including the sketches and scrapbooks which are fundamental to her working processes augment the photographs. A series of related events including a screening programme accompany the exhibition.

The Philosophy Chamber runs until 15 July 2018 and Still Moving until 29 July 2018.

Image: Courtesy of Ulrike Ottinger/Ulrike Ottinger Filmproduktion
Website: https://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/
 
New exhibition at City Art Centre explores therapeutic art and designNew exhibition at City Art Centre explores therapeutic art and design
Added: 15 May 2018
Each painting in ‘The Human Comedy’ series by James Pryde (1866-1941) depicts a facet of the human condition alongside a trademark imposing large four-poster bed. From that series, this exhibition at the City Art Centre features ‘The Red Bed’ (1916) from the City of Edinburgh collection, alongside work from Lothian Health Services Archive and the Alt-w Fund.

The legacy of Scottish neurosurgeon Prof Norman Dott (1897-1973) guides the exhibition. Originally an engineer, he retrained in medicine following a long spell in hospital recovering from a motorcycle accident. He constantly innovated with respect to his designs for neuroscience including the design and creation of the spherical Dott operating theatre at Edinburgh’s Western General.

In addition to works from the partners’ collections, a major focus of the exhibition is the current work of the NHS Lothian’s Art & Therapeutic Design programme and winners of the Alt-w Production Award. Exploring the activity and research interests of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience (DCN) in Edinburgh, Susana Cámara Leret, Tomoko Hayashi, Stacey Hunter, Gavin Inglis, Jack King-Spooner, Alex Menzies, Aidan Moesby, Florence To and Sven Werner present their work across design, music, graphic novels, film including interactive elements and 3D design.

The exhibition forms part of NHS Lothian’s Beyond Walls programme of art and therapeutic design, which is curated by Ginkgo Projects and funded by the Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation. The Alt-w LAB at the City Art Centre has hosted a series of fellowships and residencies as part of this programme.

The exhibition runs until Sunday 8th July.
Website: https://www.edinburghmuseums.org.uk/venue/city-art-centre
 
TOMATIN SCOOP DOUBLE AWARD WIN!TOMATIN SCOOP DOUBLE AWARD WIN!
Added: 15 May 2018
Tomatin Distillery has announced that once again its 18 Year Old Single Malt has been awarded with ‘Double Gold’ at the San Francisco World Spirit Competition. This is the 5th time the judging panel of over 40 industry experts crowned the malt with this medal making it the most consistently highly awarded malt in their core range.

Stephen Bremner, Tomatin Sales Director, said: "We are delighted that our whiskies have yet again been recognised at these prestigious awards. With such stiff competition, we’re thrilled that such a breadth of Tomatin whiskies have been recognised and awarded not only Silver and Gold medals, but Double Gold awards too.”

The judging panel went through four days of blind tastings before going on to judge each entry on its own merit. Awarded to the very few entries that receive a Gold medal, Tomatin’s 18 Year Old is rated by all members of the judging panel as among one of the finest products in the world.

The 18 Year Old has been awarded nine gold awards and one silver since 2008 and is matured in oak casks and first fill Oloroso Sherry butts. Featuring flavours of honey and soft oak, the dram develops into a hint of dark chocolate with a citrus bite before a sustained sweet and slightly dry finish.

Tomatin received 13 medals in total at the spirits ‘Oscars’, with the 12 Year Old receiving its fifth gold in a row, while Tomatin’s travel retail range saw its 15 Year Old and 40 Year Old awarded gold, the latter receiving double gold. And for the first time ever, Tomatin’s Cask Strength was awarded a gold medal.

Founded in 2000, each year the San Francisco World Spirit Competition recognises exceptional products in the spirits industry and some of the finest products from around the world.
Website: http://www.tomatin.com
 
Scottish Botanical Art in Groundbreaking International ExhibitionScottish Botanical Art in Groundbreaking International Exhibition
Added: 30 Apr 2018
Botanical artists are showcasing Scottish native plants in a major new international initiative involving more than 25 countries. Art societies across the globe are collaborating to exhibit contemporary paintings of native plants, both on-line and at venues in each of the countries, to raise awareness about biodiversity and flora.

Scotland’s exhibition, Flora Scotia, organised by the Scottish Botanical Art Collective (SBAC), features over 56 pieces of work by 34 artists. These have been chosen from more than 70 entries by a selection panel of prestigious artists and scientists. The exhibition is now being staged in the John Hope Gateway at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) until Sunday 3 June.

Digital slide shows are being created for the inaugural Worldwide Day of Botanical Art on Friday 18 May. The Flora Scotia show, featuring 25 slides, will be shown at RBGE and around the world.

Senior Lecturer in Botany at RBGE, Dr Greg Kenicer explained: “It is important to recognise native plants. Flora Scotia has been a wonderful exhibition to be involved in – it is a privilege to be part of this global collaboration among artists and botanists. The exhibition uses a series of beautiful pieces to explain the story of Scotland’s plants – from the rarest threatened species to everyday ‘weeds’. The sheer range of styles and subjects is stunning, so it really showcases the diversity of botanical illustration in Scotland, the skill of the artists and the emotive power of their work.’’
He added: “The work of RBGE weaves a thread through the whole exhibition. Conserving the rare species, understanding how our landscape and plants may respond to modern rapid environmental change, and the fundamental importance of plants to Scottish society through the ages all crop up as themes. For me, this was an added delight, to see just how many places our work touches on the Scottish Flora.”

The primary aim of the initiative being led by the American Society of Botanical Artists (ASBA) is to link people with plants through botanical art.
 
Treasure of Fyvie Castle goes Dutch at High Society exhibition Treasure of Fyvie Castle goes Dutch at High Society exhibition
Added: 25 Apr 2018
One of the National Trust for Scotland’s most-celebrated and well-known paintings is being displayed in Amsterdam, as part of an exhibition which showcases the work of some of the great masters of art.

Normally resident at Fyvie Castle, Ellon, the life-size Pompeo Batoni portrait of Colonel William Gordon (1736-1816) – wearing the uniform of the 105th Regiment of Foot and Huntly Tartan – is currently on show at the Rijksmuseum, the Dutch national museum dedicated to art and history.

The Batoni is one of thirty-five historic paintings of Europe’s rich and powerful from all over the world being displayed at the museum’s High Society exhibition, which runs until 3 June 2018.

Painted in Rome during his "grand tour" of Europe in 1766, the portrait depicts William Gordon as a swaggering Scotsman in the guise of a Roman hero – a style preferred by the aristocracy of the time – standing before the ruins of the Colosseum, swathed in toga-like tartan.

The Colonel is holding his sword, which he famously threatened to use to quash a revolt in the Houses of Parliament in 1780, and is seen receiving the orb of authority and laurel wreath of victory from the figure of Roma.

David Hopes, Head of Collections and Interiors (Policy) at the Trust, said: "The inclusion of the portrait in such a high-profile exhibition is testament to its quality and importance – Batoni was one of the most famous artists of his time and the painting of Colonel Gordon is one of his seminal pieces. This isn’t the first time the painting has gone on tour; it’s an ambassador for the Trust, having previously been displayed in Washington D.C., Edinburgh and Monza. It’s a special piece and we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share it with the wider world."

Temporarily taking the Batoni painting’s place at Fyvie Castle is a picture of Colonel Gordon’s former scullery maid and housekeeper, Isobel "Belle" Black. Isobel was also his mistress, bearing him a son known as William Gordon of Fyvie, before becoming his wife.

Vikki Duncan, Curator North, for the Trust, said: "This is the first time we will be displaying the portrait of Isobel Black at Fyvie Castle – we only re-discovered the painting at Mar Lodge last summer. It had been in storage for years and we then managed to work out who she was. When the portrait of Colonel Gordon returns from Amsterdam, we might look to re-unite the family, displaying them together in one room temporarily in what would be another first for the Trust."
Website: http://www.nts.org.uk
 
CANALETTO @ THE QUEEN’S GALLERYCANALETTO @ THE QUEEN’S GALLERY
Added: 25 Apr 2018
The largest ever exhibition of Canaletto’s paintings in Scotland opens on 11 May at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse.

The exhibition includes Canaletto’s famous series of 12 paintings which create a near complete journey down the Grand Canal, Venice’s most famous waterway.

Through over 100 paintings, drawings and prints from the Royal Collection’s exceptional holdings, the exhibition presents the work of Venice’s most famous view-painter alongside that of his contemporaries, including Sebastiano and Marco Ricci, Francesco Zuccarelli, Giovanni Battista Piazzetta and Pietro Longhi and explores how they captured the essence and allure of Venice for their 18th century audience, as they still do today.

In 1762, the young monarch George III purchased virtually the entire collection of Joseph Smith, an English merchant and later British consul in Venice. Smith had built an outstanding art collection of 18th century Venetian art. One of the most important of Smith’s commissions from Canaletto was the series of 12 paintings of the Grand Canal, which together create a near complete journey down the waterway.

Venice also boasted a thriving opera and theatre scene, especially during carnival season. Many artists such as Canaletto, worked for the theatre, where they learned how to manipulate perspective to heighten drama. Included in the exhibition is a Marco Ricci stage design and his caricature of the internationally famed castrato Farinelli.

In paintings, prints, drawings and books, the exhibition brings the splendour and many delights of this most beautiful city to The Queen’s Gallery, Edinburgh.

Image: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018
Website: http://www.royalcollection.org,uk
 
LOCH TAY SAFARISLOCH TAY SAFARIS
Added: 25 Apr 2018
Loch Tay Safaris enjoyed a successful maiden season in 2017 offering hundreds of tourists the chance to see Perthshire’s largest loch from a unique viewpoint and immersing them in the history and heritage of this amazing place.

This Easter, Iolaire, will take to the iconic waters again, having been successfully launched with a Gaelic blessing for good luck.

After the long winter, the company is also delighted to announce that its popular Dawn Patrol Safaris are taking to the Perthshire hills once again. Visitors can experience the noise and drama of the dawn chorus as the moors and glens come to life, and enjoy a delicious Scottish Breakfast on their return.

Ross Dempster, General Manager said: "No question – this is one of our best Safaris! Early morning is the perfect time to experience the noise and drama of the dawn chorus as the moors and glens awaken with fantastic photographic opportunities. Visitors may even be lucky enough to see the Majestic Red Deer, Black Grouse lekking, the elusive Mountain Hare and the soaring Golden Eagle. In the company of an experienced and knowledgeable Safari Ranger, they will have an opportunity to witness this wilderness environment as they’ve never seen it before."
Website: http://www.highlandsafaris.net
 
SCOTTISH RHODODENDRON FESTIVALSCOTTISH RHODODENDRON FESTIVAL
Added: 25 Apr 2018
Enjoy wonderful displays of rhododendrons at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, a centre for Rhododendron studies since the 19th century. Together, their four Gardens - Edinburgh, Benmore, Dawyck and Logan - have one of the world’s richest collections. All four Gardens are taking part in this year’s Scottish Rhododendron Festival which is being organised by Discover Scottish Gardens and supported by VisitScotland.


Celebrating rhododendrons at Edinburgh

Come to the Edinburgh Garden and see spectacular displays of rhododendrons blooming outdoors. Visit the Glasshouses and discover exotic Vireya rhododendrons.
RBGE has the largest cultivated collection of Vireya rhododendrons in the world. These plants thrive indoors in the Montane Tropics Glasshouse, benefiting from the long hours of daylight and cool temperatures of the summer growing season in Scotland.

Rhododendron paradise at Benmore

Benmore’s famous rhododendron collection boasts more than 250 species, 100 subspecies and a further 300 hybrids.
Enjoy a Rhododendron Walk and Workshop with David Chamberlain, an internationally-respected authority on rhododendrons, on Tues 24th April at 2pm (free with Garden admission).
Join members of Cowal Camera Club on a seasonal photography workshop on Thurs 3rd May at 2pm (free with Garden admission).

Spectacular spring colour at Dawyck

Visit Dawyck in springtime and prepare to be amazed by the riot of seasonal colour provided by the Garden’s renowned collection of rhododendrons.
Enjoy a guided tour and learn about the history of the Garden and its living collections every Sunday at 2.15pm (free with Garden admission).

Seasonal splendour at Logan

Discover Logan’s unusual and fragrant collection of rhododendrons. Many rare and tender species thrive outdoors at Scotland’s most exotic Garden.
Why not join a guided walk and find out more about the Garden’s rhododendrons and other spring flowering plants. Walks will take place on Tues 10th April and Tues 8th May between 10.30am and noon (free with Garden admission).

Runs until Thursday 31st May
Website: http://www.rbge.org.uk
 
The Great Tapestry of Scotland returns to New Lanark - as never seen before!The Great Tapestry of Scotland returns to New Lanark - as never seen before!
Added: 03 Apr 2018
New Lanark, an 18th century cotton-spinning Mill Village and one of Scotland’s 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, is delighted to announce the return of the Great Tapestry of Scotland with a brand new exhibition open this spring & summer, MAKING OF THE GREAT TAPESTRY OF SCOTLAND from 18th May – 1st July 2018.

After first exhibiting the tapestry in 2014, to a record 13,000 visitors, New Lanark are delighted to be welcoming the tapestry back as never seen before. The new ‘making of’ exhibition, curated internally by New Lanark’s Exhibitions Officer Evelyn Whitelaw, will allow visitors to discover the story of the tapestry’s creation through original sketches, photography, memorabilia and memories from those closest to the project.

For the first time ever, panels from ‘The Great Tapestry of Scotland’ will be exhibited alongside fascinating insights from Dorie Wilkie, Lead Stitcher and her team of 1000+ stitchers who worked on the project across Scotland. The exhibition will also include original sketches and personal works by Andrew Crummy, the man behind the tapestry’s beautiful illustrative designs depicting key moments in Scotland’s history.

The Great Tapestry of Scotland was the brainchild of one of the world’s best-loved writers, Alexander McCall Smith. The 44 Scotland Street author, together with historian Alistair Moffat, and with the artistic talents of Andrew Crummy, (not to mention more than 1000 stitchers from all areas of Scotland) formed a team set to produce the world’s longest tapestries through one of the biggest community arts projects ever to take place in Scotland.

Taking 65,000 hours of stitching and using over 300 miles of wool (enough to lay the entire length of Scotland), illustrating 420 million years of Scottish history in 160 panels, this beautiful tapestry depicts the entire history of Scotland.

Textile production and innovation has been the continuous thread throughout New Lanark’s history, from the village’s early years as the one-time largest cotton manufacturer in Scotland, to now producing over 60 shades of high-quality woollen yarn using historic textile machinery and launching the world’s first Organic Tartan in 2015. Through this exciting partnership with the Tapestry makers, New Lanark offers the perfect backdrop for this wonderful exhibition which will be on show until the beginning of July 2018.
Website: http://www.newlanark.org/
 
Queen Victoria exhibition opens at Blair CastleQueen Victoria exhibition opens at Blair Castle
Added: 03 Apr 2018
Following the nation’s interest and intrigue in the life of Queen Victoria, Blair Castle opened its doors on Friday 30th March to a new exhibition ‘Victoria at Blair Castle’, which aims to reveal the monarch’s connection with the highland estate and her close friendship with the Duchess of Atholl.
This special exhibition will celebrate the re-opening of the castle in time for Easter and over the next ten weeks guests will be treated to a memorable experience, that will look back at the royal’s close connection with Atholl Estates and Blair Castle. This new feature to the castle guarantees the perfect day out for fans of ITV’s award-winning series ‘Victoria’ and includes some of the stunning costumes from the period drama.
The castle’s archivist has curated an educational and engaging showcase of images and artefacts relating to the time Queen Victoria and Prince Albert visited the region, alongside key facts and anecdotes which illustrate the role they played in the history of Atholl Estates.
The setting for episode 7 in the second series of the ITV programme, Blair Castle has a long history with the royal family. Visitors to the exhibition will see the beautiful bedroom suite purchased by the Duke of Atholl specifically for Queen Victoria’s visit. With no expense spared on the furniture and décor, Queen Victoria later wrote in her journal: “We went to look at the old and really handsome rooms in which we lived.”
First visiting Scotland in 1842, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert quickly fell in love with the country and subsequently chose to return in 1844, when they stayed at Blair Castle for three weeks.
Julia Sim, Head of Sales and Marketing at Blair Castle, said: “Blair Castle is a truly fitting venue to host this Queen Victoria Exhibition. Not only did Queen Victoria and Prince Albert develop a close relationship with the Duke and Duchess of Atholl, but they were also advocates of Blair Castle and enjoyed their initial visit to the region so much that they chose to return for, what in those days was, a long stay.
“The combination of old and personal artefacts belonging to Queen Victoria, alongside the replica costumes from the ITV period drama all help bring the stories from the past back to life. They also paint a picture of the relationships and happy times enjoyed by the royal couple at Blair Castle. Whether you’re a history buff or simply want to find out more about the royal family’s Scottish connections, the exhibition has something for everyone.”
The Queen Victoria Exhibition will run from Friday 30 March until Sunday 10 June. Access to the exhibition is included in the entrance fee of £12 per adult, with annual season passes for access to Blair Castle and the grounds available at a cost of just £20 per adult.

Image copyright Craig Stephen Photographers
Website: http://www.blair-castle.co.uk
 
CHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH MAKING THE GLASGOW STYLECHARLES RENNIE MACKINTOSH MAKING THE GLASGOW STYLE
Added: 29 Mar 2018
Charles Rennie Mackintosh Making the Glasgow Style charts Glasgow’s contribution in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, a time when there was an energetic and radical outpouring of new ideas across all the arts in Europe, most notably in the fields of design and architecture. In Glasgow, this gave birth to the Glasgow Style, a distinctive variant of Art Nouveau centred on The Glasgow School of Art. At the heart of it was the work of ’The Four’: Mackintosh, his future wife Margaret Macdonald, her younger sister Frances, and Frances’ future husband, James Herbert McNair.

The exhibition features more than 250 objects, which highlight the diverse spectrum of media Mackintosh and his contemporaries mastered. These include: stained glass, glass, ceramics, mosaic, metalwork, furniture, textiles, stencilling, needlework and embroidery, posters, books, interior and tearoom design, and architectural drawings.

Key highlights include a section of lathe and plaster wall with a stencilled design by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Miss Cranston’s Ingram Street Tearooms. An early example, from 1900 of his internationally renowned rose motif, this wall section was salvaged just prior to the building being gutted and repurposed into a hotel in 1971. Meticulously conserved, this stunning piece of architectural history will be on display for the first time since its removal from the former tearoom premises. This will be shown alongside a number of other decorative elements and fittings from the interiors of the Ingram Street Tearooms, again for the first time on public display; conserved especially for this show.

Other feature objects include delicate watercolours not shown in a generation, including Pinks, Grey Iris and Part Seen, Imagined Part. Unique pieces of furniture, including a high backed chair from the Ingram Street Tearooms, 1900, and a chair for the drawing and music room at Hous’hill, Nitshill, 1904. Four beautifully repoussé-lead framed symbolic watercolours by Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s wife Margaret Macdonald and her sister Frances Macdonald entitled The Seasons, of 1897–98 will be shown together for the first time since the early 1980s, together with a stunning poster for The Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts designed by the Macdonald sisters and James Herbert McNair.

The exhibition is given a deeper context by the inclusion of work never before seen on public display by some of Mackintosh’s key Glasgow Style contemporaries, including a standing clock by Peter Wylie Davidson, an illustrated score cover for Wagner’s Götterdämmerung by Dorothy Carleton Smyth, and sketchbooks owned and filled by Talwin Morris. Also on show are original drawings for both the exterior and interior designs for some of his architectural masterpieces.

The exhibition at Kelvingrove Museum is one of the highlight events in a yearlong celebration throughout 2018 entitled Mackintosh 150. It is co-ordinated by Mackintosh heritage partners from across Glasgow and beyond and includes a programme of events at The Lighthouse and at Mackintosh Queen’s Cross, as well as the re-opening of Mackintosh at the Willow, Miss Cranston’s original tearooms in Sauchiehall Street. The Glasgow School of Art, The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow, House for An Art Lover and the new V&A Dundee will all play host to dedicated event and exhibition programmes.

From Friday 30 March until Tuesday 14 August 2018. Tickets cost £7 per adult/ £5 per concession, children under 16 free.

Image from annanphotographs.co.uk
Website: http://www.glasgowmuseums.com
 
Growing greener credentials at Logan Botanic GardenGrowing greener credentials at Logan Botanic Garden
Added: 14 Mar 2018
Logan Botanic Garden, one of Dumfries & Galloway’s leading visitor attractions, has underscored its commitment to saving the environment by being one of the first Gardens in Scotland to install an electric vehicle charge point.

The Garden, which already holds a Gold Green Tourism Award, received a 75 per cent grant from the Energy Saving Trust, for the double 7KW charge point which has been installed in the visitor car park.

Garden Curator Richard Baines said: “I believe Logan to be the first Garden in Scotland to install an electric charge point for vehicles. We are now able to attract electric car users from far and wide. They will have the confidence to visit because they know they will have power for the return journey.’’

He added: “Logan is continually looking at ways to improve its green credentials. We wholeheartedly support the eco-movement towards electrically operated vehicles to safeguard our planet by reducing harmful emissions and greenhouse gases. By reducing climate change we will aid plant conservation and reduce habitat destruction.

“Being part of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh - with a Mission Statement dedicated to conserve, explore and explain the world of plants for a better future- it is important to integrate the organisation’s work with the wider ecological benefits of creating a far greater sustainable environment, as a whole, and to show all our visitors what everyone could achieve with a bit of work”.

Other green practices at Logan include the solar PV and air source heat pumps running the carbon-neutral Logan Conservatory to being part of the new initiative Refill D&G to reduce plastic waste.

The range of eco-friendly and recycled goods sold in the gift shop is also vast and very in keeping with the sustainable theme that the staff operate on a daily basis.
 
POLAR BEAR CUB EMERGESPOLAR BEAR CUB EMERGES
Added: 08 Mar 2018
The first polar bear cub to be born in the UK for 25 years has emerged at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s Highland Wildlife Park.

Previously, the birth had only been confirmed by high-pitched noises heard from the maternity den. Now the cub’s first venture into the outside world has been caught on cameras installed by STV Productions during a two-year exclusive project to document the breeding and birth of the cub.

The cameras have been positioned outside the female polar bear’s den since early February, giving unprecedented access for a forthcoming documentary, made for Channel 4 by STV Productions, about the park’s pioneering polar bear breeding programme.

The cub was born in the week before Christmas, with mum Victoria having mated with Arktos, one of two male polar bears at the park, at Kincraig near Kingussie.

Victoria and her cub’s enclosure will remain closed to the public until late March to ensure privacy. Arktos can still be viewed in the enclosure he shares with Walker, the park’s other male.

Una Richardson, head keeper responsible for carnivores, said, “Victoria had started to come outside by herself for short periods to eat, drink and roll around in the snow, so we knew her cub would soon follow her but we couldn’t be sure when.

“I was visiting Victoria on Sunday morning to check she had fresh water and to continue slowly reintroducing food to her diet, after four months during which she lived solely off the fat reserves she built up before she entered her den.

“Suddenly I saw a small, fluffy bundle next to her and had to pinch myself to check I wasn’t seeing things. It was a very special experience and one I’ll never forget. We also have motion-sensitive cameras safely positioned near Victoria’s den and we were delighted to see we had captured her cub’s first few steps outside.

“Both mum and cub appear to be doing well, though this is still a sensitive time and they need as much peace and quiet as possible. Our keeper activity at their enclosure will remain at a minimum for the next couple of weeks, after which visitors will be able to see Victoria and our wonderful new arrival.

“In the coming weeks we’ll also be able to find out if we have a little boy or girl and then we’ll decide on a name.”

Born blind and weighing little more than a guinea pig, the cub is now able to see and is the size of a Scottish terrier, having fed exclusively on Victoria’s fat-rich milk over the past 12 weeks.

The cub’s arrival has been welcomed by polar bear conservation charity Polar Bears International, whose executive director Krista Wright said, “We would like to congratulate Highland Wildlife Park on the successful birth of their polar bear cub.

“With polar bears facing grave threats from sea ice loss in a warming climate, it is important for facilities like Highland Wildlife Park to help educate visitors and involve them in solutions. This cub will serve as an ambassador for its wild cousins, inspiring people to care.”

Britain’s Polar Bear Cub airs on Channel 4 at 7pm on Sunday 18 March.


Website: http://www.highlandwildlifepark.org.uk
 
The Scotch Whisky Experience adds sign languages to its toursThe Scotch Whisky Experience adds sign languages to its tours
Added: 14 Feb 2018
In a pivotal move to enhance accessibility, the Scotch Whisky Experience have invested over £50,000 into multi-functional audio guides which feature interpreters conducting tours in both British Sign Language (BSL) and American Sign Language (ASL).
As 80% of visitors to The Scotch Whisky Experience come from overseas, subtitled tours in German, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch and Swedish will also be launching, allowing deaf visitors from these countries to enjoy the tour in their own language.
The addition of the new BSL and ASL devices means that they now offer whisky tours in a total of 20 languages at the Scotch Whisky Experience.
Lenka Whyles, Head of Operations at The Scotch Whisky Experience, said: “Investing in American and British Sign Language to enhance our suite of languages shows both our commitment to accessibility and our wish for all our visitors to enjoy a 5-star experience in their own language.
“Careful consideration has been given to the background colour of the screen on the new devices, as well as the clothes of the interpreters to make them as user-friendly as possible and we also flew one of the American signers over from the USA.
“We are really excited that this project is ready to go live and very much look forward to welcoming our first BSL and ASL customers.”
The BSL and ASL tours at the Scotch Whisky Experience were officially launched from Tuesday 23rd January.
In 2017, the visitor attraction continued its commitment to accessibility and made upgrades to allow increased flexibility for wheelchair users, enabling them to experience the new audio-visual tour elements in full. A wheelchair was also purchased for visitors to use on a free of charge basis.
The full list of languages offered at The Scotch Whisky Experience is as follows: British Sign Language, American Sign Language, Gaelic, French, German, Dutch, Swedish, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Japanese, Czech, Russian, Mandarin, Hindi, Hungarian, Korean, Brazilian Portuguese and Cantonese.
 
NEW ERA - Scottish Modern ArtNEW ERA - Scottish Modern Art
Added: 05 Dec 2017
National Galleries of Scotland are delighted to announce the opening of A New Era: Scottish Modern Art 1900-1950. This exhibition is now open at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art.

This major new exhibition in Modern Two reveals the remarkable yet relatively unknown response by Scottish artists of the explosion of modern art in Europe in the first half of the 20th Century. More than 100 paintings, sculptures and works on paper by over 50 artists are on display.

The radical new work produced in Paris around the turn of the century by artists such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse was a catalyst for Scottish modernism. A New Era charts their influence on artists like JD Fergusson and SJ Peploe, through to Alan Davie, Doris Zinkeisen, William Gear, Margaret Mellis and Eduardo Paolozzi, who were at the forefront of European contemporary art in the 1950s.

Runs until 10 June 2018
Website: http://www.nationalgalleries.org
 
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