I was really glad that I arrived at Jupiter Artland soon after the opening time of 10am, as I had the ballroom, in which the rotating Red Independent Heart was suspended from the beautiful ceiling, to myself.
In the garden outside the ballroom was a giant sculpture of a high heeled shoe called Carmen Miranda.
It was constructed with stainless steel cooking pans.
There was a collection of ceramic animals, covered in crochet and lace, on the first floor of the Steadings Gallery.
My favourite was the frog.
The wolf’s mouth was so large that it reminded me a crocodile.
I wasn’t so keen on any of three pieces on the ground floor of the Steadings Gallery.
The one below looked like a kitsch take of a Roman fountain.
The blue one was suspended from two large stainless steel shower heads.
The piece below had too many different patterns for my taste.
The first thing which I observed upon entering the Talbot Rice gallery was that there was so much more light coming in. That’s because the gallery windows had been opened up.
I really liked the flora and fauna inspired paintings in the Green Man exhibition.
It’s free to see the the Green Man exhibition by Lucy Skaer. During July and August the Talbot Rice gallery is open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 5p. But during September the gallery is shut on Sundays.
I’d been intending to visit the Art of Glass exhibition for a while. I did pop into the National Museum of Scotland one day before meeting our son for lunch, but I couldn’t find the exhibition. It’s on the third floor in the new extension.
My favourite exhibit was the Glass Cyphers installation by Griet Beyaert and Paul Miller.
Below are more photos of the Art of Glass exhibition.
It’s free to get into the Art of Glass exhibition. The National Museum of Scotland is open daily from 10am to 5pm.
There are six categories, each with a different theme, in the competition.
Nursery: A Place to Live
Primary 1 -3: Cats
Primary 4 – 7: Makers of Magic
Special Education Schools – Hair, Fur and Feathers
Secondary 1 – 3: Energy
Group: Any of the Above Themes
The Tesco Bank Art for Schools Competition exhibition will then move to Forth Valley Hospital from 22 September 2018 to 2 January 2019. The final port of call will be the McRobert at Stirlin University from 15 January to 14 April 2019.
The Art in the Garden exhibition, at New Hopetoun Gardens near Edinburgh, runs until the end of August 2018.
The exhibition showcases the work of local artists, such as Maple Tree by Raymond Douglas.
I really liked the Trout and Medieval Heron circular mosaics by Joy Parker.
One of my favourite pieces was Rosie Nixon’s Salmon Shirley Poppy. I liked the semi-transparency and being able to look through the piece from both sides.
Oscar the Octpopus by Shona Jonstone was cute.
As was Strix the Barn Owl by Joy Parker.
There are lots of large flower sculptures.
The slate stacking style DNA of a Dancer by James Parker reminded me of water features I’ve seen at Logan Botanic Gardens and Threave Gardens in Dumfries and Galloway. I assume that the water features were also by James Parker.
I really enjoyed Art in Garden at New Hopetoun Gardens. The Garden is open every day from 10am to 4.30pm. The cafe looked nice, with views over the garden and some outside seating.
Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) is hosting the first major exhibition in Europe of work of the American artist Eve Fowler.
The work is influenced by the American writer Gertrude Stein. Many of the pieces are text.
There is also a film by Eve Fowler, with it which it as if it is to be. The film features female artists based in New York and LA, filmed creating their work. There is a soundtrack of various female voices reading from Stein’s Many Many Women.
The exhibition is not the most accessible to those not into contemporary art. But I like to give different types of art, which might not initially appeal to me, a try.
The exhibition is free to enter and runs until 26 August 2018. It’s open daily from 10am to 6pm, with late opening until 8pm on a Thursday.
You can have fun seeing the 80 giant penguins in Maggies Penguin Parade in the Scottish city of Dundee and the surrounding area. The sculpture trail is a charity initiative in support of Maggie’s Centre in Dundee, where support is offered for people with cancer and their families.
I spotted my first penguin at Barnhill Rock Gardens in the Dundee suburb of Broughty Ferry. It was the Sunrise penguin.
I stopped in Dundee a couple of days later. Outside the Science Centre was the Pinguis Anatomica.
The Bagpipes and Flippers sculpture was located outside Dundee Contemporary Arts.
The very appropriately named Baltic Builder sat by the barriers at the new V&A building on the banks of the Tay Estuary, due to open on 15 September 2018.
All the penguins will be assembled in Slessor Gardens on 23 and 24 September 2018, before being auctioned off for charity on 24 September 2018.
Victoria Crowes paintings are featured in the Beyond Likeness exhibition at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh until 18 November 2018. It’s free to enter. The gallery is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.
Jenny Saville’s paintings dominate the exhibition. Not just because of their large than life human subjects, but the gallery space given over to Saville’s work.
I was less keen on Saville’s most recent paintings. They had lots of what looked like scribbles all over them.
I loved Catherine Street’s work, which isn’t that surprising, given that I am a fan of collage.
I also liked Sara Barker’s fusion of painting and metal sculpture.
Catherine Borland’s foam sculptures weren’t my cup of tea.
I liked Robin Rhode’s colourful pieces, which adorned the walls of the corridor.
If you’re a fan of contemporary art, I recommend a visit to the Now Three exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Art. Its’ free to enter and the gallery is open seven days a week from 10am to 5pm.