Category Archives: Scotland

What to do in Scotland; attractions in Scotland and the best places to visit in Scotland.

Adventures in Space: The Architecture of Science Fiction exhibition in Edinburgh

The Adventures in Space: The Architecture of Science Fiction outdoor exhibition in Edinburgh’s Festival Square runs until 30 September 2017. It’s part of the Festival of Architecture 2017, organised by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

I took photos of the Adventures in Space exhibition as it was being set up. I didn’t have time to hang around until it was ready, as I needed to drive out of Edinburgh before the start of the evening rush hour.

Below is a selection of photos of the display boards that had been erected when I was there.

If you are a science fiction fan, you should head to Edinburgh to see the Adventures in Space exhibition, preferably on a dry day.

Taste Exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow

The Taste exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow opened on 14 July 2017.

Here are photos of some of exhibits.

Overcast cold / upturned leaves / laid on a line in bracken by Andrew Goldsworthy

Hazel stick throws Banks, Cumbria by Andrew Goldsworthy

Campbell’s Soup II: Oyster Stew

Paintings by Beryl Cook

The Glen, Port Glasgow by Stanley Spence

Photography is dead long live painting by David Hockney

Review of Sky Lodge Perth Scotland

I stayed at the Skylodge Perth in Scone on a Saturday night in late May 2017. I searched for the cheapest single room in the Perth/ Blairgowrie area on the HotelCombined price comparison website. The Perth Skylodge was by far the cheapest. I found a single room for £27 on Laterooms.com.

When you turn into Perth Airport, you take the first turn to the left to reach the Skylodge. There appear to be quite a few industrial units and domestic dwellings on the site, so it wasn’t that easy to spot the Sklylodge on the signs.

Check-in is in a separate building which looks a bit like a portacabin. There were no spaces left at the car parking area closest to my room, so I left the car near reception.

My single room was in a single storey block.

The room was nicer inside than the exterior had led me to believe.  There was a pine chair, desk and a small bedside chest of drawers. However there was nowhere to hang my clothes, so initially I laid them out on the bed. Then when I went to bed, I hung them on the back of the chair.

The single bed was comfortable. I didn’t try the free WiFi. I had a good mobile broadband signal. A notice in the room advised that the WiFi was only suitable for checking emails and light browsing.

The shower room wasn’t great. It was small and there wasn’t a towel rail or a shelf for toiletries.

I knew that I’d arrive at the room in late evening, so it didn’t bother me that’s it’s located outside Scone. But if you want a short walk to a choice of pubs and restaurants, Perth Skylodge won’t suit you.

Check-out time was pretty early 10.30am.

For the price of £27 on a Saturday, Perth Skylodge offered clean, quiet accommodation.  My main recommendation to improve the room would be to add some hanging space.

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The Great Tapestry of Scotland

The Great Tapestry of Scotland is on display in Alloa Library until 18 August 2017. It’s free to see this wonderful pictorial history of Scotland in Alloa.

Below are photos of some of my favourite pieces.

Bank of Scotland founded 1695

Home Weaving, Reeling and Spinning

Listen to the surge of the sea

George Smith founds the Glenlivet Distillery 1824

Paisley Lady

The Great Depression 1930s

Scots in India

William Wallace and Andrew Moray 1290s

The formation of Scotland

The wild wood and its fauna 8500BC

Orkney and Shetland ceded by Denmark to Scotland 1469

Fingal’s Cave

The first Edinburgh Festival 1947

North Sea oil licences granted 1965, Aberdeen, Nigg Bay

Linwood beings production of Hillman Imp

The Great Scottish Tapestry will move to the Verdant Works in Dundee, where you can it from 26 August until 22 October 2017. However, you will have to pay an admission fee to enter the Verdant Works.

Add It Up Exhibition by Jac Leirner at Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh

The Add It Up exhibition featuring the work of Brazilian artist Jac Leirner runs until 22 October at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh.

Much of Leirner’s work is constructed of everyday objects. Below are my favourite pieces in the exhibition.

Leveled Spirit consists of 38 spirit levels.

Blue Phase is made of 50.000 obsolete Brazilian bank notes, which are threaded together.

Metal, Wood and Black consists of rulers.

My photo of Little Light, which contains more than two miles of copper wire with a light bulb at one end, doesn’t really do justice to the installation. The patterns and reflections on the copper wire are much more evident in real life.

120 Cords is very colourful.

On the ground floor of the Fruitmarket Gallery, there are also some watercolours by Jan Leirner.

On the first floor, there are several pieces made with the products of Leirner’s former smoking and drug taking habits. The three narrow pieces pictured below are made of rolling papers and their packaging.

Below is my favourite of three Crossing Colours works.

A Sense of Place: 20th Century Scottish Painting at the McManus Galleries Dundee

15′A Sense of Place :20th Century Scottish Painting‘ runs until Autumn 2017 at the McManus Galleries in Dundee.

The exhibition features works by Scottish artists, predominantly of landscapes.

Below are photos of my favourite works in the exhibition.

The Lovers by John Bellamy

Island by James Howie 

Loch Tulla by John MacLauchan Milne 

Rain on Princes Street by Stanley Cursiter 

Mediterranean Hill Town by William McCance

Ode to the North Wind by William Johnstone

St Tropez by John MacLauchan Milne 

A Lowland Church by J D Fergusson

A Cottage in Fife by George Leslie Hunter 

Terraced Fields Gran Canaria by Anne Redpath

Denhead Farm by James Morrison

Green and Blue Boats by Joan Eardley

Skye Fisherman – In Memoriam by Will MacLean 

Window on the Sea by Ian Fleming

Outside the Garden by Ronald Forbes

Full of the Warm South by J D Fergusson

It’s free to enter the ‘A Sense of Place: 20th Century Scottish Painting’ exhibition. McManus Galleries are open Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm, and Sunday from 12.30pm to 4.30pm.

Review of the Angus Hotel Blairgowrie

I stayed at the Angus Hotel in Blairgowrie, Perthshire in Scotland, on a Friday night in late May 2017. I was looking for the cheapest room that was located fairly close to Alyth, where I was attending an arts and crafts festival that weekend.

I started off searching on the HotelsCombined price comparison website. I found a single room at the Angus Hotel costing around £41, including breakfast, on several hotel booking websites. As I had an 11% discount voucher for Hotel.com, I booked through them, paying £37.

The hotel looks quite traditional from the front. But the majority of the rooms are in more modern buildings at the rear.

There is free parking in front to the hotel. But there were no spaces left. However I found a space at the nearby free public car park.

It was 27 degrees Celsius when I checked-in at the Blairgowrie around 5pm.  My single room felt so hot. I opened all the windows wide. That didn’t seem to make much difference to the temperature in the room.

Then I discovered that the radiator in the bedroom was on. I had a fiddle with it, but there wasn’t an obvious knob to turn, as there was on the bathroom radiator (which was off). On my way down to reception to report the radiator, I spoke with anther guest, who had informed reception that radiators in the corridor where on. Evidently, that guest had been told that there was no way to switch them off. I came to the conclusion that some of the radiators must be on the same pipe system as the hot water system. As there was  a queue at reception and I wanted to go for a walk along the River Ericht, I didn’t bother reporting the fault then. But, I did mention the hot radiator to the receptionist when I checked out.

 

I took the duvet out of its cover. I was warm enough during night with only the duvet cover.The bed was firm and comfortable.

My room overlooked the courtyard. I thought that it might be quite noisy until late. But there was no noise after 10pm. However, with all the windows wide open, I could hear traffic noise all night. I could hear every move made by the guest(s) in the room above, as the floor was really creaky.

I was pleasantly surprised by the size of the bathroom and the fact that it had two windows. Many hotel bathrooms have no natural light. The bath was a good size.

I didn’t try the hotel WiFi, as my mobile broadband signal was good, and I spent very little time online.

There was no fresh fruit for breakfast, only tinned mandarin, and grapefruit, and prunes. The yoghurt in glasses with various jam like fruit at the bottom was good. The cooked breakfast was buffet style. I didn’t like the look of the bacon and sausages, I stuck to mushroom, tomato and fried eggs. Tea or coffee and toast is served to your table.

In summary, I think that I may have enjoyed my stay at the Angus Hotel in Blairgowrie during cooler weather. My room would have been a more comfortable temperature and I wouldn’t have heard so much road noise if the windows had been closed. However there would have still been the issue of noise from the room above and the not too great breakfast.

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The 2017 Degree Show at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design Dundee

The Degree Show at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee runs until Sunday 28 May 2017. If at possible, you should get to Dundee to see this fabulous show.

I didn’t have the energy to get round the whole show, as I’d been at the McManus Galleries and Dundee Contemporary Arts earlier that day.

Below are photos of some of my favourites from Fine Arts and Jewellery sections at the 2017 Degree Show at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design.

In the Jewellery section, I thought that the name Zydrune Auksoriute (her work in pictured below) sounded familiar. I checked on Europe a la Carte. Sure enough she was the artist whom I stumbled upon in the Howff Cemetery in Dundee in 2014.

Zydrune hadn’t modelled her own jewellery, but I spotted her (on left) modelling for Jenny Gillies.

 

Unfortunately, photography wasn’t allowed in the textiles section. I was dazzled by the colours, patterns and textures of the various textiles.

I hope that my photos have enticed you to visit the 2017 Degree Show at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee.

Poppies by Max Brand and Joanne Robertson at the Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow

The Poppies exhibition, by artists Max Brand and Joannne Robertson, is on at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow until 11 June 2017. This debut collaboration features paintings, sculptures and a musical work from Berlin based Brand and London based Robertson.

I wasn’t too keen on various clothes rails around the exhibition. Clothes installations seems to be popular at the moment. I saw one at the Louise Bourgeois exhibition at the Switch House at the Tate Modern in London last Summer, and another recently in which all the walls of a room were hung with clothes at the Centre Pompidou in Malaga during my recent visit to the Spanish city.

I did like the vivid colours of the wall hung canvases and the floor and wall murals in the Poppies exhibition.

I spotted some carrier bags in the materials used to construct the sculptures.

My favourite part of the Poppies exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow were the window decorations.

There were also some painted sheets suspended from the ceiling.

I have thought about doing painting some murals on the walls at home. I suppose that if I used pastels, it wouldn’t be too hard to wash the mural off the wall, if it didn’t turn out successfully.

The Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow is free to enter, It’s open seven days a week. But check the opening hours before visiting. I almost got caught out visiting on Sunday morning, as I assumed that the Gallery would open at 10am, but it’s 11am on Sundays and Fridays. Closing time is 5pm, except on Thursdays, when it’s 8pm.

Mark by Mark Wallinger at the Fruitmarket Gallery Edinburgh

Mark by Mark Wallinger is on at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh until 4 June 2017. The Fruitmarket Galley is located in Market Street, close to the southern pedestrian exit of Waverley railway station. It’s free to enter and the gallery is open seven days a week, Monday to Saturday 11am to 6pm and Sunday 11am to 5pm.

On the ground floor is the According to Mark installation featuring 100 chairs. Attached to each the chairs is a thread. All the threads converge at a central point on the wall at the front of the installation.

Self Portraits alludes to how all of us can act very differently in various environments and situations.

I am Innocent is a revolving double sided reproduction of Velazquez’s portrait of Pope Innocent X.

Wallinger used his own hands in Ego.

Four of Wallinger’s 66 id Paintings are on display.

Below is id Panting 44.

Below is id Painring 50.

The other part of the Mark by Mark Wallinger exhibition is on at Dundee Contemporary Arts, until 4 June 2017.