Indulge your creative mind with the array of exiting exhibitions on offer in the Scottish capital
Anyone who’s at all familiar with Edinburgh will know that there is no shortage of history in the city. From the cobbled streets surrounding the Royal Mile to the iconic Edinburgh Castle itself, there is always something new (and old) to discover.
So it should come as no surprise to learn that there are plenty of stunning and fascinating exhibitions on show in Edinburgh this November. From the historical to the artistic, there’s never been a better time to broaden your mind and get cultural in the Scottish capital. Here are some of the exhibitions you can’t afford to miss.
This year marks the bicentenary of the birth of celebrated Scottish astronomer and polymath, Charles Piazzi Smyth. To celebrate, the city is hosting a new exhibition and short film dedicated to Smyth’s story.
Some of Smyth’s pioneering work includes photography, spectrographic work, writing, Egyptology and invention. He is the man responsible for mountain top astronomy and the One O’clock Gun and Time Ball.
The artistic connection between Scotland and Italy has existed for centuries. During the 18th and 19th centuries, Scottish artists would travel to the likes of Rome and Florence in order to advance their skills and career prospects. These pilgrimages continued well into the 20th century.
The Italian Connection is an exhibition that celebrates the artists who brought these two creative powerhouses together, including Allan Ramsay, Joan Eardley, Eduardo Paolozzi and Elizabeth Blackadder.
Christine Orr (1899 - 1963) was an Edinburgh author who published her first novel at the age of just 19. 2019 marks the centenary of the publication of this novel: The Glorious Thing.
Across her career, Orr went on to write 17 more novels as well as poems, plays and work for BBC Radio. The Writer’s Museum is putting some of Orr’s most precious original writings on display until Spring 2020.
It’s safe to say that Mary Cameron was ahead of her time. Born in 1865, this Edinburgh artist began her career as a local portraitist before travelling overseas to study in Paris. She then ventured further afield to Madrid, where local peasant-life, landscapes and pastimes like bullfighting inspired some of her most dramatic work.
Like so many female artists, Cameron’s name is now little-known, but the City Art Centre is offering a fantastic opportunity to see more than 40 of her rarely seen artworks from public and private collections.
One of the most beloved things about the Scottish capital is its architecture. Edinburgh is known for its neo-classical buildings, and this free exhibition celebrates the city through the eyes of two photographers working half a century apart.
Edwin Smith (1912-72) was a photographic genius who provided images for The Making of Classical Edinburgh by A J Youngson. As part of this new exhibition, contemporary photographer Colin McLean has spent the last two yeas reinterpreting Smith’s work. Winning entries from a public photography competition will also be shown alongside these pieces, creating a diverse and unique view of the Scottish capital.
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