Before 5pm, Talks & lectures

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Curator's Favourites

Regular talks on museum staff's favourite objects from the collection.

Burrell Collection, Glasgow

Wed 30 Apr

Free / 0141 287 2550

Today: Medieval spurs in Sir William's Collection.

  • 12:30 – 13:00

Beacon of Light: The New Edinburgh International Festival and the Arts in Post-war Society

The development of the Edinburgh International Festival and how it promotes discussion.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Cleaning Up Titian's Venice

Dr Jane Stevens Crawshaw looks at Titian's paintings in the context of Venice's 16th century attempts to clean up its own image as a plague-ridden hive of immorality.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 9 May

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30

Doug Allan: In the Company of Giants

Illustrated talk from the award-winning cameraman, who has worked on the shows Blue Planet, Planet Earth and Ocean Giants.

The Kenton Theatre, Henley-on-Thames

Sat 3 May

£16 (£14) / 01491 575698

  • 14:30

Lunchtime Talks at Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums

A series of free talks taking place on Wednesday lunchtimes in various Aberdeen museums. Booking essential for talks at the Maritime Museum. Booking is essential.

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Wed 30 Apr

Free / 01224 523700

'James Mcbey' by Ann Steed, Curator.

  • 12:30 – 13:00

Wed 7 May

Free / 01224 523700

'Marie Laurencin' by Griffin Coe, Curator.

  • 12:30 – 13:00

Wed 14 May

Free / 01224 523700

A tour of the exhibition from Aberdeen Artists Society.

  • 12:30 – 13:00
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The Business

An expert panel explores the business side of writing (that'd be publishing), followed by a round of student readings. With novelist Jenni Fagan, agent Jenny Brown, publisher Chris Emry, editor Francis Bickmore, critic Stuart Kelly, Scottish Book Trust's Claire Askew, Dundee Literary Festival's Peggy Hughes and Neu!

The Pleasance, Edinburgh

Thu 15 May

Free / 0131 650 4673

  • 14:00 – 18:00

Making Peace with the Past

Lind Lee, a teacher of Raja Yoga meditation, shares her wisdom and practical experience of meditation and the art of letting go.

City Halls, Glasgow

Sat 26 Apr

Free / 0141 552 7446

  • 14:45 – 16:15

Allan Ramsay: Reviving Scots Song

Before Burns and Robert Fergusson, Allan Ramsay was the genial agitator of Scots culture, reviving poetry, song and theatre in Auld Reikie. Here distinguished musicologist Fred Freeman demonstrates Ramsay’s contribution to Scotland’s national music.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Mon 5 May

Free / 0131 556 9579

Part of TradFest.

Animation in Context: Screening and Discussion

An afternoon of screenings, discussions and guest speakers exploring the medium of animation. Celebrating Norman McLaren's centenary, this is the result of research and discussion between members of the group aiming to highlight issues of relevance for moving image practitioners, artists, writers and spectators alike.

CCA, Glasgow

Sat 7 Jun

Free / 0141 352 4900

Part of McLaren.

  • 14:00

Create:Eat:Whisky

A 'multi-sensory whisky adventure' that explores the whisky making process through its sights, sounds and tastes. Devised by food and art enthusiasts Jelly & Gin.

Nestle Condensed Milk Factory, Edinburgh

Wed 14 May

£15–£25

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

Thu 15 May

£15–£25

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

Fri 16 May

£15–£25

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

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All probability resolves into form: Exhibition Talk

A talk by Kate Bush, writer, curator and Head of Galleries at the Barbican, on Gabriel Kuri's work and his exhibition All probability resolves into form.

The Common Guild, Glasgow

Sat 10 May

Free / 0141 428 3022

  • 15:00

Beyond the Book

Day-long symposium on the artist's book, book art and bookworks, with artists and academics in discussion about the book as a physical object and a figurative container of ideas.

University of Exeter

Thu 15 May

Queens Building

£21 (guild members and friends £16) / 01626 832223

Book through Devon Guild.

  • 09:30 – 17:30

Castle Archer Weapons Talk

Learn the gritty history of a variety of weapons, from the longbow to the cannon to the broadsword.

Dirleton Castle, North Berwick

Sun 4 May

Included in admission

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Culture Cafe

A series of monthly one-off lunchtime events.

Music Hall, Aberdeen

Wed 7 May

£8 (£6) / 01224 641122

With Scottish crime wrietr Denise Mina.

  • 13:00

Dance Show LIVE

Whether you're an up-and-coming dancer, a seasoned pro or a flat-footed newbie, there's something for everyone at this festival of dance, featuring performances, workshops and talks. Featuring Perri and Jordan from Diversity, Luke McFarlane (winner of Got to Dance) and many more.

SECC, Glasgow

Sun 24 Aug

£12.50–£16.50 inc workshops / 02920 799199

  • 09:00 – 20:00
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Edinburgh International Wedding Exhibition

A brand new wedding fair on the scene, gathering together over 200 industry experts under one roof. offering products, seminars and demonstrations.

EICC, Edinburgh

Sat 11 Oct

£8.50; £13.50 Exhibition plus Bridal & Band Showcase; £25 VIP Priority Pass / 0131 611 0330

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Figuring Fergusson: Looking at Contemporary Responses from Glasgow School of Art

Gallery Librarian Kerry Watson talks about contemporary responses to the work of JD Fergusson by students at the Glasgow School of Art.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Mon 26 May

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30

Galilean Society Lectures

All manner of sciencey things are discussed at these monthly meetings, with the aim of promoting science to the general public (i.e., those of us without PhDs).

Albany Learning and Conference Centre, Glasgow

Sat 26 Apr

£2 / 0141 332 2444

Learn about the research behind virtual 3D computerised craniofacial models in 'Depicting the Dead: Craniofacial Analysis for Forensic and Archaeological Investigations' with Professor Caroline Wilkinson, Professor of Craniofacial Identification, Centre for Anatomy & Human Identification, University of Dundee.

  • 15:00 – 17:00

Georgian Glasgow

Learn about the art, politics and key people and industries of Glasgow during the Georgian period on this tour of Glasgow Museums' artifacts. Booking is essential.

Glasgow Museums Resource Centre

Tue 29 Apr

Free / 0141 276 9300

  • 14:30 – 15:30

Imperial Gothic: William Butterfield and the Development of Colonial Ecclesiology

A discussion of William Butterfield's contribution to the development of Anglican church architecture in the late 19th century, while sitting in one of the churches he designed. With Alex Bremner.

St Cross Church, Manchester

Sat 10 May

Prices to be confirmed / 0161 223 0766

  • 14:00 – 16:30
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An Introduction to Modern Art: Looking

Art historian Ola Wojtkiewicz leads a series of monthly sessions which consist of informal themed discussions in the gallery, designed to help you develop an understanding and appreciation of modern art. Booking is essential.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Mon 28 Apr

£15 (£12) / 0131 624 6560

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Mon 26 May

£15 (£12) / 0131 624 6560

  • 10:30 – 12:30

Louise Bourgeois' Sunday Salons

Artist Julie Roberts talks about the salons of Louise Bourgeois and the influence they had on her own artistic practice.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Mon 12 May

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30

Lunchtime Talks

A series of lunchtime mini-lectures. Each talk lasts approx 45 minutes.

Paisley Museum & Art Gallery

Wed 30 Apr

Free / 0300 300 1210

  • 12:30

Wed 7 May

Free / 0300 300 1210

  • 12:30

Wed 14 May

Free / 0300 300 1210

  • 12:30
…and 6 more dates until 25 Jun

Man at Arms Guided Tour

The Man at Arms tells bloodthirsty tales of siege warfare and castle life, with a selection of medieval weapons to show off.

Dirleton Castle, North Berwick

Sat 26 Apr

Included in admission / 01620 850330

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Sat 10 May

Included in admission / 01620 850330

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Margaret Bennett: Folklore and Scottish Song

The folk singer and ‘major figure of the modern Scottish revival’ presents a talk on Canadian recordings of Scottish repertoire.

Falkland Village Hall, Fife

Sat 17 May

£8 (£6)

Part of Fife Traditional Singing Festival.

  • 10:00 – 11:00
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