News Briefs

  • A self-portrait of Edinburgh-born artist Allan Ramsay has gone under the hammer in the capital’s Christie’s auction for almost £300,000. A painting by Edinburgh-born Samuel Peploe, Roses, fetched £529,250 – a record sum for a Scottish Colourist.
  • He’s behind you! Just when you thought it was safe to leave your houses, Edinburgh’s King’s Theatre have announced a 3D genie will appear alongside pantomime favourites, Allan Stewart and Grant Stott in this year’s Aladdin panto.
  • The Scottish Book Trust’s Jura Malt Whisky Writer Retreat has won the Cultural Branding Award at this year’s Arts & Business Scotland Awards. The popular initiative has also been nominated for the Arts & Business UK Awards which will be announced on 24 November. See
  • George Clooney and Ewan McGregor were said to be shaken earlier this month when they got caught up in an earthquake while shooting their new movie, Men Who Stare At Goats in Puerto Rico. While no one was injured, the tremor was measured at 6.1 on the Richter scale.
  • Tickets for this year’s Christmas lights switch on in George Square are now available. The free, but ticket only event, on Sun 16 Nov marks the beginning of Glasgow’s winter programme and officially starts the city’s countdown to Christmas.
  • According to reports from the BBC last week, Scottish Enterprise has approved funding of £2m for Aberdeen’s planned centre for contemporary arts. Aberdeen City Council last month voted to give £3m in funding to the Peacock project in Union Terrace Gardens.
  • And finally, for his next directing effort Steven Soderbergh is planning a 3D live-action rock ’n’ roll musical about Cleopatra, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones and Hugh Jackman.


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