Scottish arts news bulletin March 2010
Photographer Rankin is to pay homage to the Scottish Highlands in upcoming book Rankin: A Photographic Essay of The Macallan Estate (£40) to be published in May this year. Rankin was commissioned in 2008 by the folks at Macallan to create a limited edition series of photographs for the first year of their series, The Macallan Masters of Photography.
Funny lady Ruby Wax is set to appear in Glasgow with musician Judith Owen as part of new show Ruby Wax: Losing It. Check her out at the Theatre Royal, Glasgow on Wed 19 May.
Following this year’s Film Festival, Glasgow Film Theatre continue their NT Live series, showcasing live plays filmed at the National Theatre in London and broadcast live by satellite to 230 cinema screens in the UK and worldwide. The Habit of Art, a new play by Alan Bennett, which imagines a meeting between Benjamin Britten and W. H. Auden, will screen on 22 Apr. While down the road at the CCA, three new film strands have been introduced: Distant Voices, Beta Movement and Reflections on Black. Look out for a screening of Scottish classic, I Know Where I’m Going, as well as Aurélien Froment’s Théâtre de poche (Pocket Theatre).
Groove Armada, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Shed Seven, Kate Nash, We Are Scientists, The Black Keys, DJ Yoda and Adam Beyer are joining the bill for TiTP. Elsewhere, the first acts for this year’s Wickerman Festival, (Fri 21–Sat 22 Jul), have been announced with Ocean Colour Scene, Futureheads, Sons and Daughters and Codeine Velvet Club all making an appearance. Lastly, 11 years after the band’s Bowlie Weekender launched the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, Belle & Sebastian are to curate the ATP event in December, at Butlin’s, Minehead. ‘Bowlie 2’ will round off a year of ATP tenth anniversary celebrations.
National Library of Scotland have launched their latest roster of free events. The programme, which begins on Thu 15 Apr, launches with Dramatic Developments: Scottish Theatre From the Seventies to the Nineties, a lecture exploring the roots and nature of theatre in Scotland and its lasting trends. See www.nls.uk/events/booking for more.
And finally, check out Air Iomlaid [On Exchange], which runs at the Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh from 10 Apr–9 May and shows the culmination of an 18-month long project, funded through the Scottish Arts Council, linking children from Tollcross Primary School in Edinburgh with children from Bun-sgoil Shleite on the Isle of Skye. The exhibition will show the children’s sketchbooks and drawings, as well as large-scale artworks in which the landscapes of Skye and Edinburgh are interpreted from the perspective of both residents and visitors.