Warm up this winter with free art in Edinburgh

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Warm up this winter with free art in Edinburgh

Now the party season is over and the festivities long gone, you and your wallet could probably do with a little TLC. Luckily the National Galleries of Scotland have a full programme of free exhibitions and events during January, to help nourish the mind and soul without breaking the bank. Here is a list of penny-pinching top picks to help ease those January blues.

Scottish National Gallery
The Mound
Edinburgh
EH2 2EL
nginfo@nationalgalleries.org

Sun 1 - Tue 31 Jan
EXHIBITION: TURNER IN JANUARY 2012
This outstanding exhibition showcases a watercolour collection from one of Britain’s most prolific artist’s, JMW Turner. The works have been on display at the Gallery every January for the last 110 years, as requested by the collector Henry Vaughan, who wanted to limit the paintings’ exposure to light. Travel with Turner to the ‘sublime’ mountainous landscapes of Wales, Scotland and the Alps, and see what all the fuss was about.

Thu 5 & Fri 6 Jan
2 - 4pm
EASEL SKETCHING IN THE GALLERY
Have a go at sketching your own masterpiece. The class tackles a different subject each month (occasionally using live models) and is led by artist Damian Callan.

Wed 18 Jan
6 - 7pm
HAWTHORNDEN LECTURE THEATRE:
THE MISSING: A NATIONAL COLLABORATION
Artist Graham Fagan was commissioned by the Portrait Gallery, in partnership with National Theatre of Scotland, to create a film work in response to Andrew O’Hagan’s book The Missing. Ruth Wishart chairs a discussion about the collaboration with Graham Fagan, Portrait Gallery Director James Holloway and John Tiffany, Associate Director of the National Theatre of Scotland.

Mon 23 Jan
12.45 - 1.30pm
HAWTHORNDEN LECTURE THEATRE:
SCULPTURE MADE BY DEAD SCULPTORS: POSTHUMOUS CASTING
Since bronze sculptures are made by a casting process, it is possible to make casts of a sculptors work after he or she is dead. Patrick Elliot, Senior Curator at the Gallery of Modern Art, discusses the unusual and problematic matter of posthumous casting.

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
75 Belford Road
Edinburgh
EH4 3DR
gmainfo@nationalgalleries.org

Until Sun 24 Jun 2012
MODERN ONE EXHIBITION: THE SCULPTURE SHOW
Something to get out of bed for this winter! The Gallery of Modern Art is showcasing a breathtaking variety of sculpture works, ranging from Impressionist masterpieces by Rodin and Degas to cutting edge art by Damien Hirst, Ron Mueck and this year’s Turner Prize winner Martin Boyce. Some of the biggest names in British sculpture, such as Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth are also on show.

Mon 9 Jan
12.45 - 1.15pm
MODERN ONE
ARTIST’S TALK: NICK EVANS

Glasgow-based artist Nick Evans lets us in on the secrets of his own sculptural practice whilst reflecting on his research of the works within the Collection which display a historical fascination with other cultures, traditions and concepts of exoticism.

Thu 12 Jan
5.30 - 6.45pm:
MODERN ONE
THE DRAWING ROOM

Explore different ‘mark-making’ processes in these monthly, artist-led experimental drawing sessions inspired by the modern collection. The session will be prefaced by a half hour descriptive session for the visually impaired, led by Juliana Capes.
To book a place call 0131 624 6410 or email education@nationalgalleries.org

Scottish National Portrait
Gallery
1 Queen Street
Edinburgh
EH2 1JD
pginfo@nationalgalleries.org

Come visit the refurbished Gallery to witness the many varied faces which have contributed to Scottish history and formed the national identities of today; from monarchs of 16th-century reformation to the Scots making an impression on the world today. The Gallery is also home to Romantic Camera, the first exhibition from the National Galleries of Scotland’s photography collection.

Thu 12 Jan
6 - 6.30pm
PORTRAIT GALLERY INSIGHTS: OUT
OF THE SHADOW

Julie Lawson, chief curator at the Portrait Gallery, looks at those women in the 19th century who challenged their roles in a patriarchal society. Limited places so booking is required, by calling
0131 624 6560.

Thu 19 Jan
6 - 6.30pm
LIVE MUSIC NOW: DUENDE!
Duende present familiar favourites including Peter Maxwell Davies’ Farewell to Stromness, as well as the first performance of Hebridean Sunset Rag by Julian Wagstaff, in a reworking for flute and guitar, specially arranged by the composer in celebration of the strong influence of the Hebrides in the

Portrait Gallery's collection.
Sat 21 Jan
2 - 2.45pm
PORTRAIT GALLERY
ARCHITECTURAL TOUR

The full beauty of Robert Rowand Anderson’s Arts and Crafts building is revealed in this afternoon tour. Limited spaces, booking is essential: 0131 624 6560.

The Drawing Room

Monthly experimental drawing sessions inspired by works in the collection, each led by a contemporary artist. All materials are provided. Booking is essential.

Easel Sketching in the Gallery

If you feel inspired enough by the masterpieces in the gallery to try your hand at a bit of sketching, come along for a session led by artist Damian Callan. There's a different subject each month, and sometimes a live model. Booking is essential.

The Sculpture Show

  • 4 stars

A major new exhibition of sculptural works from the collection, alongside important works on loan. Featured artists include Rodin, Degas, Hepworth, Moore, Giacometti, Duchamp, Hirst, Lucas and others, along with photographic and film documentation. Ron Mueck's enormous A Girl returns to the Gallery from its world tour.

Artist's Talk: Nick Evans

Glasgow-based artist, the first to be awarded the National Galleries' Artists' Fellowship Programme talks about his sculptural practice.

Portrait Gallery Insights: Out of the Shadow

Chief Curator Julie Lawson discusses portraits of 19th century women.

The Missing: a National Collaboration

Journalist Ruth Wishart chairs a discussion with artist Graham Fagen, who recently created a film work in response to Andrew O'Hagan's book The Missing; James Holloway, director of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery; and John Tiffany, who directed the recent NTS stage adaptation of the book.

Live Music Now: Duende

Music for flute and guitar, including Peter Maxwell Davies' Farewell to Stromness and the premiere of Julian Wagstaff's new arrangement of his Hebridean Sunset Rag.

Portrait Gallery Architecture Tours

Tours of Sir Robert Rowand Anderson's splendid building. Booking is essential.

Sculptures Made by Dead Sculptors: Posthumous Casting

Senior Curator Patrick Elliott discusses the problematic nature of casting bronze sculptures after the death of the sculptor.

'Behold the light of nature': Ruskin on Turner, Edinburgh 1853

Actor and art historian Paul O'Keeffe recreates John Ruskin's 1853 lecture on Turner, to coincide with the Turner in January exhibition.

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