Issue 205
September/October 2018

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Sep 24, 2018

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Le circuit de Mackintosh

IN DECEMBER 1929 Charles Rennie Mackintosh's wife Margaret scattered his ashes in the harbour at Port Vendres in south west France. The Mackintoshes had spent their last happy years together in the Roussillon area of France, Port Vendres being the town where they finally settled… read more>>

Editorial Comment

IN MARCH 1999, to great fanfare, Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) opened its doors on the Nethergate – a former 1920s garage on several levels beloved by skateboarders who raced down its ramp from the street level to that of the railway station etc. facing the River Tay… read more>>

John Calder: Edinburgh iconoclast

THE DEATH of John Calder marks the end of an era. He was born in 1927, three years before my own birthday in July 1930. He died some weeks after the deaths of our mutual friends, John Martin and Jeremy Wilson. I was privileged to know them in their youth as among those who, in the early years of the Edinburgh Festival, I associate with the founding of the Traverse Theatre Club and international Art Gallery… read more>>

Nick and Jack went up the hill

BERWICK and the Borders – something in the air for writers and illustrators of children's books?… read more>>

A rope trick that worked

MOST abandoned buildings are left to the predictably sad fate of rot and decay. Not so the old rope works in Montrose. Formerly the home of The Montrose Rope & Sail Company, the building found a new purpose as an arts venue with local artist and designer Kim Canale at the helm… read more>>

A patron of the arts and the environment

THROUGH their bleaching industry, the Tennants were arguably, in the old days, the richest family in Scotland. They collected the work of the finest artists of the day and had their portraits painted by them. Not so now. From simple beginnings as Ayrshire farmers during the 18th century, their fortune soared to £ 1 billion but, through self-indulgence and bad management, they gradually lost most of their money… read more>>

Framed! - in Johnshaven

GRAHAM FOWLER, aka Castlegate Frames in Aberdeen, is also an accomplished painter. Along with Alison Chandler he is showing his own work in Johnshaven Village Hall, opening on September 8… read more>>

Book in to the original Book Town

ANYONE WHO knew Wigtown before 1998, the year it became Scotland's Book Town, remembers the failing businesses, empty streets, boarded-up houses and near-derelict County Building. Twenty years on, Wigtown's transformation into a lively centre is plain for all to see and this year's book festival (September 21-30) celebrates the town's reinvention as a literary mecca… read more>>

AUTUMN Festival of Haddo

AN ERA of new partnerships and new places dawns at Haddo House in Aberdeenshire. With Aberdeen Art Gallery remaining closed for the foreseeable future, due to an ambitious £ 30-million re-development, Aberdeen Artists Society, which has long held annual exhibitions there, has sought arts organisations with an imaginative approach to providing alternative locations… read more>>

Maxwell's Cauld Blast

I DESPISE the concept of the self indulging bucket list. Instead I feel we should all endorse the notion of the F-it list , the idea being that as we grow older we wage a vicious and unyielding war war on the pretentious, the unjust, the greedy and cruel and the purveyors of the ugly and vulgar. And so in my essay today let us celebrate some of those who have given their lives to being troublesome and awkward in the interest of the common good and who have now not so much passed over, or on, or away, but just stopped, or to put it directly, bleeding died… read more>>

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