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National Galleries of Scotland: Scottish National Gallery

Elizabeth Blackadder

2 July 2011 – 2 January 2012

Elizabeth Blackadder, Tulips, 1987 © the artist, Private Collection

This summer’s major exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery is devoted to the art of Dame Elizabeth Blackadder. One of Scotland’s most popular artists, she is celebrated for her paintings, watercolours and drawings, in particular the plants and animals she loves to paint. Born in Falkirk, Blackadder studied in Edinburgh and was closely acquainted with Scottish artists such as William Gillies and Anne Redpath. As well as her much-loved still-life drawings and paintings, this retrospective promises to be a special chance to see lesser-known unique works, including many large-scale, vibrantly-coloured paintings that border on abstraction.


Sponsored by Baillie Gifford. Media partner The Scotsman.


Mon–Sun, 10am–5pm (6pm during August, late opening until 7pm Thursdays)

£8 (£6 concessions)


Scottish National Gallery

The Mound, EH2 2EL

0131 624 6200

The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture

In Japan: Highlights of Academicians’ projects in contemporary Japan

30 July – 18 September 2011

Paul Furneaux, Pods, 2009, woodblock print © the artist

Artists have long been fascinated with Japanese art and culture. This exhibition examines a number of projects by RSA Members whose work is directly influenced and inspired by Japan (and Japanese artists), investigating elements of collaboration and practice.


Elspeth Lamb RSA and Paul Furneaux RSA show new works alongside a number of invited Mokahunga (wood block printing) artists from Japan and Scotland, with supporting woodblocks, printing equipment and historic Japanese prints. Arthur Watson RSA and Ian Howard RSA show their new paperwork/book project made with artists in Kyoto, and Jacki Parry RSA, Elizabeth Blackadder RSA and George Donald RSA show works made in response to their travels in Japan.


Mon–Sat, 10am–5pm; Sun, 12–5pm


The Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture

The Mound, EH2 2EL

0131 624 6556

The Scottish Gallery

Elizabeth Blackadder: New Paintings

5 August – 3 September 2011

Elizabeth Blackadder, Mixed Flowers, 2011, watercolour, photograph by Fourth Photography

Dame Elizabeth Blackadder has been at the forefront of the Scottish art scene for over half a century. The principal summer exhibition at the National Galleries Complex will be a retrospective of the artist. To coincide with this exhibition The Scottish Gallery is to host a major show of Blackadder’s new paintings. Her first show at The Scottish Gallery was 50 years ago to date. This one promises to be perhaps the most sensational.


Additional Exhibitions

Jacqueline Mina: Touching Gold

5 August – 3 September

Touching Gold will give insight into the mastery of Jacqueline Mina’s craft.


Colin Reid: Glass

5 August – 3 September

Each of Colin Reid’s works use the qualities of glass – transparency, refraction and reflection – to extraordinary effect.


Mon–Fri, 10am–6pm; Sat, 10am–4pm


The Scottish Gallery

16 Dundas Street, EH3 6HZ

0131 558 1200


16 August 2011
Lunchtime Talk on Elizabeth Blackadder


Free, to book, 0131 558 1200