03 May 2012
07 September 2012
THURSDAY 3 MAY
MEET THE ARTISTS AT A “STUDIO SUPPER”
You are invited to the Upper Galleries on 3 May for a “Studio Supper”, reflecting “The Artist’s Studio” theme of this year’s Annual Exhibition, which, for the third year running, the Friends are proud to sponsor. Join us in the relaxed atmosphere of an artist’s studio in the Upper Galleries to meet exhibiting RSA artists, including RSA President, Arthur Watson, Paul Furneaux, Derek Guild, Ric Russell and Michael Visocchi . Learn about their studio practice over a glass of sparkling wine, before sitting down to enjoy their company, and perhaps discover something more of their artistic achievements, over an informal supper. This enlightening and entertaining evening will conclude with an after-supper dram and a prize-draw.
Supported by Cockburn’s of Leith.
Doors open 7pm
RSA Upper Galleries
SATURDAY 28 APRIL
FRIENDS’ PRIVATE VIEW
The RSA have generously offered a 10% discount to any Friends purchasing work at the Private View
11am – 1pm
THURSDAY 1 MAY
MORNING TALK WITH GWEN HARDIE
Working in a New York studio
Gwen Hardie – invited artist and Edinburgh art graduate, moved to New York in 2000 where she chose as her studio a loft which would allow her to work exclusively with natural sunlight. She applies a conceptual focus to the representation of the figure. These images suggest further associations with other natural phenomena and a complete universe within.
Coffee from 10.30am Talk 11-12noon
Friends’ Room £8/£10 includes coffee
TUESDAY 22 MAY
Gallery tour with joint convenor Doug Cocker RSA
£6 includes coffee Friends only
Meet in the Friends’ Room 2.30pm
SATURDAY 26 MAY
JOIN US FOR A SPARKLING DIAMOND JUBILEE PARTY
The Friends of the RSA and the Scottish Arts Club are holding a party to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and celebrate the long and fruitful relationship between the Club and the RSA. Forget the current financial woes and get together with friends for a convivial summer evening celebrating all the good things of the past 60 years. Dress for fun – End of Empire, Swinging Sixties, 70’s fashion excesses, or your favourite times from more recent years. Come and enjoy a glass of fizz on arrival, a tasty buffet, and decor and entertainment that will reflect Elizabeth II’s reign.
The Scottish Arts Club, 24 Rutland Square, EH1 2BW
7pm to 1 am (bar closes at midnight)
Tickets: £25 Dress: Diamond Jubilee Celebration Retro
WEDNESDAY 30 MAY
NEW MEMBERS WELCOME EVENT
Meet other new Friends and enjoy a tour of highlights of the Annual Exhibition
Friends’ Room 6.30pm
WEDNESDAY 13 JUNE
The Studio of Arthur Watson RSA and Scone Palace
Arthur Watson now lives and works in a pair of studios in Perth, one old, the other new. They house a library, workshops and an installation space; a self-contained experimental field.
“For many years my studio was a series of hardback drawing books in which I posed, and tried to answer, questions visual, conceptual and structural through sequences of annotated drawings. The questions that I now ask are driven by an interest in oral culture and landscape, but the objects that I make retain an implicit functionality – not a table, rather a table-like structure which can also be used as a table”. From Arthur’s studio we shall drive the short journey to Scone where we shall enjoy a two-course lunch and guided tour of the Palace. Once the crowning place of the Kings of Scots, Scone is regarded as a national treasure: a breathtakingly beautiful place of power and mystery, housing fine collections of furniture, ceramics, ivories, and clocks.
£45/£50 includes morning coffee and lunch
Depart The Mound 9am
TUESDAY 24 JULY
The Studios of Eileen Lawrence RSA and Glen Onwin RSA and lunch at La Favorita
Eileen Lawrence and Glen Onwin live and work in a former church hall in Leith rebuilt in part in 1906. Eileen’s studio is on the ground floor while Glen’s is on the floor above. Eileen is predominantly known as a painter in watercolour on paper but has also exhibited very large scale oil paintings on canvas.
Glen’s studio serves as a place of exploration, a work space and a storage space. Materials are gathered for current and future use. The remaining stuff from past projects accumulates: too interesting to discard, too specific to reuse.
Following the studio visit we shall walk up to La Favorita to enjoy a two-course lunch.
£20 Friends only
TUESDAY 15 MAY
Sir Robin Philipson RSA
A Gallery Talk by Guy Peploe
The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street EH3 6HZ
£10 Friends only
6.30pm - Sold out
WEDNESDAY 6 JUNE
Diamond Jubilee Tea
Join us to celebrate HM The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and enjoy afternoon tea with a royal flavour against the backdrop of the exhibition A Royal Taste: Landscape painting from the RSA Collection.
Dress code: Red, White and Blue
£5 Friends only 1.30-2.30pm, 2.30-3.30pm or 3.30-4.30pm
MONDAY 11 JUNE
The Michie Family @ The Scottish Gallery
Few families can have had more of an impact on the Scottish art world. Anne Redpath and her son David Michie are two greats of 20th century Scottish art. By also including works by James and Alastair Michie it is hoped to give greater insight into the art of the Michie Clan. We are delighted that Guy Peploe has offered to talk to the Friends about the exhibition and no doubt members of the Michie family will be in attendance!
The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, EH3 6HZ
£10 includes wine Friends only -Sold out
TUESDAY 17 JULY
Balmungo House and S.J. Peploe, The French Connection at St Andrews Museum
To coincide with the centenary of the birth of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham our July excursion is to Balmungo House, St Andrews, the family home the artist inherited in 1960. After her death in 2004 Balmungo became the centre for her charitable trust housing the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Archive of private papers and photographs. It also provides a programme of Residencies for artists and students. After lunch in St Andrews our second visit is to the exhibition S J Peploe: The French Connection at St Andrews Museum where curator, Alice Pearson, will introduce Peploe’s colour-filled landscapes, portraits and, of course, his celebrated still lifes inspired by France and its culture.
£40/45 includes morning coffee and lunch
Depart The Mound 9.30am- Sold out
THURSDAY 19 JULY
Guided Tour of the Dovecot Studio and Weaving the Century: tapestry from the Dovecot studios 1912 – 2012
Weaving the Century is the highlight of the Dovecot’s centenary celebrations and the first major exhibition of tapestry in Scotland for over 20 years. The exhibition features 60 rarely seen artist-designed tapestries and rugs and is curated by Dr Elizabeth Cumming. There will also be an opportunity to visit the weaving studio.
Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street
£18 includes wine Friends only - Sold out
FRIDAYS: 11 MAY, 1 JUNE, 6 JULY, 3 AUGUST & 7 SEPTEMBER
The popular series of lunchtime talks continues with artists including, Lorna McIntosh and The Bothy Project. Sponsored by The Scottish Restaurant.
£5/£6 includes sandwich lunch, coffee and shortbread
To book tickets please ask a member of staff, call 0131 624 6118 or email firstname.lastname@example.org