RSA TALKS & EVENTS

RSA TALKS & EVENTS

To complement the ongoing programme of exhibitions, the Royal Scottish Academy and Friends of the RSA Organisation host a number of exciting events which are open to the public.

From gallery talks and evening lectures by artists and art specialists to evenings of poetry and music in the galleries to our reputed William Gillies Bequest Lecture – an annual event which has a long history of distinguished interntaional speakers specialising in diverse cultural and artistic fields – there is something for everyone!

Please note that some events are only available to RSA Friends Members.
If you are interested in becoming an RSA Friend please call 0131 225 3922

Wed 26 October 2005
LEARNING FROM OLD MASTERS
Evening Lecture by curator and art historian Joanna Soden
An exploration into the practice of studying and copying old master
paintings by Scottish artists in the nineteenth century

Fri 18 November 2005
RSA LIBRARY TALK – JENNY MARTIN
Painting and Image Development Through Screenprinting
Jenny Martin, painter and printmaker, will talk about the development of her work, looking at paintings, sketchbook drawings and screenprints. RSA Library @ 11am – 12pm, Coffee from 10.30am
Tickets £4

30 November 2005
JOHN BYRNE IN CONVERSATION
John Byrne RSA (Elect) and John Mackechnie RSA (Elect)
The ability of this ‘contemporary renaissance man’ as a draftsman, painter and printmaker is quite incredible. This talent however, has been arguably overshadowed by his success in writing for stage and television, to the extent that his exhibition at Glasgow Print Studio in 1994 was his first major showing for nearly twenty years. Since then he has exhibited widely, most recently to great acclaim with Bourne Fine Art in Edinburgh.

In conversation, Director of Glasgow Print Studio and a close personal friend of John Byrne, John Mackechnie proposes to find out more about the artist, his likes and dislikes and his plans for the future. Why did he stop exhibiting? How did his writing career take off? What is it like having a movie star partner?

Royal College of Physicians on Queen Street @ 7.15pm – 8.30pm
Doors open from 6pm Tickets (including wine) £7

1 December 2005
RSA SIR WILLIAM GILLIES BEQUEST LECTURE – ARTHUR HERMAN
Civilisation and the Scots: A Personal View
From the Roman Empire through the Middle Ages, to the dawn of the modern age, Scotland and Scots were seen as outside the civilized community. Then in the eighteenth century, the Scots not only transformed modern civilization, but redefined the word itself. From Robert Adam to Adam Smith, a new view of the world, and the human being’s place in it, took shape. Arthur Herman, author of The Scottish Enlightenment: The Scots Invention of the Modern World, reconsiders how and why this happened, and what its implications are for our future–including the future of Scotland.
Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, National Galleries Weston Link
Tickets will be available from 14 November 2005
Please call RSA Office for further details 0131 225 6671

9 December 2005
RSA LIBRARY TALK – ANNA KING Constructed Textiles
Anna King is acknowledged as one of Britain’s leading contemporary basketmakers, but this is only part of her story; her expertise covers the much broader area of constructed textiles which are used in their own right or to create pieces of tapestry, weaving, paper making and accessories. She has exhibited widely, including a recent four woman exhibition, ‘Contained Spaces’ in Botswana which finished in March and, coming soon, her ‘Small Scale Structures’ feature in the Autumn Gathering of Scottish Basketmakers, at Brodick on Arran.
RSA Library @ 11am – 12pm, Coffee from 10.30am
Tickets £4

12 December 2005-10-21
RSA OPEN EXHIBITION – GALLERY TOUR
COLIN GREENSLADE, RSA EXHIBITIONS COORDINATOR
A tour of the non-members exhibition by the RSA in the Lower Galleries.