RSA TALKS JAN – APR 2006

RSA TALKS JAN – APR 2006

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 international speakers – there is something for everyone!

Please note that the RSA Friends also host a number of gallery talks and tours for their members. For more information, or if you are interested in becoming an RSA Friend please call 0131 225 3922

Friday 10 February
RSA LIBRARY TALK – JULIE READ
RSA Library @ 11am – 12pm Tickets £4
2004 Friend’s Bursary winner. The outcome of her award is still on going, as she further develops her study and produces a new body of prints which she will share with us as part of her talk.

Thursday 16 February
RSA LIBRARY TALK – GRAHAM STEWART
The craft of a contemporary silversmith
RSA Library @ 6-7pm, Wine served from 5.30pm. Tickets £6
His work can be found in Royal and public collections and he was recently selected to make the ‘Three Honours’ sculpture which is on display in the new Scottish Parliament building. The sculpture was commissioned by The Incorporation of Goldsmiths of the City of Edinburgh and presented by Her Majesty the Queen on the opening of Holyrood. Graham will be talking about his recent works and the traditional techniques he uses.

Friday 10 March
RSA LIBRARY TALK – GEORGE WYLIE RSA Breaking the mould
RSA Library @ 11am – 12pm, Coffee from 10.30am. Tickets £4
Non-conformist, Public artist, RSA Member, former SSA president, supporter of performance art, welder, writer, sculptor … all are descriptions of George Wyllie, but fall well short of capturing the essence of the man himself. Specialising in mixed media, kinetic, installation, and performance art, he has developed a distinct form of Social Sculpture, humorously exploring Joseph Beuy’s assertion that ‘all art is questionable’. During his talk George hopes give us an insight into a lifetimes work. For George Wylie, balance and equilibrium are critical.

Wednesday 22 March 2006
ARTIST EVENING TALK
ALEXANDER MOFFAT OBE RSA (Elect)
China – an exploration of poems, drawing and painting
Royal College of Physicians on Queen Street @ 7.15pm – 8.30pm
Doors open from 6.30pm, Tickets (including wine) £7
Alexander Moffat first travelled to China in 2003, visiting Xi’an where he participated in an international conference on drawing, and Beijing where he was a guest of the Central Academy of Fine Art. He was invited to return in 2004 (accompanied by the poet Alan Riach – Head of Scottish Literature at the University of Glasgow) to Guilin in the southern province of Guanxi. Sandy will discuss the relationship between writing poems, drawing and painting. How does the exploration of ideas through language or line relate to the visual or intellectual comprehension of landscape? Is it the same process in Chine as it is in Scotland?

Friday 7 April 2006
RSA LIBRARY TALK – DUNCAN ROBERTSON Maid in Germany
RSA Library @ 11am – 12pm, Coffee from 10.30am. Tickets £4
The second of our bursary winners from 2004, sculptor Duncan Robertson has been able to use this award to fund a two month studio exchange to Munich. Since returning to Scotland in 2000, he has maintained his own practice from the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop.

RSA FRIENDS SPRING FLING!
Live music from Moishe’s Bagel In the RSA Annual Exhibition
Monday 8 May 7 – 9pm
Rip-roaring, toe-tapping jazz-influenced klezmer and Balkan music – an intoxicating mix of Eastern European dance music and Middle Eastern rhythms! Tickets £15 including wine & mini bagels 0131 225 3922