Rampant Scotland Directory!

The Arts



You will find here links to artists and their paintings and the galleries in which their output is displayed. Once the page has loaded you can jump to the links related to Festivals and Theatre/Opera/Ballet and Cinema and Radio and TV. The Art of Music and Dance gets a page of its own


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Major Organisations and Sites

Saltire Society

The Saltire Society was founded in 1936 to encourage everything that might improve the quality of life in Scotland and restore the country to its proper place as a creative force in Europe. It seeks to preserve all that is best in Scottish tradition and to encourage new developments which can strengthen and enrich the country’s cultural life. It has wide ranging interests including architecture, arts & crafts, civil engineering, history, literature, music, and science – and promotes excellence in many fields through a series of national awards.

Scottish Arts Council

SAC is one of the principal channels for Government funding of the arts in Scotland. Their site provides a comprehensive A-Z index of arts related organisations in Scotland. On-line links to Web pages are building up nicely and, where no links exist, names and addresses are provided.

Glasgow School of Art

The redesigned pages not only provide information about the school for the benefit of prospective students but have sections on the architect of the school Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Mackintosh School of Architecture.

The Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art is the second most visited contemporary art gallery outside London. This may be partly due to the way it relates to the people of Glasgow and an absence of stuffy, arty pretensions.

Scottish Sculpture Workshop is an international centre for sculpture in Scotland. It provides facilities for making sculpture and self-catering accommodation on a site in the foothills of the Highlands of Scotland.

Another Edinburgh Art Galleries site has well illustrated pages on the Fruitmarket Gallery, and the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art as well as the National Gallery of Scotland, including a photograph of "The Three Graces". Art Galleries in Edinburgh has a similar approach with plenty of illustrations.

National Galleries of Scotland has its own Web site with details of National Gallery of Scotland, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, National Gallery of Modern Art, Dean Gallery:Paolozzi Gift and outstations at Duff House and Paxton House.

Dundee Contemporary Arts has five floors of galleries, cinemas, artists facilities, education resources and the University of Dundee visual research centre. The site lists exhibitions and events and background to the visual research centre and print studio.

Scottish Cultural Enterprise

This is a commercial company specialising in making connections between people with problem-solving skills and creative ideas and businesses and public bodies requiring a high degree of creative thinking. It is one of the United Kingdom’s largest commercial arts consultancy and project management companies. It manages large-scale projects such as Scotland’s Year of the Artist and Scotland’s New Deal for Musicians.

Scotland Now!

These pages are designed to promote Scottish art, music and film talent to the international market by providing a showcase of three separate sections dealing with Contemporary Music and Art. The Art pages includes examples of the works of young Scottish artists. A section on film will be added later.

Scotland HolidayNet

The extensive pages of this Borders holiday guide includes a well illustrated section on Art including details of Paxton House Gallery plus Turner at Melrose and Dryburgh Abbeys. Turner's Luncheon with Sir Walter Scott near Melrose is also covered and there is also a section on Painters and Poets and the Contemplation of the Sublime arising from an exploration of the Falls of Clyde including Rhymer's Glen.

Individual Artists and Galleries

Accolade Watercolours is by Jo Johnson, a Scottish watercolour artist based in Fife, Scotland, whose subjects include landscapes, farms, and fishing villages. Many were painted in and around the Campsie Fells and harbours of East Fife.

Amber Arts based in Abbeyhill, Edinburgh is a picture framing workshop and gallery with a wide range of mouldings from natural wood finishes such as ash, ramin and beech, ornate gilt frames, modern painted finishes and aluminium mouldings. Each order is hand made and finished on the premises.

AndrewsCarvings has original hand crafted wooden sculpture by Scottish artist Andrew Howe. He has been producing these items for about ten years and Celtic themes are feature prominently in his work.

Art Exposure Gallery site shows examples of Scottish contemporary art - painting, ceramics, jewellery, sculpture etc in the gallery wich was formed in 1989 and is located behind the Tron Theatre, Glasgow.

Art From Scotland shows the collection of contemporary, award-winning prints and serigraphs available from local stockists plus a short biography of the artists themselves. Artists include James Watt and James Orr (who have works in the UK Royal collections) and J. D. Fergusson, one of Scotland's foremost artists of the 20th century.

Artistri has been created to promote the original contemporary art by graduates of Scottish Art Colleges and Universities. You can purchase a unique piece of original art at a very reasonable price as each artist is at the start of his or her career.

Art for Architecture is the Web site of John McKenna and associates, based in Ayrshire, who create all over the UK a wide range of bronze sculpture, public art sculpture, brick relief sculpture, architectural relief art, garden statuary, and many other types of castings, plaques and sculpture.

Atholl Gallery in Dunkeld, Perthshire, specialises in contemporary Scottish art. There are seasonal exhibitions featuring different artists in a wide range of materials including engraving, glassware, jewellery, oils, pottery, sculpture, watercolours and wood.

Atmospics publishes Scottish photographic landscape greetings cards and photographic prints of Scotland. These Scottish landscape photographs and greetings cards are a bit different with lots of atmospheric effects, not just of the wild places, but others too. If you see a picture or pictures you like in their collection you can order prints in A4 or A3 size or as 175mmx125mm (about 7”x5”) greetings cards.

Eric Auld is an Aberdonian who has created in paint the wonderful values seen in his city and surrounding countryside - the rocks of coast or hill, the contrasts of sea, river and loch along with the infinite variations of North East weather. His original work is in public and private collections throughout the world.

Aviemore Photographic are based in the Highlands and offer a photographic and video service. The site has examples of the company's work,

William Band is an honours graduate from the Ontario College of Art who became a successful commercial artist and went on to teach art. His Scottish ancestry has led him to create paintings of many Scottish subjects and his "Paintings of Scotland" show in Georgetown, Ontario Canada presented 58 scenes from across Scotland, some of which are displayed on his Web site.

Banff and Buchan Arts Forum presents samples of the creative work produced by members of the forum.

D. Bruce Bennett Celtic Art has original paintings, colour prints & cards, games posters, pen & ink prints & cards, T-shirts, Christmas cards, children’s posters & cards - all created with Scottish motifs (they are all there - Scottish landscapes, thistles, kilts, ancient castles, crofters’ cottages, bagpipers & drummers, Highland dancers, ruined abbeys, Scottie dogs and, of course, shaggy Highland cattle).

Butterworth Paintings is the Web site for the Ballogie Gallery website, a Scottish Gallery situated on Royal Deeside between Banchory and Aboyne, Aberdeenshire. The gallery hosts a permanent exhibition of oil paintings and watercolour paintings by Howard Butterworth and limited edition prints and unlimited edition prints can be purchased through this Website.

The photography of Colin Baxter is well known through his illustrations for books and calendars. This site has information on the wide range of publications and gift items illustrated with the characteristic and unique style of photography of Colin Baxter.

Creative Arts Gallery aims to bring more of the art gallery experience on-line, allowing you to browse the work of some of Scotland’s most talented artists, designers and makers selected by Jo Taylor, the founder. High quality and uncluttered presentation allows individuals, collectors, investors, corporate bodies and interior designers to make considered acquisitions of unique artworks and luxury items via this online site.

Graeme Baxter Fine Golf Art has a collection of limited and open edition prints from oil paintings by the official artist to the Ryder Cup and PGA Europe.

In Big Alba Photography Alistair Keddie presents a scenic mix of island, mountain, loch and stream in a range of high quality digital photographs and prints. You can view a selection of these on the site or order high quality digital prints.

Laurence Broderick draws inspiration for his figurative and abstract, bronze and stone sculpture from the female nude and wildlife, in particular the otter and other endangered species. He also specialises in commissioned portrait heads in bronze. He is joint president of the International Otter Survival Fund, a global charity for the conservation of the otter, based on the Isle of Skye.

Ruth Brownlee is a Scottish contemporary artist-based in the Shetland Isles. She has some of her paintings in numerous private collections throughout UK, Europe and USA. There are works in public collection in Shetland Museum - many of them portray the visual drama of the Shetland environment.

Bill Buchan is an animal artist who creates made to order portraits of your pets.

Ken Bushe is a contemporary Scottish artist based in Broughty Ferry who paints in oils natural phenomena and atmospheric effects - landscape, sky studies seascapes and colour studies - in a modern idiom for the contemporary world.

Caledoniart is a family company registered in Scotland which specialises in the sale of Scottish contemporary art outside of Scotland. As well as the exhibitions in London for which Caledoniart is known (with 25 of Scotland's finest contemporary artists in one exhibition), it is planning its first US exhibition. The Web site provides details on the artists and the various exhibitions organised by Caledoniart. There are examples of the work of over 40 Scottish artists on the site (including Peter Howson and Jolomo).

Caledonian Tenors was the brainchild of the legendary Scottish comedian and Impressario, the late Jimmy Logan. It consists of three versatile Tenors (Alexander Morrison, Paul Rendall and Campbell Russell) who sing a repertoire ranging from Scottish Music to Opera, with the emphasis on the promotion of Scottish Song both traditional and popular. Individually, their versatility ranges from the White Heather Concert Party through the concert/oratorio platform to opera.

Camairish Landscape Photography presents images created by Fife-based photographer Ian Paterson. The site has a an extensive collection of richly coloured landscape images of Scotland including a gallery dedicated to the Kingdom of Fife. There are also galleries covering places further afield (mostly New Zealand & Australia) and wildlife. All images are available to purchase.

Cambuslang, Rutherglen Unemployed Art Club is also known as CRUAC and was formed in 1997. Since those early days C.R.U.A.C. has emerged as one of the foremost art groups in the area and now has a membership of over 50 people all anxious to improve their talents and technique. All art mediums are employed including, Watercolour, Acrylic, Oils and Pastels and everybody is free to do their own thing. Talents are displayed at successful exhibitions held in Rutherglen Library. C.R.U.A.C. has also been successful in obtaining lottery funding. The club is open to anyone regardless of age.

The art of Iain Carby has been influenced by his travels particularly in Spain & the Ballearic Islands. He has exhibited his work at a number of galleries in Aberdeen and the London Art Fair and gained 1st Prize at the R.S.A. Edinburgh in February 2000.

Changinglight is the Web site of photographer Andy Lock containing his gallery of beautiful landscape photographs from around the Scottish Highlands, including glens, mountains, lochs and the rugged landscape of the West Coast of Scotland. The magnificent and unspoiled Scottish Highlands, have been captured for everyone to enjoy the world over. they are also available to buy in a range of unique prints. Andy's landscape images feature regularly in the pages of the Scottish culture magazine SCOTS.

Classic-Art is run by Carol Ann Andrews as a one-woman business from a small studio outside Glasgow, Scotland. The site has background information about the company and some examples of her work.

Jan Clizer is based in the US but the culture, landscape and the music of Scotland have greatly influenced the art of this specialist painter of Scottish & Celtic Music subject matter - as the many examples of her work on he Web site demonstrate.

Kirstie Cohen works from her studio on an isolated Highland croft, creating evocative artwork, reminiscent of Turner, of the wild hills and shores on canvas. The site illustrates a large selection of works in oil on canvas and prints which are available for sale.

Cornerstone Gallery creates quality chess sets based on the themes of the battle of Bannockburn (designed by Nigel Tranter) and Robert Burns.

Country Threads Fine Sporting Art limited edition prints and greetings cards are produced in-house in Lauder, Scotland, from the fine art work of two sporting and country artists Rosemary Park and L.M.Clark. The Cross Stitch and Tapestry on this site are are taken from their original art.

craftscotland is a national and international showcase for Scottish craft which acts as a gateway to all crafts-based activities for both the public and for the crafts community. It is a not-for profit charity, funded by the Scottish Arts Council. Their website is a searchable directory which potentially gives every maker and craft outlet in Scotland their own free webpage and this can be searched in a variety of ways. In addition to craft retailers, there are areas for galleries, events, news, features, opportunities, training, crafts and business advice.

Ann Davidson produces collage-paintings inspired by the landscapes of Sutherland, the Scottish Highlands (and of Iceland). Ann grew up in Tongue and Helmsdale, then studied art in Surrey and London. She has exhibited at Dunrobin Castle, Sutherland; The Bath Art Fair; The London Ecology Centre; Timespan Gallery, Helmsdale; and at various other places in Britain as well as in Canada and the U.S.A.

Stefan D M Davies is a photographic artist who was brought up on the beautiful Isle of Harris where he now lives and works. He pecialises in landscape photography and he has set out to photograph Harris, Skke and the Western Highlands to highlight aspects of their beauty.

dealbh.com - Scottish Art Gallery is based in Dunoon, Argyll and has a range of photographic prints and traditional and contemporary pictures of Scotland by Scottish artists. You can buy these via the online with secure server.

Denver Gallery offers for sale online a selection of black and white Scottish landscape photographs many of which convey the atmosphere, diversity and beauty of the country's natural landscape. The photographer, John Morrison lives in the village of Fintry, Stirlingshire, Central Scotland, close to the historic town of Stirling, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs.

Deveron Arts is a contemporary arts project in the small market town of Huntly, in the North-East Scotland, where they have created a distinctive approach to contemporary art in which the place itself becomes the centre of art production. They attract artists from all around the world, who come and live in the town, and create art which has been stimulated by the local environment. The focus is on the visual arts which form a catalyst connecting with performance artists, musicians and a wide range of other creative practitioners. The traces of their work have evolved into a collection - The Town Collection - placed in pubs, shops, schools, offices and other spaces around the town.

Linda Dewar began her performing career as a singer of American folk music, eventually finding her musical “home” in the melodies of her Scottish ancestors. Her rich voice, distinctive guitar styling, and engaging stage presence have made her a popular and familiar favorite among fans at ceilidhs, Burns nights and festivals as well as the more intimate environments of pubs and house concerts throughout the western states. Her excellent solo album "Where the Heart Is" includes songs of leaving, longing and returning.

Hugh Dodd is an artist, illustrator, writer and cartoonist and is a well known contributor to many leading Scottish newspapers, journals and a host of other publications. He specialises the essential spirit, romance and humour in illustrating golf in its many moods. A number of his golf prints are illustrated on the site and are available for purchase.

Driftwood Scotland brings the enjoyment of natural Scottish driftwood sculptures to a wider audience, whilst raising awareness of wildlife conservation. The site illustrates many of the unique garden and interior sculptures created by Marian Bruce and available for purchase. 10% of the profits of Driftwood Scotland are donated to charities that conserve and restore Scotland’s ancient forests.

Dun Studio Dun Studio Web site shows samples of the work of artist John Bathgate which can be bought by mail or by visiting his studio on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

Edinburgh Artbreaks provide art and painting vacations with tuition by skilled artist/tutors. Choose from many painting subjects and styles, art gallery visits. En-suite hotel accommodation, inspiring studios - all year round!

Edinburgh Printmakers Studio and Gallery in the centre of the capital is an artists' studio and gallery dedicated to contemporary fine-art printmaking. Established in 1967 it was the first open access studio in Britain. Studio facilities are provided at reasonable cost to anyone - professional printmakers, artists and beginners alike - who wishes to work in etching, lithography, screenprinting or relief printing.

Bryan Evans is a Scottish based Painter & Printmaker specialising in paintings and prints of Glasgow, Edinburgh and other Scottish towns and cities. The media used most often are watercolour painting, etchings and mezzotints. He is a contemporary artist who was once hailed in the Glasgow Herald as the 'New Scottish Impressionist'. Samples of his work are in the Web site.

Linda M Farquarson is a Scottish printmaker who works mainly in the linocut relief-printing medium plus small wood engravings. The prints for sale can be viewed on the Website.

Michael Forbes - Surreal Art for sale with examples on show. Subjects include balloons, fish, animals and a certain black humour.

Fotheringham Gallery is situated in Bridge of Allan near Stirling. It was established in 1997 by sisters Claire and Leigh Fotheringham, and is renowned for the quality and range of original art it sells, including contemporary Scottish paintings by leading Scottish artists alongside unique contemporary British ceramics, sculpture, glass and handmade Scottish designer jewellery. All currently available stock can be viewed online and is updated daily.

Frames Contemporary Gallery is based in Perth and promotes contemporary Scottish Art. Artists are drawn from all over Scotland and include well established names as well as up and coming artists. The web-site has lots of illustration of the work of the artists plus their biographies. There is also a section giving a Background to Scottish Art

Hannah Frank was born in 1908 and so is one of the last living links to the Art Nouveau period. Her black and white, Aubrey Beardsley-like drawings are familiar to Glaswegians who lived in the city in the 1960s - her art was often on show in the camera shop of Charles Frank Ltd in the city (as well as being exhibited in the Royal Glasgow Institute and the Royal Scottish Academy). Her later sculptures have also been exhibited in the Royal Scottish Academy, the Hunterian Gallery, and the National Portrait Gallery Edinburgh. Hannah Frank has recently been offered Honorary Membership of the Glasgow Society of Women Artists for her services to Art and in particular to celebrate the publication of her book illustrating her drawings and sculpture.

The Fyne Studios of Don McNeil and Jean Bell are situated just on the road to Tighnabruaich in the Cowal peninsula, in the village of Newton. Their working studios are open to the public throughout the year, displaying examples of their artistry. Each artist focuses on the emotional aspect of the wild and rugged Scottish landscape along with the ever changing weather and dramatic lighting of the West side of Scotland. The Web site has a good selection of their colourful work.

Gay Grossart is a graduate of both the Edinburgh College of Art and Leith School of Art and she has exhibited widely in group and solo shows throughout the UK since 1986. Gay works primarily in oils, watercolours and pastels and there are examples of her abstracts, figure painting and portraits while the landscapes and seascapes evoke her early homeland of East Lothian, Scotland.

Gisla Woodcraft based at Uig, Isle of Lewis, has been creating first-class hand wood-turned objects for over a quarter of a century. Each piece is created to the customer's specification so each item is unique. In addition to the online facility, there is also a traditional gift shop 23 miles south west of Stornoway, open from April to the end of September.

The Glasgow Art Fair has established itself as the place to view, buy and sell art in Scotland. The largest contemporary art fair in the UK outside London, the fair brings together 50 selected galleries in pavilions in the heart of Glasgow's city centre.

The well known Glasgow Print Studio provides a range of services to artists and the public in the West of Scotland including a custom-built printmakers workshop, a gallery exhibiting local and international artists and a retail outlet: The Original Print Shop.

Glenelg Candles are hand crafted and all of their designs are original. Some of the candles have a practical purpose as well - such as the Anti-Midge Candles snd the latest range of Aromatherapy Candles. The biggest sellers, however, are the Highland Landscape Candles in the Summer, Autumn, and Sunset Colours and the ever-popular Flower and Heather Candles.

globalart4u creates original fine art, crafts, handmade Scottish greeting cards. Plus portraits painted by Scot's artist Linda Atherton, your designs translated onto mirrors and/or tiles by Scots artists Lesley Burr (Shetland) and Mo Shankland. Also sculptures by Scottish sculptor Alexander Stoddart.

The web site for Rob Gordon ART showcases the paintings by emerging contemporary Scottish artist Rob Gordon. He studied Fine Art at the prestigious Gray`s School of Art in Aberdeen and achieved a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree. He now specialises in landscapes, seascapes, still-life, portraits and wildlife. His paintings hang in galleries and private collections throughout the United Kingdom as well as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States.

Greatscots was created by Scott Sutherland, a sculptor living in the North of Scotland, working mainly in bronze and pewter. The site contains examples of his work - a range of figures from Scotland's history including William Wallace, Rob Roy MacGregor, Jarl Harald etc. There are biographical notes for each.

Harry Hood creates dry stone paving and dry stone walling, landscaping, granite sett paving design and natural stonework without cement. Using a range of materials, he can produce streetscaping or landscaping with a difference, including celtic knotwork patterns using granite setts. He has experience of working with many different types of stone in many different locations, including Caithness slate for paving and for a drystane dyke in the Beechgrove Garden, Yorkstone paving in Sheffield and on Ben Alder Lodge Estate etc.

Michael Heseltine has contemporary abstract oil paintings for sale which have been influenced by the Expressionists, Impressionists and The Scottish colourists. He specialises in landscape around his home in Scotland and his oil paintings are often on a large scale. Previous commissions have included the House of Lords, House of Commons and Royal Yacht Britannia.

Hive1.com offers free gallery space for emerging artists across a range of formats from oils to digital. Based in Glasgow, the gallery principally offers various support to Glasgow based artists. The site provides links to the artists' website. All pictures displayed can be sent as a 'direct to mail' e-card and each artist has an individual guestbook.

Lorraine G Huber is a contemporary abstract artist and her original modern abstract paintings and ceramics can be found in many private and corporate collections throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. Her mixed media paintings are sold on-line, with a large selection on view in the Web site.

Illustration Scotland is a collective of award winning Scottish Illustrators, UK Illustrators, and digital artists. The site is a showcase of online galleries for illustration artists such as Mark Bannerman, Clare Mackie, Felix Cusack, Chris Wadden, Mark Dean, Gaynor Shephard, Shaun McLaren Bill Piggins and Rowena Dugdale. Each illustrator has their own information section linking from their gallery pages which represent a sampler of this UK illustrators collective.

Indigo Gallery opened in July 2002 and is centrally located above the main post office in South Street, St Andrews. Indigo's exhibitions are a mixed collection of affordable artwork, woodwork, jewellery and sculpture.

Invergordon Off The Wall is a group which aims to regenerate and enhance Invergordon. "Off The Wall" refers to a series of murals being created in the town designed to promote community involvement and a sense of local identity.

Island Focus is a site featuring the work of photographer Sue Anderson, who specializes in high quality photographs of the Scottish islands, which are available to buy online in the form of mounted or unmounted prints, calendars, greetings cards, and individually tailored gift albums.

Isle of Arran Art is the Web site of Isle of Arran artist Jim Mackintosh who has an art gallery at Hamilton Cottages, Shiskine, Isle of Arran. His work is influenced to a large extent by the landscapes and seascapes around where he lives - for example, a shaft of sunlight breaking through a heavy sky, the west coast mist half hiding a headland or mountain ridge. His paintings have been sold in local galleries and at art exhibitions on the island and have sold well over several years. And all work displayed his website is available for sale by mail order with payment by PayPal or credit card.

The Ian Kenny Gallery a family owned business in Larkhall, Lanarkshire, has a selection of fine art prints from a range of artists on view and available to purchase.

Hugh Kirkwood enjoys painting in the open air - and that includes big game on the Masai Mara in Africa, as well as Scottish architecture, in particular, castles. Other locations range from the Cromarty Firth to Portree.

Larks Gallery, located in Ballater on Royal Deeside, offers a selection of work from leading Scottish artists as well as some of the best emerging talents in painting, print making, sculpture, ceramics, glass, textiles, photography and jewellery design.

Lasting Presence is a small but busy studio hiding away in the Highland hills run by Sarah Meldrum offering a photographic restoration service (to repair fading, creases, tears etc) together with a portraiture (children, adults, horses, dogs, cats and other animals) and full colour high quality prints from originals.

Leith Gallery is one of Scotland's leading galleries in Scottish Contemporary Art. A number of Scotland's established artists are represented here with paintings, sculpture, ceramics, designer silverware and jewellery, limited edition prints & serigraphs.

Lobey Dosser by Bud Neil is a different form of "art" but it is certainly part of the culture of Scotland. Cartoon character Lobey Dosser, his arch enemy Rank Badjin and other cast members ride across the Internet instead of the Glasgow Evening Times. The animated Gif files as well as the cartoon strips themselves provide the unique flavour of a well love Scottish institution. There is also a short biography of Bud Neil the cartoonist who created Lobey.

Loch Ness Art Studio is the online art gallery of Vandeleur Leigh whose speciality is undertaking portraiture commissions - people or pets - with glorious backgrounds including, but not limited to landscape, seascape and interiors. And there are also illustrations of "sightings" of Loch Ness Monsters in various humorous guises.

The Lost Gallery in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, shows works by Scottish modern artists who most excite the owners, artist Peter Goodfellow and his wife Jean. It is set deep in Glen Nochty, Upper Donside in a 19th century farmhouse. Examples of the gallery's innovative show of contemporary art sculpture and photography are illustrated on the Web site.

Angus McEwan R.S.W. is an artist who was born in 1963 in Dundee and graduated with Honours from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee. The Web site has examples of his work as well as details of the exhibitions at which his art has been on show.

Andrew McIntosh from Grantown-On-Spey creates a range of fine art, postcards and and giclee prints using a variety of techniques on Scottish subjects from Eilean Donan to Edinburgh (and points in between).

Claire McKenna works alongside her husband, the sculptor John McKenna, creating public art sculpture and bronze statues at their A4A art for architecture studio foundry, based on the south west rural coast of Scotland. Claire personally designs each of her bronze bowls making each as an individual artwork but following a creative theme. The bowls are each modelled as wax artworks, which Claire then invests using the ceramic shell technique, producing a beautiful quality cast bronze.

Marvellous Image showcases the photographic works of Chris Mooney who uses both traditional film camera and development techniques as well as digital photography, manipulation and enhancement. The site has lots of examples of his work, including alarge section on images of Glasgow.

Stuart Miller was born in Irvine, Ayrshire and Stuart Miller Limited is a group of artists creating both digital and conventional illustrations, animation, and Digital Visuals for architects, developers and promotional advertising. The site has many examples of their work.

Millers Art in is Scotland's largest Art & Craft shop with locations around the country. The site has information on company history, free in-store demonstrations and in-store workshops.

Monarch Woodturning is dedicated to the art of woodturning, created by a craftsman who lives on Speyside. There are some beautiful illustrations of some of his hand crafted products which are available for purchase. He has also created a page on his local area as well as an extensive reading list of of the very best titles on woodturning and crafting.

Mull Art has lots of examples of prints and paintings of Mull and elsewhere by Angus Stewart who is based on the island in Tobermory. There is also an artists' directory for Mull and Iona. And there's an illustrated page on Tobermory so you can find your way to the artist's studio.

Peter Mylles is both an artist and a prize-winning photographer who has amassed a thirty-year catalogue of landscapes and animal life photography, particularly in the Scottish Highlands and Islands. His art reflects this abundant source of subject matter with atmospheric mountain, seascape and landscape illustrations - a number of which can be seen on the site.

Niche Gallery stocks a unique collection of sculpture, pottery, jewellery and gifts from Scottish and UK artists. They have art to suit any budget from originals to signed limited editions, hand made ceramics, sculptures, and traditional Scottish gifts and crafts. They also supply stylish fashion and classic jewelry.

Richard Newton is a Scottish based photographer who works with all camera formats and in addition to his own black and white processing facilities arranges colour processing and printing with reliable professional laboratories. Richard's speciality is portraiture in a working environment, however he also provides photography for a wide range of clients and sectors including annual reports, corporate, events, still life, fashion, music, industrial, public relations, and landscapes.

Open Eye Gallery is situated in the heart of Edinburgh's historic New Town. It has a programme of exhibitions covering contemporary and fine art ranging from the work of the young contemporary to that of the established school. In addition to paintings, the gallery specialises in early 20th century prints, sculpture and contemporary crafts. The site also includes "Eye Two" (i2) which opened in 1998 and specialises in 20th century American and European printmaking.

Outer Hebrides Landscape Photographs by Mike Shailes are available for purchase online from his Web site via a secure, online payment system. Mike has been a landscape photographer for over 30 years and is now based in Stornoway, on the Scottish Isle of Lewis. A large number of his photographs can be viewed in the online gallery shop.

Painted Mountains is the gallery and on-line shop displaying the work of Neil J Barlow, who lives in the West of Scotland and who specialises in painting magnificent mountains. You will find original watercolour paintings and limited edition prints of Scotland, The Lake District, Snowdonia and The Alps

Martin Pettinger is a landscape photographer who lives near Kinross and most of his gallery of photographs have been taken in the surrounding area of Fife, Perthshire and Clackmannanshire.

PaintScots is the entertaining blog of painter Jan Clizer presenting her reflections on art & Scottish culture. from the perspective of someone who lives in coastal NW US but has a great love of Scotland.

Photo Workshops in black and white landscape photography is run by John Morrison based in the picturesque village of Fintry in Stirlingshire. Tuition is one to one but two people can be accommodated. The two day course includes darkroom fine printing, theory and practice and also location photography in the stunning area of the Trossachs - part of Scotland's first National Park.

Pivotal Art is the newest gallery in Glasgow's Merchant City. It offers ever changing exhibitions of contemporary Scottish painting, sculpture and photography in the spectacular surroundings of Merchant Square (The Old Candleriggs Market).

Poppy Photography has a collection of limited edition flower, plant and nature inspired photographic fine art prints by Joanne Macrae. They were inspired by the beautiful world of flowers and plants and have been taken mainly in Scotland. Prints are sold individually or as a 'collection'.

Portico Gallery is an art gallery and picture framers based at Helensburgh exhibiting Scottish and international artists. They have limited edition and signed prints by artists such as McKenzie Thorpe, Simon Bull, Joy Kirkton-Smith, Gary Hodges and Gordon King plus original paintings and engravings and jewellery by local designer Linda MacDonald.

Potfest is a vehicle to promote ceramics in general and potters in particular by providing an access point for all ceramic activity in the UK. There is a directory of potters, some of which are in Scotland.

rdw Glass is a decorative glass company which also runs beginners classes in stained glass from its studio in Glasgow. It offers a comprehensive range of quality bespoke products and services to the decorative glass market including the design, manufacture and installation of stained glass, leaded lights, light fittings or light boxes, fused glass tiles, fused glass sculptures, signs, club embems or business logos.

Joanna Repton creates individually handcrafted jewellery, inspired by natural form - classic, wearable and elegant - this precious metal and gemstone jewellery combines timeless appeal with a modern twist. The comprehensive range of jewellery ranges from personal wear to small pieces of silverware for gifts or for the home.

Rhue Studio is the open gallery of James Hawkins. He has been working in Rhue on the shores of Loch Broom in Wester Ross for 22 years now, producing vibrant, romantic expressionist views of Scottish landscapes.

Rockcliffe Art Gallery is a small friendly art gallery, located in the captivating seaside village of Rockcliffe, Dumfries and Galloway, with panoramic views over the open sea of the Solway Firth to the hills beyond. Their aim is to foster the talent of artists starting their exhibiting career, and to build relationships with longstanding artists to make their artworks more accessible and easier to buy. The art gallery is open 7 days a week from 9am to 9pm.

Frances Ross is a sculptor who specialises in classical figures and portrait heads in bronze. Works can be ordered from a portfolio or by commissions from life or from photographs. She has exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, the Edinburgh Gallery and Paisley Museum and Art Galleries.

Scottish Landscape Artist Keith Salmon is a 90% blind artist who nevertheless won a major UK art prize recently. His initial career as an artist was disrupted when he was diagnosed as having diabetic retinopathy. He had to stop exhibiting work and instead try to find new ways of painting, using just the very limited sight he now had left. This has however, provided him with even more determination to continue with his artwork. He is now based in Ayrshire and now has a studio space at Courtyard Studios in Irvine and now exhibits and sells his work regularly again.

ScotlandArt.com represents over 140 artists and only carries original art rather than limited prints. The paintings can be viewed at the Glasgow art gallery in Giffnock. The artists range from graduates and students of the Scottish Art Schools to established names such as Peter Howson and Lesley Banks. Scotland Art carries paintings and drawings from abstract paintings and landscapes to figurative and life drawing or portraits plus a large selection of Scottish designer jewellery.

Scotland In Photo: Landscape Photography illustrates the photographs of Christopher Redhead which are there for browsing or purchase. They cover mainly Loch Lomond & The Trossachs, Glencoe & Rannoch Moor and Waterfalls & Streams. He likes to work in the golden hours which offer atmospheric conditions, long shadows, textured terrain and peacefulness.

Scotmart Gallery of Fine Art is based in Fife and has art and photography available from a small collection of recognised and up-and-coming artists.

Scottish-art.com has limited edition prints and original paintings, from a select number of Scottish artists.

Scottish Artists Gallery shows Scottish contemporary art, consisting of mainly Scottish landscape paintings and oil paintings of Castles from Scotland. The oil paintings are all original hand painted works and are for sale and available to buy online. All paintings come with a brief description of the theme, where and when painted and signed by the artist.

Scottish Fine Art are specialists in buying and selling pre-1950s Scottish oils and watercolours. There is an on-line gallery and you can advertise pictures for sale on the site, post a request for work by a particular artist or subject and have a valuation for a pre-1950 Scottish oil or watercolour.

The Scottish Gallery is the largest and oldest private gallery in Scotland, The Scotish Gallery is located in the heart of Edinburgh's New Town. It currently concentrates on 20th century and contemporary Scottish painters and the Gallery also exhibits applied art - ceramics, jewellery, glass, metalwork, wood & textiles

Scottish Glass Society has about 200 members comprising hot glass artists. stained glass artists, engravers, collectors, students, and academics, and is concerned with widening the knowledge of glassmaking and working in Scotland. The site lists the members in each category and provides some illustrations of their work.

Scottish Indie Art Space illustrates generated images, paintings, landscapes in medium sized graphics from a number of contributors.

Scottish Landscape Paintings. There are a number of paintings by artist and novelist Hugh Noble on this web site, for sale by online secure card processing.

Scottish Landscape Photography by James Craig has a large selection of colour and black and white images of Scotland available for purchase and to view on the site.

Scottish Realms is a two-man art company with a portfolio of contemporary Scottish paintings and illustrations based on Scottish history, legend and mythology. In addition to famous historical characters there are also less well know individuals such as Earl Beardie and Thomas Weir and a whole gallery devoted to Scottish saints.

Sculpture Scotland is a directory of scottish sculptors producing figurative bronze sculpture, listing sculptors working mainly in bronze and producing figures that are either unique or one of a small edition. The site itself is non-profit making, designed to promote figurative Scottish sculpture.

Shiel Arts is a one man sculpture-based arts company producing works on primarily Scottish themed subjects - although commissioned works on any subject are also undertaken. The company specialises in limited edition runs of between 50 and 350 and all works are sculpted, hand-cast and finished by the artist. A range of work can be viewed in the Web pages at various stages of completion.

Simpson Fine Art is the online gallery of paintings and prints by Scottish artists (and father and son) Jim & Jamie Simpson. You will find an exhibition of contemporary Scottish landscape drawings and paintings currently available as limited edition prints from Jim & Jamie's extensive collection of images. They have a wide range of subject matter, from their rural Scottish landscapes through the wilds of the Highlands & Islands of Scotland to their vibrant sunsets &and popular urban night scenes of Glasgow and Edinburgh. The original artworks are executed predominantly in soft artist's pastel but both artists work in a variety of media including watercolour & oil. If you are looking for a particular subject you can use the search facility located at the top of each page or browse for pictures of a particular area of Scotland using a regional map page.

Skye Sculpture aims to collect funds for a 1.5 times life size bronze sculpture at Sligachan of John Mackenzie and his internationally renowned climbing companion Norman Collie and the huge contribution they made to the early history of climbing in Skye. Additionally, the objective is to promote the value and connection of the local landscape, wild places and the Gaelic culture. The next stage of the project is now underway with the group working in close collaboration with local schools, organisations and people who are passionate about the Cuillin Mountains and Skye.

Mark Smith is an artist working in watercolour, inspired by the unique light and landscape in the North of Scotland where he now lives. His painting style is traditional, with a distinctly Edwardian feel. He is delighted to accept commissions and can create paintings in watercolour, especially landscapes, buildings, interiors and portraits.

John Stoa, based in Dundee, has an online gallery showing many of his collection of paintings of landscapes (including a number of the Scottish Highlands), flowers, romantic subjects, snow scenes and beaches. His fine art prints illustrate a range of Scottish towns and the site also give details on classes, workshops, commissions and special offers.

Strathearn Gallery and Pottery is a Craft Council selected gallery actively promoting work by contemporary artists and crafts people based in Scotland. The extensive and neat use of frames displays a huge range of artwork from the gallery. The site also displays work by Graduates from a number of Art Scottish art colleges and schools including Gray's School (Aberdeen), Jordanstone School (Dundee) and Edinburgh and Glasgow art schools.

Strathearn Arts and Crafts features a collection of local artists and some of their work.

Sami Thorpe, based in Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway, takes commissions to produce pencil portraits of people or animals based on photographs you supply. The Web site has a large selection from her portfolio, including some charming cats and dogs.

Peter Thwaites creates watercolour paintings and prints of landscapes, seascapes, wildflowers, trees, fungi including Scottish landscapes and birdlife.

Tore Art Gallery is a new art gallery created in the former Free Church at Killearnan, near Tore, a few miles from Inverness. It houses the largest selection of original paintings and sculptures for sale anywhere in the Highlands. The Web site features a number of artists working in a variety of styles, with lots of illustrations.

Wee Windows has hand painted glass gifts including beautiful sun catchers, personalised glass tiles, stunning glass hearts - all lovingly made in Dunfermline, Fife. Wee Windows is a member of "Fife Craft Association", "Made in Fife" and "Craft Scotland". They regularly display at Craft & Gift Fairs throughout Fife, Edinburgh & the Lothians and Glasgow's The Lighthouse.

Jonathan Wheeler is a watercolour artist living in Findhorn whose paintings of Scottish and Edinburgh scenes, castles and other images are published as limited and open edition prints are available in galleries in Scotland and the UK and through his website.

Wildlife Art has been created by Martin Ridley, based in Dalguise near Dunkeld, Perthshire. You can view how sketches, preparatory drawings and a gallery of wildlife and wilderness art covering both bird and animal paintings is evolved from initial wildlife field encounters. Original wildlife art is for sale.

William Wilson is a fine art photographer who captures the Scottish landscape and familiar items in almost surreal photographs in colour and monochrome. All work is strictly Limited Edition, with no more than a total of 100 prints available of the particular image. These are available through selected galleries in Scotland.

Christopher Wood is Edinburgh-trained and lives and works in East Lothian painting landscapes which are still-lifes and more. He is an abstractionist with a precise sense of volume and form. A number of examples on show - and you are invited to downlaod an example for your monitor so that you can see the pictures within pictures, skies and seas where there are none, sensuality in the bleakest landscape.

Steve Horsfall is The Wood Carver and he is based on the Black Isle, north of Inverness. He creates personalised, hand-carved wooden kitchenware such as bread and cheese boards which are an ideal Wedding or Anniversary present. The web site features a variety of the attractive (and fun) items available from stock as well as some of the many commissions which have been completed.

Anthony Woodd is an Edinburgh based art gallery specialising in Scottish landscape, sporting and military pictures from the nineteenth and twentieth century. There is a good set of paintings and prints from an impressive list of artists on view on the Web site.

Woodlore was set up by Stuart Dalgleish in Hawick in the Scottish Borders to produce ideas in wood; sculpture, clocks, bowls, cd racks, tables, picture and mirror frames, barometers, candlesticks and shelves - as well as commissions. He only uses native hardwoods which are either windfallen or have been felled with the enviroment in mind.



Go-Edinburgh

No wonder Edinburgh is called the "Festival City". Either by links to other sites or from its own pages, this site brings together many of the festivals for which the city is famous, including :

Iofilm has an extensive coverage of the Edinburgh Film Festival with extensive reviews of last year's films and a preview of the next festival.

The Edinburgh Fringe Podcast Network has lots of reviews, newsposts, interviews, blogs and - for those who prefer to listen to get their information verbally - there is a daily "Podcast" which can be heard on the site. Or download a half-hour show each day in mp3 format and transfer it to your iPod so you can hear about the Fringe perhaps as you race between shows.

Minority communities in Edinburgh have their own colourful MELA festival and details of the associated activities are provided on the site.

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

This professional site not only gives the facts about tickets, prices, bookings and souvenirs (in special Tattoo Tartan), it also conveys the atmosphere and excitement of the event itself. There is a background to the Tattoo and, being so closely associated with it has a good illustrated description of these important elements of Scottish heritage.

The Scottish Tattoo

This site covers the Scottish Tattoo at the Royal Albert Hall, which took place for the first time in April 1999 with 400 performers, taking the massed pipes and drums to the heart of London. The event was replicated in other venues in Scotland and England.

Scottish Festivals

Hogmanay, the celebration of bringing in the New Year, is not the only traditional festival in Scotland. Many national and local celebrations took place in the past and some survive to this day. Here is a selection, from Burning of the Clavie to the Glasgow Fair, with links to other sites, where available, for more detailed information.

Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival

This has become a major international event on the Scottish tourism calendar and is already the biggest whisky festival in Europe. Running in early May for ten days. the Festival helps to showcase the heritage, folklore and culture of the River Spey, Speyside and its people. Each year the ten days of whisky, music, food and fun feature a programme of more than 250 events taking place around Speyside and between Aberdeen and Inverness. Events include the prestigious annual Whisky Awards, Professional Chef Competition and Student Chef Competition, and the Festival includes a series of tours and tastes of distilleries not normally open to the public, as well as tours to remote distilleries. Other activities include ceilidhs, music events, whisky/food matching dining opportunities, whisky themed events, pub nights and concerts.

Foodies Festival

Foodies celebrates food and drink at Holyrood Park, Edinburgh for three days in August, when Scotland's capital is buzzing with the Edinburgh International Festival. Features include cocktail bars serving seasonal cocktails; a Veuve Clicquot champagne bar; Whisky Theatre, showcasing Scotland's finest distilleries with tutored tastings; restaurant tents giving visitors the opportunity to sample taster dishes; an entertainment space with live performances from Fringe acts including music and dance; Chefs Theatre with live demonstrations from Michelin star and top chefs; food and drink masterclasses where visitors can try their hand at cocktails making, oyster shucking, gin & wine tasting, and young chefs can take masterclasses too. There is also a large producers market with seasonal, local produce and speciality food and drink.

The Big Tent

Falkland Estate, in the Kingdom of Fife, Big Tent is the venue for a weekend of music, art and family activities mixed with stimulating debates on issues of social and environmental issues at the end of July. Wash this all down with incredible food and drink in the One Planet Food Village, which celebrates the best in organic food and drink and you have a very special weekend.

Helensburgh & Lomond Real Ale Festival

Showcasing the finest Scottish real ales, the Helensburgh festival welcomes visitors from far and wide, offerung a fantastic selection of real ales plus food, friendship, fun and laughter, all accompanied by great music.

St Andrews Day Rally

St Andrew's Day (30 Novenber) is probably celebrated more by Scots abroad than in Scotland itself but that situation is changing as interest grows in all things Scottish. The St Andrews Day Rally in Edinburgh began in 2003 with a march led by a pipe band along Princes Street. The Web site has a history of both St Andrew and the Saltire flag, possibly the oldest national flag in the world.

Aye Write - Glasgow's Book Festival

Celebrating the rich variety of Glaswegian writing and the best of Scottish and international writers, the programme includes a mix of fiction and non-fiction, poetry and prose, screenwriting and graphic novels along with sessions on illustration and storytelling. The event takes place in the Mitchell Libaray, Glasgow in March.

Glasgow Music Festival

Around 7,000 musicians, many of them young people, compete in the Glasgow Music Festival which runs for two weeks in early March. This annual festival of music, speech, drama and dance was first held in 1911 and includes competitions in clasical, folk, jazz and Scottish music. There are opportunities for groups of almost any size and description, in addition to an extensive programme for solo performance.

Glasgow Film Festival

There has been a long love affair between Glasgow and the cinema - the first purpose - built Glasgow cinema opened in Sauchiehall Street in 1910, since when there have been nearly 200 cinemas in the city. The Glasgow Film Festival began in 2005 and is now the third largest film event in the UK. The festival is now spread across 12 venues with over 140 film performances from across the world.

Scottish International Storytelling Festival

Held in Edinburgh's bookstores, libraries, Castle, Botanic Gardens and at many more top attractions at the end of October, this is a a feast of folktales, myths & legends and performances for adults and children. Stories are from all over the world and the Web site is about how you can get involved in the Scottish Storytelling Network, find out about stories, events, festivals and tours. The Storytelling Centre's online national directory also profiles 80 professional storytellers in Scotland.

Gilded Balloon

Gilded Balloon Productions has established a Comedy Circuit with the aim of providing top quality comedy to venues in Scotland throughout the year. Many of the successes of the Fringe have subsequently performed on the Comedy Circuit. Gilded Balloon is also a comedy venue in Scotland performing at the Festival Fringe. The site provides a history of the organisation, Festival production venues and information on "So You Think You're Funny," the successful comedy stand up competition for newcomers.

Glasgow Comedy Festival

Scotland's first ever comedy festival boasts a star-studded programme featuring a host of world-class comics in more than 120 performances in 17 days in over a dozen venues across Glasgow at the end of March and into April.

Piping Hot Festival

Building on the success of the annual World Pipe Band Championship (WPBC) held on Glasgow Green every August, the City of Glasgow Council and the Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (RSPBA) are organising a week-long festival, culminating in the Championship itself in which 7,500 of the top pipers and drummers from around the world compete for the top prize. The "Piping Hot" festival will include concerts, ceilidhs, workshops, forums, a pipers’ parade and a series of free performances around Glasgow city centre.

Beltane Fire Festival

The Beltane Fire Festival is held every year during the night of 30th April on Calton Hill in Edinburgh. The event attracts up to 15,000 spectators with over 300 voluntary collaborators and performers. In the last four years, the Society has also staged an event at Samhuinn, the seasonal opposite to Beltane, in Parliament Square (on Edinburgh's Royal Mile) on the night of Oct 31st. More recent years have seen productions of the festivals of Imbolc (beginning of February) and Lughnasadh (end of August).

Beltane Festival in Ohio

The Scottish American Society in Ohio organises a Beltane Festival event each year with music, highland athlete competitions, children's games, pipe bands, country dancing. Several clans and vendors are represented for information and shopping and a display of vintage cars and many foods and beverages for sampling. Gates open at 10am and the event closes at 6pm.

Perth Festival

Held at the Perth Theatre at the end of May, the Perth Festival features performances by Scottish Opera, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, English Touring Opera, Perth Youth Orchestra, the Scottish National Jazz Orchestra.

Paisley Festival Company

The Paisley Festival Company promotes concerts by high-profile professional choirs, visiting and local amateur choirs, educational and training activities and events for community participation. Their big annual event is the Paisley Choral Festival.

ScotFest

ScotFest is a one day festival which highlights the amazing talent based in Scotland in Food & Drink, Craft, Design and Live Music. They hand-pick exhibitors to ensure there is a broad mix of specialities for you to enjoy on the day and with around 100 to choose from there is something for everyone. All Food and Drink exhibitors have FREE tastings so you can sample what they have to offer. There is a Beer & Cider Garden situated close to the Central FM Stage so that you can enjoy live entertainment with your pint! All exhibitors are in fully covered marquees, so even if the weather turns wet you can be safe in the knowledge that you will be in the warm and dry!

East Neuk Festival

The East Neuk Festival aims to bring world class musicians to perform in the atmospheric and beautiful setting of the East Neuk of Fife, Scotland. Each year, it takes place during the weekend closest to 1 July, and offers a long-weekend of concerts in beautiful venues in one of the most beautiful areas of Scotland.

Aviemore Walking Festival

Aviemore has always been associated with the great outdoors so it was natural that they should stage a Walking Festival. Held in the middle of May, local walks take in the valley of the river Spey between the Cairngorm and Monadhliath mountains. The programme covers short leisurely strolls through forests and along river and loch banks to more strenuous hill walks to the remaining snowfields at over 4,000 feet high. And there are exhibitions, talks, workshops, ceilidhs, barbecues - and Highland Hospitality!

Cowal Festival of Walking and Art

Cowalfest is Scotland's largest walking festival with over 70 walks during this 10 day event in Mid-October. It is unique in that it involves the arts as well as exploring the Cowal Peninsula. Dunoon is being turned into Scotland's Art Town for 10 days with a Windowshoppers Gallery spanning 60 shops, each displaying cutting edge art by local and invited artists.

St Magnus Festival

Peter Maxwell Davies founded the St. Magnus Festival, which takes place annually in the Orkney Islands, off the north coast of Scotland, in 1977. The festival, which runs for six days at midsummer each June, invariably includes the summer solstice (21 June). As the Orkney Islands lie in a very northerly latitude, during this high summer period there is light for almost all of the 24 hours. All of this gives a very special atmosphere for the activities within the festival. This site, which is part of an extensive site devoted to Peter Maxwell Davies, gives a detailed background to the event.

Orkney Folk Festival

Running for over 20 years, the Orkney Folk Festival continues in its efforts to bring the best in traditional music and song from around the world and mix it in with a healthy portion of Orkney's own exceptionally talented locals plus a program of educational events, workshops and sessions.

Shetland Folk Festival

The Shetland Folk Festival takes place at venues across Shetland in April/May each year. In a friendly atmosphere, audiences often move from one venue to another - and the start of performances can be delayed to accommodate any late running! Participants have been know to describe themselves as "Shetlagged" as a result!

Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival

Taking place in mid-August in the Italian Gardens, Belladrum Estate, Beauly, Inverness-shire this 2-day family festival has rock, celtic, country, folk, blues and world music and many other attractions. In aid of Maggie's Cancer Care Centres.

Talisker Skye & Lochalsh Food and Drink Festival

This Festival, which now takes place towards the end of June, supports the food and drink industry in Skye & Lochalsh and promotes the area as a high quality food and drink destination. Activities include special seafood lunches, guided walks, a Seafood Sea-fari, cookery demonstrations, whisky tastings, tours of various food producers and local farmers¹ markets. The Web site lists the venues involved throughout Skye and Lochalsh.

Mull and Iona Wildlife Week

In the middle of May Mull and Iona wildlife operators get together to make it easier to experience more of the wide range of wildlife these unique islands have to offer - whales, dolphins, puffins, seals, otters, deer and eagles etc. During the week there are many different events, walks, talks, displays,exhibitions and competitions.

West End Festival

The Festival in the West End of Glasgow, which takes place in June, has a long list of events including a carnival parade, a ceilidh, a jazzmobile and a gala day at the local River Kelvin. There is also a "Longest Day" in Kelvingrove Park on, you've guessed it, 21 June.

Ullapool Guitar Festival

This music festival is held each October in this village on the North West Coast of Scotland. Venue is the Royal Hotel and the event is spread over three days.

Loch Ness Film Festival

This is one of Scotlands newest Independent film festivals and in 2011 is back for its 2nd year and will be screening shorts to feature films such as Dog Soldiers, Toy Story 3, One Day Removals and the Cowboy Court. All tickets can be purchased via the site via debit/credit card or simply pay on the door.

Tarbert Music Festival

The site has details of the festival which takes place each September in Tarbert, Argyll.

Loch Shiel Spring Festival

Classical Music with international performers which takes place in Glenfinnan at St Finan's Church, close to the famous memorial to the 1745 uprising by Bonnie Prince Charlie every Spring, starting the first Monday after the 15th May. A variety of chamber concerts, recitals, brass and choral concerts are organised.

Taste of Grampian

This is a one-day festival celebrating and demonstrating the richness and diversity of Grampian's larder. It takes place in the middle of June at Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, 16 miles north of Aberdeen. Entry is free and the event is designed to be a family day out, attracting members of the public interested in food.

Crieff and Strathearn's Drovers' Tryst Walking Festival

In the 18th century Crieff was a major crossing point for the Highland drovers taking their cattle to market in central Scotland. This walking festival in October commemorates those days with activities which range from a brisk hike up a hill or a ramble in the valley to climbing the local Munros - or a creepy crawly walk for children. There is also live street theatre, live music, a ceilidh, pipe bands and a farmer's market. You can even take part in abseiling, weaving, spinning and glassblowing or savor Strathearn's colourful whisky history. Sounds like fun! The site also has a short history of the Drovers' Tryst (meeting place).

Ayrshire Food Festival

Throughout the ten days of the Festival a host of events and promotions will take place in hotels and restaurants throughout the area. A keynote of Ayrshire Food Festival is the Food and Drink Show at The Magnum Leisure Centre, Harbourside, Irvine.

Solas Festival

Solas Festival is held in Wiston, near Biggar, South Lanarkshire towards the end of June. It has an eclectic line-up designed to set your toes-tapping, your hands creating and your grey matter wondering what actually matters.... There's music, a literature stage visited by poetic royalty, There are also some prominent Scottish thinkers who will develop the festival theme. And on top of all that there is a top-class programme for children and young people as well as Soul space, creative arts, good food, good company and much more...

National Theatre of Scotland

The National Theatre itself does not have a stage of its own, but works instead with the best of Scottish theatre to inspire and delight audiences everywhere. The Web site provides a background to the unique concept of Scotland's National Theatre, details of their productions and workshops around the country as well as news and features.

UK Theatre Web

Comprehensive listings of what's on in UK threatres, including Scotland - use the "What's On" Quick Search of Listings using the keyword Scotland to find out what's being performed and where.

TheatreNet has a wide range of theatre links. From these sites (and from other sources), the following links to Web pages of Scottish theatres can be provided :-

Mark Fisher's Scottish Theatre Links

Not just theatres (though that is there, city by city) but also actors (with links to web sites), playwrights, directors, agents, promoters, festivals, reviews - and an e-mail discussion group about Scottish theatre.

Scottish Theatre Archive

The Scottish Theatre Archive has been created to help preserve and promote interest in Scotland's theatrical heritage. It forms part of the Special Collections Department of Glasgow University Library. There is a description of holdings of companies, festivals, artists, theatre programmes, scripts Some material is accessible on the site including a section on Harry Lauder and seaside entertainment.

theatreSCOTLAND

Covers current Scottish actors, directors and playwrights, amataeur and professional companies, agents and arts organisations plus reviews and articles on current theatre news in Scotland.

Theatre of Cruelty

The true story of Eric Robertson Cullen (a.k.a. Wee Burney, younger son of Rab C Nesbitt) to explain to distressed Nesbitt fans how and why an outstandingly good and gentle man such as Eric ended up in prison for a minor indiscretion many years earlier (and not for what the tabloids luridly reported).

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

There is a seating plan plus a 360 degree view of auditorium (in a 850kb quicktime file), what's on. Celtic Connections the winter festival of Celtic music is organised by, and centres around, the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in January every year with traditional and contemporary music and culture from Scotland, Ireland, Brittany, Galicia and bridges the Atlantic to Cape Breton, Canada, and beyond.

Scottish Opera

An extensive site covering the Scottish Opera history, current programme, productions, its home in the Theatre Royal and the Orchestra of Scottish Opera.

Scottish Ballet

Latest news, details of performances, biographies of all their dancers, artistic, music and orchestral staff.

Naked Opera

Naked Opera is a Glasgow-based organisation dedicated to the performance of opera in a direct and accessible style. The site has details of their performances, presented in a relaxed style.

Pantomime in Scotland

This is a research project based in the Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies at the University of Glasgow. It aims to explore, document and celebrate one of Scotland’s great popular art forms. Find out about the pantomime exhibition, see some archive pantomime footage and find out just how many people get involved with professional and community-based pantomime across Scotland. Tue Sep 14 2010 19:51:18 GMT+0100 (GMT Daylight Time)

Blitz Entertainment

Based in Stonehaven, this is a professional theatre company that presents Murder Mysteries all over Scotland and England, catering for large and small events including corporate management training and team building courses as well as for social events. The site describes a number of their Murder Mysteries including The Horror of Feichie Moor a period tale with a distinctive Scottish flavour.

Robert Burns Live

Christopher Tait performs as the world famous poet, Robert Burns, in authentic period costume and wig, in a theatrical and imaginative performance. Christopher has appeared on TV in the USA and Canada and has performed in Seattle and Moscow.

Chris De Rosa - The Art of Illusion

Glasgow-based Chris De Rosa is a high class entertainment act, performing breathtaking illusion act for audiences, all over the UK, Europe and America. Designing and building all of his own effects and performed with mood setting music and stylish choreography, the The Art of Illusion sets out to have you at the edge of your seat from start to finish. As well as cruise liners, Chris De Rosa provides entertainment for corporate functions and parties. The creative web site which neatly supports the "Art of Illusion" theme.

Hamepages

This is the web site for the stage musicals of Aberdeen-based writer Mike Gibb. Mike's first musical play was entitled "A Land Fit for Heroes". This tells the story of an ordinary family in the early part of the Twentieth Century and the events that effect their lives including eviction from their Highland croft, moving to the big city, emigration of a family member to Australia and the era of unemployment and the rise of socialism in post First World War Glasgow. A second musical play followed, telling the story of Mary Slessor, the Aberdeen-born missionary and her work in West Africa. Other works have followed - all are detailed on the Web site.

Blude Red

"Blude Red - The Musical" is mainly about the life of James Renwick who was the last Covenanter to be martyred in Scotland. The Covenanters fought for their right to worship freely during the reigns of Charles I, Cromwell and Charles II. Blude Red was first performed as a play at the Edinburgh Festival in 1997.

Paraig MacNeil

Paraig MacNeil describes himself as a Scottish Traditional Storyteller/Singer/Folklorist/Bard/Tutor. He tells stories mostly in English/Scots but can also perform in Gaelic or a mixture of all. He tells epic tales of the Fianna, clan legends, histories and genealogies, wonder tales, tales of seal-folk and the sea, comic tales of wise fools, place name stories, stories of emigration, Jacobites and the Wars of Independence. He performs in schools, libraries, community venues festivals, country house hotels, castles, etc.

Internet Movie Database.

This is a huge database of more than 160,000 titles of cinema and TV productions with search functions on names of people and locations. Some of those with strong Scottish connections are:

The database also has biographies on many of the actors and actresses - those with Scottish connections of course include Sean Connery and Robert Carlyle but less obvious ones are Oliver Hardy with Scottish (and English) parents, actress Beryl Reid with both parents Scottish and Mickey Rooney son of Scottish-born vaudevillian/actor Joe Yule.

Scottish Screen

Scottish Screen is responsible to the Scottish Parliament for promoting and developing all aspects of film, television and new media in Scotland. The site provides information on production development, locations, exhibitions, screenings and the Scottish Screen Archive (32,000 reels comprising documentary, newsreel, shorts, educational, advertising and promotional films, amateur and professional productions). A number of the film and video from all over Scotland are available for purchase and you can browse the list available in the Archive Catalogue.

Edinburgh Film Focus

Information for everyone who intends filming in or around Scotland's capital city and the Scottish Borders. Edinburgh Film Focus provides help, information and advice.

Iofilm

In addition to an extensive coverage of the Edinburgh Film Festival, this site has a complete listing of films screening in Edinburgh with times of showing, film reviews and features, with search facilities to track down what you want. Helpfully, the reviews are added as the films are released in Scotland (which often differs from London). There is also a video and DVD review section which gives reviews of selected new releases.

Glasgow Film Festival

There has been a long love affair between Glasgow and the cinema - the first purpose - built Glasgow cinema opened in Sauchiehall Street in 1910, since when there have been nearly 200 cinemas in the city. The Glasgow Film Festival began in 2005 and is now the third largest film event in the UK. The festival is now spread across 12 venues with over 140 film performances from across the world..

Glasgow Cinemas - the Illustrated History of Cinema City

The first purpose - built Glasgow cinema, The Electric Theatre, opened in Sauchiehall Street in 1910, since when there have been nearly 200 cinemas in Glasgow. Here is an illustrated guide to many of them. The index groups cinemas by area of Glasgow and there is also an A-Z listing. A new section, "Cinema People" is the home of biographies of cinema architects, proprietors, managers, projectionists and others responsible for Glasgow's rich cinema history.

British Pathe

British Pathe provided newsreels for cinemas for many years and now has a large collection of items available on-line. All Low Resolution preview material is free of charge while High Resolution clips for Web Publishing are £100 each. There are many Scottish-related items listed by the site search engine.

Panamint Cinema

Based in West Lothian, Panamint has a selection of videos/DVDs of vintage movies and documentaries, including a selection of Films of Scotland including Forth Islands, St Kilda, West of Inverness, Life in the Orkneys, Seawards the Great Ships, a View of East Lothian, Glasgow's Docklands, Granite City - and "Surreally Scozzese".

Red Kite Animation

Red Kite is based in Ediburgh and is able to produce all forms of animation to broadcast quality for the film and TV industry. They are also equipped to produce illustrations and animations for the internet and they run workshops on these subjects for all ages and abilities, throughout Scotland.

Skye Films

Skye Films was founded in January of 2001 in New York City as an independent documentary production company focused on historical non-fiction works. Their first project was The Tartan Apple: the Scottish in New York City.

Fierce Flash!

Home of Fierce, an Edinburgh-based television, film and video production company and the national film school. They have produced "Lethal Exposure", a hard-hitting documentary; "Space" a comedy short for Central Television and Through the Keyhole with Sir David Frost.

Scotland the Movie Location Guide

A visitor guide to locations appearing in films and television shot in Scotland including Braveheart, Hamish Macbeth, Highlander, Highlander 3, Local Hero, Loch Ness, Restless Natives, Rob Roy and others.

Locations 365

Based in Edinburgh, this company works with Scottish film commissions and other organisations to offer a complete locations service to productions filming in Scotland. Services include stills shoots, events, or individuals seeking an unusual venue for a special occasion.

Glasgow Film Office

Not just a database of locations in Glasgow, but also RealPlayer clips from Glasgow-based movies such as Shallow Grave, Trainspotting and Billy Connollly's "Debt Collector". Plus information on films which have just finished shooting.

Glasgow Film Theatre (GFT) features classic and art films frequently not shown on the main circuits. The site gives the current film programme and development news.

Bill Forsyth

Background to the writer/director of films such as Local Hero and Gregory's Girl

Scottish Cinema Organ Trust

Information about the world of cinema organs in Scotland. The Trust is responsible for maintaining three cinema organs in Scotland.

BBC Online Scotland

There's lots of useful information here but the pages of most interest to readers from abroad will be BBC Scotland - News which includes a "Reporting Scotland" news bulletin in RealVideo - you can see some of the Scottish news and weather forecast as it appears on the TV screens in Scotland. BBC Education Scotland includes easy access to the best websites for education in Scotland and a notice board where teachers post their classic classroom howlers!

Scotland on Film from the BBC contains lots of film and radio clips from Scotland of yesteryear which you can download. Items range from great sporting moments, the Empire Exhibition, entertainment (people going "Doon the Watter" in 1912 and the world famous Harry Lauder on radio), Clydeside shipbuilding and from locations around Scotland. There are films from the early part of the 20th century as well as more recent times (1950s). There is also a forum where Scots (and exiles) can share their reminiscences of Scotland.

There are full programme listings for BBC (and all other channels) at the Radio Times site.

Scottish Television

Scottish Television (STV) has Web pages listing all the local programmes produced by the company.

Border Television also have their own site with programme listings.

BBC Aberdeen studios produce a number of programmes including the farming programme Landward and the Beechgrove Garden gardening programme.

Big City Network

This is the holding company for a large number of commercial radio stations across the UK including Scotland. The best known is Radio Clyde now split into Clyde 1 and (showing a lot of invention) Clyde 2 and 3C a digital channel for "Cool Country". There are also:

Fresh Air FM

This is Edinburgh's alternative student radio station, featuring a twice-yearly (usually May and October) online broadcast, reviews, interviews, discussion and more on 87.7FM if you live in or around the city of Edinburgh. There is also an online link when they are on the air.



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