The best shows in Scottish galleries this week

July 9-September 18. Free admission. Climate House, Royal Botanic Garden, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5NZ.

This joint exhibit by 2021 Turner Prize nominees Cooking Sections and Sakiya draws attention to the degradation of ecosystems through the removal of plants. Following a three-year research project, Cooking Sections sheds light on the interdependent relationship between Scottish wild salmon and forests. The exhibit will inform ongoing debates about rewilding.

summer exhibition

July 9-23. Free admission. The Scottish Gallery, 6 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6HZ.

The gallery presents its summer exhibition. There is a range of works including A Life in Color by Wilhemina Barns Graham, My Garden by John Brown and many more. The exhibition will feature a variety of stylistic works including sculptural, multimedia and abstract expressions from different influential locations and will go beyond the gallery walls to include the garden.

Sincerely, Valentines – from postcards to greeting cards

July 9-January 8, 2023. Free entry. V&A, 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee, DD1 4EZ.

This exhibition tells the story of Scotland’s most pioneering and successful commercial photographers, best known for popularizing the holiday postcard globally. A central part of the exhibit is the new work of designer Maeve Redmond, who has created a series of oversized postcards in response to the vast collection of archival Valentine’s Day prints.

Dandelion: Perpetual Light Cubes

July 9-August 28. Free admission. 1 Esplanade Riverside, Dundee, DD1 4EZ.

Focused on sustainability, Dandelion is driven by the concept of “sow, grow and share” about food, ideas, music, knowledge and community. The project includes a 12-cube installation featuring specially commissioned music by a range of Scottish and international artists. The cubes themselves are miniature vertical trusses that serve both practical function and aesthetic value.

art in the park

July 9th. Free admission. Hermitage Park, Sinclair Street, Helensburgh, G84 8TX.

A new exhibition by Pamela Randal Fine Art is presented at Hermitage Park. Visitors can see contemporary Scottish seascapes, landscapes, flora and animals. The works are exhibited in the new pavilion in the park of the Hermitage.

Artist’s studio

July 9-August 27. Free admission. Platform, 1000 Westerhouse Road, Glasgow, G34 9JW.

Artist Alice Dansey-Wright opens her solo exhibition this weekend. The works explore different approaches to working with the Platform community, with a series of new paintings and sculptures. Visitors can explore the artwork located throughout the building, displayed alongside a new textual response to Rhona Warwick Paterson’s exhibit.

Stand in the sun

July 9-24 (Friday-Sunday). Free admission. 16 Nicholson Street, Glasgow, G5 9ER.

This latest exhibition from 16 Nicholson Street Gallery features a vibrant, large-scale installation exploring collaboration and play through abstract color and form. The bold works reflect the dynamic women who co-created them through a series of workshops.

The Burn – A Scottish Mill

July 9-23. Free admission. The Scottish Gallery, 6 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6HZ.

Kurt Jackson is back at the Scottish Gallery for his latest exhibition. Focusing on the Kintyre Peninsula, Jackson followed it to its southern end near Campbeltown, staying in an old watermill.

The growing season

July 9-23. Free admission. The Scottish Gallery, 6 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6HZ

Alex Kunbley tries to reflect the light, mood and changing seasons evoked by Scotland’s inspiring landscape. Over the past few years, the artist has worked on four larger paintings using a time-consuming beeswax layering process.


July 9-23. Free admission. The Scottish Gallery, 6 Dundas Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6HZ

Kaleidoscope offers a bold collection of jewelry and silverware from four manufacturers who each explore the joy of color in a variety of materials. Creators include Ann Little, Lina Paaterson, Jo Pudelko and Alice Fry.

Charlotte Cohen

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