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Scottish Arts Club
The social hub of the Arts in Scotland

ClubLife Online!

The latest edition of ClubLife (September 2014 to February 2015) is now available to view on the website. Click on "ClubLife" on the menu to the left and then on the link which will appear, and all will be revealed! (Alternatively, click here; the events booking form is also available.)

Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition 2015

Chairman of Judges: Alexander McCall Smith

Deadline 31 March 2015

Entry details here

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Workshops for Writers at the Scottish Arts Club (Oct 17-18)

A 2-day writers’ workshop, led by award-winning author Zoë Strachan, is the first of a series planned by the Scottish Arts Club. This practical workshop, focusing on the use of memory to inspire family history or fiction, will be held on Friday 17/Saturday 18 October, from 10am-4pm. Places are limited to 15, and will be open to members and non-members.The fee is £80 for members, £105 for non-members. For more information about this and other workshops for writers click here.

Gallery Exhibition (from 10 September 2014)



Forthcoming events

Please note, all Club events run under the Chatham House Rule.

September 2014 
Fri 26 7pm

Promoting Peace, Inciting Violence - The Art of Swords into Ploughshares" - an illustrated talk by Professor Jolyon Mitchell. Supper 8.15pm

In his talk, Jolyon Mitchell (Professor of Communications, Arts and Religion at the University of Edinburgh, and Academic Director of the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities [IASH]) investigates how the Arts can be used both to incite violence, and to promote peace.Using case-studies from different countries, he analyses how different media arts can become catalysts for conflict. He will also explore how some arms are trasformed into art, thus helping to build peace.

Supper £18
October 2014
Sat 4  7pm

Art & Jazz Evening with Richard Michael and Family" Supper 8.15pm

With Richard on piano,Hilary Michael on violin andsax, Paul Michael on bass and Joanna Duncan on violin, we are in for a real treat! All four musicians work in a variety of musical settings, which are guaranteed to serve up a memorable, entertaining performance. Everything from swing jazz, Scots fiddle music and the occasional Baroque tune, to the Great American Song Book will be there!

Supper £18
Wed 8  6-8pm

Private View - Hannah Rosnes

Thu 16 11am

Fergusson Wreath-Laying at Canongate Kirk

A gathering, commemorating Scotland's three great literary bards, Robert Fergusson, Robert Burns and Robert Louis Stevenson, will be held at Fergusson's graveside, in the Canongate Kirk, at 11.00am, this day being the anniversary of Fergusson's death, in 1774, at the sadly young age of 24. Last year, members of the Club  attended the first such gathering for a number of years, when addresses were made commemorating the three poets, and roses were laid on Fergusson's grave. After a similar, short ceremony, this year, members and their guests are once again invited to retire to the Club for lunch. (If you wish lunch, please remember to book!)

Fri 17 - Sat 18  

Writers Workshops

A 2-day writers’ workshop led by award-winning author Zoë Strachan, is the first of a series planned by the Scottish Arts Club. For more information about this and other workshops for writers, click on the link, above.

Click on link, above, for fees.
Sat 18 2.30pm Film Show - "Out of Africa" Free
Sat 18 7 for 7.30pm

St. Luke's Dinner (Black Tie)

This year, on his Feast Day, we commemorate St. Luke, the Patron Saint of (amongst many others!) artists, doctors, sculptors, butchers and batchelors. Our guest speakers will be the Rev. Prof. Kenneth Boyd, Professor of Medical Ethics at Edinburgh University, and Dr Colin Currie, (aka Colin Douglas, novelist and thriller writer) retired Honorary consultant of geriatric medicine in Edinburgh. Early booking essential!

Members £30, non-members £40
November 2014
Sat 1 4pm - 6pm "Referendum Reverb" - Our Second Question Time (Drinks and canapés - all seats must be booked)

Whither Scotland now? Following on the success of our first Question Time, in February, we re-visit the issues in the light of the Referendum result Guest panellists will include Marion Sinclair, from Publishing Scotland, and Pauline Miller Judd, from Napier University. Once again, members will be invited to submit their questions for consideration on the day.

Booking for this event is absolutely essential!


£10, including drinks and canapés



To book, please contact the Club. More events are in the diary.

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