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Below is a list of events for Members of the Scottish Arts Club.  Members must log-on prior to booking places at recitals, talks, suppers etc using the Booking Form in the main menu on the left.


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

Many of our charged events (such as the Burns and St. Andrews Nights, for example) are now regularly sold-out several weeks in advance, with long waiting-lists of Members wishing tickets. Accordingly, to ensure that as many Members as possible have the opportunity to attend these events, and to avoid having empty and unpaid-for seats on the night, bookings for all events that involve charges will only be accepted if payment is made at the time of booking.

The simplest and quickest way to make your booking is to telephone the Club during office hours and pay with your Bank Card. Alternatively, you may write to the Club and enclose a cheque, or come in and make your booking and payment to the Club Secretary, the Club Steward, or one of our staff. If you have booked for an event and subsequently find yourself unable to attend, please notify the Club immediately. Refunds will only be considered where a minimum of 48 hours notice is given.


Information about prior events can be found in the Events Diary Archive.



Recital or Talk only

R/T & meal

January 2017
Sat 7 12 noon

The Glits Girls

Open the Club's year in style in the company of the Edinburgh-based Glits Girls choir, under its Musical Director, Moira Gibson. With special guests Alan Dickson and renowned clarinettist, Calum Robertson, they will present a mixed programme, ranging from modern and classical pieces, to spirituals and movie favourites. The first event of the year is always very popular, so be sure to sign-up to ensure a seat! As ever, if you wish to stay for lunch, please book in advance.

Members FREE, Guests £10 n/a
Wed 11 6pm

The Club's Permanent Collection - a talk by Duncan Thomson, Club Curator

A unique opportunity to see the Club's full Permanent Collection and hear about its history from Club Member Duncan Thomson, our Curator.

Please sign up and purchase your ticket(s) in advance for Dinner at the Bar.

Members FREE, Guests £10


Members £25, Guests £30

Sat 14  12 noon

The Fantastic Mijnheer Bosch - an illustrated talk by Walter Stephen

We are delighted that Walter Stephen is returning to the Club to give this illustrated talk.  Walter will also display a number of interesting items and a handout entitled Bosch in his Frame, a timeline of the complexities of life in his time.

If you wish to stay for lunch, please book in advance. 

Members FREE, Guests £10 n/a
Sat 21 12 noon

"Beneath the Skin" - a tlk by Sandra Ireland

Winner of the Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition 2014, Sandra Ireland talks about her new and first novel, 'Beneath the Skin' a fabulous and 'deliciously disturbing psychological thriller.’ Books will be available for signing/purchase. The winners of the 2015 and 2016 short story competitions, Ruth Howell and Jennifer West will also be attending, so this event presents a unique opportunity for Members to meet and talk with all three prizewinners. 

As always, if you wish to stay for lunch, please book in advance.

Members FREE, Guests £10 n/a
Fri 27  

Club Burns Supper

This hugely popular event has SOLD OUT,  but ,if you are still interested, do, please, 'phone the Office to add your name to the growing waiting list, and you will be contacted if a place becomes available.


Members only, £45  n/a
February 2017
Thu 9 & weekly,thereafter 7pm-9pm

Skills of Oil Painting, with Florence Sinclair.

This is a hands-on course in the Club, starting on Thursday, 9th February, and running every Thursday, thereafter, until Easter (10 x 2-hour sessions). The Course is designed to teach oli painting techniques through detailed copy of master works (your choice!), emulating image-creation and colour-mixing, to give the essentials of oil painting.

The Course uses non-toxic, Artesan paints - a deatiled list of required materials is provided when you register your interest at the Club. (If you wish to register by email, the address is

You will find details of the Tutor, Florence Sinclair-Mahdavi at


Suggested donations (for all 10 weeks): Members £40, Non-members £60 n/a
Fri 17 7pm

Bill Fleming Jazz Quartet

The Bill Fleming Quartet formed in 2009 and since then has performed internationally, as well as undertaking numerous Scottish Tours. With a repertoire that encompasses swing, bebop, blues, ballads, Latin and contemporary originals, and includes music by Duke Ellington, Cole Porter, Miles Davis and Dizzy Gillespie, a fabulous evening of music-making is assured.

Ticketed event; the price includes wine and canapés.

Members £10, Guests £15 n/a
Sat 18 12 noon What Makes a Great Portrait? - an illustreted talk by Kenneth Johnstone

Kenneth has spent many years looking at great works of Art from the main National Galleries in the world; he will be selecting specific ones to examine and analyse. 
Members FREE, Guests £10 n/a
Fri 24 6.30pm-8.30pm

Elena Fischer-Dieskau Piano Recital

We are delighted to welcome to the Club Elena Fischer-Dieskau, an outstanding pianist of international repute. Elena is the daughter of two professional cellists, and the granddaughter of the famous German baritone, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

Ticketed event; the price includes wine and canapés. Please book and pay your tickets in advance, at the Bar, or by telephone to the Club Office.

Members £10, Guests £15 n/a
Sat 25 11am

Special General Meeting - MEMBERS ONLY

St Marks Unitarian Church, 7 Castle Terrace                          

The sole business of this meeting will be to discuss the motion that the Scottish Arts Club adopt a revised consitution, which requires approval by more than two thirds of each of the two groups of Professional Members and Lay Members present and voting to pass.

All papers relevant to the Meeting are accessible in the panel at the top of the front page of the website.

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March 2017
Wed 1 6pm-8pm

Private View - "At This Point in Time"

Bringing together 33 artists from home and abroad, the Club is collaborating with Kate Enters, from “What Is The Point?”, to promote a celebration of creative young talent, and will be exhibiting their work during March.

Thu 2 6pm - 8pm

"The Pleasure is Mine" - Lucinda Mackay in conversation with Sandy McCall Smith.

Join us for an evening of memories and milestones in the life of artist Lucy Mackay, which will feature a film made with herself and Sandy McCall Smith, as part of a National Library of Scotland Archive project.

Members FREE, Guests £10  n/a
Sat 11 12 noon 

Concentrating on Winning the War - the story of the Women's Land Army

Club Member and "Land Girl" Mona McLeod tells the real story behind the famous Women's Land Army.

(If you wish to stay for lunch, please book in advance!

Members FREE, Guests £5 n/a
Thu 16 6.30pm-8.30pm

"Get Together and Get to Know"

Join new, long-standing and propsective Members for one of our popular, informal gatherings. A complimentary glass of wine, or soft drink, awaits you, thereafter it's between you and the bar!

Fri 31 7pm onwards

Chopin - Piano Recital, given by John Bryden

The internationally accalimed John Bryden returns to present the story of the fabulous Polish composer, Frédéric Chopin, who revolutionised classical piano playing. Despite being gravely ill, Chopin gave many performances in Scotland, one of his last being in Edinburgh, in 1848. He died just over a year later.

Ticketed event; the price includes a two-course supper. Please book and pay your tickets in advance, at the Bar, or by telephone to the Club Office.

Members £25, Guests £30  n/a
Sat 1 6pm-8pm


Private View - Kate Enters


Wed 5 6pm-8pm

Private View - Cecile Simonis

Cecile is the winner of the Club's 2015 SSA Award.

Fri 7 2.30pm onwards

Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Join us at 3pm for fizz in the Club Room, followed by a Tea Party, with cake, scones and cup cakes, in our 'Wonderland' Dining Room, and entertainment in the Club Room, at 5.30pm

Dress Code, head gear, bows, bow ties, flowers, waistcoats  (all optional)

Please add your name to the list in the lobby and bring your friends along to this fun event!

(This is a 2022 fundraising event for the refurbishment of the Studio. We would appreciate a donation of £15.00 per person, which will be added to our running total of £3,200 (Our target is £7,000 by 28/11/2017)
Suggested donation £15   n/a
Sat 8 11am

Club Annual General Meeting

This will be held in St Mark's Unitarian Church, Castle Terrace. Full deatils on Homepage, in heading box.

Booking for lunch, after the meeting, is essential.

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Sat 22 12 noon The Easter Uprising - a talk by Club Member Andrew Todd Members FREE, Guests £10 n/a
August 2017
 Wed 23  6pm

 Scottish Arts Club Theatre Awards

Come along and find out who has won this year's Scottish Arts Club Theatre Award "The Flying Artichoke", as well as the Bright Spark Award.

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