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2012

Date

Time

Event

Price

October

Sat 6

7pm with supper at 8.15 pm

‘A Sense of History’ A talk by Douglas May

In his photography Douglas explores historical themes using contemporary images.

£15

Wed 10

6 – 8 pm

Private View – Euan Gray

Free

Thurs 11

 

Club London Road Trip – Dinner at the Savile Club

A delicious three course dinner with coffee and chocolates. Please note wine is not included in the price but can be purchased on the night. Please book and pay before we go to London and let us know of any special dietary requirements.

£55

Fri 12

 

Club London Road Trip

10.30 am Guided Visit to the Foundling Hospital Museum with Lars Tharp.

2.00 pm Guided Visit to the Sir John Soane Museum with Lars Tharp.

£35

Fri 12

 

Club London Road Trip – Dinner at the Reform Club

A delicious three course dinner with coffee and chocolates and a half bottle of Club wine included in the price. Please book and pay before we go to London and let us know of any special dietary requirements.

£58

Fri 12

7 pm onwards

CHANGE OF DATE - Artists’ Night

Come and meet other artists from the membership and beyond.

Free

Sat 13

3.00 pm

Film Show – The Kid with a Bike

Come and see some of the past winners from the Cannes Film Festival in the comfort of your club.

If you intend to have lunch before the film, please book.

Free

Tues 16

7 pm with supper at 8.15 pm

Talk by Thorben Dittes and Jonathon Morton of the Scottish Ensemble

The Scottish Ensemble is the UK's only professional string orchestra.  Its chief executive and artistic director will give an illustrated talk on this season's programmes, and the company's future direction.

£15

Wed 17

7.30 for 8 pm

Club Quiz

£2 on night

Fri 26

6.30 pm

 

Annual Snooker Tournament

If you are interested in participating, please contact Club member Eric Kerr on erictkerr@gmail.com with your name and telephone number, or put your name on the list at the Club. 

Free

Sat 27

7.00 pm till late

 

Halloween Party and Art Auction

A highlight of the Club year - music by Kevin Dorrian and friends, fancy dress with prizes for the best, horror movies to heighten the atmosphere, a turnip lantern competition – no pumpkins please - and our annual high-quality art work auction. See ClubLife for full details of the party and of preview and sealed bid arrangements for the auction.

£30

November

Fri 2

7 pm onwards

Artists’ Night

Come and meet other artists from the membership and beyond.

Free

Tues 6

7 pm onwards

Games Night

Come along, meet friends and have some fun and games.

Free

Sat 10

3.00 pm

Film Show – Secrets and Lies

Come and see some of the past winners from the Cannes Film Festival in the comfort of your club.

If you intend to have lunch before the film, please book.

Free

Wed 14

6 – 8 pm

Private View – Christmas Show

Free

Thur 15

2 - 4 pm in the Studio

Opera Talk with John Anderton

Mozart’s The Magic Flute

If you wish lunch beforehand, please remember to book.

Free

Wed 21

7.30 for 8 pm

Club Quiz

£2 on night

Sat 24

7 for 7.30 pm

St Andrew’s Dinner

Black tie dinner with Rev Neil Gardner, minister of the Canongate Kirk, as our guest speaker.

£25

December

Tues 4

7 pm onwards

Games Night

Come along, meet friends and have some fun and games.

Free

Fri 7

7 pm onwards

Artists’ Night

Come and meet other artists from the membership and beyond.

Free

Sat 8

7 pm followed by supper at 8.15

SAC Christmas Party (only one guest per member)

A Christmas evening with Tom & Jerry. A story from Damon Runyon read by Iain Currie followed by Tom & Jerry cartoons and a chance to taste a real Tom & Jerry!

£15

Thurs 13

12.30 pm

Christmas Lunch (only one guest per member)

£20

Sat 15

3.00 pm

Film Show - Brief Encounter

Come and see some of the past winners from the Cannes Film Festival in the comfort of your club.

If you intend to have lunch before the film, please book.

Free

Wed 19

7.30 for 8 pm

Club Quiz

£2 on night

   

The Club will close at 6 pm on Saturday 22 December and will reopen on Thursday 3 January 2013

 

 

January 2013

Fri 4

7 pm onwards

Artists’ Night

Come and meet other artists from the membership and beyond.

Free

Sat 5

12 noon

Lunchtime Recital by Kate Aitken

If you wish to have lunch, please remember to book.

Free

Tues 8

7 pm onwards

Games Night

Come along, meet friends and have some fun and games.

Free

Fri 11

6 – 8 pm

Private View - Friday Club Artists

Free

Sat 12

2.30 pm

Annual Publications Auction

If you wish to have lunch beforehand, please remember to book.

Free

Wed 16

7.30 for 8 pm

Club Quiz

£2 on night

Sat 19

12 noon

Piano Recital by Helena Buckmayer

If you wish to have lunch, please remember to book.

Free

Sat 19

3.00 pm

Film Show – Scent of a Woman

Come and see some of the past winners from the Cannes Film Festival in the comfort of your club.

If you intend to have lunch before the film, please book.

Free

Sat 26

7 for 7.30 pm

Burns Night Dinner (only one guest per member)

The Immortal Memory will be given by Douglas May QC.

Payment must be made by 12 January to ensure you have a place. We have a waiting list.

£30

February

Fri 1

7 pm onwards

Artists’ Night

Come and meet other artists from the membership and beyond.

Free

Tues 5

7 pm onwards

Games Night

Come along, meet friends and have some fun and games.

Free

Wed 6 7pm

Writers' Club

Our new group, created and led by Sara McBean, started in January and is proving very popular. Novelists, journalists, academic writers, those who just want to write as a pastime and anyone interested in writers and writing is welcome. Primarily social, the meetings may also explore various themes related to writing, and/or provide Club writers with an opportunity to discuss their work in an informal setting.

Free

Fri 8

7pm followed by supper at 8.15 pm

‘A Slice of Edinburgh Future; South-West Rail Route Development’ a talk by Vance Allen

Hear about possible future scenarios, express your views and perhaps help avoid another Edinburgh transport fiasco!

£15

Wed 13

6 – 8 pm

Private View – Vera Coghill

Free

Fri 15

7 pm followed by supper at 8.15

‘The Edinburgh International Book Festival’ a talk by Festival Director Nick Barley

Nick has been asked at short notice to go to Brazzaville as part of the Edinburgh World Writers Conference tour and so must, with great regret, cancel his talk to the Club

£15

Sat 16 12 Noon

Lunchtime Recital by Calum Robertson, Fraser Langton and Simon Smith

The acclaimed, young clarinettist, Calum Robertson, returns to the Club with a fellow clarinettist, Fraser Langton, and pianist, Simon Smith, to perform a fascinating programme of solos and duets, featuring Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Basset Horn.

This captivating recital is definitely not to be missed, so book your places now!

(If you wish to have lunch, please book it in advance.)

Free

Wed 20

7.30 for 8 pm

Club Quiz

£2 on Night

Sat 23

3.00 pm

Film Show – The Wages of Fear (1953) (Le salaire de la peur) (French with subtitles)

In a South American village, men are hired to transport an urgent nitro-glycerine shipment without the equipment that would make it safe. The oil company pays four men to deliver the supplies in two trucks. A tense rivalry develops between the two sets of drivers and on the rough remote roads the slightest jolt can result in death.

If you intend to have lunch before the film, please book.

Free

March

Fri 1

6pm onwards

Artist’s Club

Come and meet artists from Edinburgh and beyond.

Free

Sat 2

12 Noon

Recital by music students from Edinburgh College.

Please remember to book if you wish lunch, afterwards, as our Saturday recitals are very popular and attract big audiences. 

Free

Tues 5

7pm

Games Night

Scrabble, chess, dominoes, and lots more!

Free

Wed 6

7pm

Writers’ Club

Our new group, created and led by Sara McBean, started in January and is proving very popular. Novelists, journalists, academic writers, those who just want to write as a pastime and anyone interested in writers and writing is welcome. Primarily social, the meetings may also explore various themes related to writing, and/or provide Club writers with an opportunity to discuss their work in an informal setting. 

Free

Fri 8

7 pm followed by supper at 8.15

"Seeing art through the eyes you are educated with" a talk by George McBean

A child’s first experience of ‘visual literacy’ (the extraction of information from a picture) often takes place in its parents’ arms, looking at a picture book - “this is a hen, this is a goat”. However, there are places in the world where children learn the words for “hen” and “goat” from looking at real animals, not pictures on a page or a screen. In these remote areas there is no electricity or printed visual images. How these communities see “Art”, and what it has to offer them, is uniquely different.

In the book “People, Pictures and Power” Bob Linney describes a study undertaken by George McBean for UNICEF in Nepal, as “the most important Visual Literacy research ever conducted.” George will give an illustrated presentation from this research and talk about his 36 years’ experience in using art for “development”.

Supper £15

Wed 13

6 – 8pm

Private View – Regine Lafaye & Mary Ann Sneddon

Free

Sat 16

12 Noon

Talk by Julie Davidson on her biography of Mary Livingstone.

An award-winning, Edinburgh-based journalist, broadcaster and travel writer, Julie Davidson will talk about her newly-published biography of Mary Livingstone, the inspirational wife of the famous 19th century Scottish Africa explorer, missionary and doctor David Livingstone.

Historian, Tom Devine, says of the biography: “This is a fascinating and revealing book. It skilfully combines a fresh account of Mary Livingstone with wonderful evocations by Julie Davidson of her travels in the heart of today’s Africa in search of the places touched by Mary’s life and death.”

The publication is coincidental with an exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland, marking the 200th anniversary of Livingstone’s birth, at Blantyre, on the outskirts of Glasgow, on March 19, 1813. The exhibition runs to April.

Free

Sat 16

3pm

Film Show – The Go Between

Free

Wed 20

7.30 for 8pm

Club Quiz

£2

Fri 22

7 pm followed by supper at 8.15

“The Carl Rosa Opera Company Touring Scotland, 1874-1900” - a talk by Iain Fraser.

Come and hear about the latest research into Scotland's rich operatic history! Iain Fraser, publisher and co-founder of Opera Scotland, the new website for opera listings and performance history, reveals some of the results of the latest research, by the Opera Scotland team, into Scotland’s rich operatic history.

The Carl Rosa Opera Company is so important because it started to perform main-stage opera in Scotland in 1874 (to a quality never before seen in the provinces), and continued to do so, despite some gaps, until 1957.  In addition, the principles established by Rosa – to provide opera in English to new audiences, and to present new operas and artists, along with established ones – set standards to which almost all companies still aspire.

Iain tells the story through the performances and the personalities involved who performed on the Scottish stage, including Rosa, himself, the great baritone, Charles Santley, and Marie Roze, who inspired Bizet to conceive Carmen, and who so transfixed students, in Edinburgh.

Supper £15

Please note that the Club will be closed on Friday 29th and Saturday 30 March. It will open again on Tuesday 2 April.

April

Tues 2

7pm

Games Night

Scrabble, chess, dominoes, and lots more!

Free

Wed 3

7pm

Writers’ Club

Primarily social, the meetings may also explore various themes related to writing, and/or provide Club writers with an opportunity to discuss their work in an informal setting. 

Free

Fri 5

6pm onwards

Artist’s Club

Come and meet artists from Edinburgh and beyond.

Free

Sat 6

12 Noon

Recital by Flercussion

Outstanding young Scottish-based musicians Jo Ashcroft (flute) and Calum Huggan (marimba and percussion) team-up in the exciting, creative and quirky new duo combination of Flercussion. Both award-winning graduates of the RSAMD, and renowned performers in their own rights, their combined vision is to bring the repertoire and sound world of the instruments they are so passionate about, with a bang, a crash and a flutter, into the chamber music scene! Since forming in 2009, Flercussion has performed across Scotland, in venues such as Glasgow's Fruitmarket, Aberdeen's Cowdray Hall and Edinburgh's Usher Hall. As part of the esteemed Live Music Now! scheme, Jo and Calum enjoy performing in the community to allow a wider audience to access live music.

Please remember to book if you wish lunch, afterwards, as our Saturday recitals are very popular and attract big audiences. 

Free

Sun 7

12.30pm

“Ladies Lunch”

An event, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the admission of lady members to the Scottish Arts Club. The celebration will be enhanced by music and song chosen and performed for the occasion by Hilary Bell and Lucy Cowan.

Hilary and Lucy have worked together for many years, and their varied programmes are imaginative and liberally sprinkled with humour. An unmissable event, so book early!

£20 (tbc)

Wed 10

6 – 8pm

Private View – Lorna McIntosh, 2011 RAS Award winner

Free

Thurs 11

2 – 4pm

Opera Talk with John Anderton – The Flying Dutchman

Free

Fri 12

7pm

‘The Edinburgh International Film Festival’ a talk by Chris Fujiwara & Leslie Hills

Leslie Hills, Chair EIFF, will summarise Edinburgh International Film Festival's history and Chris Fujiwara, Artistic Director, will speak of his first festival in 2012 and his plans for the future. There is a small possibility Chris will have to leave the country on the 12th, but, if so, his deputy will... deputise!

Supper £15

Sat 13

3pm

Film Show – The Third Man

Free

Wed 17

7.30 for 8pm

Club Quiz

£2

Fri 26

7pm

"Tae Enliven the Time" an informal evening of poetry and song in Scots; a personal anthology.
Elizabeth Currie presents a programme of stories and songs.

Elizabeth Currie comes from a Borders tradition in which the performance of poetry and song was a natural activity in social and family life. She sings and recites a selection of these treasures, learned mainly within her own family circle, with some background commentaries en route.

Supper £15 

May

Wed 1

7pm

Writers’ Club

Primarily social, the meetings may also explore various themes related to writing, and/or provide Club writers with an opportunity to discuss their work in an informal setting. 

Free

Fri 3

6pm onwards

Artist’s Club

Come and meet artists from Edinburgh and beyond.

Free

Sat 4

12 Noon

Recital by Ian Watt (guitar) of music by Club member John McLeod and others.

Born in Aberdeenshire, in 1991, Ian Watt first came to international attention when, aged 18, he was awarded 2nd prize (Silver Medal) at the 2009 Parkening International Guitar Competition (USA), the world’s pre-eminent guitar competition. Since then, he has appeared as a soloist throughout the world, broadcast on television and radio, and released his debut recording album, "Invocación – Impressions of Spain”. Despite his youth, Ian is also increasingly in demand as a teacher, regularly giving master classes internationally, most recently in China, Germany, Hungary and the Czech Republic.

Free

Tues 7

7pm

Games Night

Scrabble, chess, dominoes, and lots more!

Free

Wed 8

6 – 8pm

Private View – James Fairgrieve RSA

Free

Thur 9

7pm

“SJ Peploe, Scotland’s First Modernist”

An illustrated talk by Guy Peploe, grandson of the artist and curator of his collection.

Supper £15

Wed 15

7.30 for 8pm

Club Quiz

£2

Sat 18

12 Noon

Recital by Lucy Anderson (soprano).

Scottish soprano Lucy Anderson was born and educated in Edinburgh, attending George Watson’s College and studying voice with Dorcas Owen for the duration of her senior education. After auditioning at the age of 16, Lucy was awarded the Mary D Adams Scholarship to study singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, under the tutelage of Kathleen Ferguson. Since beginning her studies at the Conservatoire in 2009, Lucy has been awarded the Norma Greig French Song Prize, and commended in the Jean Highgate Scholarship for Singing, and the Hugh S Roberton Prize for Scots Song. 

Free

Sat 18

3pm

Film Show – The Class

Free

Fri 24

7pm

“Gwen John in Paris” a talk by Robin Paine.

Born in Kenya, Robin Paine is an Artist and a teacher of Drawing and Painting, holding a Master’s in Fine Art from the School of the Museum of Boston/Tufts University, and a BA (Hons) from the Edinburgh College of Art. She has exhibited widely and frequently, worked in Paris, and is currently resident in Edinburgh, after living in the USA for 18 years.

Gwen John - described by her brother Augustus, as ‘the greatest woman Artist of her age” – was born in 1876 and spent most of her adult life in Paris. After the Slade she studied at Whistler’s Academie Carmen and was both lover and model to Auguste Rodin. Known for her subtly beautiful paintings, she lived a solitary life. Her subjects ranged through quiet interiors, young women whom she dressed and posed as herself, nuns, Breton children and still-life. She died in a pauper’s hospital in Dieppe, while trying to leave France, in 1939. 

Supper £15

June

Tues 4

7pm

Games Night

Scrabble, chess, dominoes, and lots more!

Free

Wed 5

7pm

Writers’ Club

Primarily social, the meetings may also explore various themes related to writing, and/or provide Club writers with an opportunity to discuss their work in an informal setting. 

Free

Fri 7

6pm onwards

Artist’s Club

Come and meet artists from Edinburgh and beyond.

Free

Wed 12

6 – 8pm

Private View – Anne Forbes, 2012 VAS Award winner

Free

Sat 15

12 Noon

‘East meets West’ a recital by Lynne Bulmer (Flute) accompanied by Peter Churchill(Piano)

Indicative programme (subject to change):

Fikret Amirov - Six Pieces
Ernest Bloch - Suite Modale (1956)
Albert Roussel - Joueurs de Flute
J S Bach - Sonata no. 1 in B minor BWV 1030

Lynne Bulmer graduated from Sheffield University in 1981 with a BMus (Hons), having studied flute with Paul Chapman (Opera North) while playing in the Sheffield Chamber Orchestra for a number of years.  After some time away from the flute, she returned to playing in the mid-90s, studying with Stina Bisengaliev, David Nicholson and Paul Edmund-Davies, and teaching flute and piano privately in the Scottish Highlands.  In 2004, she was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal Schools of Music diploma, and, in 2005, successfully completed a Master of Arts in Music degree (with distinction) with the Open University.  Following her move to Edinburgh in 2011, Lynne is now a freelance performer, soloist and teacher.

Peter Churchill studied piano and double bass as a junior exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music before taking a music degree at Oxford University, as an organ scholar. In the mid 1990s after a few years working in church music, Peter became self-employed as a community musician.  Based in Birmingham, he runs workshops and delivers arts projects in a variety of settings, including mainstream and special schools, nurseries, hospitals and psychiatric clinics.  He is currently Musical Director of Choir With No Name (Birmingham) – a choir made up of people whose lives have been affected by homelessness. He enjoys a wide variety of musical styles and genres and works with music technology, as well as conventional instrumentation.

Free

Sat 15

3pm

Film Show – The Wind that Shakes the Barley

Free

Wed 19

7.30 for 8pm

Club Quiz

£2

Thurs 20

7pm

Annual Talk by Jonathan Mills, Director of the Edinburgh International Festival

(Members are asked to note that this date is to be confirmed, depending on Jonathan’s commitments, and that Tuesday 18 and Friday 21 June are being held as possible alternatives.)

Supper £15

July

Tues 2

7pm

Games Night

Scrabble, chess, dominoes, and lots more!

Free

Wed 3

7pm

Writers’ Club

Primarily social, the meetings may also explore various themes related to writing, and/or provide Club writers with an opportunity to discuss their work in an informal setting. 

Free

Fri 5

6pm onwards

Artist’s Club

Come and meet artists from Edinburgh and beyond.

Free

Wed 10

6 – 8pm

Private View – Professional Members Show

Free

Fri 12

7pm

Talk by Norman Watson of DC Thomson.

Born and brought up in Perth, Norman Watson is a journalist with “The Courier” in Dundee and the author of several books on Scottish history. He lectures part-time in English and media studies and was the winner of the 2007 Robson Lowe Silver Salver for Philatelic Literature for The Postal History of Perth.  Published by Birlinn, works include a Biography of McGonagall, a History of WRVS in Scotland, and a history of the Dundee Whalers. He has an in-depth knowledge of the scope and influence of DC Thomson’s publishing empire.

Supper £15

Wed 17

7.30 for 8pm

Club Quiz

£2

Sat 20

3pm

Film Show – The Lost Weekend

Free

August

Thurs 1

2.30 – 11pm

Fringe Day

This is our third Fringe Day, an event which has rapidly established itself as one of the “must-haves” of the Fringe. Throughout the day, over twenty Fringe groups and companies perform extracts from their shows in the Dining Room, Club Room and Studio, and provide Club members and their guests with a unique insight into the Fringe programme. The small admission charge of £5 is definitely the best value anywhere in the Fringe! Entry covers the whole day, so you may come and go as you please. Fringe companies are queuing up to obtain slots in this event, so come and support them, and the Club, and have a fabulous day’s entertainment!

£5

Fri 2

6pm onwards

Artist’s Club

Come and meet artists from Edinburgh and beyond.

Free

Tues 6

7pm

Games Night

Scrabble, chess, dominoes, and lots more!

Free

Wed 7

7pm

Writers’ Club

Primarily social, the meetings may also explore various themes related to writing, and/or provide Club writers with an opportunity to discuss their work in an informal setting. 

Free

Sat 10

3pm

Film Show – The Cranes are Flying

Free

Wed 14

6 – 8pm

Private View – James Lumsden, 2011 RSA Open Award winner

Free

Sat 17

12 Noon

Annual Garden Party

Come and enjoy fizz and music in the delightful surroundings of Rutland Square Gardens, followed by a splendid buffet lunch, in the Club.

£20 (tbc)

Wed 21

7.30 for 8pm

Club Quiz

£2

Sun 25

6pm

Scottish Arts Club Fringe Award Party

This will be the third presentation of our wonderful “Flying Artichoke” award, designed by Edinburgh artist Duncan Robertson, for the best, new Scottish drama performance on the Fringe. Like our Fringe Day, our award has created enormous interest with Fringe performers, and has attracted considerable attention in the Press and within the theatre community. Come and hear all about the short-listed plays from the Club’s panel of judges, and meet and talk with the performers over a glass of wine.

Free

September
Mon 2 7pm

Charity Curry Night.

Internationally renowned chef Tommy Miah will cook a very special meal at the Scottish Arts Club. The event will help raise funds for the Club and for Tommy's Bangladesh Cricket Academy, which he set up to provide education and practical training to help promising youngsters develop their natural skills.

£30
Wed 11 6pm to 8pm

Private View – Lay Members Show

Free
Sat 14 12noon

Talk by Euan Robson

On his recently-published biography of the renowned Scottish artist, Charles Oppenheimer, exploring the artist’s life and work, and his place in the history of Scottish art.

Free
Sat 21 3pm

Film Show in the Club Room - “The Angels' Share”

Free
Sat 21 6pm

Desert Island Discs, with special guest, internationally acclaimed percussionist, Colin Currie, who will be in conversation with David Lyle.

A rare opportunity to meet this renowned musician, regarded as one of the world’s top percussionists. What music would he take with him to his desert island?

Followed at 7pm by cocktails and nibbles.

£10
October
Thur 3 7pm

Talk by John Calder.

John discusses his recently-published and critically acclaimed account of literary life in Paris in the 1950's, The Garden of Eros.   “.. it is Calder's endearingly inexhaustible appetite for experimental writing, and its concomitant internationalism, which have so distinguished his contribution to world literature.” (The Times). 8.15 supper.

£18
Wed 9 6 to 8pm

Private View – works by Club members Marie-Louise Mills, Robin Paine & Reseda Muir.

Free
Sat 12 Noon

Talk by Marie Macpherson

On her highly-reviewed novel, “The First Blast of the Trumpet”, a fictional account of the early, undocumented life of the Scottish Reformer, John Knox, published to coincide with the 500thanniversary of his birth.

Free
Wed 16 11am

Wreath laying at Canongate Kirk.

The Scottish Arts Club, in conjunction with the Edinburgh Stevenson and Burns Societies, is reviving an old tradition of laying a wreath on Edinburgh poet Robert Fergusson's grave at the Canongate Kirk on Wednesday 16th October, the anniversary of his death in 1774. The wreath-laying will also be in commemoration of Scotland's other great literary Roberts -  Burns and Stevenson -  who were key figures in setting up the Fergusson memorial in the Kirk's graveyard.

Lunch afterwards at the Club - please remember to book!

Free
Sat 19 Noon

Violinist Keir GoGWilt

Programme

Ysaye, Eugene, Sonata # 5 in G Major
Bach, J.S., Sonata # 2 in a minor
Paganini, Niccolo,Caprice # 5 and # 9
Aucoin, Matthew, Poem

Please book lunch if you're staying

Free
Sat 19 3pm

Film Show in the Club Room

“Beasts of the Southern Wild”

Free
Wed 23 6pm-8pm New Members' Night - to welcome new members Free
Sat 26 7pm

A Burke and Hare Hallow’een - The Night of the Living Dead!

This year’s ghoulish gathering includes a complimentary drink on arrival, a spooky three-course buffet, dooking for apples and treacle scones, and alcoholic prizes for the best costume and lantern.

£25
November
Fri 8 7pm

‘Elgar and Sullivan’ a Talk by Paul Bassett and Ian Lawson.

Paul Bassett, Chairman of the Scottish Branch of the Elgar Society, and Ian Lawson, well-known to Club members for his Gilbert and Sullivan performances, explore the lives, meetings and musical styles of the two composers, with audio and visual examples along the way.

£18
Sat 9 Noon

“The Culture Club” - a talk by our Artist in Residence, Linda Kosciewicz-Fleming, on her project and forthcoming exhibition.

During April, members of the Club got involved in “The Culture Club”, a project conceived by Linda Kosciewicz-Fleming, to document the life of the Club in images and words. Eleven members of the Club were interviewed and photographed and the results will be exhibited in the Studio from 13 November.

The exhibition will include a "conversation piece" featuring words and images of the members, as well as individual portraits. There will be a private view on Wednesday 13 November.

Free
Wed 13 6 to 8pm

Private View – Christmas Show

Free
Sat 16 11am to 4pm

Craft Fair.

The Club plans to hold a small Craft Fair in the Studio and the Billiards Room. Exhibitors will be some of those who have already shown their work in the Craft Cabinet, and members and friends of the Club. This will take place just in time for you to buy that extra special Christmas present…!

Free
Sat 16 3pm

Film Show in the Club Room

“Suna no Onna” (Woman of the Dunes)

Free
Sat 23 7pm

St Andrew’s Night Dinner (Black Tie).

David Purdie, David Ingram, Cameron Goodall and Stephen Burnett will commemorate Scotland’s patron saint in unique style, as they present –

“An Entertainment, in Prose and Music, of the Life and Work of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and how Mr. Sherlock Homes evolved from Dr. Joseph Bell, FRCS”

Due to anticipated demand, members are limited to bringing only one guest.

£30
Sat 30 Noon

Recital by Elizabeth Currie, Ulrike Wilson and Peter Shand.

Elizabeth Currie and Ulrike Wilson met through the Club, and now share their interest in ensemble singing with a performance of duos for female voice, accompanied at the piano by fellow member, Peter Shand.  Their programme will included groups of songs by Purcell, Dvorak, English composers of the early 20th century, and some fascinating versions of Shakespeare settings. The combination of soprano and mezzo voices was a favourite drawing room ensemble, and suits our Clubroom perfectly.

Free
December
Sat 7 7pm

The Club Christmas Party.

This year’s party will feature Iain Currie's production of "Wedding Bells at Christmas" - closely based on Damon Runyon's story, "Romance in the Roaring Forties", with songs from Gilbert & Sullivan to Gilbert O'Sullivan, via Frank Sinatra.  Anyone who saw “Dancing Dan's Christmas” at last year's party will not want to miss this!

£18
Thur 12 12.30

The Club Christmas Lunch.

Come to the Club's splendid Christmas lunch and join us for our last get-together of the year. Due to anticipated demand, members are limited to bringing only one guest.

£25
Fri 13 7pm

‘Black-Balled by the Garrick’ - a talk by Dr George Wilson.

George Wilson is joined by Ian Lawson (paying another visit to the Club!) fellow member, David Lyle, and guest singers, in an exploration of the why’s and wherefore’s of Sir W. S Gilbert’s black-balling by the Garrick Club.

£18
Sat 14 3pm

Film Show in the Club Room

“La Dolce Vita”

Free

The Club closes at 6 pm on Saturday 21st December, 2013, and re-opens on Friday, 3rd January, 2014.

2014

January 2014
Sat 4 Noon

“Here’s a How-de-do!”

Start the New Year in style, in the company of four soloists from the Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society, accompanied by the Society’s Musical Director, Club member David Lyle.

(Remember to book early, if you wish to stay for lunch, afterwards!)

Free
Wed 8 6pm - 8pm

Private View - John Dunbar and Helen Hughes.

Free
Sat 18 2.30pm (please note the change of time)

Film Show in the Club Room – “Skyfall”.

Free
Sat 25 7pm for 7.30pm

Burns Supper (black tie).

The Club's traditional Burns evening is one of our annual highlights. As always, there will be lots of sparkling entertainment and oratory from our multi-talented members. Due to anticipated demand, members are limited to bringing only one guest.

£30
February 2014
Sat 1 4pm - 6pm

Future Scotland, Future Perfect?

Will the creative industries prosper in a post-referendum Scotland?

Join us for our very own

QUESTION TIME

If you would like to raise a question with the Panel, please email or post it to the SAC office – 60 words maximum – along with your name and area of interest, to arrive no later than Wednesday 22 January.

Questions will be selected at random and members who posed them will be notified in advance of the event and invited to put their questions to the Panel personally.

IAIN MACWHIRTER(Feature writer, Sunday Herald

PAUL McNAMEE(Editor, The Big Issue)

MANDY RHODES(Editor, Holyrood Magazine)

ALAN TAYLOR(Journalist and columnist, The Herald)

£10

Canapés & Wine

Wed 12 6pm - 8pm

Private View - David Nealon, RSW Award 2013.

Free
Wed 12 7.30pm CURRY NIGHT
There will be a buffet curry again for £10 during the preview for David Nealon on Wednesday 12th February from 7.30pm. Please book as this is a popular event
£10
Sat 15 Noon

'(Un)Inspiring Capital? Deconstructing myths and reconstructing urban environments, Edinburgh, 1860–2010'.

A talk by Richard Rodger, Professor of Economic and Social History, School of History, Classics and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.

‘Inspiring Capital’ is the sign that confronts visitors and residents alike at the boundaries of the Edinburgh administrative area. It is a consciously ambiguous message of self-promotion: the logo proclaims the dual standing of the city of Edinburgh as a European capital city and a city of international capital. Professor Rodger’s presentation explores how, by inventing and nurturing a myth about Edinburgh as a non-industrial city, councillors and planners have stressed the ancient and historical character of the city over other interests, and so conditioned policies associated with urban renewal and land use.

Free
Sat 15 2.30pm

Film Show in the Club Room – “Midnight in Paris”.

Free
Thur 20 7pm

Talk by Svend Brown, Director of Music for Glasgow Life, Artistic Director of the East Neuk Festival, and Director of Glasgow UNESCO City of Music.

This is a unique opportunity to hear from someone at the very heart of music in Scotland, in what promises to be an informative and absorbing talk. Early booking recommended!

Supper £18
March 2014
Fri 7 7pm

“Charlotte Squared - The pleasures and challenges of organising Edinburgh’s Book Festival” a talk by Nick Barley, Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival.

Every August, one of Edinburgh’s historic Georgian spaces is transformed into a tented village. It hosts the world’s largest and best-respected literary festival, welcoming around 200,000 visitors, who enter into discussion with some of the 800 participating authors. Maintaining the festival’s status as a world-renowned event that is also a champion of Scottish literature is the responsibility of a team working all year round. In today’s talk the Festival’s director Nick Barley explains the ambitions - and challenges - that will shape the event in the coming months and years.

Supper £18
Sat 8 12 noon

A celebration of the 80th Birthday of John McLeod.

2014 marks the 80th birthday of distinguished composer (and Club member) John McLeod, and this event will be widely celebrated by several concerts throughout the UK, including a premiere at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, a new commission from the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and several performances of his recent Piano Sonata No.5 in the UK and abroad.

Saturday 8th March is John's actual birthday and at 12 noon the SAC will host a special recital of some of John’s music, given by the outstanding ensemble Canto per Tre – Taylor Wilson (mezzo-soprano), Michael Beeston (viola) and Margaret Murray McLeod (piano), which will include a new work, “Fearful Tales” – settings of Heinrich Hoffmann’s frightening and bizarre children’s stories - and a new suite, based on the music John wrote for Michael Radford’s film, “Another Time, Another Place”.

Recital & Lunch

£12.50

Wed 12 6pm - 8pm Private View - Andrew Merrylees.

Free

Sat 15 12 noon - 1pm

"Images of devotion in the poetry of George Mackay Brown" - a talk by Dr. Linden Bicket, Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Edinburgh (IASH).

In her talk, Dr. Bicket will discuss images of devotion in the work of the Orcadian poet and Catholic convert, George Mackay Brown (1921 - 1996). She will discuss Brown's tender Marian iconography, his depictions of Orkney's patron saint and martyr, St. Magnus, and his poetry of the Nativity. Dr. Bicket will also explore the ways in which Brown shapes devotional figures within a uniquely Orcadian way in his work, so that they are seen, as Seamus Heaney said, "through the eye of the needle of Orkney".

Free
Sat 15 2.30pm Film show - "The White Ribbon".

Free

Fri 21 7pm

An evening of short, animated films with a social message. Drinks and canapés.

Club member, George McBean, will host an evening of short, animated films that have been used to entertain and pass on social messages in different parts of the world.

In celebration of 100 years since Norman McLaren's birth, the show will include his Oscar-winning film, "Neighbours". The show will also include historical works produced by Disney and Pixar.

Norman McLaren is Scotland's most influential film animator. He was born in Stirlilng, in 1914, and studied set design at the Glasgow School of Art. After working in London and New York, he moved to Canada, in 1941. He then began working for the National Film Board, and also set up an animation studio.

George McBean has had a thiry-six-year association with the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), in both designing and producing animated films for social development. He has worked in collaboration with Disney Feature Animation, Hanna Barbera, Warner Brothers, and over 100 animation studios around the world.

£10

Sat 22 12 noon - 1pm

"I Love a Sunburnt Country" - a talk by Club member, Stephen Nisbet.

Stephen Nisbet reminisces about emigrating "Down Under" 50 years ago, as a teenager, one of the last batch of assisted-passage settlers, sponsored by the oddly-named Big Brother Movement, to enjoy a three-week P&O cruise to Sydney, rather than travel by 'plane.

He praises the egalitarianism that made Australia a lucky country for him, and, helped by extracts from Australian poems, describes the deep attachment of a mainly urban people to the harsh beauty of its remoter areas. It is hoped that other members who spent some of their formative years in Australia will join in this celebration of that wonderful country.

Free
April 2014
Thu 3 7pm

"A Life in Books" - a talk by Jenny Brown. Supper 8.15pm

Jenny Brown has had a varied career in literature, in Scotland. Starting out in 1983 as the first Director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, she has worked as Head of Literature for the Scottish Arts Council, and presenter of book programmes for Scottish Television. In 2002, she established Jenny Brown Associates, a literary agency that now represents 150 writers.

She will be talking about life as a literary agent, and opportunities for Scottish writers. She will also reflect on the early days of the Book Festival, and the changes in the literary landscape over the past thirty years.

Supper £18
Sat 5 12 noon - 1pm

"A (mis) Match Made in Heaven: Celebrating the Marriage of William lll and Mary ll" - a talk by Dr. Catriona Murray, post-doctoral Research Fellow at IASH.

The union, in 1677, of the future William III and Mary II began unfavourably. While the couple's different temperaments spelled problems for the match, so, too, did public responses to it. Indeed, although celebrations were staged across Britain and the Dutch Republic, there was also significant opposition. This talk will explore how spectacle, literature and the visual arts were employed to redress these popular apprehensions, presenting the match as an international alliance which would preserve the Protestant faith, weaken French  influence and restore European peace.

Free
Wed 9 6pm - 8pm

Private View - Paul Mowat, RSA Open winner 2012

Free
Fri 11 7pm

“The Making of Treasure Island” - an illustrated talk by Ian Nimmo, on “Treasure Island”. Supper 8.15pm

Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” has never been out of print since it first appeared as “The Sea Cook”, by “Captain George North”, in 1881. Former SAC Vice–President and Chairman of the Robert Louis Stevenson Club, Ian Nimmo, will trace the dramatic events that led to Stevenson first picking up his paintbrush, then pen and paper, and, with the rain drumming on the windows of the “late Mrs MacGregor’s cottage”, in Braemar, began to scribble at speed. In the previous two years he had been estranged from his family, cut off without a penny by his father, encountered near death in the Californian outback, and married controversially.

The making of the greatest pirate story ever written will be illustrated by some of Stevenson’s finest artists, pirate models and locations.

Supper £18
Sat 12 2.30pm

Film Show – “The Life of Pi”.

Free

Fri 18 and

Sat 19

Club closed

Please note that the Club will be closed for the Easter holiday on Friday and Saturday, 18th and 19th April.

It will re-open on Tuesday, 22nd April, at 10.30am

 
Sat 26 12 noon - 1pm

The SAC Writers Group presents “Readings from Around and Afar”.

Members of the Club's Writers’ Group presents a series of entertaining, surprising and even delightfully shocking readings from short stories, poems and a novel. From poetry as close to home as Rutland Square, to tales of Indonesian barbers; from conjugal camping in the Highlands, to European waterworks; and the meaning of flowers told two ways. Come ready for a lot of laughter and a few tears, as members of the Writers’ Group read from their own work.

Free
Sat 26 2.30pm

Annual General Meeting and Statement of Accounts.

The AGM will be held within the Clubhouse at 24 Rutland Square, at 2.30pm.

N/A
May 2014
Sat 3 12 noon - 1pm Auden and McCall Smith in Poetry and Song - with Club members Ulrike Wilson (mezzo soprano)and Mark Wilson (reader), Tom Cunningham (composer, at the piano) and an introduction by Club member, Alexander McCall Smith.

This promises to be an entertaining and fascinating event, providing a unique opportunity to explore the works of the two famous authors – and to be able to meet one of them!

Free
Fri 9 7pm

"Dinner for an Occasion" - special guest, Sir Angus Grossart, CBE (Black Tie)

This is the first in a planned series. Our guest speaker is the renowned Scottish merchant banker and prominent patron of the Arts, Sir Angus Grossart, CBE, who will give a talk on "The Importance of Collections".

£30
Sat 10 12 noon - 1 pm

'Women of the Patrick Geddes Circle' - a talk by Walter Stephen and Kate Henderson.

Author, Walter Stephen, will speak to the Club on Geddes, his importance, and on some of the women who worked with him or followed him.

The Scottish Arts Club part-funded the Patrick Geddes Memorial Panel in the City of Edinburgh Council headquarters. Kate Henderson, the artist responsible, will outline the provenance and symbolism behind this fine public testimony to Geddes’s greatness.

Free
Wed 14 6pm - 8pm

Private View (Clubroom) - Rosalind Lawless, RSA Prizewinner, 2012

Free
Sat 17 12 noon - 1pm

“Mapping South Georgia and the Dry Valleys of Antarctica”- a talk by Elaine Shemilt, Professor of Fine Art Printmaking, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. (See also the Private View of Elaine’s work on 30th July.)

Free
Sat 17 2.30pm

Film Show – “Another Time, Another Place”.

Club member, John McLeod, who composed the original music for the film, will give a short talk before the showing.

Free
Wed 21 7.30pm for 8pm Club Quiz £2 on the night

June 2014

Wed 11 6pm-8pm

Private View - Joyce Gunn Cairn, SSA Award 2013

Free
Thu 12 7pm

Annual talk by Sir Jonathan Mills, Director of the Edinburgh International Festival. Supper 8.15pm

This will be an exceptional opportunity to hear Sir Jonathan talk about his last programme as Director of the EIF - not to be missed, so book early!

(Please note that Thursday, 19 June, is being held as a possible alternative date for this event, should the need arise - check the website for updates.)

Supper £18
Fri 13  

The Reclaimers return to play the Club.

£10 entry includes beer/wine and a burger. Please book by telephoning or emailing the Club.

£10 entry, incl. beer/wine & burger
Sat 14 12.15pm

SAC Members are invited to join members of the Scotland-China Association on Saturday 14 June and hear a talk by Dr Kevin McLaughlin of the National Museum of Scotland.

If you wish to have lunch, afterwards, please book.

Free
Wed 18 7.30pm for 8pm

Special Quiz Night with Art Fund Scotland.

Please book to join in a team, or bring a team of 5. Even if you normally come to the Quiz Night, please book if possible, as we are hoping for a good attendance and some keen competition between the Club and Art Fund Scotland! Quiz questions by Club Member, Annie Gannon.

£2 on the night
Sat 21 2.30pm

Film Show – “Lawrence of Arabia”.

Free
July 2014
Fri 4 7pm onwards

Artists' Night

N/A
Wed 9 6pm - 8pm

Private View (Clubroom) - Professional Members' Show

Free
Fri 11 2pm - 4pm

"The Poetry is in the Pity" - Sassoon and Owen at Craiglockhart

A  creative relationship blossomed between Sassoon and Owen during the three months they were together in 1917,  being 'rehabilitated' before going back to the Front. A talk by Joyce Caplan will be accompanied by a guided visit to the War Poets Collection at Craiglockhart, conducted by the Curator, Catherine Walker.

Due to space restrictions the numbers are limited to a maximum of 24, which will be split into two groups of 12 on the day. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

The Craiglockhart Campus of Edinburgh Napier University can be reached by Lothian bus services 4, 10, 23, 27 & 45. Those intending to travel by car, and requiring a parking space, should contact Tom Drake (tom.drake2@btinternet.com) at least ten days before the visi,t so that arrangements can be made with University Security.

Free
Sat 19 2.30pm

Film Show - "Dancer in the Dark"

Free

Wed 30 6pm - 8pm

Private View (Studio) - Club member, George McBean

Free
Thu 31 2.30pm - 11pm

Fringe in a Day

This event has now firmly established itself as one of the "must-haves" of the Fringe. Throughout the day, over twenty groups and companies perform extracts from their shows in the Dining Room, Clubroom and Studio, providing members and their guests with a unique insight into the Fringe programme. The small admission charge of £5 covers the whole day (so you may come and go as you please), and is, without doubt, the best value anywhere in the Fringe! Fringe companies are queuing up for slots in the programme, so come and support them - and the Club - and have a fabulous day's entertainment, to boot!

£5 on the door
August 2014
Fri 1 6pm - 8pm

Private View (Clubroom) - Elaine Shemilt, SSA Prize winner 2012

Free
Sat 16 12 noon onwards

Annual Garden Party

This year, the party - held, once again, in the elegance of Rutland Square Gardens - will include the award of the very first Scottish Arts Club Short Story Competition prizes. Come and hear all about it, and enjoy a glass of bubbly, music from "Alternative Medicine", and a Buffet lunch.

Members £30,       non-members £40

Sun 24 6pm onwards

Scottish Arts Club Fringe Award Party

As with our Fringe Day, our splendid “Flying Artichoke” award – designed by Edinburgh artist Duncan Robertson – for the best, new Scottish drama performance on the Fringe, has become a welcome and respected event within the theatrical community in Scotland, and has attracted considerable attention in the Press. Come and hear all about the short-listed plays from the Club’s panel of judges, and meet and talk with the performers over a glass of wine.

Free
September 2014
Tue 9 7pm

Bridge Night

Do you enjoy playing Bridge? If not, have you ever thought you'd like to learn? Whether you're a seasoned veteran, or an absolute beginner, you'll be welcomed to our sociable Bridge Night. Come along and find out what a wonderful game this is! (It would be appreciated if you would let the Club Secretary know that you're intending to be there.)

Free

Wed 10

6pm - 8pm Private View - Student and Lay Members

Free

Sat 20 12 noon

"Landscapes and Birds of Scotland - an Artist's View" - an illustrated talk by the award-winning artist, Leo du Feu, on his new book.

Leo will describe his explorations around his home country, using illustrations from his book, and showing how important working outdoors - including bird-watching - is to his artistic practice. (If you wish lunch, afterwards, please remember to book!)

Free
Sat 20 2.30pm

Film Show - "Black Orpheus"

Free
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 6pm - 8pm

Private View - Hannah Rosnes

Free
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!)

Free
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 on the front page.

£80 for members, £105 for non-members
Sat 18 2.30pm

Film Show - "Out of Africa

If you wish lunch, beforehand, please remember to book!

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
Sat 8 2pm - 4pm "Lacquer-ware and Japanese Culture" - a talk and presentation by Visiting Artist Mr.Takashi Wakayama.

This promises to be a fascinating presentation, given by Mr. Wakayama, one of whose works has been chosen as part of the permanent collection at the V&A, in London. Our thanks to Junko MacKenzie, for her work in liaising with the Japanese cultural attaché at the Japanese Consulate, to bring this unique event to the Club.

(If you wish lunch, beforehand, please remember to book!)

Free
Wed 12 6pm - 8pm Private View - Christmas Show - all members Free
Sat 15 12 noon - 1pm

"The Magic of Makhazhins" - a talk by Kathy Crawford Hay.

Kathy discusses the history of magazine publishing, and the crucial rôle played by Scottish publishing houses in the publications so beloved, today.

The talk will be followed by our Annual Periodicals Auction, with the inimitable David Ingram presiding over the gavel

(If you wish lunch, beforehand, please remember to book!)

Free
Sat 22 12 noon - 1pm

"Feisty Divas" - Scotland's Festival of History

Iain Fraser, publisher of the website "Opera Scotland", brings to life some of the forgotten, larger-than-life personalities that have graced the operatic stage in Scotland during the last two centuries.

(If you wish lunch, beforehand, please remember to book!)

Free
December 2014
Sun 7 6pm onwards

The Club's Christmas Pantomine and Celebratory Supper

We're keeping the exact title a secret, but we can guarantee a traditional Panto experience, with audience participation (including hissing and booing!), and the opportunity to sing-along to a variety of well-known songs. albeit with new words, all created and directed by our very own Writers' Group. But - be warned - no-one, and no hallowed Club ritual, is immune!

£18 members, £21 non-members
Thu 11 1230pm

The Club's Christmas Luncheon

Join in the luncheon revelries and get into party mood. We've ordered substantial stocks of Prosecco, so the sound of popping corks can me sustained throughout the day!

This event consistently sells-out very quickly, so early booking is essential!

£25
Sat 13 2.30pm

Christmas Film - "It Happened One Night"

Free
Sat 20 12 noon onwards

Club closes for the Christmas and New Year Break (6pm)

Meet fellow members over an apéritif, have lunch, then relax in the comfort of our Club Room, far from the madding crowds just around the corner...

(Please book if you wish lunch!)

N/A
   

EVENT 

Recital or Talk only 

R/T & meal

January 2015

Sat 3

12 Noon

Edinburgh Renaissance Wind Band 

Followed by Lunch.

Members FREE (Guests £5)

Lunch £15 (£20)

Wed 7

6pm - 8pm

Private View - Friday Club Members 

n/a

n/a

Wed 7

7pm

The Writers’ Group

 n/a

n/a

Fri 9

6pm

Le Salon 

 n/a

n/a

Thur 15

6pm

Srebrenica – 20 years since the massacre 

Film & discussion / The Studio

Members FREE (Guests £5)

n/a

Sat 17 

2.30pm

Film Show "A Beautiful Mind" Club Room 

n/a

n/a

Sat 24 

7 for 7.30pm

Burns Supper 

This event is fully booked

Paid event with meal included 

£30 (£40)

Sat 24 

 

Scottish Chamber Orchestra Reception 

This is being held to celebrate John McLeod’s new work "Out of the Silence", which is receiving its first performance in the Queen’s Hall, in Edinburgh.

SAC Members are invited for interval drinks. They should add their names to the Lobby List.
This is not a Club event.
Offer closes 17 Jan

 

Thurs 29 

6pm - 8pm

Members’ Evening

n/a 

 

Sat 31 

12 Noon

Marlands Wind Ensemble 

Recital followed by lunch

Members FREE (Guests £5)

 
February 2015

Wed 4 

6pm - 8pm

Private View - Stuart & Joyce Campbell

n/a

n/a

Wed 4 

7pm

The Writers' Group 

 n/a

n/a

Fri 6 

6pm

Le Salon

n/a

n/a

Sat 14 

2.30pm

Film show " Grand Budapest Hotel"

Free

n/a

Sat 14 

7pm

Valentine Night / Songs of Love and War 

Followed by Supper at 8pm

Paid event with meal included

£18 (£23)

Wed 25 

7.30pm for 8pm sharp

JOINT QUIZ NIGHT with the Edinburgh Gilbert & Sullivan Society 

 n/a

n/a

March 2015
Wed 4  6pm-8pm Private View - members from Portrait & Life Classes n/a n/a
Wed 4 7pm The Writers' Group n/a n/a
Fri 6  7pm Le Salon  n/a  n/a
Sat 7 7pm for 7.30pm

Jazz Evening with Rob Hall and Chick Lyall - a Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust Event

An evening of superb music, performed by this outstanding, internationally renowned jazz duo, presented under the auspices of the Trust. 

This event has been made possible by the generous sponsorship of Club members Charlie and Christine Scott, and Junko Mackenzie.

Paid event with complimentary drink and finger buffet included Tickets £18 (Students, £10)
Tue 10 7pm Bridge Night n/a n/a 
Sat 14 2.30pm Film show " On the Road" Free n/a
Fri 20 7pm

Friends of St Cecilia Recital - given by Jenny Nex (Soprano), Christopher Field (Violin) and John Kitchen (Harpsichord)

During the temporary closure of St. Cecilia's Hall, for renovation, the Friends of St. Cecilia's are arranging a number of events in other venues.

Tonight, in the Club, a recital is being given by Dr Jenny Nex (Soprano), Curator of the renowned Russell Collection of Early Keyboard Instruments held at St. Cecilia's, along with Dr Christopher Field (Violin) and Dr. John Kitchen (Harpsichord). The music is by Bach, Handel, Haydn, the Earl of Kelly, and others.

John Kitchen will be playing on a harpsichord built in 1979 by Lionel Gliori, and based on one of the Italian instruments in the Russell Collection.

An evening of captivating music, performed to the highest of standards, is assured.

(Booking for Supper is essential.) 

Members FREE (Guests £5) Supper £18 (£23)
Wed 25 7pm

The Edinburgh Military Tatoo - a talk and presentation by Brigadier David Allfrey 

We welcome Brigadier David Allfrey, who will cover the history of the Tattoo and how it is put together and organised, and ( with a bit of luck) give us a little insight into this year's programme.

Due to expected demand, Guest tickets are limited to one per Member

Paid event, with meal included Members, £18, Guests £23
Sat 28 12 noon

BBC Scotland - the first 50 years: an illustrated talk by Mike Shaw

Former BBC Scotland Editor, Mike Shaw, describes the story of "Auntie's" fight to be established, and its subsequent development. He will also highlight the considerable Scottish contribution to the history of British braodcasting (its founder, Lord Reith, was a Scot, for a start!), and his talk will include rare photographs, and archive audio and early television highlights. 

(If you wish lunch, afterwards, please remember to book!)

Members FREE (Guests £5) n/a
April 2015
Wed 1 7pm The Writers' Group n/a n/a

Fri 3 &

Sat 4

  Club closed for Easter holiday    

Wed 8

6pm-8pm

Private View - Bill Gillon

As always, a complimentary glass of wine or soft drink is available for all Members and Guests who attend.

n/a n/a

Fri 10

7pm

Festival Insights, with EIF and EFF Directors

Another "First" for the Club - the EIF Director and EFF Chief Executive will both be at the Club, to give us insights into this year's programme. Their talk will be followed by Supper.

Due to expected demand, this event is for Members only, and will be a paid event, with Supper included. Early booking and pre-payment essential!

Paid event, with meal included £18

Fri 10

 

Tonight's "Le Salon" has been cancelled, to accommodate the Festival event

   

Tue 14

7pm

Bridge Night

n/a n/a

Sat 18

All Day

Artists' Bookmaking Workshop, in the Studio

 

Members£40, Guests £50

Sat 18

2.30pm

Film Show - "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

Free n/a

Sat 25

2.30pm

SAC Annual General Meeting and Presentation of Accounts

Members wishing lunch beforehand are strongly adivsed to book well in advance.

n/a n/a

May 2015

Fri 1

 6pm on

 Le Salon

Come and enjoy good company, good conversation, good wine - and who knows what else?

n/a n/a

Fri & Sat 1 & 2

 All day Writers' Workshop - "Living Stories" See panel, on Home page    

Wed 6

 6pm-8pm Private View - George Donald, RSA, RSW  n/a  n/a

Tue 12

 7pm on Bridge Night  n/a  n/a

Wed 13

 6pm-8pm Members' and Friends' Evening, plus "Women of the Great War" tapestries exhibition Exhibition £5 for Visitors, Members FREE  n/a

Fri 15

 6.30pm on

Snooker Tournament

 n/a  n/a

Sat 16

 12 noon Writers' Group - "Writing Worth Reading"  n/a  n/a

Sat 23

 6pm on

"Cocktails and Canapés" 

Members and their guests are invited to the Cub Room, where our Bar Staff will encourage the sampling of many and various wondrous alcoholic and non-alcoholic libations, accompanied by some cracking canapés. 

Booking essential, so add your name to the sign-up list in the Lobby to make sure of your place!

Paid event

£10 per person, to include your first cocktail

June 2015

Wed 3

7pm

The Writers' Group

n/a

n/a

Wed 3

6pm-8pm

Private View - the Glasgow Art Club Exhibition at the SAC

n/a

n/a

Fri 5

6pm on

Le Salon

n/a

n/a

Tue 9

7pm

Bridge Night

n/a

n/a

Thu 11

7pm

Gala Opera Dinner - with talk and presentation by John Anderton

Paid event with meal included

Members £25, Guests £30

Sat 13 2.30pm

Mark Adams, new Artistic Director of the EIFF, talks about this year's programme. 

Have lunch, beforehand - but please book!

Members FREE,Guests £5

n/a

Fri 19

7pm

Piano Recital by John Bryden - "An Evening in Leipzig with Mendelssohn and the Schumanns", followed by Supper

Members FREE, Guests £5 Members £18, guests £23

Sat 27

12 noon

Opening of Geddes Garden, with talk and film about Geddes

Lunch available afterwards - booking essential!

 n/a  n/a

July 2015

Wed 1

7pm

The Writers' Group

n/a n/a
Thu 2 2pm

Opera Club

Join John Anderton in the Studio, for DVD performances, plus background information on the opera and the composer, as he continues his Summer Series.

Today's opera is "Moby Dick", by the contemporary American composer, Jake Heggie.

(Why not go the whole hog and have lunch, beforehand?) 

Members FREE, Guests £5 n/a

Fri 3

6pm on

Le Salon

n/a n/a

Sun 5 & Mon 6

All day

SAC Charitable Trust Sponsored Event: "Young Bloody Sunday" - crime-writing workshops for young people, 16 - 23.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, "Young and Bloody Scotland" has been postponed. The revised date will be announced later in the year.

£90 per person   n/a

Wed 8

6pm-8pm

Private View - Professional Members' Exhibition

n/a n/a
Thu 9 2pm Opera Club - "Written on Skin" Members FREE, Guests £5 n/a
Fri 10 6.30pm-8.30pm

Edinburgh International Book Festival - at alk by its Director, Nick Barley

Come and hear Nick Barley talk about the exciting programme for this year's Book Festival, with background stories of how the 2015 event has evolved and come together. 

This is an all-ticket event, with drinks and canapés. 

Paid event £10 per person
Thu 16 2pm Opera Club - "La Donna del Lago" Members FREE, Guests £5  
Sat 18 12 noon

Duelling Duets at Noon - a recital of some of their favourite piano duets, by Alan Jacques and David Lyle 

Lunch available afterwards - please book!

Members FREE, Guests £5  n/a
Thu 23 2pm Opera Club - "Maria Stuarda" Members FREE, Guests £5 n/a
Thu 23 6pm-8pm

Members' and Friends' Evening.

Enjoy a complimentary drink on your arrival, and meet new and prospective members and friends in a relaxed and informal setting.

n/a n/a

Wed 29

6pm-8pm

Private View - Edinburgh Festival Exhibition

n/a n/a
Thu 30 2pm

Opera Club - "Lucia di Lammermoor"

NOTE - the next Opera Club will be in October, when the Winter Season begins.)

Members FREE, Guests £5 n/a
Thu 30  7pm

President's Supper

Club President, Nola Meikle, invites Members and their guests to join her for Supper. The evening begins with a welcoming glass of wine at 7pm, with Supper at 7.30pm. A relaxed, informal and convivial evening is assured!

(NOTE This is not a Black Tie dinner!)

Members £18, Guests £23 n/a
August 2015
 Wed 5  TBC

Private Visit to the Queen's Gallery Exhibition

This is a provisional date, which has yet to be confirmed. Numbers will be limited to 18.

Full details will be published as soon as they are known.

 TBC n/a 
Wed 5 7pm Writers' Group na/ na/
Thu 6 2.30pm - 11pm

"Fringe in a Day" - the Club's  firmly established, unique Fringe-sampling experience!

Come and experience a sample of the myriad shows and acts appreaing at the Festival Fringe. The entry price gives you all-day access to the acts, which are presented in the Studio, the Club Room and the Dining Room, with bar services and snacks available in all three. Definitely the best value in the whole of the Fringe!

£5 for all Members, £10 for Guests n/a
Fri 7 6pm Le Salon n/a n/a

Sun/Mon/

Tue & Wed,

9 - 12

12 noon

"Titans of the Enlilghtenment" - a Festival Fringe Production at the Club.

David Hume founded The Enlightenment, Adam Ferguson defined it, James Hutton underpinned it, and Henry Raeburn painted it. Join the multi-talented team of David Ingram, David Purdie and Cameron Goodall as they present four performances about these ground-breaking Titans.

(Feel free to join our own Club Titans for lunch, afterwards, in the Club - but please remember to book in advance!)

£15 per ticket, from the Fringe Box Office, or on the door, on the day of performance n/a
Sat 15 12 noon onwards

Scottish Arts Club Garden Party

Join in the fun in the sylvan surroundings of the Rutland Square Gardens, sipping a refreshing glass of fizz, and listening to the unique, big-band sound of Alternative Medicine. Move inside for a leisurely buffet lunch at 1pm, then into our own charming garden. Come in outrageous outfits and glamorous hats and bring the party spirit with you!

Members £25, Guests £30 n/a

Sun 16

6pm

"Songs of Love and War" - a Festival Fringe Prodcution at the Club

Following their succesful Valentine's Night Cabaret perfromance, Kathy Crawford Hay and David Lyle will reprise their stories, songs and poetry at another two Fringe Productions being mounted by the Club. (See Sunday, 23)

£15 per ticket, from the Fringe Box Office, or on the door, on the day. n/a
Mon 17 TBC

Craft Day at the Club

The first of two Craft Days in the Club, where crafters will display their works for sale. (See Monday, 24)

Full details will be published as soon as they become available.

TBC  
Tue 18 7pm

"Paris at Large, with Jim Haynes

Jim, co-founder of The Travers Theatre, and legendary party-giver, is mounting a book-launch and buffet, with his Parisian colleague, Varda 

This is a private event, to which Club Members are warmly invited.

 £20 for all  n/a
Sun 23 9pm  "Songs of Love and War" - as above £15 per ticket, as above n/a
Mon 24 TBC "Craft Day at the Club" - as above TBC n/a
Sun 30 6pm onwards

SAC Fringe Award Reception - "The Flying Artichoke"

Come and meet the actors and Directors of the winning plays, chosen by the Club's panel of judges, with a complimentary drink and nibbles thrown in for good measure.

n/a n/a
Mon 31 TBC

Fireworks Night Supper 

This is a provisional event, which has yet to be confirmed.

Full details will be published as soon as they are known.

TBC n/a
September 2015
Wed 2 6pm-8pm Private View - Lay and Student Members' Exhibition n/a n/a
Wed 2 7pm Writers' Group n/a n/a
Fri 4 6pm onwards Le Salon n/a n/a
Sat 12 7pm

SAC Short Story Competition Award Dinner

Come and meet the winner and here the finalists stories, with a welcoming glass of Prosecco. This will be followed by a splendid three course dinner, with wine included, ending with coffee and tablet, during which the prize will be awarded. 

This event is run jointly by the Club and the SAC Charitable Trust.

£35 for all n/a 
Sat 19 12 noon onwards

Geddes Garden Opening 

We shall be combining this event with a Members and Friends meeting, in the Club Room, in the afternoon.

n/a n/a
October 2015
Thu 1 LeavingEdinburgh at 930am

A special Club outing to the archives of DC Thomson. 

The Events Team has arranged a private visit to DC Thomson’s main office, in Dundee. There will be a tour of the printing works, a talk about the history and archives of the company, and, possibly, a meeting with the Editor of The Beano and The Dandy. The Company Archivist will create a display for us of highly prized first editions, illustrations, and information about characters and publications that have become part of Scotland’s publishing history.

We will be travelling in cars and will be leaving at 9am, in order to reach Dundee by 10.15am

Please note that this event is now fully booked

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Wed 7 7pm Writers' Group n/a n/a
Wed 7 6pm - 8pm Private View - Jim Dunbar & Barbara Mackie n/a n/a
Tues 13 6pm at Lyon & Turnbull

Scottish Arts Club Auction of Artwork

Please spread the word to friends and family to help make the bidding brisk for the good of the Club.

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Wed 14 Turn up at 7.30pm, ready to do combat at 8pm.

QUIZ NIGHT with colleagues from IASH – Edinburgh University’s Institute for Advance Studies in the Humanities.

Quiz-master supremo Tom Gordon will set the questions for what is always a fun-evening.  Add your name to the Lobby sign-up sheet to help us manage numbers.

£2 on the night n/a
Fri 16 Morning

Robert Fergusson Commemoration

A wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate the life of Edinburgh-born poet Robert Fergusson at the Canongate Kirk in the morning followed by lunch at the Club with special guests. Please book your seat for lunch in advance. 

n/a n/a
Sat 17 7pm

Whisky, Poetry & Supper - "The Shaken and the Stirred"

Four internationally recognised poets are on a UK reading tour in London, Stratford, Manchester and Glasgow, and will be presenting their work at a very special evening. Ian Burgham, Mike Garry, Catherine Graham and Steven Heighton will be introduced and hosted by Whisky expert, Charlie MacLean. Full details are available here.

The evening starts at 7pm with a WHISKY TASTING, introduced by Charlie MacLean, followed by POETRY READINGS by our four Guests, at 7.30pm, with SUPPER at 8.30pm

This is a ticketed event and all tickets must be purchased in advance from the Bar, or via telephone to the Club Office, with your credit card.

Whisky & Poetry / £5 Members and £10 Guests

Whisky, Poetry & Supper / Members £20 and Guests £25 
Tues 20

7-8pm in the Studio

Jim Dunbar - Painting outdoors - Methods and Materials

Jim will talk about the methods & materials for watercolour work, and the development of work from sketch- book to final piece. Oil paints will also be discussed. Jim intends to inform, encourage and entertain!

Members FREE, Guests £5 n/a
Sat 24 3pm in the Dining Room

Bogart & Bacall Film Season / The Big Sleep.

Members FREE, Guests £5 n/a

Fri 30 &

Sat 31

Studio A Workshop for Writers, with Rory Maclean - see banner, on Members' Home Page £110 n/a
Sat 31 7pm

President’s Hallowe’en Supper.

Come dressed to spook and bring a turnip lantern! Prices to be confirmed, so watch the Club notice boards or check your emails. 

TBC TBC
November 2015
Sat 7 Noon

COLOURS OF MUSIC

Award-winning composer (and Club Member) John McLeod has been described as an important Scottish colourist in the same way that Peploe, Fergusson, Cadell and Redpath are in Scottish art. John will illustrate how composers throughout the ages have used the spectrum of colour to enhance their music. He will also talk about his own recent work and there will be a showing of a TV film of his premiere at last year’s BBC Proms - The Sun Dances – with the BBC SSO, conducted by Donald Runnicles.

Members FREE, Guests £10  n/a
Wed 11 6pm-8pm

Private View – Christmas Exhibition by Members.

Wine on arrival 

n/a n/a
Thur 12 6.30pm-8.30pm

Genius and Generosity: Sir John Scot of Scotstarvet (1585-1670), poet, patron, lawyer, judge, statesman and European intellectual – A talk by Jamie Reid Baxter

Sir John Scot of Scotstarvet is remembered today, if at all, thanks to the alliterative appeal of the title of the work of his old age, The Staggering State of Scottish Statesman. The only existing biography of this remarkable international intellectual barely scratches the surface of a rich and fascinating life.   Recent research in the National Library and Edinburgh University Library has enable cultural historian, Dr Jamie Reid Baxter, to identify Scotstarvet as much more than a clever and successful lawyer and civil servant. Scottish and indeed European culture's debt to Scotstarvet is enormous, and it is time we started to repay his lifelong generosity to posterity. Book early for what promises to be a fascinating talk.

The talk will be followed by Wine & Canapés. 

Members and Guests £10 n/a
Sat 14 12 Noon - 4pm

Christmas Craft Fair

Beautiful items for those early Festive purchases! Jewellery Metalwork Felting Cards Ceramics and more. The Craft Fair will take place in the Dining Room so please note that lunch will not be served that day, but snacks and sandwiches will be available from the Bar. 

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Sat 21 3pm in the Dining Room Bogart & Bacall Film Season / Dark Passage n/a n/a
Sat 28 7pm

MULTI-CULTURAL ST ANDREW’S NIGHT.

Celebrating the patron saint of not only Scotland, but also Greece, Romania and Russia. Russian Federation Consul-General Mr Andrey Pritsepov will be our guest speaker. The superb meal will reflect the cuisine of the four countries and finish with complimentary Russian Vodka. Music and song will be similarly multi-cultural. Further information and price details will follow.

This event is for Members only and seats must be booked and paid for in advance.

n/a Members only £TBC
December 2015
Sat 12 7pm

Oh no it’s not – oh yes it is – it’s the CLUB CHRISTMAS PANTO and Supper.

Get ready to laugh your way through another rip-roaring evening of fun and hilarity with a Pantomime specially written and presented by our multi-talented Members of the Writers’ Group. Last year it was a sell-out, so make sure the date is in your diary. 

n/a Members £18 /Guests £23 
Thur 17 12.30pm

Club Christmas Lunch and who knows what might follow! Santa has mentioned he'll do his utmost to pay us a visit...

Booking essential

n/a £25
Sat 19 3pm in Club Room

Bogart & Bacall film season closes the year with Key Largo

This classic film will be shown in the Club Room after lunch (comfy chairs this time) from 3pm. 

Members free, Guests £5   n/a

The Club will close at 6pm on Saturday 19th December for the Christmas and New Year festivities, and reopen on Wednesday 6th January 2016

January 2016
Sat 9 12 noon

"Cox and Box", by F. C. Burnand & Arthur Sullivan

Start the New Year in style with a fully-staged performance of this hilarious one-act comic opera, given by Principals of the Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society, accompanied by David Lyle.

(And, of course, what better way to carry on the day, than by having lunch, after the performance? Please remember to book!)

Members FREE, Guests £10  n/a
Fri 15 7pm

Love in Leipzig - Part 2; recital and supper

Pianist John Bryden continues his exploration of the works of Mendelssohn and Robert and Clara Schumann.

n/a Members £18, Guests £23
Tues 26 7pm Studio

Trevor Jones: The Future of Art? Augmented Reality and Painting

A recent cover of ArtMag featured a painting by Trevor Jones where “Augmented Reality” reveals information embedded within the image. A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, Trevor is a full-time artist, and has taught drawing and painting at Leith School of Art and been an executive director of Art in Healthcare.

“...Trevor Jones has embraced technology wholeheartedly and is launching what must surely be the most technologically advanced set of paintings ever produced” The Scotsman 

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Wed 27 7pm Burns Supper 

This year, the Immortal Memory will be given by David Greig, the recently-appointed, next Artistic Director of the Royal Lyceum Theatre Company. The traditional toasts and music will be provided by Club Members. This is a hugely-popular event, so early booking and payment is essential, to secure your places. 

EVENT FULLY BOOKED

n/a  Members only £30 
Sat 30 11am

Open Meeting for Members only

The President and Council will present a report to Members, giving an update on the Club's progress and laying out the Council's plans for the future. 

Members should use the lobby sign-up sheets to indicate their attendance, and whether they wish lunch, before 23rd January, in case we have to arrange for a larger venue. Please note there are only 50 places for lunch. Any questions that Members wish to ask at the meeting must be submitted in writing before Friday 29th January.

 n/a  n/a
February 2016
Sat 6 12 noon

Rugby Lunch

Enjoy lunch at the Club, in anticipation of a successful Calcutta Cup match!

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Fri 19 7pm

Dinner for an Occasion - "The Big Issue"

The Big Issue magazine is amazing success story, with a unique business formula that has been copied in many coutries. The idea for a publication to support the homeless took shape in Edinburgh, and each fortnightly issue now has a UK circulation in excess of 100,000. Paul McNamee, Editor-in-Chief of all UK editions, will provide insight and information at this special dinner in our "Occasion" series, as our Guest Speaker.

 n/a  Members £25, Guests £30
Sat 20 12 noon

Lunchtime Recital - Catriona Hewitson (Soprano), accompanied by David Lyle (Piano)

Come and enjoy the cativating voice of Catriona Hewitson in a varied programme of songs in this recital, which is supported by the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust. If you wish to stay for lunch, please book!

Members FREE, Guests £10 n/a
Sat 20 & Sun 21 10am - 4pm, Studio

Short Story Workshop with award-winning author, Jane Rogers

The fee for the workshop (not including lunch) is £115 for a Scottish Arts Club Member, and £125 for a Non-Member. The workshop will have a maximum of fifteen people, so early booking and payment is essential to secure a place.

This event is supported by the Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust.

To reserve a space in the workshop, please contact Hilary Munro (hilary@munromail.net)

Members £115, Guests £125 n/a
Tue 23 11am

Edinburgh Printmakers - Visit and Demonstration

Led by Club Member Laura Gressani, we plan to visit the Edinburgh Printmakers in the morning, and return to the Club for lunch and further conversation with Alastair Snow, Chairman of Edinburgh Printmakers. The group will be limited to 25.  If you wish to attend, please add your name & email address to the sign-up sheet in the Lobby. Please indicate – in advance – if you are staying for lunch. 

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Thu 25 8pm

Club Quiz Night 

Led by Quizmaster Assoluto, David Ingram, we will enjoy an evening of enlightenment, education and the discovery of our complete ignorance of so many subjects. £2 wil be collected from each participant, with the total in the kitty going to the winning team. This will promptly be spent at the Bar, for the benefit of all!

£2 on the night n/a
Sat 27 3pm

Film Club

We continue our Frank Sinatra Season with the classic, "From Here to Eternity".

Members FREE, Guests £5 n/a
March 2016
Tue 1 6pm-8pm Private View - Catharine Davidson, RSA Open Award Winner, 2013 (NB Tuesday, not Wednesday!) n/a n/a
Thu 3 6pm-8pm

New Members' and Friends' Evening

Come and meet new and prosepctive Members and enjoy a complimentary drink. Know anyone you think would like to join the Club? - then bring them along, too!

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Sat 5 12 noon "What is the Point?" - a talk and illustrated presentation by Kate Enters

'What is the Point?' is a creative platform which encourages personal connections, engages new audiences and promotes fair payment of artists. It has worked with more than 80 artists in 10 different countries and hosted three international exhibitions. 'What is the Point?' is now exploring opportunities outside London and Kate Enters will be sharing the story of its success to date.

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Tue 8 10.30am-1.00pm, Studio

Plaster Casting Workshop     **CANCELLED**

Contact the Club Office for details of how to book your place. (See also Tuesday, 29th March.)

   
Fri 18 7pm

St Patick's Day Dinner (Black Tie) 

Anne-Marie Flynn, the Irish Vice - Consul will be our guest at this celebratory, Black Tie dinner, with Celtic food, music and - just maybe - some fine Irish whiskey! Full details to follow. 

Members £30, Guests £35 n/a
Sat 19 3pm, Dining Room

Film Club - "The Manchurian Candidate"

This is the original, 1962 American, black-and-white, Cold War, suspense thriller, with Frank Sinatra and a stellar cast. Ideal for a Saturday afternoon!

Members FREE, Guests £5 n/a
Tue 22 7pm, Studio
Powderhall Bronze - a talk by Kerry Hammond
 
Powderhall Bronze is Scotland's premier fine art foundry, established in 1989 in Leith.  Kerry Hammond, who runs the foundry, will talk about its work in delivering original art-work from the sculptor /artist through to installation. The talk will cover this process and work in various restoration projects.  We are planning a tour of the Powderhall Bronze Foundry, on Tuesday, 19th April (further details to follow).   
 
This is a 'must' talk for all lovers and practitioners of 3D Art.  Please sign up to come!
Members FREE, Guests £5  n/a
Tue 29 10.30am- 1.00pm, Studio

Plaster Casting Workshop

Contact the Club Office for details of how to book your place.

   
April 2016
Fri 15  Talk, 3pm, Studio, Tea, 4pm, Dining Room

Fridays for Art: Van Gogh, Gaugin and Cezanne - an illustrated talk by Kenneth Johnstone. followed by a Mad Hatter's Tea Party

These afternoon talks, held as part of the 2022 Initiative, are proving very popular, so don't miss this one! Kenny's talk will be followed by Afternoon Tea in the Dining Room - and, yes, wear the Maddest Hat you can, if you wish! Canapes, savouries, sandwiches and cakes galore. Indulge yourself with a glass of Prosecco, too, for a measly £2 more. 

Talk-Members FREE, Guests £5; Tea- suggested donation £10 (£12 with a glass of Prosecco) n/a
Sat 16 3pm Film Club / Pal Joey Members FREE, Guests £5  
Tues 19 6.30pm

Powderhall Foundry Visit and talk by Kerry Hammond.

Add your name to the sign- up sheet and meet at the Foundry, 19 West Harbour Road, Edinburgh.

Members £12, Guests £15  
Fri 22 11am -4pm,Studio

Mosaics Workshop with Joyce Campbell

Joyce will run this workshop for Members who wish to create one of the 8 planned small circular plinths for the pathway in the Geddes Garden.  Numbers are, therefore, restricted to 8. This is open to Members only, and is FREE. Please register for this unique opportunity via the Club Office.
 Member only, FREE  n/a
Fri 22 7pm

Live Music Now

We are celebrating the Centenary of the birth of Yehudi Menuhin in this, the first of three concerts featuring music commissioned by Live Music Now, Scotland. 100 years to the day since Yehudi Menuhin was born, soprano Emily Mitchell and pianist Geoffrey Tanti perform Songs from Above and Below by John McLeod, inspired by the mining heritage of West Lothian and Merthyr Tydfil and premiered in August 2015. This is a fully ticketed event / £10 per person including a glass of wine on arrival. The recital will take place from 7.30pm – 8.30pm

£10 per person  n/a
Sat 23 11am

Annual General Meeting

The AGM will take place in the Club Room. Please let us know if you are attending and Members should book lunch in advance (£15).

   
Fri 29 7pm

An Evening of Animated Film presented by George McBean.

Come and see samples of short animated film and discover how this popular format has entertained and educated people over the years. A glass of wine will be provided!  

Guests £10 / Students £5  
May 2016
Tue 3  

Ratho Forge Exhibition in the Geddes Garden

(Members should note that today is Hanging Day foir the new exhibition in the Club Room

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Wed4 6.00pm - 8.00pm Private View -  Heather Manson, Scottish Arts Club 2014 RSA Award Winner n/a na/
Thu 5 7.30pm

Quiz Night - with Quizmaster Colin McLatchie

Come and discover how much you don't know as we chew our pencils over Colin's questions. We'll be joined by guests from the Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society, so the competition will be keen! 

£2 on the night n/a
Fri 6 2.30pm

Fridays for Art - a visit to the National Gallery

Join Ken Johnstone for conducted visit. Meet in the RSA Foyer at 2.00pm. Come back to the Club, thereafter, for informal refreshments. 

 

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Sat 7   12 noon

Lunch time recital - the Ferntower Ensemble

This splendid group of musicians returns to the Club for another captivating recital, with instrumental and vocal music by Mozart, Schumann, Shostakovitch, Vaughan Williams and Mendelssohn.

If you wish lunch, afterwards, please remember to book in advance. 

Members FREE, Guests £10   n/a
Wed 11 6.30pm

An Evening with Rikki Demarco and John Martin 

Come and hear about their incredible contributions to the groundbreaking work done for the Visual Arts and Design in Sotland. The talk will be followed by wine and canapes; £10 for Members, £15 for guests. Booking is essential - please pay at the bar or over the phone to book your place.

Members £10, Guests £15  
Thu 19  6pm - 8pm  

New Members & Friends Evening

Come and meet recently-joined Members, along with prospective Members, and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine. 

 n/a  n/a
Fri 20  7pm

Live Music Now, Scotland (private booking, open to Members)

The second of three recitals of music commissioned by Live Music Now Scotland. A ticketed event, £10 for all.

 £10, all-ticket event  n/a
Sat 21 3pm

Film Club - "Im So Excited"

The first in a series of three foreign films. 

Members FREE, Guests £5 n/a
Mon 23 7pm

Happy Birthday, "Cox and Box!"

Come and join the members of the Edinburgh Gilbert and Sullivan Society as they celebrate the sesquicentenary of "Cox and Box", first performed on 26th May, 1866. This is a private booking, but Club members will be warmly welcomed. Tickets, priced £10 (which includes a glass of fizz), are available from David Lyle, on 07766057112, or at david@tweedside.co.uk. There is a limited number of tickets available, so first-come, first-served! 

This event is now Sold Out

 
£10 for all   n/a
Thu 26 5pm - 6.30pm

The Edinburgh Book Festival - an illustrated talk by Janet Smyth, Head of Creative Learning.

The EBF is world-renowned for its programmes and the authors it gathers from aroudn the globe. Less well known, possibly, is its investment in Scotland's future, through its children's and educational programmes, which have become an integral part of the Festival. We welcome Janet, who will give us an insgiht into her aims and aspirations for the younger generation.

Members FREE, Guests £5 n/a
June 2016
Fri 3 3pm

Fridays for Art - Scottish Watercolourists

Another in Ken Johnstone's entertaining and informative series of talks. Stay for Afternoon Tea, in the Dining Room! 

Talk-Members FREE, Guests £5; Tea- suggested donation £10 (£12 with a glass of Prosecco) n/a
Sat 4 12 noon

Students of St Mary's Music School - a recital

St Mary’s Music School is Scotland’s only independent specialist music school, offering a world class standard of music and academic education to musically gifted children aged 9-19 years. Students from the School will present a first-ever recital in the Club Room, featuring a wide range of chamber music. This promises to be a very popular event, so please sign-up in the Hallway if you intend to come. If you wish lunch, afterwards, please book in advance to ensure you get a seat.

Members FREE, Students £5, Gusests £10 n/a
Sun 5 3.00pm

Chick Lyall and Friends in concert - a Scottish Arts Club Charitable Trust Event

Join Chick and his friends for an afternoon of contemporary Jazz, Wine and canapés are included in the ticket price.

£15 for all n/a
Wed 8 6pm - 8pm Private View - Miriam Vickers: Scottish Arts Club 2014 SSA Award Winner n/a n/a
Fri 10 7pm

Robbie Bushe - an illustrated talk

Artist, educator and President of Visual Arts Scotland, Robbie will talk about his career and artistic passions. He has taught painting at Gray's School of Art, was Head of Fine Art at the University of Chichester, and has lectured at the Kent Institute of Art and Design, and at Oxford Brookes University.

Members FREE, Guests £10 n/a
Fri 17 7pm

Live Music Now, Scotland (private booking, open to Members)

The third of three recitals, including music commissioned by Live Music Now Scotland. A ticketed event, £10 for all.

£10 for all n/a
Tue 21 6pm-8pm

Drama Drinks for Midsummer in the Geddes Garden


The Drama Workshop folks will be celebrating midsummer with drinks in the Geddes Garden. Anyone with a love of theatre, wine, good company is welcome to join us for this entirely social evening. Weather willing we will be in the garden from 6-8, otherwise in the Club Room. Grab a bottle or a drink from the bar and come join us!

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Fri 24 7pm for 7.30pm

Festival Insights - a talk by Fergus Linehan, Director of the Edinburgh International Festival

Join us for this special Talk and Supper, in which Fergus will tell us all we need to know about this year's Festival. 

Members £25, Guests £30 n/a 
Sat 25 12 noon Recital by The Marlands Ensemble

A welcome return for this group of friends who have been playing together since 2009, and who paid their first visit to the Club in January, 2015. They will present another varied and engaging programme of music for piano and wind quintet. This will be a very popular event, so book as early as you can. 

Members FREE, Guests £10 n/a
Thu 30 6.30pm - 8pm

"Fringe Benefits" - a talk by Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society

We are delighted to welcome Shona to the Club, to give a talk about what this year's Fringe Festival has to offer. Wine and canapés are included in the ticket price.

Members £10, Guests £15 n/a
July 2016
Thu 7 6.30pm

A talk by Brigadier David Allfrey, MBE, FRGS, Producer and Chief Executive of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tatoo

We are privileged to have Brigadier Allfrey coming to the Club, to talk to us about his work with the Tattoo. He lists "...all forms of music and performance art, furniture making, and oil and watercolour painting" amongst his interests, so an interesting and insightful evening is assured. This is an all-ticket event, with wine and canapés included in the ticket price.  Early booking highly recommended. 

Members £10, Guests £15  
Sat 9 4pm

Hawaiin Buffet Fundraiser in the Geddes Garden - a 2022 Event

Come and join the fun in our lovely garden as we aim to raise more funds for our Studio windows renovation. Hawaian food, tipsy and non-tipsy punches, ambient music and a Bottle Tombola are among the delights that await you. Fancy Dress is optional, but highly encouraged! Guests warmly welcomed. Please add your names to the sign-up sheet in the Hall, if you intend to be there. 

Suggested donation £10 per person n/a
August 2016  ClubFest: see separate calendar for full events listing of our terrific Festival Fringe performances.
 
Club events in August
Wed 3 6pm-8pm Private View - Festival Exhibition FREE  n/a
Thu 4 2pm onwards Fringe in a Day Members £5, Guests £10 n/a
Mon 8 5pm - 7pm President's Festival Party, with compimentary drinks and canapés FREE n/a
Sat 13 12 noon onwards Annual Festival Garden Party Members £30, Guests £35 n/a
Wed 24 5pm-7pm Flying Artichoke Theatre Award Party FREE n/a
September 2016
Wed 7 6pm-8pm

Private View - Lay Members' Exhibition

Come and enjoy the latest exhibition, with a complimentary drink in hand...

FREE n/a
Mon 12  All day

Golf Match with Glasgow Art Club

There is a request from the GAC for a match this year, to be hosted by the SAC, at Liberton Golf Club.  8 people have signed up so far. If ann other Members are interested, they should contact Club Member Charlie Scott.

Costs TBC n/a
Sat 17 !2 noon - 1pm

Castle to Holyrood - a talk by Club Member David Ingram

Join David as he takes us on a fascinating tour down the Royal Mile, in his inimitable style. An informative and entertaining hour is assured!

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

FREE n/a
Sat 24 & Sun 25 10am-5pm

Doors Open Day

This will include a talk by Fergus Purdie, an acknowledged expert on Sir Patrick Geddes, on Saturday, 24th, at 3pm, in the Club Room. A second talk will be given by Club Member Kenneth Johnstone, On Sunday, 25th, at 3pm. The Doors Open events adre open to the public. (Donations to Club funds will be invited.)

FREE n/a
October 2016
Wed 5 6pm-8pm

Private View - RSW 2015 Award Winner

Come and see the next exhibition in the Club Room by Diana Hope, and, in the Craft Cabinet, "Tubular" craft, by Lucie Macaulay.

FREE n/a
Sat 8 12 noon

Ron Davis Jazz Duo

We welcome back Ron Davis (piano) and Kevin Barrett (guitar), two of the fabulous "Symphronica" musicians, from Canada, who entertained us so spleniddly during ClubFest. 

(Staying for Lunch? Please remember to book!)

Members FREE, Guests, £10 n/a
Sat 15 12 noon

A Centenary Tribute to Emil Gilels

Acclaimed pianist, Margaret Murray McLeod presnets an illustrated talk on the life and work of the legendary Russian pianist.

(Why not stay for lunch, afterwards? Please book, if you're going to!)

Members FREE, Guests, £10 n/a
Sat 15  7pm

SAC Short Story Competition - Awards Dinner PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT!

However, a Waiting List has been created, so please contact the Office if you'd like your name to be added to it.

 £30 - please pay at the Bar, in advance, to secure your seat.  n/a
Wed 19 7.30pm for 8pm

 Quiz Night

Tom Gordon is our Quizmaster; come along and test your knowledge of just about everything on the planet. All welcome - bring a team of 4, or just turn up and form one on the night. The £2 "fee" goes into a Bar kitty, to supply everyone attending with a post-match drink. The winners get a round of applause!

£2 on the night  n/a
Fri 28 7pm

Dvorak - His Story and Music

We welcome back the internationally acclaimed concert pianist, John Bryden, for this recital and talk. 

Members FREE, Guests, £10 n/a
Sat 29 7pm 

The Adamms Family Hallow'een Party

Fun, food, fancy dress and frolics - what's not to like??

All donations welcomed!  n/a
November 2016
Sat 5  7pm (TBC) Recital by Students of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

Full details TBC.

 TBC  
Wed 9 6pm - 8pm

Private View - Christmas Exhibition

Our ever-popular Members' exhibition opens, tonight. Enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and see what's on offer, this year. 

FREE EVENT n/a
Thu 10 6pm - 8pm

"Get Together and Get to Know"

Join new and propsective Members for one of our popular, informal gatherings. A complimentary glass of wine, or soft drink, awaits you, thereafter it's up to you!

   
Sat 19 All Day

Christmas Craft Fair

Our last Craft Fair was hugely popular and enjoyed by many - this one promises to be just as good!

 

FREE EVENT n/a
Sat 12 12 noon

"Topsy Turvy" - a recital by Matthew Siviter, accompanied by David Lyle

A musical miscellany from the young and outstanding baritone, Matthew Siviter, making his Scottish solo debut in the Scottish Arts Club. Cole Porter, Arthur Sullivan, Noel Coward and Tom Lehrer are amongst the composers featured. An absolute lunchtime treat!

(Please book if you wish to stay for lunch.)

The Club acknowledges, with gratitude, the sponsoship of this event by Colin Smart and David Lyle.

Members FREE, Guests, £10 n/a
Sat 19  

Christmas Craft Fair

We shall have 21 craft artists in the Dining Room, Studio and Library, showcasing Handmade Glass, Stained Glass, Marshmallows, Chinese Knotting, Handmade Paper, Photography, Woodcraft and Wood Turning, all new to us this year, joining in with the Pottery, Jewellery, Silver, Dolls, Textiles, Hares, Robins, Lace Scarves, "Tubular" Rubber, and Blacksmith Crafts, that we already know and love.   Marvellous Christmas presents!

FREE EVENT n/a
Fri 25 6.30pm Open Discussion - Members only

A discussion, to provide Members with an update on Club issues and activities.  It would be helpful if Members wishing to attend could add their names to the list in the Club.

 n/a  n/a
Sat 26 12 noon

Antiques - an Illustrated Talk, by Club Member, David Ingram

Come and hear David Ingram, as he describes, with his customary panache and encyclopaedic knowledge, his passion for antiques. 

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

Members FREE, Guests, £10  
Tue 29 6.30pm, in the Club Room

Low Art Images in Medieval France - a talk by Regine Lafaye

Regine will talk about Medieval images found on the ceilings of sumptuous homes, belonging to merchants and the clergy, dating from the 13th to the 16th century, in the area of the south of France around the Mediterranean Sea. Come and learn about the lives of medieval people after the end of the  Hundred Years' War. 

Members FREE, Guests, £10 n/a
December 2016
Fri 2 6pm onwards Members please note; tonight, there is a private Christmas party being held in the Dining Room and Club Room.    
Sat 10 6.39pm for 7pm

Christmas Party - The Scottish Arts Club Victorian Music Hall - Members only

Join Members and special guests Fiona Main and Ian Lawson as they present a programme of popular songs and recitations from the Victorian Music Hall era, all under the gavel of the irrepressible, irredeemable, irreverant, David Ingram. Audience participation is a must! Get out your Victorian finery -hats, feather boas, frock coats, the lot - and come along to join in the fun. A two-course supper and coffee is included in the ticket, plus a welcoming glass of mulled wine. The songs begin at 7.00pm, with supper served at 8.15pm. 

Our Christmas Party is an all-ticket  event, and always a sell-out, so it's essential that you buy and pay for your tickets as soon as possible, at the Bar, and add your names to the list, in the Hall, of those attending, once you've done so.

Members only - £25   n/a
Wed 14 12.45pm

Club Christmas Lunch

Always a fully-booked event, so buy your tickets at the Bar, then add your names to the list in the Hall, as soon as possible. 

This is a ticketed event. 

Members £25, Guests £30 n/a
Sat 17 6pm Members please note that the Club will close at 6.00pm, and re-open at 10.30am on Wednesday, 4th January.    
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