THE GI festival of visual art will open this week, with a series of exhibitions and shows of contemporary art in venues through the city.

The festival runs from April 20 to May 7.

Friday sees the opening of No End to Enderby, by Graham Eatough & Stephen Sutcliffe at Film City, May Day by Rosie O’Grady at House for an Art Lover and a show by Mark Leckey, Tai Shani and Kapwani Kiwanga at Tramway.

The next day sees the opening of the show by Lubaina Himid at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Mick Peter & the Young Regenerators at the Dalmarnock Gas Purifier Shed and Lavendra, E Jane and Self-Loathing Flashmob, Hardeep Pandhal at Kelvin Hall.

In total there will be more than 260 artists, 90 exhibitions and 78 venues involved in the festival.

AN EXHIBITION marking the 15th anniversary of a fund set up to support some of Scotland’s best young artists and designers has opened at the University of Dundee

Since 2003, a trust fund set up by William Sangster Phillips, son of the Dundee artist Charles Gustav Louis Phillips, has provided more than 40 postgraduate bursaries for the University’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.

A Legacy of Art and Design in Dundee - The William S. Phillips’ Fund Bursaries has opened in the Lamb Gallery, and will run until the end of June.

The fund, for example, has allowed Lauren Curran to obtain an MSc in Forensic Art from Duncan of Jordanstone.

Since graduating in 2009, she has worked in the film industry designing, modelling and creating characters, props, sets and anatomically correct models for large-scale productions including the Star Wars film franchise and the recently released Wes Anderson movie Isle of Dogs.

Lauren said, “I am delighted to be involved in this wonderful exhibition. It was an honour to receive the William S Phillips’ Fund Award which enabled me to study for my Masters. It’s something I will never forget.”

A FESTIVAL of film and fiction about spies has been organised by the University of Edinburgh.

Spy Week runs this week until April 20.

Among this year’s highlights is a discussion with academics on the secret world of Muriel Spark.

The Edinburgh-born author, who worked for UK foreign intelligence service MI6 before embarking on her literary career, will be the focus of an event at the National Library of Scotland.

The discussion is part of Muriel Spark 100, a year of events marking the centenary of her birth and will explore how spying is portrayed in her work.

Spy Week’s fifth anniversary is celebrated in an opening debate at the University about the role of spy fiction today.

Novelists Jeremy Duns and Edinburgh-based Aly Monroe, among others, will explore the changing role of the spy in fiction, television and film.