The Glasgow School of Art degree show returns to Garnethill this year with the public being given the first opportunity to see the refurbished Stow Building where students of fine art and from the innovation school will show their work. 

The Mackintosh School of Architecture will showcase work by students across all five years of study in the Bourdon Building, while in the Reid Building, the Design School will showcase projects by students of communication design, including Eli Lavett, whose two years at the GSA have helped him deal with the trauma of experiencing 9/11 as a child, he says.

Again as in recent years, the masters of fine art exhibition will be held in the nearby Glue Factory, offering a chance to see work by the latest cohort graduating from the programme that has produced five Turner Prize winners in recent years including Charlotte Prodger, currently representing Scotland at the Venice Biennale.

At the Edinburgh College Of Art, work by graduating students in art, design, architecture and landscape architecture is on display at the college’s buildings in Lauriston Place, Chambers Street and Evolution House in the West Port.

 A programme of concerts and performances accompanies the degree show, including a free concert today at 3pm in the West Court where the Scottish Chamber Orchestra will collaborate with ECA composition students.
Until June 9, Glasgow School of Art, 10am to 8pm (6pm June 8 and 9), free.

Until June 9, Edinburgh College of Art, 11am to 5pm (8pm on June 5 and 6), free.


Present Futures is a weekend of performance, screenings, workshops and discussions exploring ideas around the physical body, the post-human and artificial intelligence curated by Berlin/Glasgow choreographer Colette Sadler. Scottish and international artists appearing or whose work appears at Present Futures include Stuart Laing, associate director at the National Theatre of Scotland, Dominic Paterson, Ruth Ewan, Laura Bissell and Mark Bleakley.

Workshops and screenings are at the CCA while Sadler will present two works at GOMA : a video installation made in collaboration with Mikko Gaestal and a solo performance by dancer Leah Marojevic.

June 7 to 9, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, 11am to 5pm, June 8 10am to 5pm

June 7 to 9, Centre for Contemporary Art, Glasgow, various times and prices. Tel: 0141 352 4900.


Helping to promote the language and cultures of the Celtic nations since 1980, the Celtic Media Festival in association with Screen Scotland hold its 40th-anniversary festival in Aviemore. 

Figures from new and established media and broadcasting in Ireland, Scotland, Wales and elsewhere will take part in panel discussions on subjects such as the ethical, moral and legal dilemmas faced by documentary filmmakers and why 2019 became the year of the podcast.

Director Catriona Logan says the festival has “never been more relevant, more important or more necessary, as indigenous media battle for relevance and position”.

June 4 to 6, Macdonald Conference Centre, Aviemore. Register at

Following his show at Tatha Gallery last year, Glasgow-based artist Norman Gilbert returns with Passion Vision and Spirit II, an exhibition of 30 works spanning his 50-year career. 

Born in Trinidad in 1926, the first of his 14 solo exhibitions came in 1967, the same year Vogue magazine published a feature on his work entitled The Loneliness Of The Long Distance Painter.  Sensitive but highly-coloured, his oil paintings depict family and friends, and in recent years, the cultivated back yard of the 92-year-old’s Victorian town house. Gallery owner Helen Glassford, who worked closely with Gilbert in selecting the paintings shown here, says “those who see his work fall in love with it”.

Until June 15 (closed Tue and Sun), Tatha Gallery, Newport on Tay, 10.30am to 5pm, free. Tel: 01382 690 800.


A monthly showcase of poetry and collaborative work from Scotland and beyond, Vespers Poetry presents an evening of readings this week from Eileen Chong, a writer based in Sydney, Australia who writes about family, migration, love and loss, Samuel Tongue, an award-winning writer and the project coordinator at the Scottish Poetry Library and Raman Mundair, an Indian-born writer, activist and artist who lives in Shetland where she edits Incoming: Some Shetland Voices.

June 4, Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh, 7pm, £3.

Oscillate, Vacillate, Orbit & Revolve is Alasdair Wallace’s first major solo show in Glasgow in more than 20 years. 

Works featured are inspired by his recent experimentations in printmaking and the way parallel processes in painting and printmaking differ and overlap. 
Born in Glasgow in 1967, he focuses on the city’s “edgelands” , and his work can at once be familiar and unsettling.

June 7 to July 28 (not Mondays), First Floor Gallery, Glasgow Print Studio, 10am to 5.30pm, Sundays noon to 5pm, free.


Edinburgh Festival of Cycling returns for its seventh year with a schedule celebrating the bicycle’s contribution to film, adventure, travel, culture, art and sport. 

Special guest speakers include Jenny Tough, the only woman to complete the inaugural Silk Road Mountain Race and Jenny Graham, who became the fastest woman to circumnavigate the world by bike last year, knocking almost three weeks off the previous record set by Italy’s Paola Gianotti in 2014.

Handcycling Paralympic Champion Karen Darke will talk about Quest 79, the fund-raising project for the Spinal Injuries Association which has took her high in the Himalayas and to the wilderness of Patagonia. 

There’s a focus on increasing accessibility for cyclists of all ages and abilities, with shorter group and family rides and inclusive fun events such as the Leith Festival Pageant on June 8 which sees all manner of cycles dressed-up, adorned and on show. 

Meet at Pilrig Park for 11.30am to take part in Saturday’s pageant.
June 6 to 16, venues across Edinburgh.


Tall Tales and Fabulous Fables is an exhibition aimed at helping parents inspire children to delve into the world of books. From Grimm’s Fairy Tales to Alice In Wonderland and Harry Potter, the exhibition features a beanstalk treehouse, quizzes, games, dressing up and special objects selected from the museum. 
Shown in tandem is a series of portraits of combatants at the Battle of Bannockburn by Italian artist Marco Trecalli, reconstructive artists specialising in military uniforms and equipment of the 13th and 14th centuries.

Until September 1, Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries, 10am to 5pm, free. Tel: 01383 602365.


Hungarian Gabor Kali, winner of the Salzburg Festival’s Young Conductors Award in 2017/18, conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra on their summer tour with a programme opening with Mendelssohn’s The Hebrides, music inspired by the composer’s journey by steamer from Fort William to Tobermory.

Beethoven’s playful Symphony No 4 closes the evening after the SCO’s principal clarinettist Maximilliano Martin – also an in-demand international soloist – performs Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto.

June 5, Brunton Theatre, Musselburgh, 7.30pm, £10 to £20; June 6, Ryan Centre Theatre, Stranraer, 7.30pm; June 7, Annan Academy, Annan, 7.30pm; June 8, Volunteer Hall, Galashiels, 7.30pm, £16, £14 and £6 concs.


The Georgian house in Dumfries where the young JM Barrie and his friends played the games that inspired Peter Pan is now open to the public as the new National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling.

Saved from demolition 10 years ago, with £8 million subsequently raised for its restoration, Moat Brae is expected to attract 31,000 visitors a year and generate £1.3m for the local economy.

Visitors can enjoy themed interactive exhibits, reading and play areas, temporary exhibitions, costumed guides and the opportunity to meet the original Tinker Bell – a small bell rung when the fairy appeared in the original stage version of the story. 

In the grounds where Barrie played pirates in the 1870s is now the Neverland Discovery Garden featuring a pirate ship, Wendy house, a mermaid’s lagoon and a space for performances.

The public fundraising campaign to save Moat Brae was led by Joanna Lumley, patron of the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust.

“The moment you step into Moat Brae you understand why JM Barrie called it ‘enchanted land’,” Lumley says. 

“It is fantastic that children and young people everywhere can now have the chance to enjoy its magic, discover the joys of Peter Pan, and revel in other children’s literature and stories from many different times, places and cultures. It’s a wonderful achievement.”

Moat Brae, Dumfries, 10am to 4pm, £6.50 adults, children free to £5. Tel: 01387 255 549.

World Gin Day (Sponsored) 

The Gin School Scotland is hosting an event for World Gin Day at The Wineport, Brodick, Isle of Arran

The Gin School Scotland has hand-picked six of Scotland’s finest craft distillers who will offer tastings and carefully matched mixers in the Gin Room, and live bands will provide musical entertainment all afternoon in the marquee.

The event is on Saturday 8th June, from 12noon until 6pm.