Artist Rooms – Martin Creed 
11 November-6 January. Entry free. Dick Institute, Elmbank Avenue, Kilmarnock, KA1 3BU. 

Celebrating one of the country’s most ingenious and surprising artists, Martin Creed’s Artist Rooms features sculpture, neon works, painting and video and showcases other highlights from his 30-year career. The artist, musician, composer and performer seeks to interact with the public with his works and invites them to engage with and interpret his art. This exhibition offers an insight into one of the most innovative artists working today.

Time Traveller: Charles Lyell at Work
11 November-30 March. Entry free. Edinburgh University Main Library, 30 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9LJ. 

Get a unique insight into geologist and science writer Charles Lyell. This exhibition explores the work of Lyell, who was a key figure in establishing earth as an interconnected system of life and whose work underlies the development of the science of geology. The show provides a unique insight into his developing ideas about the uniformity of nature, which are still influential today.

Miniature Marvels
18 November-24 March. Entry free. Aberdeen Art Gallery, Schoolhill Aberdeen, AB10 1FQ. 

This display at Aberdeen Art Gallery features artworks by Doug Cocker, Simon Laurie, Bill Scott, Ian McKenzie Smith, Fred Stiven and Ainslie Yule. Each work acts like a box and contains a vision of the universe in miniature. The constructed nature of the boxes resembles a cabinet of curiosities with many featuring found objects which have been gathered, re-purposed and assembled to intrigue viewers like a visual puzzle.

Deep Rooted
18 November-25 February. Entry free. City Art Centre, 2 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DE. 

This group exhibition features work from eight contemporary artists and explores the relationship between people and the natural environment using a variety of media. Some of the works on display reflect current ecological issues while others explore our fragile coexistence with nature and capture its beauty, but all focus on trees, “ a plant form which sustains the existence of ourselves and other species”.

Stories from the Building
Monday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Entry free. V&A Dundee, 1 Riverside Esplanade, Dundee, DD1 4EZ. 

The V&A marks its fifth birthday with this celebration of its unique building and the stories it encapsulates. This display aims focuses on the museum’s architectural and design journey and offers a glimpse into the design process, construction techniques and collaborative spirit behind the museum. Discover original objects as well as interviews with people who helped bring the museum to life.

Artist Rooms – Diane Arbus
11-12 November. Entry free. Shetland Museum and Archives, Hay’s Dock, Lerwick, Shetland, ZE1 0WP. 

A last chance to see a touring exhibition of Diane Arbus’s body of work. A pioneer of social documentary that blurred the line between art and reportage, her profoundly original works explore the attitudes, emotions, and appearances to be found among the people around us. The show spans the breadth of her career and includes a rare portfolio of original prints selected to represent who Arbus was as an artist and how she saw her work in the world

Your Art World
11 November-14 April. Entry free. National Gallery, The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL. 

This inclusive display shows work collected in a nationwide call-out to those aged 3-18. The young artists were told to be as imaginative as they liked and use any material. The result is an inspiring and empowering display of art from a host of young people.

Explore this exhibition in Gaelic and English. Folklorist John Francis Campbell collected Scottish Gaelic folk tales, working with a team and travelling from place to place across the western Highlands and Islands to meet with storytellers. Discover his manuscript diaries and the watercolours he painted.

Eastern Ground
11-12 November. Entry free. Stange Field, 105-109 French Street, Glasgow, G40 4EH.

This show celebrates and explores the architectural and cultural heritage of Glasgow’s east end. Led by designer Alis Le May, the nine-month long community project has culminated in an immersive exhibition that features garments, photographs and wall hangings – each inspired by architecture and stories from local residents.

On Clogger Lane
18 November. Entry free. Cove Burgh Hall, Shore Road, Cove, Helensburgh, G84 0LY. 

The film, Andrew Black’s Margaret Tait award commission, tells the story of a depopulated valley and follows routes through a dammed and drowned valley in Northern England. It incorporates conversations with farmers, antiquarians, dowsers, grandmothers, Quakers, landowners and communists alongside an improvisational score.
Charlotte Cohen