21 March to 29 April: Edinburgh exhibition of prints by Alasdair Gray

The exhibition’s opening yesterday was a big success. For the record, I’m posting a few photos of the event (photo credits to Marcel Kacyzinski, who multi tasked on the day as photographer and Alasdair’s wheelchair wrangler).

Photos, with captions:


Catalogue of the exhibition together with Saltire Society mission statements


Saltire Society Convenor Professor Allan Riach announces new bursary

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A photomontage of the event

Ozymandias, Alasdair Gray 2017O

Ozymandias, one of two new screen prints by Alasdair Gray (2017). This is an artist’s proof, and is in line to be acquired by a public collection. Limited editions (runs of 60) will be available to buy at the exhibition

Tower of Babel, Alasdair Gray 2017

Tower of Babel artist’s proof (2017) as above

The exhibition will run until April 29th. Alasdair’s prints in this historic and ambient room (a former Barclay’s Bank vault, I’m told) taken together make for a really unique and a memorable experience.

A percentage of the value of sales will be contributed to the Saltire Society’s new post secondary Alasdair Gray Inspiring Scotland Bursary for Scottish cultural studies.

The exhibition is here:

Saltire Society Headquarters, 9 Fountain Close, 22 High Street Edinburgh, EH1 1TF

Viewing is by appointment, please contact:

Email: saltire@saltiresociety.org.uk. Telephone: 0131 556 1836

‘Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation.’

The Saltire Society announces new Alasdair Gray Bursary, and Prints Exhibition in Edinburgh

The Saltire Society is a leading cultural charity in Scotland. In case you don’t know of it, this is from their Wikipedia entry:

The Saltire Society is a membership organisation which aims to promote the understanding of the culture and heritage of Scotland. Founded in 1936, the society was “set up to promote and celebrate the uniqueness of Scottish culture and Scotland’s heritage, and to reclaim Scotland’s place as a distinct contributor to European and international culture.”[1]The society organises lectures and publishes pamphlets, and presents a series of awards in the fields of art, architecture, literature and history.

Today, on 21 March, the Saltire Society announced at an Edinburgh press conference the creation of a new post secondary financial award, the Alasdair Gray Inspiring Scotland Bursary. The first £1000 bursary is to be awarded in November 2017.

According to the Society’s press release:

The Alasdair Gray Inspiring Scotland Bursary will be open to post-secondary students pursuing careers in music, fine arts, theatre, dance or cultural studies, and seeking to fund innovative, multi-disciplinary creative proposals in Scottish cultural studies. Judging will be made by an independent panel of experts with the winner being announced in November. Details of the call for entries will be sent out in due course.

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The Star

Alasdair is extremely pleased that his efforts and mine, and YOURS (if you are one of the many who backed the 2016 Songs for Scotland Project) have resulted in the creation of  this bursary. The new Saltire Society managed bursary promises to ‘give forward’ to our next generation for a long time to come.

To inaugurate the new award, on 21 March the Saltire Society will open an exhibition of signed, limited edition screen prints by Alasdair Gray in their offices in Edinburgh. The exhibition will run until 29 April and is free to the public. The show will be held at:

Saltire Society Headquarters, 9 Fountain Close, 22 High Street Edinburgh, EH1 1TF

Viewing is by appointment, please contact:

Email: saltire@saltiresociety.org.uk. Telephone: 0131 556 1836

A group of prints matching those on display will be available to buy at the exhibition, with a percentage of the value of sales going towards the bursary fund.

Screen Shot 2017-03-20 at 06.56.28 Inside that Box of Bone

‘Work as if you live in the early days of a better nation.’

A new book about Alasdair Gray in the works

An article just appeared in the Herald describing a new book in the works about Alasdair Gray’s art, by Rodge Glass (his biographer) and Sorcha Dallas. It looks like a great project! – and maybe it’s your chance to  become a published writer while at the same time paying a personal tribute to Alasdair’s art.

Click here, and check it out.

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Signed and inscribed on the backboard: Mrs. Nanni in white slip/ and bra and a glass of wine/ Alasdair Gray, oil, gouache and pencil on paper, 62 by 28 cm.; 24 1/2 by 11 in.

Article published, and art exhibition in Edinburgh

Saint Patrick’s Day (17 March) was a good one for me — and I didn’t even dye my hair green.

On that day an 11,000 word, peer reviewed article I wrote in 2015 was published in Dutch Crossing, by the publishing house of Taylor and Francis, a division of Routledge. Dutch Crossing is the house journal of the Department of Dutch at University College in London; and also, since 1997, the journal of the Association for Low Countries Studies.

You can read an abstract of the article here:


But to read all of it you will need to pay through the nose, unless you happen to attend a university with a Dutch Crossing subscription.

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Or else you can just write to me, and I’ll send you one of my 50 free e.prints. Fair warning: unless you are addicted to 18th century history, fond of neoclassical architecture and design, and interested in Jacobitism to boot, this article may not be for you (that disclaimer should keep the clamour for free copies down to a minimum).

I wrote the article in 2015, either in Dunblane, while gazing out over the Allan Water from our flat in a converted mill:

Dunblane and the Allan Water

Or else in the reading room at the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh.

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The National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

So this article will always bring back fond memories of pleasant, interesting work, and beautiful and ambient places.

Next week I’ll be opening an exhibition of signed, limited edition fine art prints by Alasdair Gray in Edinburgh — details to be announced VERY soon.

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A doodle by Alasdair Gray. He can’t remember where and when he created this, but he does know that it’s his from the style.