ART IN SCOTLAND
As you would expect from one of the world's cradles of invention, Scotland's galleries are rich in both quality and quantity, boasting arguably the UK's best collections outside of London.
Edinburgh's Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art houses adorable contemporary and modern art as well as jaw-dropping sculpture parks. Cezanne, Hockney and Picasso are among the heavyweights featuring in the New Acquisitions display, which fills Modern One's complete top floor until May 18. Also currently showing (until June 15) is a retrospective showcase of JD Fergusson's work, the latest in the gallery's Scottish Colourists season.
The self-taught, Leith-born Fergusson (1874-1961) embarked upon the latest French developments in that country's painting scene when he moved to Paris in the early 20th century. Over 100 works from this leading member of the Scottish Colourists' movement are on display. They include sculptures, paintings and archive material.
The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in a Queens Street neo-gothic palace is currently exploring the country's amazing comedy tradition. Tickling Jock: Comedy Greats From Sir Harry Lauder to Billy Connolly finishes on May 25. Heidi Harrington's Ronnie Corbett comes highly recommended.
Always judge a book by its cover in the Scottish National Gallery's case. The Mound venue, situated in a magnificent neo-classical structure, hosts Scotland's national collection of fine art dating back to the Renaissance. Titan and the Golden Age of Venetian Art is now showing until September 14. It toasts the new acquisition of two of Titan's best mythological paintings.
Then come the three national galleries' two partners. Duff House is a country house gallery in Banff, Aberdeenshire, housing myriad artistic treasures. It is celebrating the work of 16th-century German Northern Renaissance artist Albrecht Durer until July 13. Berwickshire's Paxton House features the biggest private gallery among all Scotland's country houses. Works include those by Raeburn, Wilkie and Nasmyth.
The last three galleries featured are all Edinburgh favourites. Market Street's City Arts Centre, hosts one of the country's leading art collections. Saturday sees the opening of A-Z: An Alphabetical Tour of Scottish Art until November 16. From Aleksander Zyw to William Allan, it examines Scottish art's great diversity.
Carlton Hill's Collective Gallery in the City Observatory and City Dome is supportive of fresh visual art. You've still got time to catch sculptor David Osbaldeston's The Measure of All Things before its run finishes on Sunday (April 27).
Broughton Street Lane's Embassy Gallery is a non-profit-making venue which hosts an annual menu of exhibitions.