Some interesting stuff at the Scottish Gallery


Off the Rails

October Newsflash

Dear Friends,

Hope everyone is hanging on in there, despite the gloomy developments.

A bit of cheer though. There is always a silver lining!

We thought we would have a shout out for our friends at Open Studios North Fife. As you may be aware, they had planned to rerun their postponed May event this coming weekend, 10, 11 and 12 October. However, due to the restrictions, this will now be online. You will be able to see examples of the artists’ work plus videos of studios and practical demonstrations from your comfy sofa! Everyone has worked hard to give you as good a visual experience as possible.

There are two things you should do to access this virtual Open Studios tour. The first is to go to the Open Studios website, where you will be able to access all the artists’ pages with further details about their work and websites and so on.

The second is to join the Facebook Open Studios North Fife Virtual Hub, which is dead quick and easy to do. Over the weekend, you will see a multitude of super posts, many with details of how to buy artwork or contact artists directly.
What’s more, if you are out and about over the weekend, seven of the artists are showing work at Mirrey Fine Art, St Catherine Street, Cupar.

As always, at Off the Rails we are monitoring things closely and looking forward to the day we can welcome you back. That will be some party!

Best wishes,
Off The Rails Arthouse


Sorry, the dates on some of these have passed!!


Not Going Back to Normal
Collective Observations
Face of a doll on a black background framed by a rectangular pink frame. The doll’s face is cracked and collaged over with decorative roses and pearls, the doll is wearing hanging gem earrings and a necklace decorated with a heart shaped key.
Dollface, Sasha Saben Callaghan, 2019.
Join us online on for the launch of Not Going Back to Normal, a gallery manifesto by disabled artists, with contributions brought together by artists Harry Josephine Giles and Sasha Saben Callaghan.


Not Going Back to Normal brings together art and ideas which show what the arts in Scotland could and should be like for disabled artists in the post pandemic era. Published as a website and a book, the project combines visual art, poetry, manifestos and more in a radical call for accessibility.


This launch event, part of Collective Observations, will include contributions from the project curators, Harry Josephine Giles and Sasha Saben Callaghan, Amanda Catto, Head of Visual Arts, Creative Scotland, Siobhan Carroll, Collective and readings from participating artists Jeda Pearl Lewis, Julie Farrell and Simon Yuill.


This event will have live audio transcription. We have a budget to meet other access needs, so please email if you need anything to support your participation.


Free event, donations requested. Please book in advance via Eventbrite.


Collective Observations is a series of online events which explore these complications, re-question the dominant narratives of the past, and consider these in our current social and political landscape.








Dovecot Events this Autumn

Dovecot Studios Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm
We have enjoyed welcoming our visitors back to Dovecot to see our inspiring exhibition Mid-Century Modern: Art & Design from Conran to Quant, and of course to spy our talented weavers at work.

With online events and hands-on workshops coming up, we look forward to seeing more of you online and in person. Health and safety of visitors and staff remains our priority, and we have various measures in place which we consistently review to make your visit safe and comfortable.

Thank you for your continued support, and here is to an inspiring Autumn.

ONLINE Curator Talk: Mid-Century Modern

Online | 8 October 5-6pm | Tickets from £5
From the hugely influential designs of Terence Conran to the ground-breaking fashion of Mary Quant, hear fascinating insights on the lifestyle revolution from Dennis Nothdruft Head of Exhibitions at the Fashion and Textile Museum, London and Dovecot Exhibitions Curator Kate Grenyer in this online event.
Book now

Mid-Century Musings

Online | 7 October 11-11.15am | Free
Mid-Century Musings is a series of ten-minute online talks that offer a glimpse into Mid-Century Modern style and history. Join Dovecot Exhibitions Curator Kate Grenyer for an introduction to Mid-Century textiles on 7 October.
Book free space

Learn a new skill

Tapestry Weaving Experience Day | 5 Dec 10am-4.30pm | £120
Get to grips with the art of weaving at this introductory weaving experience day at one of the world’s leading tapestry studios.


Mid-Century Tray Workshop | 21 Nov 10.30am-1.30pm | £50
Inspired by our current exhibition, design and paint your own Mid-Century Modern tray. Ticket includes exhibition entry.


Please note that we have various measures in place in line with government guidance which we review regularly. For any questions about our events please contact us. 
Images from top: Leon Kossoff and Dovecot Studios 2020, Image Andy J Mather Photography | Mid-Century Modern: Art & Design from Conran to Quant. Image Stuart Armitt | Mid-Century Modern: Art & Design from Conran to Quant. Image Stuart Armitt | Tapestry Weaving Experience Day, Dovecot Studios 2019. Image Dovecot Studios | Mid-Century Tray Workshop. Image Happy Retro Furniture.


Pauline & Charlie at Allanbank Mill Steading

Although we had to cancel our planned STUDIO VISITS, because of the revised COVID regulations, we continued to display some work, and welcomed just a handful of visitors. For those who couldn’t come along, we wanted to share some photographs with you.

We displayed work in three studios; Charlie’s drawing studio, the artroom and Pauline’s studio in the Granary.

Some recent large drawings and large quilts were on show, and also a selection of Charlie’s small drawings (30 x 30 cm), which sell for £156 each. Please email Charlie if you wish to know more, on
It has been fun for me (Pauline) to make some small box framed works, each measuring 15 x 15 x 4.5 cm. Some are drawings (selling for £175) and some are textile studies (selling for £300 each) Please email me if you wish to see further details, on

Charlie’s next exhibition of his large drawings is in Harrogate.
30th October – 28th November 2020
4 – 6 James Street
Weds – Sat 11am – 6pm.
Please book ahead from their website:

Hugo Burge has launched the new Marchmont Workshops, all very exciting. He has created new studio spaces for Sam Cooper & Richard Platt, making traditional rush chairs; Mural / Fresco Artist, Julia Alexandra Mee; and Stone carvers / letter cutters, Michelle de Bruin and Josephine Crossland. Now the new studios/workshops are established, they are set to continue with their work, and look forward to visitors in the future.

Charlie has also played an important role in this project, and his two major sculptures ‘Skyboat’ and ‘Dancing Tree’ were unveiled at the same time as the workshops launched.

Hugo talks about being energized by artists and craftspeople – we are certainly energized by his presence here in the Borders!
Take a look at these links, and you will see what I mean!

(You can also see the ‘Border News’ film, continuing on from this link)


All the best, and take care, from Pauline Burbidge & Charlie Poulsen.

Soft and subtle autumnal objects in the gallery; maple vessel by Hans Henning Pedersen, soft polished beakers by Celia Dowson, mini poppy pods by Akiko Hirai and porcelain teacup by Daniel Smith
Autumn already – here are a few news items to keep you occupied before I have an autumn break of my own. See you next month.