The Culture24/7: Things to see in Scotland over the festive period 2011

By Jenni Davidson | 21 December 2011
A painting of a young man with red hair holding a pencil
Wim Heldens, Distracted, winner of the BP Portrait Award 2011
© Wim Heldens
From ball gowns to botanicals and portraits to polar expeditions: there's a lot going on in Scotland. This is our pick of just a few of the highlights...

Jingle Bell Rock: 1950s Partywear, Provost Skene's House, Aberdeen, until January 7 2012

It may be too late to pick out a dress a for this year's Christmas parties, but if you fancy a fashion pick-me-up that doesn’t involve fighting through the sales Provost Skene’s house is showing a selection of classic 1950s period ball gowns and cocktail dresses with nipped in waists and full skirts inspired by Christian Dior’s "New Look".

The Glesga That I Used to Know, Scotland Street School Museum, Glasgow, until January 8 2012

For anyone who grew up in, or lived through, the 1970s, The Glesga That I Used to Know will be a trip down memory lane. The exhibition of photographs from 1970s Glasgow includes iconic places like the Barras and Paddy's Market and events such as the dustmen's strike of 1975 and the long hot summer of 1976, as well as ordinary people going about their daily lives.

Elizabeth Blackadder, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, until January 2 2012

Dame Elizabeth Blackadder is one of Scotland's best-loved painters and this is the last chance to see the Scottish National Gallery’s major retrospective of her work before it finishes. The show celebrates Blackadder's 70th birthday and her long life in painting and it covers both her botanical watercolours and still life paintings.

BP Portrait Award 2011, Aberdeen Art Gallery, until January 21 2012

The most prestigious portrait competition in the world gets its only Scottish showing at Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Organised by the National Portrait Gallery in London the touring exhibition shows 55 pictures including the winners and a selection of the top entries. The portraits cover everything from celebrities to intimate portraits of family.

26 Treasures, National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, until January 29 2012

26 Treasures is a nationwide project, which has already been shown in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, that asked creative writers to re-interpret key pieces in museums.

The National Museum of Scotland has picked 26 items from its Scotland Gallery and 26 writers, including Alexander McCall Smith, James Robertson and Rody Gorman, have produced a response to their object in poetry or prose.

With Scott to the Pole, Aberdeen Maritime Museum, until January 8 2012

2012 is the centenary of Scott's expedition to the South Pole and Aberdeen Maritime Museum launches the year with an exhibition of photographs of the ill-fated expedition by the photographer Herbert Ponting.

The pictures are on loan to the museum from the Royal Geographical Society.

We Are the People: Suck on This, GoMA, Glasgow, until February 13 2012

Graham Ramsey and John Beagles were commissioned to make this conceptual piece in 1999 by the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. The work consists of a video, photograph and a petition.

Ramsey, dressed like Travis Bickle in the film Taxi Driver, goes to Whitehall to hand a petition to the then Prime Minister Tony Blair. The petition is signed by Ramsey and Beagles and reads "We Are the People Suck on This".
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