Arts & Culture

Features about arts and culture from BBC Scotland, newest at the top.

August 2011

Bud Neill cartoon character Bud Neill: cartoonist extraordinaire and creator of Lobey Dosser

In his centenary year, a slideshow and commentary on cartoonist Bud Neill and his creation, the Lobey Dosser cartoon strip.

The Glasgow Picknitters Cake, conversation and knitting with the Glasgow Picknitters

Meet the men and women who chat and eat cake while knitting in public.

July 2011

Edinburgh Festival goers BBC Scotland's coverage of the 2011 Edinburgh Festivals

Details of our TV, radio and online coverage of this year's Edinburgh Festivals.

Maggie Adamson How one teenage Shetlander joined the crew of the world's oldest full-rigged sailing ship

Fiddler and classical violinist Maggie Adamson returns home to Shetland to perform at The Tall Ships Races.

Unst Bus Shelter What makes one lonely bus shelter on Unst famous the world over?

A bus shelter with a difference on Scotland's most Northerly Isle.

Elizabeth Blackadder Elizabeth Blackadder

In the year of a major retrospective of her work at the Scottish National Gallery, we feature Dame Elizabeth Blackadder – one of Scotland's finest artists.

A girl wearing 3D glasses eating popcorn Memorable Movie Scenes

At 2011's edinburgh International Film festival we asked fans and filmmakers about their most memorable movie scenes.

June 2011

Dali's Christ of St John of the Cross Scotland's favourite painting

The story of how Scotland's favourite painting, Dali's Christ of St John of the Cross, arrived in Glasgow's Kelvingrove Museum.

May 2011

A Time To Keep A Time to Keep

Folksinger-songwriter Lise Sinclair talks about the influence of place in her latest work – a series of songs that sing out of the Scottish Northern Isles culture and landscape.

April 2011

Siobhan Redmond, Hazel Irvine and Brian Taylor St Andrews University alumni remember their student days

In the 600th anniversary year of St Andrews University and as its best-known alumni tie the knot, Siobhan Redmond, Brian Taylor, Rosemary Goring and Hazel Irvine reminisce about their student days in the 'auld grey toon'.

Gold Star: cheerleading the way to Florida

Scotland's All Star Cheerleaders are about to take on the world in Florida.

The Red Shed art installation at BBC Scotland

Three art installations in the Red Shed at BBC Scotland's Pacific Quay headquarters.

Traders at The Barras today

A feature about the stall traders today at the world famous Barras.

Tartan Night

How a “Friends of Scotland” charity fundraiser became a highlight of the New York social calendar.

A boy drumming Celebrating Roma culture in Scotland on International Roma Day

Young Roma people from Govanhill in Glasgow perform music and celebrate their culture for International Roma day.

Legacy of Gaelic Song The precious legacy of funny Gaelic songs

The precious legacy of funny gaelic songs and why they remain important and attractive in modern times.

March 2011

Precious and the Puggies Precious and the Puggies: modern publishing in the Scots language

A feature about the Scots children's book Precious and the Puggies, featuring interviews with the book's author Alexander McCall Smith and the translator James Robertson as well as a reading from the book.

Gerry Wan Gerry Wan: Reflections of life in Scotland

An audio slideshow featuring Gerry Wan on the subject of Chinese culture in Scotland.

Lanark Alasdair Gray: Lanark at 30

An audio slideshow by Bruce Munro on Lanark, featuring Alasdair Gray talking about the inspiration he drew from Glasgow and archive material, including rarely seen drafts and artwork from the novel.

February 2011

Chinese Dragon Dancing Audio slideshow: Glasgow Hong Lok Dragon and Lion Dancing Troupe

An audio slideshow by Miranda Pang, following Glasgow's Hong Lok Dragon and Lion Dancing Troupe, as they bring in the Chinese New Year with Chinese dragon and lion dancing.

January 2011

Inspired by Robert Burns Audio slideshow: Inspired by Robert Burns

An audio slideshow by Steven Jones, inspired by the works of Robert Burns.

Margaret MacDonald Margaret MacDonald: the talented other half of Charles Rennie Mackintosh

An investigation into Margaret MacDonald Mackintosh's influence on her more celebrated husband.

November 2010

Poet's Pub “The meaning of the meaning” – the enduring appeal of Norman MacCaig

A look at the enduring appeal of the poetry of Norman MacCaig, featuring video and audio from the BBC Scotland archives.

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