Scottish art exhibition highlights: May 2021

The galleries are open! Here's our pick of the paintings, pieces and paraphernalia to peruse this month across Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee

Feature by Anahit Behrooz | 03 May 2021
  • Emma Talbot

Rabiya Choudhry, Fiona Jardine, Raisa Kabir + Hanneline Visnes: Ambi @ CCA

In partnership with the Glasgow School of Art, this exhibition sees four specially commissioned UK-based artists develop work inspired by objects in the textiles, fashion and costume holdings from the GSA’s Archives & Special Collections. 7-29 May, Times Vary, Free 

Dickon Drury + Amelia Barratt: Time Flies Like An Arrow, Fruit Flies Like A Banana @ Kendall Koppe

This exhibition of stunning still life paintings draws from a colourful tradition of figurative and abstract painting, from Picasso to Kandinsky, culminating in a veritable kaleidoscope of vibrant, intimate depictions of domesticity. Until 29 May, 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Nicky Bird: Legacy @ Street Level Photoworks

Exploring ideas of land, heritage, and collective memory, this exhibition by photographer Nicky Bird explores how photography can be a collaborative process, and how “found” photographs can keep us rooted to our history. 1 May-6 Jun, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, Free

Bright Shadows: Scottish Art In The 1920s @ City Art Centre

Marking 100 years since the roaring twenties, this exhibition showcases the cutting edge painting that took place in post-war Scotland, including works by D.Y. Cameron and Dorothy Johnstone, and S.J. Peploe. 15 May-6 Jun, Times Vary, Free

Rachel Maclean @ Jupiter Artland

Alongside brand new commission upside mimi ᴉɯᴉɯ uʍop, this expansive exhibition draws from work previously shown at the Venice Biennale and across Scotland, showcasing Rachel Maclean’s darkly comic, audaciously imaginative oeuvre. 8 May-18 Jul, 10:00am – 5:00pm, £0 - £9

Ray Harryhausen: Titan Of Cinema @ Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition brings together the life work of a giant of cinematic history and the grandfather of modern special effects, showcasing some of his most iconic designs and achievements. 1 May-20 Feb 22, 10:00am – 5:00pm, £5 - £14

Iman Tajik: Projects 20 @ Stills

Glasgow-based Iranian photographer Iman Tajik presents new work exploring the Highland Clearance land disputes and modern land ownership as part of the ongoing Projects 20. 18 May-19 Jun, 12:00pm – 5:00pm, Free

Emma Talbot: Ghost Calls @ Dundee Contemporary Arts

This major new exhibition brings together a series of works created specifically for the DCA by renowned British artist Emma Talbot, whose artistic practice spans the breadth of the visual arts, from drawing and painting to animation and modelling. 1 May-8 Aug, Times Vary, Free

Night Fever: Designing Club Culture @ V&A Dundee

The perfect exhibition in the light of the last year, Night Fever explores the relationship between vibrant global club culture and fashion, architecture, and graphic design, giving an intoxicating glimpse into the art that informs our nights out. 1 May-9 Jan 22, 10:00am – 5:00pm, £5 - £10