What's On Scotland 28 Mar - 4 Apr: RSA New Contemporaries + more

RSA New Contemporaries returns, GFT host a celebration of a trailblazing woman filmmaker, plus great gigs across Scotland – it's all in this week's Zap!

Zap by Anahit Behrooz + Ellie Robertson | 28 Mar 2024
  • Marly Merle, Thestra, 2023.

What better time of year than springtime for a glimpse into the future? RSA New Contemporaries, returning for its fifteenth year, offers a truly comprehensive look at Scotland's next generation of artists and architects. The large-scale exhibition showcases the work of 104 graduates from institutions such as Edinburgh College of Art, Glasgow School of Art, Ducnan Jordanstone College of Art & Design, and more. Selected from 2022 and 2023 degree shows, pieces cover topics from queer intimacy to underground music scenes, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

New Contemporaries runs at the Royal Scottish Academy from 30 Mar to 24 Apr, with tickets starting at £5.


An Education in Disruption: Divestment in higher education

From fossil fuels to arms, university funds have long been corrupt. We look at institutional complicity and student-led campaigns against the system. 

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Perth Museum

The new Perth Museum will open its doors on Saturday 30 March 2024 after a £27 million redevelopment project. This world-class cultural and heritage attraction will highlight the fascinating objects and stories that put Perth and Kinross at the centre of Scotland’s story.

At its heart will sit the Stone of Destiny, also known as the Stone of Scone, one of Scotland and the UK’s most significant historical objects. Returning to Perthshire for the first time in over 700 years, the Stone will be the centrepiece of the new Museum and will be free for all to view.

Photo City: How Images Shape the Urban World

V&A, Dundee. Opens 29 Mar

Celebrating the entwined history of photography and the modern city, the Dundee V&A's newest exhibition presents contemporary and classic works by photographers, architects, and digital artists, including a large-scale photographic map of the city itself.

Dorothy Arzner: Dance, Girl, Dance + Christopher Strong

GFT, Glasgow. 30 Mar + 3 Apr

See archive activists Invisible Women's ongoing season showcasing Dorothy Arzner, who at one point was the only renowned female director during Hollywood's Golden Age. Catch Dance, Girl, Dance on 30 Mar, and Christopher Strong on 3 Apr.


Barrowlands, Glasgow. 31 Mar

R'n'B singer-songwriter Griff headlines her very first tour, hitting the Barrowlands Ballroom in Glasgow on Easter Sunday. Don't expect a first-time performer – this meteoric riser has supported Ed Sheeran's +-=÷x tour, and recieved high praise from Taylor Swift.

Kathryn Joseph

Tolbooth, Stirling. 2 Apr

With support from folk soloist Rick Redbeard, don't miss what's sure to be an arresting, intimate gig with Inverness-born singer-songwriter Kathryn Joseph, winner of the Scottish Album of the Year Award for 2015's Bones You Have Thrown Me and Blood I've Spilled.

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NYOS Spring Concerts 2024

Multiple venues, Glasgow + Aberdeen. 5-6 Apr

Think you know classical music? Scotland's National Youth Orchestra take to the stage in Aberdeen and Glasgow this spring. Take your seat as we bring you a rousing celebration of the best young classical musicians with the likes of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue and Bernstein's West Side Story: Symphonic Dances.

Experience the joy, passion and excitement with tickets available from £5, and a free ticket for under 18s!

↪ Cave Wave All-Dayer

The Caves, Edinburgh. 31 Mar

Presented by Now Wave and Edinburgh Psych Fest, Easter Sunday's Cave Wave All-Dayer sees the eclectic lineup of Scaler (fka Scalping), PVA, Eyes of Others, Pearling and Ebbb.

→ Fatima Yamaha

SWG3, Glasgow. 31 Mar

Known best for the release, and ten-year rerelease, of banging club anthem 'What's A Girl To Do', Fatima Yamaha (AKA Bas Bron, Bastian, and Seymour Bits) takes the Warehouse space at SWG3.

→ The Cineskinny Film Club

Summerhall, Edinburgh. 2 Apr

There's still tickets for our free screening of Yannick, the new absurdist comedy by Quentin Dupieux, which sees a dissatisfied theatregoer stand up, take the performers hostage, and subject the audience to his new and improved version of the play.

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