Wednesday 17 September 2014, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Join us for an evening of discussion of themes taken from the publication Paintings as Arguments: Five Decades of Cultural & Political Change in Scotland with the authors Alexander Moffat and Alan Riach.

In addition to this discussion, and in response to Alexander Moffat’s exhibition, there will be a lively presentation of words and music by renowned musicologist and composer John Purser.

Purser will explore the theme of portraiture of famous people and how the situation is with respect to music, especially classical music, in Scotland. How many names are even known, never mind faces, never mind their music? How and why has this situation arisen? And will independence offer any hope of improvement?

Having recently worked in collaboration with a Cambridge (England) based scholar, Dr. Graeme Lawson, on the hugely significant find of a bridge from a stringed instrument from the Isle of Skye (the oldest in Western Europe), Purser will also address the international context: Would independence inhibit such research and collaboration, as some academics have suggested?

Drinks will be served in the short break between the two presentations.

Admission is FREE but places are limited so please email Sarah Ainslie or call 01224 639539 to book your seat.

This event is part of Paintings as Arguments: Five Decades of Cultural and Political Change in Scotland 16 August – 20 September 2014.