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Scotlandsfest 2019: Framing the nation - interpreting Scottish identity through art

  • Quaker Meeting House 7 Victoria Terrace Edinburgh United Kingdom (map)

Part of ScotlandsFest 2019, a week-long festival of stimulating conversation, readings and debate in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. For more information and the full programme, please visit

Art historian Tom Normand, author of a new book on artist/photographer Calum Colvin, in conversation with portrait artist Alexander 'Sandy' Moffat, whose career Bill Hare charts in Facing the Nation and photographer Calum Colvin, about their different ways of framing and interpreting Scottish identity. 

TOM NORMAND has published widely in the history of British art with a special interest in developments in art and photography in Scotland. He has taught at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, and since 1982, has lectured in the History of Art at the University of St Andrews. He has lectured nationally and internationally on Scottish art, culture and society.

ALEXANDER 'SANDY' MOFFAT RSA is an artist and teacher. From 1968 to 1978 he was the Director of the New 57 Gallery in Edinburgh. In 1979, he joined the staff of the Glasgow School of Art where he was Head of Painting from 1992 until his retirement in 2005. His portraits of the major poets of the Scottish Renaissance movement now hang in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery and his paintings are represented in many public and private collections including the Yale Center for British Art, USA and the Pushkin Museum in Moscow.

CALUM COLVIN was the winner of one of the first SAC Creative Scotland Awards and also holds a Royal Photographic Society Gold Medal. He was awarded an OBE in 2001 and is Professor of Fine Art Photography at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. His Scottish poetry is often featured in The Herald and various literary magazines.

Tickets are £5/£3 conc and are available from the Scotlandsfest event page here.