ref date:15 Jul 2000 (WBA)
Scots artists of old insulted by Scotlands own national gallery
The Edinburgh festival is the worlds largest, longest festival of culture
anywhere on the face of the earth. Lasting a month and encompassing every facet
of culture, from "low" to "high" it draws in millions of visitors from all over
the world every year.
Many go to Scotlands premier National gallery on the mound (a pile of dirt
left over from the Building of Edinburghs 'new toun' centuries ago) in the hope
of seeing examples of historic Scottish art work.
This year, there will be little to none.
Portraits and landscapes by Raeburn, Guthrie and McTaggart will be put into
storage and replaced by ENGLISH art work by Constable. Constable
was a genius no doubt, but would an Elvis fan go to Mephis and be presented
with Punk Rock? Would a vegetarian go to his favourite restaurant and be
faced with rare steaks?
Why should world famous Scottish art be supplanted at Edinburghs busiest time
by works by an English artist?
Remember. We are Scottish first, European second and British only because
our passports say so.....