Exhibitions

The Scotland-Russia Forum had its own Gallery 2008-12.  A list of our past exhibitions may be found on Scotland-Russia Institute.  

If you are holding an exhibition related to Russia or her neighbours which you would like us to list on this page please email brief details and an image to srfnews@scotlandrussiaforum.org.The SRF reserves the right to accept, reject or edit material sent in.

Until Thursday 26 May:  Shakespeare on the Russian Stage: Hamlet and a 100 Years of Shakespearian Productions 

An exhibition in the café/ bar foyer of the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, 100 Renfrew Street, Glasgow, G2 3DN.  All welcome. 

The exhibition consists of 36 framed images and 52 digital images on screen. Covering 100 years of productions it includes costume designs, scenic art and production photographs. These images come from the Russian State Art Library, the national theatre collection in Moscow. Shakespeare has played a very important part in Russian stage history ever since Empress Catherine the Great ordered some of his plays to be translated into Russian.

The framed part of the exhibition are all images of Hamlet, the most performed non-Russian play in Russia. They include a performance by Yugo-Zapad, which came to the Edinburgh Festival 1987. The 52 digital images are of all other Shakespearian productions. The exhibition is a part of Shakespeare 400 and New dreams – a festival to celebrate the life and legacy of the Bard.  The exhibition was jointly curated by Elena Haplanova of the Russian State Art Library and Alan Jones, Drama, Dance, Production & Screen Librarian of RCS.

26 March - 31 October: On the North Russian Front

Skaill House, Sandwick, Orkney KW16 3LR. Open daily. Tel. 01856 841501, email info@skaillhouse.co.uk, www.skaillhouse.co.uk.





With photographs, documents and memorabilia, this exhibition tells the story of Henry William Scarth (1899-1972) and his part in the Allied Intervention in North Russia in 1919. Exhibits include HWS's diary, his own photographs, and various documents and mementoes that he brought back from Russia.  

HWS was the 11th Laird of Breckness and lived at Skaill House from 1929 until his death. The house is now open to the public.

Other Russian sights in Orkney:

While you are at Skaill you are bound to visit the amazing neolithic village of Scara Brae in the house's grounds.  The village was discovered by an earlier Laird of Breckness and is approached via a Timeline of stones celebrating human achievements in the 5000 years since it was inhabited.  The timeline includes a stone commemorating Gagarin's first space flight in 1961.

Further afield, on the island of Hoy, there is a memorial to the men who died in the Arctic Convoys just outside the fascinating Scapa Flow Museum at Lyness. 

And finally (does this count as Russian?) at Marwick Head there is a memorial to Lord Kitchener near the spot where he perished in 1916 while on his way to Russia to try to persuade the Tsar to stay in the war.  

13 April – 30 May: Portrait of Pskov.  25 years of friendship

An exhibition of photographs by three Russian photographers. 

NB Dates tbc, please check with the RSGS.



This exhibition of photographs by three Russian photographers from Pskov is displayed in The Fair Maid’s House in Perth to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the twinning link between Perth and Pskov.

The exhibition is supported by The Friends of Pskov Association, which was set up to promote the link between these two cities, and The Royal Scottish Geographical Society which aims to promote a ‘passion for people, places and the planet’.

We are grateful to Igor Dokuchaev, Igor Soloviev and Stanislav Tikhonov for sharing their images with us and we hope that you take away with you an understanding of this ancient Russian city which has survived a long and turbulent history over many centuries.

Also available at the exhibition is a copy of the jubilee publication ‘PEOPLE TO PEOPLE – 25 years of friendship’ which has been compiled to record the history of this partnership and tell the stories of the many individuals who have contributed to it and organisations that have benefited from this link.

The Royal Scottish Geographical Society, The Fair Maid’s House, 15-19 North Port, Perth PH1 5LU