Skip to Main Content
Lawyers in Edinburgh
Solicitors in Edinburgh
Family Solicitors/Lawyers in Edinburgh

Latest news and insights

Immigration changes – The impact on rural businesses

Fraser Vandal discusses changes to the UK's work visa rules and how these changes will impact rural businesses.

Long awaited Housing Bill introduced to Scottish Parliament

The long- awaited Housing (Scotland) Bill was introduced to the Scottish Parliament on 26 March 2024.

Land Reform (Scotland) Bill introduced March 2024

An overview of the content in Part 1 & 2 of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill introduced to Parliament on 13 March 2024.

Exhibition at Edinburgh’s OpenEye Gallery: displaying the unique art collection of the late W Gordon and Jay Gordon Smith

Published: 19 January 2021
Time to read: 2 mins

This month sees a new and exciting exhibition at Edinburgh’s OpenEye Gallery when the unique art collection of the late W Gordon and Jay Gordon Smith goes on display. This feels a little like breaching client confidentiality, which ordinarily I would not, but as it is a public exhibition and for a good cause I think I am justified in doing so. The collection is part of an estate being administered by the firm – something in which we have particular expertise having administered a number of estates with art collections on behalf of our clients. Some have been sold, other left as legacies, on which occasionally Condition Exemption is claimed, and others “offered in lieu” to pay Inheritance Tax.

I was fortunate to see the collection in situ. Jay had a story about each of the artists and the reasons for buying each work. She did not wish a funeral but rather a catalogue compiled of their art collection (over 250 works of art) and an exhibition and sale to celebrate their lives. With a view to extending their lifetime’s support of the arts in Scotland, Jay left a series of legacies. Jay wanted to provide bursaries to “deserving students in their foundation course” at the Leith School of Art, and facilitate the continuing provision by The Royal Scottish Academy of their Residences for Scotland Programme as well as continuing the W Gordon Smith Award, (founded in memory of Gordon by Jay) awarded to the best artists in each of the annual exhibitions of The Royal Scottish Society of Painters and Watercolour, The Royal Scottish Academy, Visual Arts Scotland and The Society of Scottish Artists.

This unique exhibition is the culmination of a lifetime’s support of artists in Scotland. It was Jay’s wish that the catalogue and exhibition serve as a celebration of their lives. The proceeds from this sale will assist in fulfilling their legacy to support artists in Scotland.

The catalogue is available to buy and to view the collection, please click here. 

Under normal circumstances, there would have been a series of events at the gallery to celebrate this wonderful collection, however please do take a look.

To watch the video of the exhibition, please click here

I hope it provides a little bit of light and inspiration as we navigate these difficult times.



Back to news list

Go Back

SUBSCRIBE

To receive regular updates like this one, you can sign up to our bulletins, and we will provide updates on the issues that matter to you.

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Get in touch

Contact us to find out how we can help you.

Get in touch

Lawyers in Edinburgh
Solicitors in Edinburgh
Family Solicitors/Lawyers in Edinburgh

Find a lawyer

If you are looking for a specific member of our team, you can search for them by their name here. You can also search for your regular contact by their area of expertise using the buttons below.

Visit the ‘Our People’ page for more ways to search if you can’t find who you’re looking for.