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THEWINTERSHOW2006 Cyril Ger­ber Fine Art, 148 West Re­gent Street, Glas­gow 9.30am-5.30pm, 0141 221 3095, www.ger­berfin­

If you have very good friends they may al­ready have re­moved your Christ­mas gift from the walls of Ger­ber’s gallery, but rest as­sured that works which have been taken away for wrap­ping have been swiftly re­placed. Con­sid­er­ing that the open­ing dis­play in­cluded Hor­nel, Fer­gus­son, Eard­ley and Wisniewski, it is worth a fresh visit just to see who the man­age­ment have on the bench. Closed Christ­mas Day, Box­ing Day and (ex­cept by ap­point­ment) De­cem­ber 27.

WOMENWRIT­ERS Na­tional Por­trait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, Lon­don 10am-6pm, Thurs and Fri 10am-9pm, 020 7306 0055,

A the­ory lurk­ing be­hind the new show of pho­to­graphs at the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery is that the boom in women writ­ers in the UK be­tween 1920 and 1960 was due to the dis­trac­tion of wars as a pas­time for men. Cer­tainly women grabbed the chance with both hands and were ex­traor­di­nar­ily pro­lific. This show has 24 por­traits, in­clud­ing Dorothy L Say­ers and Dame Bar­bara Cart­land, Rosamund Lehmann and El­iz­a­beth Bowen. Pho­tog­ra­phers in­clude Ce­cil Beaton, Man Ray, and Bill Brandt. All male, cu­ri­ously. The gallery is closed on Christ­mas Eve, Christ­mas Day and Box­ing Day.

MODERNPRINTMASTERS Wa­ter­mill Gallery, Mill Street, Aber­feldy, Perthshire 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm, 01887 822896, www.aber­feldy­wa­ter­

The names will let you know that deep pock­ets are needed for present buy­ing in Aber­feldy. There are two ce­ramic works by Pi­casso, lith­o­graphs by Matisse, Miro and Henry Moore, and prints by Brid­get Ri­ley, Bar­bara Hep­worth and Bar­bara Rae. One of the big­gest Christ­mas shows of the sea­son is in rural Perthshire. The Hock­ney is still for sale, but the Hirst has been sold. It has, how­ever, not been col­lected yet, so you can still go and look at it. Closed Christ­mas Day and Box­ing Day.

Clock­wise from­far left: Au­tum­nal Land­scape by Sir William MacTag­gart at Cyril Ger­ber’s Win­ter Show; Be­tween the Two by Brid­get Ri­ley at theWater­mill Gallery; Mark Ger­son’s pho­to­graph of Doris Less­ing at the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery

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