The Independent Recommends: Visual Art

THE ROYAL SCOTTISH Academy's new show is a sprawling exhibition of more than 200 works by William Gillies, one of Scotland's most respected 20th-century painters. I'm not sure that any artist would be well served by such an unwieldy and unselected survey of their life's work, but the exhibition does include some wonderful and little-known gems and shows Gillies to have been more internationally minded than is usually thought.

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh (0131-225 6671) to 11 Oct

The New Contemporaries (below), the annual bean feast for art school hopefuls, has been selected this year by a panel including the artist Phyllida Barlow and Guardian critic Adrian Searle. Thirty-four young artists have been plucked from the 900 who submitted their slides and, as ever these days, the emphasis is on photography, film and video. Spot tomorrow's stars - or not.

Camden Arts Centre, Arkwright Road, London NW3 (0171-435 2642) to 20 Sept

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