THE Association of Jewish Refugees has unveiled a commemorative plaque to honour the founding director of the Edinburgh International Festival, Sir Rudolf Bing.

Frank Harding, Trustee of the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR), unveiled the plaque honouring Bing’s contribution to Edinburgh and UK’s cultural landscape at The Hub, home of the International Festival. The tribute is part of the Association of Jewish Refugees plaque scheme, which honours prominent Jewish emigres from Nazism whose work and legacy continue to shape and influence our society.

Sir Rudolf Bing came to Britain as a refugee of the Nazi regime in 1934 and took up a position with Glyndebourne Opera on his arrival, becoming a British subject in 1946. The following year marked the first Edinburgh International Festival which was founded by Bing alongside Henry Harvey Wood, Head of the British Council in Scotland; Sidney Newman, Reid Professor of Music at Edinburgh University; and a group of City of Edinburgh leaders, in particular Lord Provost Sir John Falconer.

WORK by a dozen Dumfries and Galloway artists and makers is to be shown at Patriothall Gallery in Edinburgh.

Surge, an exhibition of contemporary art from one of Scotland’s most rural regions, is intended to "underline the diversity and freshness of art and craft from Dumfries and Galloway." Contributors include painters Amy Winstanley, Bea Last and Aspect and Threadneedle prizewinner Patricia Cain. There will also be work by ceramicist Andrew Adair, photographer Colin Tennant and mixed media artists Denise Zygadlo, Maggie Ayres, Silvana McLean, Sarah Stewart and Katie Anderson.

Surge is the first exhibition to be organised by Upland, a young arts development agency from Dumfries and Galloway, and will take place at Patriothall Gallery from September 2-10.