Contemporary art will feature in the Museum of Childhood this summer as the treasure trove of toys takes part in the Edinburgh Art Festival for the first time.
Inspired by 19th Century clockwork toys through to 21st Century computer games, two free displays by local artists explore the influence of technology on children’s imaginations.
‘Let’s Go to a Place’ features an installation of portraits of Edinburgh children by internationally-
Young Boy (ix) © Wendy McMurdo
McMurdo’s work documents the relationship between children and computers, and this series was made during the summer of Pokémon Go. She noticed that children were “roaming the city, inhabiting two worlds at the same time: one geographic and one imaginary”. The portraits suggest how the experience of young people is multiplied, fractured and mediated by the digital world.
A second display by artist Robert Powell sees seven specially commissioned prints sit alongside original examples of clockwork toys. ‘Pneuma, Or the Mechanical Egg’ brings together the history and mythology of mechanical life into hand-
The Brazen Head, Or the Sleep of Bacon ©Robert Powell
In ‘The Brazen Head, Or the Sleep of Bacon’, the fabled speaking automaton created by Roger Bacon in the thirteenth century sits in a deserted wasteland, with no-
Artist Robert Powell said, “In making Pneuma: The Mechanical Egg, I found that automata are useful vehicles to explore very human themes -
Councillor Donald Wilson, Culture and Communities Convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, said: “It's exciting to see these works of contemporary art sit side-
Museum of Childhood Curator, Alice Sage, added: “Wendy McMurdo is an internationally significant artist and her exhibition at the Museum of Childhood marks her long-
"McMurdo’s photographs remind us that changes in toys and play create real changes in our imaginations and inner worlds. We invite visitors to explore the museum, and find the portraits hidden in every gallery.
“It is wonderful to feature the different mediums of print and photography from two Edinburgh artists who have been visiting the museum since their own childhoods”
Dovecot Tapestry Studio in Edinburgh announces the appointment of Celia Joicey as its new Director, succeeding David Weir after his 17-
Alastair Salvesen CBE, Chair of The Dovecot Foundation, says; “I am delighted with the appointment of Celia Joicey, who brings a wealth of experience and expertise in the organisation and leadership of galleries and their activities, particularly in an area of direct relevance to tapestry and the other interests of Dovecot. She will be in an excellent position to maintain and enhance Dovecot’s position as a leading light in tapestry weaving and as an exhibition centre.”
Celia Joicey comments; “I am delighted to have been appointed to succeed David Weir as Director of Dovecot from September. This is an enormous privilege, given the 105-
Celia Joicey is currently Head of the Fashion and Textile Museum in London, having joined in 2011. During this time she has raised the Museum’s profile with a series of critically acclaimed exhibitions including Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol and Liberty in Fashion. In addition, she has transformed the Museum’s income and overseen a trajectory of growth with visitor numbers increasing from 21,000 to 57,000 in 2016/17. Joicey has also developed a number of international partnerships to showcase Mexican, Canadian and Swedish textile design in the UK. Prior to joining the Fashion and Textile Museum, she was Head of Publications at the National Portrait Gallery, and also worked for the Victoria and Albert Museum, University for the Creative Arts Farnham and the Royal Society of Arts, as Editor of the RSA Journal. She is a graduate of Cambridge University and the Royal College of Art.
Celia Joicey succeeds David Weir, who will be leaving Dovecot following 17 years’ very successful Directorship of Dovecot. With the financial support and backing of Alastair and Elizabeth Salvesen, Weir helped negotiate the acquisition and subsequent redevelopment of Infirmary Street Baths, a derelict former Victorian Baths in the Centre of Edinburgh. By 2008 this public building was established as a leading cross discipline art, exhibition and event space for craft and design with Dovecot Tapestry Studio as a dynamic and active working studio at its centre. He went on to lead the artistic vision and collaborative commissions of Dovecot; a specialist contemporary tapestry studio originally established in 1912.
David Weir says; “After 17 years of developing Dovecot to the place it occupies today, it feels the right moment to hand over the reins to a new director to help bring Dovecot into the next phase of its history. It has been an exciting journey since 2000 to work with founder funders Alastair and Elizabeth Salvesen and The Dovecot Foundation to save and revitalise this very special tapestry studio and to position Dovecot in the national and international cultural landscape. I feel privileged to have been able to work with a team of extremely talented colleagues to develop the role of Dovecot as a centre for contemporary tapestry working with leading artists and as a gallery space in which the highest quality exhibitions celebrating craft and making have been able to flourish. Dovecot is very fortunate to have enjoyed the continued philanthropic commitment of The Dovecot Foundation and to have benefitted most recently from Creative Scotland's regular funding. I am delighted at Celia Joicey’s appointment and look forward to following Dovecot's progress as it enters its next stage of development under her leadership”.
Follow this link to download the Edinburgh Art Festival programme.
Edinburgh Art Festival announce details of the 2017 events programme. The programme includes a wide range of one-
In Scotland’s ‘Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology’, the 2017 Commissions Programme invites artists to reflect on two important anniversaries for the city – the foundation of the first Edinburgh Festival in 1947, and the publication in 1917 of Patrick Geddes’ The Making of the Future: A Manifesto and a Project. A highlight of this year’s festival will be ‘A Summer Meeting’ held in mid-
Many commercial public galleries are part of this. Follow our Edinburgh Galleries’ links to see what they’re up to.
Crisis announced the following for Edinburgh
“What If? Exhibition -
04/07/2017, Central Library, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EG, 10am -
‘What If’ is a unique photography exhibition developed by Crisis clients and local photographer Alicia Bruce. What if we created still life pieces of our possessions to capture our life experiences?
What If? -
05/07/2017, Art and Design Library (within the Central Library), George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1EG, 5:30pm -
Join us at the launch of the ‘What If’ photography exhibition. To capture these symbolic images, Crisis clients and local photographer Alicia Bruce were inspired by classic Dutch still life paintings and still life photography.
National Museum of Scotland, as presented by Crisis clients (tour)
19/07/2017, National Museum of Scotland, Chambers Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF, 2pm -
Enjoy the museum’s extensive collections, as interpreted by Crisis clients. They will share their perspectives in this unique exhibition tour.”
David Gleeson Exhibition, Opening 15th July 2017
David Gleeson was born in Manchester and studied visual art at Aberystwyth University and painting at Wolverhampton University. Since 1984, he has exhibited widely in the UK, USA and Johannesburg. He has won prizes in 17 exhibitions including ‘The Discerning Eye’ and ‘Hunting Art’.
David was elected full member of the RBSA in 2006. In 2011 he was shortlisted for the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition and was highly commended. He has works in many corporate collections and has been shown at The National Portrait Gallery and The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
Each of his carefully wrought images – portraits, interiors, still-
EDINBURGH COLLEGE OF ART ALUMNAE JOIN AT THE DUO EXHIBIT TO SHOW WORKS IN GLASS AND PAPER
‘The Lightness Of Being’ July 6th – August 1st 2017, at Birch Tree Gallery, Edinburgh
Amanda Baron, who graduated in architectural glass from the Edinburgh College of Art and worked
for many years as glass conservator, brings her new body of works to the Birch Tree Gallery. Her
shift in a creative career resonates with the change of medium in works by Alison Simpson who graduated from ECA in sculpture working in metal, but who now creates works in paper.
The exhibition title ‘The Lightness of Being’ reflects more than physical aspects of media – glass and paper pulp -
Alison Simpson graduated MA (Hons) Fine Art from the University of Edinburgh and Edinburgh College of Art in 1986, staying on at ECA for the postgraduate diploma in sculpture. Alison now works in cotton and linen pulp making sculptural objects that reflect the light, weather, seasons and landscape near her home on the Moray Firth coast.
‘For many years I worked in metal but became frustrated by its heaviness and darkness, its need for lengthy ‘finishing', and my own tendency to overwork it. Seeking lightness, I discovered papermaking.‘ says Alison Simpson. ‘It is my aim to betray in my work no sense of struggle; to produce things that look smooth, unerring, and inevitable .’
Amanda Baron graduated from Architectural Glass (under Douglas Hogg) at Edinburgh College of Art in 1992. In 2011-
The body of work for this exhibition is inspired by a residency on the Isle of Eigg, where Amanda studied light and colour of the sky and clouds, the surface and depth of rock pools, texture of geological and plant forms, and patterns in sand created by tidal movement.
Scottish Galler will be hosting a Gallery talk with Guy Peploe on Wednesday 12 July, 6.30-
The Scottish Colourists were prolific draftsmen, seldom without a sketchbook, essential to the working artist. This exhibition includes ten recently acquired works by J D Fergusson including Self Portrait,1909-
To explore this collection in more depth foloe the link to their website.
SCOTTISH ARTISTS ANNOUNCED FOR ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS’ SUMMER EXHIBITION 2017
The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission exhibition, providing a unique platform for emerging and established artists and architects to showcase their recent work to an international audience. This year, there are a number of artists exhibiting from Scotland.
The Summer Exhibition attracts a very high volume of entrants, with over 12,000 works submitted in 2017 for its 249th year. Works selected for display comprise a range of media including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture and architecture.
The Summer Exhibition 2017 runs from 13 June -
Residences: Deadline: Tuesday 4th July 2017, 5pm
Glasgow Sculpture Studios invite applications from emergent artists who are at the beginning of their career, and who have left full time education or equivalent within the last five years. Artists must be living and working in Glasgow.
The awardee will have access to a free studio (60m²) and shared accommodation in Marseille; return travel costs covered; and 1000 euros production grant (on presentation of receipts). They will also be provided with logistical support including production assistance; assistance in research of materials, techniques and partnerships; and links with the wider visual arts networks in the host city.
The residency dates are: 4th September – 19th December 2017
GSS furhter advise “How to apply:
Send one pdf, detailing the following:
Address and postcode
Artist Statement (500 words maximum)
Why would participation in the exchange be beneficial to the development of your practice? (350 words maximum)
Full artist CV (2 A4 pages maximum)
Completed applications should be sent via WeTransfer to Agne Sabaliauskaite -
About our partner, Triangle France:
Triangle France is a non-
Since its founding in 1995, Triangle France has established itself as one of France's most innovative organizations supporting artists at a formative point in their career. Triangle France supports emerging artists as well as artists that are under-
Internationally, Triangle France is part of "Triangle Network" an international network of artists and arts organizations that promotes dialogue, exchange of ideas and innovation within the contemporary visual arts. Through artist-
Nationally, Triangle France is also part of the French network of residency programme "arts en résidence".
Locally, Triangle France is a member of "MarseilleExpos". Triangle France is also a founding member and cooperator of the collective interest cooperative “SCIC Friche la Belle de Mai".
For more information: www.trianglefrance.org
Glasgow Sculpture Studios and Triangle France are grateful for the support of our partners and funders Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Life, the International Relations of the town of Marseilles.”
“COLLISIONS” focuses on the creative influences and personal friendship between two artists Rose Wylie (b. 1934) and Fraser Taylor (b. 1960). Central to the concept is the notion of commonality and difference, and a unique three-
The exhibition is accompanied by WERK no: 24 “COLLISIONS”, a visual survey of Wylie and Taylor by creative director Theseus Chan, and is co-
Everything is ready and waiting for you! This year only 1 in 12 submissions succeeded in getting onto the RA’s hallowed walls. Is it time for additional venues? Eileen Cooper RA, this year’s Summer Exhibition coordinator and committee selected just over 1,000.
There are as always the big names to see including: Tracy Emin, Anselm Kiefer, Grayson Perry and Yinka Shonibare but it’s the lesser known “unseen” artists who will be of most interest. You can’t view a thousand artists in a day, so plan for many return trips. Take a walk through the galleries before you go with their new video.
Next year will be their 250th anniversary, which would be a good time to set up satellite venues for the exhibition, something the Art Fund might consider?
13 June – 20 August. Friends of the RA go free.
The Winners of the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2017 will have solo exhibitions in June 2017 and July to September 2017. You can still see the Shortlisted Artists exhibition on now until then and see the available artworks on their website
Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2017 Winner
Yuting Wang was born in China, and is completing her Fine Art degree at Wimbledon College of Arts.
“In the deep of the silent forest there is a tiny pond. It is muddy and alone. Thick algae floats on the surface, but under the peaceful water there is something unknown. This painting is based a recent memory of a forest one afternoon. I particularly remember the straight trunks breaking through the sky; the surroundings are deadly silent. I try to capture this moment.” -
Sculptor Prize Winner 2017
Sol Bailey Barker is a British artist whose work ties together historical and sociological research with an inquiry into the power and symbolism of materials.
?“The glamorisation of weaponry, desperation and the aspirations to be a hero in war draws communities into violence. In Colombia Sol Bailey Barker collected bullet casings found in the streets of San Agustin. Bullets to Spade was made by heating and hammering 300 bullets into a hand carved spade. This work meditates on turning instruments of death into instruments of life used for growing food and building homes. It refers to rehabilitation programmes which use agricultural work to help former child soldiers adjust to normal life outside of war.” -
Employee Choice 2017
Claudine O'Sullivan is an Irish Artist based in London. She graduated from University of the Arts London with a BA in Graphic Design. Her adaptable, design focused approach to art is reflected in the diversity of her commercial portfolio and client base.
She has gained industry spotlight for her distinctive hand drawn illustrations, featured in the worldwide Apple Pencil campaign. Her uniquely traditional drawing style has appealed to established brands such as MTV, WeTransfer, Tiger Beer and Derwent Pencils.?
Rich Mix Prize 2017
His artwork is inspired by his interest in marks made through the removal of graffiti, posters and stickers found in streets of East London
2nd June -
The Glasgow Art Club announced:
“Founded in 1867, the Glasgow Art Club has been an esteemed presence in the city’s rich cultural scene for 150 years. Steeped in heritage, the Club has been witness to generations of the city’s most innovative and creative inhabitants. Today the Glasgow Art Club is a dynamic community of men and women of all ages and backgrounds for whom the Arts are an essential part of everyday life.
An exhibition telling the story of the first 150 years of The Glasgow Art Club is now open to the public.
The exhibition explores GAC's colourful history through archival material and paintings and sculptures of the Club's own collection alongside a number of major loans from the Royal Collection (by gracious permission of HM Queen Elizabeth II) and from a number of private collections in Scotland and beyond.
A never been seen before watercolour by Sir John Lavery, titled Mary, ‘Queen of Scots at Langside’ is one of several works that have been generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II from the Royal Collection. It was painted by Lavery, one of the earliest members of the Glasgow Art Club, in 1888 and was part of a presentation of work given by the Club’s members to King Edward VII and Queen Alexandria, when Prince and Princess of Wales, at the opening of the Glasgow International Exhibition in 1888.
Other highlights include a display of works presented to Her Majesty The Queen in 1977, her Silver Jubilee year which includes a quirky little painting by George Wylie titled ‘Royal Coach’.
Efric McNeil, President of the Glasgow Art Club said “This is an incredible opportunity for members of the public to see some unseen works. We are extremely grateful to The Royal Collection Trust for lending these works that depict the history of the Glasgow Art Club in this very special year.”
The Herald's Ken Smith paid the Club a visit to discuss the exhibition. You can read the article here
Club President Efric McNeil spoke to STV about the exhibition, you can catch up here
The exhibition runs from the 2nd June to 31st July 2017, entry is free.
Members of the public can view the exhibition between 11am and 4pm daily (closed Sundays).
Simply ring the doorbell and a member of staff will welcome you in. “
“MY CAT KNOWS WHAT I'M THINKING 22nd April – 15th July Tues-
Come and see Eric Great-
IT WORKS! 22nd April – 15th July Tues-
Curated by Dr Ruth Pelzer-
LEITHLATE 2017 15th–17th June
As part of this year's LeithLate – a celebration of visual culture in Leith and the surrounding area – we’ll be giving free tours of My Cat Knows What I’m Thinking and It Works!. These intimate tours will provide special insight into how the exhibitions were produced and the themes that support these bodies of work. Tours will take place on Thursday 15th June at 6pm, 7pm and 8pm.
What's more, during normal opening hours on Thursday 15th, Friday 16th and Saturday 17th we'll be offering gift bags full of treats specially for LeithLate17. First come first served – once they're gone, they're gone! For more information about our LeithLate activities please click here.
EDINBURGH CANALSIDE FESTIVAL 17th June 12.00-
Join us at Fountainbridge Canal for this free, fun, creative, watery event for all ages! We’ll be running some very exciting free taster sessions as a partner of the project Union Canal Unlocked with Re-
Visit us at our outdoor stall along the canalside and make your own print inspired by the local area. You'll also get the chance to discover more about Castle Mill Works (located just a stone's throw away from the canal), which is currently being transformed into our new home. For more information about our activities at the Canalside Festival, please click here.
CLASS ART 20th June 4.15-
As part of Edinburgh Art Festival we're delighted to deliver a unique Continued Professional Learning (CPL) session. Designed for teachers and educational practitioners, the session will show attendees how to collaborate with art institutions and galleries, and how to create novel learning programmes with artistic twists.
Join us for an introduction and launch of the Edinburgh Art Festival’s schools programme, a behind-
The National Galleries Scotland announce the upcoming exhibition True to Life … British Realist Painting in the 1920s and 1930s
They are “Bringing together more than 80 paintings by an almost forgotten generation of artists, this exhibition explores the realist tradition in British art between the two World Wars. It focuses on scrupulously detailed realist painting, part of a world-
Two days: 40 speakers: 12 Themes
They say: “With just over two weeks to go, the packed agenda has taken shape for Flourish: our first business development conference for makers taking place 19 and 20 June at Armourers Hall in London. Have you booked your place yet?
We've devised an interesting programme of panel discussions, break out sessions and networking opportunities to inspire makers and designers in their business potential.
Hear from leading industry experts, meet your fellow makers and take away a vital set of action points that will cultivate and shape your creative practice.
Tickets for Flourish start from £40
What to expect at Flourish
Designed with makers in mind, this informal and engaging two day event will cover topics such as brand identity; working with galleries; marketing and social media; working internationally and growing your financial potential.
You'll also be able to discuss key questions about your practice with other delegates, experts and the Crafts Council Talent Development team.
With a keynote address from Christian Manz, award-
Be inspired by expert speakers
Hear from leading specialists so you can be inspired, debate and network. We're delighted that our diverse line-
Andrew Foxall, Creative Director, Foxall Studio
Angel Monzon, Creative Director, Vessel Gallery
Annie Warburton, Creative Director, Crafts Council
Christian Manz, Visual Effects Supervisor, VOLTAIRE and Creative Director Frame Store
Christine Zembrzuski, Intellectual Property Solicitor, Briffa
Claire Curneen, Ceramics artist
Dr Gian Luca Amadei, Programme Manager, Design, British Council
Helen Kemp, Founder, Just Got Made
Hugh Miller, Bespoke Furniture Maker
Laura Carderera, Residencies, V&A
Margo Selby, Woven Textile Designer
Ndidi Ekubia, Silversmith
Oscar Lhermitte, Product Designer
Rosy Greenlees, Executive Director, Crafts Council”
See the Craft Council website for more information and how to book tickets
Patriothall Gallery: New work by Jessica Kirkpatrick and installation by Rachael Bibby.
Exhibition dates: May 21 -
Jessica Kirkpatrick’s large drawing/ink painting installation is inspired by graphic novels and fresco murals. Using the principals of sequential art, Ancient Pain creates a quasi-
The narrative arch to Ancient Pain is a video piece entitled “The Everymovie.” This project documents the artist’s daily pilgrimage to her studio along London Rd. Shifting between thinking and walking, the video postulates the impossibility of presence, where awareness is split between repetitive thought patterning and the sensation of moving through space. The artist places the medium of moving image in contrast to painting in the exploration of the interrelationship between time and narrative.
Rachael Bibby’s sculpture Dwelling contrast tribal ritualism and vapid consumerism in a yurt-
Giorgos Bouras will be performing new music, drifting between silence and noise, electronic and organic sound.
With an art activity table, children are welcome to reception, (however there is one painting depicting violence).
Scotland's leading visual arts open studios event in Dumfries and Galloway will feature the haunting sculptures of World War I horses and soldiers will be by Carlisle-
1917 to 2017 – Artist Marks 100 Years of Mesopotamian Warfare
Ghostly sculptures highlight how modern-
The modern day struggles for Baghdad and Mosul have been vast and bloody – a Spring Fling sculptor highlights a forgotten conflict in this region, exactly 100 years ago.
Recent commemorations of the Great War have often focused on the Western Front, but Mark Gibbs wants us to remember that it was a truly global conflict.
In 1917 the struggle for Mesopotamia, which takes in parts of modern Iraq and Syria, was reaching a crescendo as the British Empire pushed back the armies of the Ottoman Empire.
These events, lamented by Rudyard Kipling in a poem written that year and called Mesopotamia, are recalled in some Mark’s extraordinary and ghostly sculptures.
Among them are works showing an Australian soldier on a skeletal horse made largely from twisted copper wire. Another, more reminiscent of the trench warfare in Western Europe, is of a soldier leading a horse-
World War One was the first industrialised war, but horses remained vital, both for pulling loads and as cavalry mounts. Although largely obsolete on the static Western Front, cavalry was used extensively in the Middle East.
Mark said: “We often forget just how much of the world was torn apart by the First World War. Far beyond the battlefields of France and Belgium there were troops from every part of the British Empire engaged in struggles for places like Mesopotamia.
“In response, my new work focuses on the relationship between man and horse in these harsh conditions. I want the pieces to be both a tribute and an unsettling reminder of how conflict can roll on through the centuries.”
In addition to the war-
Mark, from Carlisle, has been selected for Spring Fling as part of the Neighbours Scheme which allows artists and makers from regions bordering Dumfries and Galloway to take part.
Spring Fling is Scotland’s premier visual arts and craft open studios event and will see 93 artists and makers take part across Dumfries and Galloway from 27-
Mark will be among the exhibitors at Solway House, The Crichton, in Dumfries.
His work is incredibly detailed, often with fine anatomical detail, and one of his larger works can require up to a kilometre of wire.
Joanna Macaulay, Events and Exhibitions Manager for Upland Arts Development, which runs Spring Fling, said: “Our panel of selectors were very impressed by the detail and quality of Mark’s work and because it is so unusual. We are sure that lots of visitors will be fascinated to visit Solway House to see him and the other Spring Fling artists exhibiting there.”
For full details of everyone taking part in Spring Fling see the website at www.spring-
The Huntarian announce: ?We are delighted to announce the appointment of Steph Scholten as Director of The Hunterian at the University of Glasgow. Steph is currently Director of Heritage Collections at the University of Amsterdam. An art historian by background with an international reputation in cultural heritage and museum collections and over 25 years of experience in the cultural sector, Steph will provide overall leadership for The Hunterian when he takes up post on 1 August 2017.
David Duncan, Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary, commented: “Steph joins The Hunterian at a very exciting time – working with local and national partners, we have ambitious plans for the further development of the museum and art gallery. Steph’s leadership skills and proven expertise will be invaluable as we realise those plans”.
Steph Scholten said: “I very much look forward to working with colleagues at the University of Glasgow. The Hunterian is one of the finest university museums in the world and I am thrilled to have been appointed Director in succession to David Gaimster”.
Dumfries and Galloway and beyond through the lenses of fine art photographers in Scotland's premier open studios eventFine art photographers capture our world in fresh and sometimes startling ways.
This year there will be five excellent photographers, emerging and established, taking part in the Spring Fling open studios weekend which takes place across Dumfries and Galloway from 27 to 29 May.
Each has a distinctive style that gives an alternative perspective on the region and on the wider world.
Laura Hudson Mackay, from New Abbey, who works in Scotland, across Europe and in Morocco. These two pictures are from her ongoing Visions of Time project. Laura is a photographic artist and has been creating images for over a decade. Using both film and digital cameras, she works in black and white as it elegantly simplifies the image, leaving it raw, stripped back honest and timeless.
Michal Šúr, a specialist in infrared, based in Newton Stewart. His photography is about contrast and simplicity in the natural world. Michal often returns to the same places time and again, studying the light, its intensity, direction, shapes, shadows and patterns in order to make the image he has imagined. He uses long exposures to enhance movement – to smooth the motion of water and clouds and blur the foliage in the wind but keep the rocks standing motionless. The photographs are made using a special infrared filter that produces unusual tonality, high contrast and surreal effects.
Phil McMenemy, Laurieston. These photos are part of a series that investigates man's impact on the natural environment of Galloway. Many people think of photography as a mechanical, technical process derived in the main through non-
Alistair Hamilton, Kirkcudbright. Alistair's looks closely at the elements of a structure while others see the whole. His style is driven by observation of details and textures. Right now his images are becoming less pictorial and more abstract. He often chooses difficult locations like coastal rocks, industrial sites, deep woodland and uses small cameras that can be carried in his pocket.
Caroline McQuistin, who went to Glenluce Primary School followed by Stranraer Academy and is currently taking a degree in photography at Edinburgh Napier University. The first image is part of a project about the Highlands. The wool in the heather reflects the huge impact that sheep have had on the region – creatures that were at the heart of the Clearances but also the bringers of economic wealth. The second shot was taken on Rathlin Island, off the coast of Northern Island, and reflects how the harvest of the sea is crucial to its culture and economy. Caroline's ultimate ambition is to work for a magazine such as National Geographic.
The photographers are among 93 artists and makers taking part in the 15th anniversary Spring Fling.
Joanna Macaulay, Events and Exhibitions Manager for Upland Arts Development, which runs Spring Fling, said: "Photography has become an increasingly popular part of Spring Fling over the years and this year we have some superb work on show.
"All five of our photographers have that remarkable skill of being able to capture the world from different and unusual perspectives."
For full details of everyone taking part in Spring Fling see the website at www.spring-
Dovecot say, “The exhibition Daughters of Penelope, at Dovecot Gallery from 20 July 2017 to 20 January 2018, looks at the work of selected women weavers and artists who have contributed to Dovecot’s past and present, including work by Fiona Mathison, Maureen Hodge, Naomi Robertson, Joanne Soroka, and studio collaborations with Linder, Julie Brook and Claire Barclay. These significant Dovecot tapestry and rug pieces will be shown alongside contemporary works by artists who are exploring the history and cultural identity of women through textile including recent work by Christine Borland, Hanna Tuulikki, Georgia Horgan and Caroline Dear, as well as contemporary weavers Erin Riley and Aino Kajaniemi.
The Greek figure of Penelope – Odysseus’ faithful wife – is a much discussed and potentially controversial character in ancient mythology. Is she the embodiment of female loyalty and chastity, patiently weaving a tapestry while she waits for her adventurous husband to return home? Or is she a strong and assertive protagonist -
The story of women’s work in both the textile industry and in fibre art and tapestry making is a complex one and the history of Dovecot intertwines with both. The Arts and Crafts movement and the revival of the weaver apprenticeship had led to the formation of tapestry studios such as Dovecot, but reflecting the times in which they were established, men were behind this reinstatement of tapestry making as a profession. Weaving was an artisan trade and young men were apprenticed as weavers to learn from their male masters, whilst women’s role in creating textile was still considered a domestic folk art form. Dovecot’s first female weaver, Maureen Hodge, came to work at the studio in the 1960s.
However, major cultural changes were afoot in the early 20th Century impacting on art, fashion and textile, a significant moment reflected in Daughters of Penelope in through a Sonia Delaunay rug which opens the exhibition. The rise of modernism lead to the growth in the recognition of the individual artist-
Naomi Robertson, Studio Manager and Master Weaver at Dovecot comments; “Following in the footsteps of other female Edinburgh Art College graduates, I joined Dovecot in 1990 after finishing my degree in Tapestry at Edinburgh College of Art from 1986-
There are many and varied reasons why a significant number of women artists have been drawn to work in textile. It may be because of the historic and cultural role that women have had in working with fabric in both domestic and industrial settings -
Dovecot’s Exhibitions Curator Kate Grenyer comments; “This exhibition acknowledges that tapestry, although a unique art form with specific skills and artistic values, does not operate in isolation from other areas of art and culture. Where tapestry is at its most powerful is when something, be it an image or idea, is woven in rather than printed on to a fabric, bringing structure, form and image together. This exhibition therefore interweaves the work of artists who are investigating women’s stories and textile histories with the unique story of women’s work at Dovecot, providing a new structure within which both can be held, re-
The Daughters of Penelope exhibition is supported by a programme of accessible events including artist performances, seminars, storytelling sessions, audio-
Daughters of Penelope confirmed exhibiting artists: Claire Barclay | Elizabeth Blackadder | Christine Borland | Julie Brook | Caroline Dear | Sonia Delaunay | Maureen Hodge | Georgia Horgan | Aino Kajaniemi | Linder | Fiona Mathison | Erin Riley | Naomi Robertson | Joanne Soroka | Hanna Tuulikki”
“Entry is now open for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017
FIRST PRIZE: £15,000 Deadline for entry: 29 June 2017
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is the leading international photographic portrait competition, celebrating and promoting the very best in contemporary portrait photography.
The Prize has established a reputation for creativity and excellence, with works submitted by a range of photographers, from leading professionals to talented amateurs and the most exciting emerging artists.
The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over from around the world.
The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 exhibition will run at the Gallery from 16 November 2017 to 18 February 2018 before touring to venues around the UK.”
Sponsored by Taylor Wessing
The Granary Gallery, Berwick-
The Granary Gallery is proud to be the first host gallery for the Foundation's major touring show which is part of its 'museum without walls' strategy – and signals the first ever dedicated exhibition of Scottish Colourists in the North of England.
James Knox, Director of The Fleming-
“We are also very pleased to be working in partnership with Berwick Educational Association who will be delivering a series of guided tours, lectures and practical art sessions inspired by the work of the Scottish Colourists throughout the exhibition period.
Further information and details of how to book for all these events can be found at the Scottish Colourists exhibition website – www.scottishcolouristsberwick.com
The Granary Gallery, 2nd Floor, Berwick YHA, Dewar's Lane, Berwick-
Charles Simpson is one of the most important landscape painters working in Scotland today. His distinctive style of thickly applied oil paint executed in robust broad strokes has clear precedents in the Glasgow School of a century ago. These post-
Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 2017
Exhibition open: 4 to 19 May 10am to 5pm Open until 7pm on 9 and 16 May
View the exhibition online now
This prestigious Annual Exhibition showcases over 200 portraits by over 100 artists and celebrates the diversity of this fascinating genre. It also shows the popularity of commissioning painted portraits by institutions and individuals.
Prizes awarded by the Society are The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture (worth £10,000), The Prince of Wales's Award for Portrait Drawing, The Changing Faces Prize, The de Laszlo Foundation Award, The Smallwood Architects Prize for Contextual Portraiture, The Contemporary Arts Trust Award and, new this year, The RP Non-
Since 1891 the Society has been devoted exclusively to the art and development of portrait painting. The selection of work on display, both from its members and from the open entry is a fascinating barometer of current trends in portraiture and holds a mirror up to life in contemporary Britain.
Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition 4 to 19 May, 10am to 5pm. Open until 7pm on 9 and 16 May.
Mall Galleries, The Mall, London SW1 Admission £4, £2.50 concession
“Tom H. Shanks RSW RGI PAI: Retrospective Paintings and Drawings, 1945 -
Tom Shanks’ solo exhibitions have been a regular feature in the Cyril Gerber Fine Art programme for many, many years, which our audiences look forward to with much anticipation. We continue our long and friendly association with Tom, now in his 96th year, with this newest show which features new works, and includes a special selection of early paintings and drawings dating back to 1945. Having visited Tom in the studio recently to select the works, it is still clear that he has not lost that real sense of adventurous wonder and enthusiasm when showing and discussing his paintings. He recounts tales of his lifelong memories and adventures in the Scottish highlands and islands. Tom’s passion for travelling and hill walking, his vision and natural response and affinity for the landscape deeply resonates in his work. He has the powerful ability to transform and deeply understand the countryside, capturing its essence, the changing moods of the weather and the atmosphere that the landscape evokes within you. He does this by demonstrating his distinctive skill and knowledge which is deeply rooted in his understanding and interest in many of the important 20th Century artists whom he admires. This vision and ability are as strong as ever, also he has been looking back at his early drawings and sketches which have prompted memories and fresh new inspiration. We have always believed that Shanks is an artist who deserves much more recognition and public understanding of the importance of his position amongst today’s Scottish masters. We are delighted to announce that the Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery now has two very fine examples of his strong and beautiful watercolours in their collection.”
“and per se and Part IV Katie Paterson, All the Dead Stars
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and per se and is a rolling sequence of exhibitions where one work is paired with another for two weekly periods, across a stretch of 12 months.
Katie Paterson’s ALL THE DEAD STARS, is a work of epic proportions, charting the 27,000 stars that have died in our Universe since records of such phenomena began, until the time of the work’s making in 2009. The result is a 2 by 3 metre laser etched aluminium map, made in collaboration with scientists and researchers in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of University College London. It depicts an Aitoff projection of the ‘visible’ Universe arranged along lines of Galactic longitude and latitude with every dead star represented by a single etched mark. It was first exhibited as part of Altermodern, the Tate Triennale in 2009 and remains one of Paterson’s seminal early works. After our showing it will next be exhibited at the Yokohama Triennale in August 2017.
From today THE APOCALYPSE by Albrecht Dürer is replaced by the nine volumes of Laurence Sterne’s THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF TRISTRAM SHANDY – with the pages of Volume One turned to the infamous black page. Sterne’s novel (the first volume of which appeared in 1759) with its sliding and irregular narrative is often cited as the first expression of a kind of modernism more usually ascribed to twentieth century writers such as Becket or Joyce. The simple, monochromatic rectangle of black that accompanies the death of Yorick prefigures a kind of total abstraction, and is joined with one of Paterson’s images of deep space, a photograph from her HISTORY OF DARKNESS series; images of darkness from different times and places in the history of the Universe another -
“Scotland and the UKs wealth of creative talent all under one roof at the third Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair with a diverse range of local and national galleries and artists.
Expect to see everything from Sir Peter Blake,Banksy to new and up and coming artists with bold and exciting work, many pieces created especially for the GCAF.
Its a great opportunity to meet with many of the artists and find yourself a piece of original contemporary and affordable art that could stay with you for generations and with prices from £50 to £10,000 and over there's something for every budget and taste.
Also don’t miss:
“We are pleased to reveal the three artists shortlisted for the BP Portrait Award 2017.
Congratulations to artists Thomas Ehretsmann, Benjamin Sullivan and Antony Williams, who have been nominated for the £30,000 first prize.
The three shortlisted portraits were chosen from 2,580 submissions from 87 different countries.
All prize winners will be announced at an award ceremony at the National Portrait Gallery on Tuesday 20 June 2017.
Who would you like to see win First Prize? Let us know @NPGLondon using #BPPortrait”
The BP Portrait Award 2017 exhibition will run at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from Thursday 22 June to Sunday 24 September 2017. Admission is free.
MY CAT KNOWS WHAT I'M THINKING
TALK/OFFICIAL PREVIEW Friday 21st April 6.30-
My Cat Knows What I’m Thinking is an upcoming solo exhibition by London-
ARTIST'S TALK (6.30-
OFFICIAL PREVIEW (7.30-
Edinburgh Printmakers welcomes all to celebrate the launch of My Cat Knows What I'm Thinking. Refreshments provided.
IT WORKS! – EP AT 50 OFFICIAL PREVIEW Friday 21st April 7.30-
Our latest archive exhibition is curated by Dr Ruth Pelzer-
OFFICIAL PREVIEW (7.30-
Edinburgh Printmakers welcomes all to celebrate the launch of It Works! – EP at 50. Refreshments provided.
BRANCHING OUT 15th & 16th April 10.30am-
Branching Out is a two-
Led by artist and educator Cécile Simonis, this unique workshop is designed for absolute beginners and advanced drawers alike.
FIREDAMP: REVISITING THE FLOOD Until Saturday 15th April Tues-
Sean Caulfield's exhibition runs for just a few more weeks – be sure to see it if you haven't already! Striking, bold and thought-
PROCESS & POSSIBILITIES Until Saturday 15th April Tues-
Curated by Dr Lesley Logue, Process & Possibilities features artists who have helped to lay and then build upon the foundations of printmaking as a fine-
The Scottish Gallery have announced: “Last week we opened our April exhibition First which includes nine Scottish contemporary artists.
As part of our 175th anniversary, we have brought together nine artists who have not exhibited at The Scottish Gallery before to represent The Gallery's recognition of the strength and depth of artistic talent in this country. There is a deliberate mix of artists from various stages in their careers and an acknowledgement of the validity of all media in a creative endeavour.
This exhibition is a complementary juxtaposition of sculptural, abstract and figurative work. The investigation of landscape both real and imagined, urban or natural, or process, of the history of art and ideas, is embraced. Most importantly, First is a celebration of talent, material and different ways of seeing the world.
Doug Cocker RSA | Steven Cox | Ian Howard RSA | Joanna Kessel | Lorna McIntosh RSA | Harry Morgan | Alan Robb | Bronwen Sleigh | Dawn Youll “
SOS for May Day: Nairn Book and Arts Festival launches urgent fundraising campaign.
This popular Festival must raise £15,000 by 1st May to survive
One of the Highlands’ largest and best established arts festivals has launched a public fundraising appeal after losing a crucial backer. Nairn Book and Arts Festival urgently needs to raise £15,000 after national arts development agency Creative Scotland confirmed that they would not be offering the popular festival a grant this year. Organisers have just four weeks to fill the funding gap.
David Godden, Chair of the Nairn Book and Arts Festival comments: “ Losing Creative Scotland support this year has been a massive blow to the Festival, leaving a £15,000 gap in our finances and threatening not only this year’s Festival but its entire future.
We have almost 100 events planned for this year’s Festival -
With tickets due to go on sale in June, timing is extremely tight for us. If we fail to raise the necessary funds by 1st May, then we will be forced to cancel this year’s Festival, and future festivals will hang in the balance. We are asking the public for their support -
Nairn Book and Arts Festival -
The festival, which attracts audiences of over 5000 during six days of events, also includes live performances by first-
Creative Scotland officers informed festival organisers that whilst they considered the festival to be fundable, their open project fund was only able to support approximately one third of applications received, and in the context of such demand, limited resources and competing priorities they were unable to support the Nairn bid. Now the Festival is hoping that festival supporters and members of the public will fill the gap left in its finances.
Members of the public can donate to the Festival via www.crowdfunder.co.uk/nairn-
They can also send a cheque payable to ‘Nairn Book and Arts Festival’, to Nairn Book and Arts Festival, Nairn Community and Arts Centre, King St. Nairn IV12 4BQ, or donate in person at Nairn Community and Arts Centre and Nairn Bookshop
Boswell Book Festival Festival Finale:Joan Eardley: A Private View.
A new promenade play on its premiere 2017 tour with Alexandra Mathie in the role of Joan EardleyWritten by Anna Carlisle / Directed by Marilyn Imrie
Painter, Joan Eardley has been described as the artist ‘who captured
Scotland’s life and soul.’ Her candid portraits of Glasgow’s tenement children and dramatic paintings of the fishing village of Catterline with its leaden skies and wild sea have become part of our visual language; and yet her career lasted barely fifteen years: she died in 1963, aged just forty-
Anna Carlisle’s ground-
her mentor, the photographer, Audrey Walker. In this compelling promenade production, lit up with images of her work, audiences will understand what it was that fired Joan Eardley. They will hear the voices of her cherished Glaswegian children and the sounds of the Catterline storms; they will feel as if they are standing in the waves and cornfields with her and experience for themselves the overwhelming impact of her finished works.
ALEXANDRA MATHIE is an award-
Casualty and Coronation Street. She can be heard
regularly on radio.
ANNA CARLISLE has written seven plays for Heroica Theatre company all of which have focused on the lives of maverick and unsung women of British historyand heritage.
MARILYN IMRIE is an award-
Artists and scientists are collaborating in the Edinburgh Science Festival “to depict and explain the (often obscure) ideas that they grapple with every day, with artistic thinking influencing science and scientific methodology reaching into the arts.”
The exhibition is co-
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Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize announce their shortlist. Out of the 1516 Artists the judging panel viewed, 25 were selected based on their ideas, practice and the quality of application.
This years shortlist proves to be one of the most diverse to date with Artists hailing from as far as Canada, Syria, Lithuania, Germany, Brazil and the USA and spanning many mediums.
The shortlisted artists will have their work exhibited in the Ashurst Emerging Artist Gallery and London offices.
This is a huge undertaking but David Cook formerly of WASPS will be the project lead. The old printing works is only 100 metres from Dundee’s own WASPS studios. It’s not the most attractive of buildings but inside the potential is enormous. The building which is 200 metres from the University of Dundee has already housed Duncan of Jordanstone’s Degree Show and is to be the location for this year’s Dundee Design Festival.
David Thomson of D C Thomson publishers said they were keen to contribute to "further arts facilities for the city."
Alan McGowan announces: “I will shortly be publishing a new book of my artwork called "Unstill Life" and having an exhibition of paintings and book launch in Edinburgh at St Margaret's House (151 London Road) on the evening of 22nd of April. There will be drinks from 6pm -
Plans are afoot to create a mini art gallery at Knock Castle Hotel & Spa and the owner is hoping to attract budding Scottish artists to showcase their work.
The luxury Perthshire hotel attracts a wide and varied clientele from all over the world and owner, Jason Henderson believes it’s the perfect setting for Scottish art to be displayed.
“The idea for all this started when I hung a painting of the hotel’s dog on the main staircase wall. I love my dog, Baillie, and he’s a real charmer to all the guests but I knew I needed something special on that wall. I had a real light bulb moment as I pondered the idea of showcasing local and regional artists’ paintings. I’m a real supporter of independent artists and craftsmen and by creating a gallery within the hotel solved the problem of what to hang on the walls yet support the Scottish art world too” He added “I also think there are plenty of fine artists out there who perhaps are not being given the chance to show off their work and this is a great opportunity to have their paintings on display in a busy yet elegant and traditional setting”
Henderson is appealing to artists from all over the country to get in touch with a view to displaying their work to the hotel’s guests who will be able to appreciate the pictures during their stay and have the opportunity to buy some of the pieces too.
Artists should apply to email@example.com.
Keith Salmon's dramatic pastel drawings of wild Oregon landscapes will come with multiple accompanying soundtracks triggered by special sensors.
But the sounds aren't spoken words. Instead, varying tones will convey an audible sense of texture and palette, corresponding with the intensity of the artist's use of crayon strokes and colour in each part of the drawings.
"I wanted to develop a piece of genuinely audio-
Keith (57) began to lose his sight to diabetic retinopathy twenty years ago. Despite now being registered blind, he has won a Jolomo Award for Scottish landscape painting. "I have had to find ways of working that allow me to overcome the problems inherent in producing very visual material with very limited vision," he says.
"I have tried to explore my new and changing view, recording with oils or pastel how I now see my surroundings. The images I produce are becoming more distorted and broken. My drawings, built from numerous coloured lines woven together, are more like organised scribbles."
The technology and support to make his exhibition happen comes courtesy of Microsoft. The corporate giant invited Keith and his partner Anita to its Seattle headquarters last spring after a mutual friend put Keith in contact with Neel Joshi, a Microsoft researcher who was exploring ways of making two-
All three of Keith's (8’x4’) drawings of Oregon's Hell's Canyon are divided into six sections, each with its own minute-
Each Kinect can track up to six people at a time, sensing where they are standing in relation to a drawing and even which part they are looking at.
"I draw with pastels," explains Keith, "so up close you are seeing more of an abstract of scribbled lines. Each type of mark made a different sound as I made it on the paper and Graham Byron, an Ayrshire-
"Stand a metre or two back and the sounds change. Now they represent the colour palette used for each drawing. Graham has matched a different computer-
"Then if you stand even further back you start to hear the natural background sounds we recorded in Oregon, which relate to the part of the drawing you're looking at. Point to a bottom corner and you can hear, say, the sound of walking on stony ground. Point to the sky in the top and you hear sounds of the wind and rain and birds."
Keith hopes his exhibition might prompt other artists, both sighted and unsighted, to experiment with new ways to marry sound to art.
"Who knows," he says, "maybe in five or ten years time you might go to the National Gallery in Edinburgh and instead of just a simple audio-
A preview evening on Friday, April 7th, will raise funds for sight loss charity RNIB to publish a new 'talking book' for readers who are blind or partially sighted. Keith, an avid 'talking books' user himself, said: "I very much want the written word to be as available to people with sight loss as I do the illustrated image, so I'm very happy to help support RNIB."
* 'The Oregon Project and other works: a Keith Salmon landscape retrospective in light and sound', Tent Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art,
Evolution House, 78 West Port, Edinburgh EH1 2LE. Exhibition runs from Saturday 8th April to Saturday 22nd April 2017. Open daily from 11am to 5pm, except Thursdays (1pm -
Compass Gallery is proud to be presenting a new exhibition by one of Scotland’s most dedicated and talented painters, Peter Thomson. He has had numerous solo exhibitions with us since his first major show in 1995 after graduating from Glasgow School of Art.
The many admirers and collectors familiar with the subject and style of Peter’s paintings will have a startling surprise. In his newest work, he seems to challenge himself and his viewers to change direction and their expectations of his more familiar style and subject matter.
Thomson is a serious minded and responsible artist, constantly observing, thinking and responding to the world around him, but his underlying success as a painter is deeply rooted in his inner passions and constant exploration and admiration of the 20th Century Masters. The Post Impressionist style of painting continues to be a major influence; Vuillard, Bonnard, Seurat, Sickert are amongst the artists whose painting he believes remain unsurpassed. He says “The importance to me is that I consider these painters to have regarded their subject matter as being equally crucial as exploring the inherent qualities and possibilities of the materials they used.” Examining the technique and handling of the images inspires him. Studying images of Degas and Rembrandt are now vehicles for developing and exploring his own skills in creating some of his newest paintings. (“Combing the hair, after Degas”) and (“Hendricke Bathing, after Rembrandt”).
So why does Peter paint these subjects? Thomson acknowledges that certain ideas and passions deep within himself certainly resonate subconsciously, for example, his enjoyment in Greek mythology and his sporting interests. They are formed and developed over many years and intuitively permeate his thoughts and working methods. Peter paints what he is passionate about. Painting in the wake of artists like of Edward Hopper, and Vilhem Hammershoi interests him and they are, he feels, closest to the spirit or sensibility of his own paintings. (“Junction”) and (“Briggait Wash Area”). Inspired by their handling of paint he is also influenced by their daring subject matter, themes and concerns of the day. Thomson is enthused by the subdued portraits and interiors of these Post Impressionist artists and their muted tones continue to display much influence.
Thomson feels that painting should always be organic in its nature and for it to be more subjective in meaning and he feels that, how paintings are read is influenced by an individual’s personal life experiences. He is not concerned about creating something that has a particular meaning or purpose yet, observing this new body of painting, they clearly do.
These paintings are his “observations of the unremarkable and unspectacular” – to him everything is endlessly interesting. However, the paintings reflect his daily journey through life. They are often bustling and intriguing, they shout quietly about his own personal thoughts and experiences. (“Hermes”) and (“Workshop”). Accidental discoveries throw up endlessly interesting visual inspiration behind which lies deeply personal thoughtfulness and explanation. A recent trigger of inspiration was during an afternoon in his studio attic, when Peter stood on an old television set by accident; the broken item, its wires and inner workings inadvertently interested him.
The stark, empty abandoned phone boxes offering shelter (“Phone Box, Aikenhead Road”) and (“Phone Box, Cathcart”) perhaps are a reflection on the experience and challenges a serious and committed artist such as Thomson must endure. There is still an abiding interest in landscape, but his sharp observation of the disintegration of industrial, statuesque objects such as the rusting carcass of an abandoned helicopter (“Abandoned Helicopter, Thornhill”) and the acid burned car batteries, we wonder are perhaps metaphors for a variety of contemporary issues and his commitment to his own conscience and political ideologies. Other paintings in the show are gentle and poignant, always deeply personal and thought provoking (“The Field”).
This is a strong and unique exhibition not to be missed and we look forward to opening the gallery doors on the opening evening of 6th April 2017.
For further information and images contact:
Jill Gerber, Charli Summers or Jane Reith on 0141 221 6370
Cyril Gerber Fine Art & Compass Gallery
Edinburgh Macmillan announce that the Art Show 2017 will run from 24th to 27th August and once again will be held in the spectacular halls of Bonhams on George Street.
Something New: Edinburgh Macmillan say, “In keeping with previous years, we aim to bring something new and fresh to each exhibition. This year we are encouraging younger, emerging artists in the 18-
The reasons are simple. Younger artists are currently not well represented and we need to change that to keep the show surprising and relevant. By encouraging a new generation of artists and their buyers, we will be investing in the show’s continued success. We will also have a head start in supporting the Scottish Government’s ‘Year of Young People’ in 2018. In addition, we hope it will be a great opportunity for emerging and established artists to learn from each other. Older artists have years of valuable experience to pass on, but younger ones too have the knowledge and advantage of promoting their work digitally and on social media. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, cancer affects people of all ages and it therefore makes sense for the show to reflect a wider age group.
In reaching out to younger, emerging artists, we intend to spread the word in art colleges, art courses, group studios and relevant arts organisations.
We hope you are as excited as we are and that you will support this new initiative by encouraging younger, talented artists to submit their work.
Diane Mitchell Art Exhibition
Another exciting event for all art lovers to look out for is the Diane Mitchell Art Exhibition which will take place in June at the Flat Cat Gallery in Lauder. Diane, who lives in the Scottish Borders will be running this exhibition in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. It will be a retrospective of work from many years of painting. There will be landscapes from home and abroad as well as seascapes and other themes. It will be a chance to purchase a unique piece of work and donate to a good cause at the same time.”
Over 50 Artists Donate Work to Charity Auction Supporting Leith School of Art
First LSA painter to exhibit at Tate Britain says she is delighted to give something back to the school that gave her so much.
More than 50 artists from across the UK are contributing work to a charity auction raising funds for Leith School of Art.
Known for its high-
Leith School of Art has inspired thousands of students since 1988. Funds from the auction will allow LSA to continue providing the widest possible access to tuition through assisted places, community classes, schools outreach, and graduate residencies.
Among those supporting the auction is the painter Mary Ramsden, the first Leith alumnus to be invited to exhibit at Tate Britain, London, as part of the Art Now series.
Recalling her own introduction to the school she said: “When I first went to look at the school I wasn’t sure I was ready to pursue a career in art, but I just fell in love with its atmosphere.
“I loved the scale, the intimacy, the caring attitude and the quality of the tutors. I also valued the rigour of the Foundation Course, it’s great, you really have to get on with it.
“When I heard about the auction I was really pleased to offer a painting – I wanted to give something back and support the school that gave me so much.”
The auction is an excellent opportunity to purchase work by LSA tutors, alumni and other well-
Online viewing for the auction begins on 14 March and the sale itself is on 24 March at Lyon and Turnbull, Broughton Place, Edinburgh.
Phil Archer, LSA Principal, said: “We have a large number of excellent works for sale, and we are very grateful to the artists for their generosity.
“LSA is absolutely dedicated to giving the widest possible access to classes and education for everyone, from people who want to learn to paint and draw to those who are seeking to develop a career in art.
“We are a registered charity and receive no public funding. This auction will play a very important role in making sure the school can push ahead with its plans for the future.”
One of LSA’s recent initiatives has been to set up graduate residencies helping three talented students launch their careers.
LSA, which is based in a 150-
Around 300 students a week pass through the studios for courses, workshops and summer schools. Many of those who take the year-
There’s lots of exciting things happening this Spring at Glasgow Sculpture Studios including the arrival of resident artists from Marseille and Warsaw, an exciting foundry project with artist collaborators In the Shadow of the Hand and The Homeless World Cup and brand new sculpture courses!
Firstly, GSS announce that Marc Etienne is the recipient of the 2017 emerging artist residency exchange between Glasgow Sculpture Studios and Triangle France. The Marseille based artist was selected by a panel of artists and arts professionals in Glasgow after being shortlisted by Triangle France.
Marc will travel to Glasgow in April for a three months residency. During this time he will have access to a studio and production facilities at Glasgow Sculpture Studios, shared accommodation in Glasgow, and be provided with a 1000 euros production grant in order to make new artwork.
Born in Lyon, Etienne’s practice is placed at the intersection of drawing and sculpture and how the two disciplines can inform each other and create new meanings. Recent exhibitions include Plan de Campagne, Atelier Sumo, Lyon, Hhhh, collectif Les Atleliers, Clermont Ferrand and 46° Halo, INSA Lyon. GSS are looking forward to welcoming Marc Etienne to Glasgow Sculpture Studios and seeing his work develop during the residency.
GSS are also looking forward to welcoming Natalia Janula,, an artist based between Warsaw and London who will be coming to Glasgow Sculpture Studios to complete a short residency in March. Janula wishes to spend the residency developing her current project Primordial soup/fleshy bits focusing on the production of silicone and plaster objects as well as ceramic and metal components.
We extend our congratulations to Glasgow Sculpture Studios member Sarah Forrest who is the recipient of the 2017 Margaret Tait Award receiving a £10,000 commission to create a new piece of work. We look forward to seeing Sarah’s work at Glasgow Film Festival 2018!
A man who left a successful career as a research scientist to train as a painter is to have his first solo exhibition, opening in Edinburgh on Saturday.
Henry Jabbour, who worked for nearly 20 years based at the Medical School at Edinburgh University, quit his job in medical research to train as an artist, first at Leith School of Art, then in New York.
Now, he has won praise in the art world for his paintings and prints, and this looks set to continue as his first solo exhibition opens this weekend at the Union Gallery in the city's West End.
Henry, who was born in Lebanon, worked for the Medical Research Council in Edinburgh before quitting to paint full-
"It took me a long time to make the decision -
After studying for several years at Leith School of Art in Edinburgh, he applied for a Masters at the New York Academy of Art, known for its rigorous training in figurative painting. He said: "It was incredibly intensive. There were days when I was in the Academy from 8am to midnight. At first, I wondered how I would get through it, but it was an amazing experience. All the students were in the same boat and that makes for great creative energy."
Henry's distinctive paintings of men and women lost in their own quiet dramas have already won many admirers, including Chris Smith (Lord Smith of Finsbury), the former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who described them as "truly compelling".
Lord Smith said: "These paintings and lithographs tell us much about ageing, about determination and stoicism, about aloneness and our human relationship with the world that surrounds us. They are worth a second and a third and a fourth look."
Alison Auldjo, director of the Union Gallery, said: "I have been fortunate to have been able to see the work and talent of Henry Jabbour go from strength to strength. His work raises the bar in contemporary painting.
"For me it is incredibly encouraging to see painting of this level coming out in an art world that is increasingly losing sight of basic fundamentals: skill, discipline, hard work and integrity. Henry Jabbour gives me hope for the future of painting."
Now based in Cambridge, Henry said that he had always been drawn to painting the human figure. "I've always been fascinated by the human figure, and by colour. I want the people in my paintings to be universal rather than specific, I want the viewer to connect with the work and take it forward with their own imagination. I'm so happy when someone tells me a painting reminds me of someone because it means they have connected with it."
Royal Academician Hughie O’Donoghue, artist Jane McAdam Freud, former NOA winner Kelvin Okafor, gallery director Cynthia Corbett and filmmakers Elaine Pyke and Adam Saward are among the judges for the 21st National Open Art Prize.
Professional and amateur artists aged 15 and over can now submit work to the main NOA 2017 competition. Each entry is judged anonymously, making the competition one of the most democratic in the UK and Ireland operating today.
Please also note we are now open to all children from 0-
This year’s finalists will be exhibited at the 21st National Open Art Exhibition in London this Autumn where the prizewinners will be announced. After the first round of judging the 500 short-
The 21st NOA Competition is open for entries from 1 March until midnight on 9 July 2017. Finalists will be announced in September and the winners revealed at the Private View and Prize Giving this Autumn.
Hawick becomes focus for international community of film-
Highlights include the Scottish premiere of Rachel Maclean’s It's What's Inside That Counts – recently exhibited at HOME, Manchester and at Tate Britain. Maclean, the artist selected to represent Scotland at the 2017 Venice Biennale, is creating a new film commission, inspired by the context of Venice, for a major new exhibition curated by Alchemy Film & Arts. Her work powerfully satirises the fears and desires of our contemporary zeitgeist, cloaked in a super-
Another sprinkling of Venetian magic comes from Alchemy’s tribute to the late John Berger, the Booker-
In perhaps the World’s first ever surrealist experimental opera-
Expanding the festival’s ethos of conversational encounter into a fifth day, British artist Andrew Kötting will lead a raggle-
For the closing film, Alchemy hosts the European premiere of Incident Reports by Canadian auteur Mike Hoolboom. An episodic love letter to an unseen therapist, Hoolboom’s film is a luminous celebration of humanity, traversing memory, forgetting, image making and gender identity, while touching the heart of what it is to be in the world. It is an essay film that leads us joyfully to an ultimately life affirming conclusion: “Loving would be easy if your colours were like my dreams: Red, gold, and green.”
Richard Ashrowan, Creative Director of Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, said:
“Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival has become one of Europe's leading international festivals of experimental film and artists’ moving image. This year we will be screening over 120 films, including 24 World premieres. We are especially delighted to be showing around 20 films made by the Moving Image Makers Collective, our thriving home-
“The location of the Festival in the border town of Hawick lends the visitor experience a special quality of friendliness and intimacy, an environment in which filmmakers, audiences and volunteers all mix, generating a real outpouring of creativity and conversation.The festival has grown enormously, attracting 1,000 international film submissions this year, and attended by over 50 filmmakers from around the globe.” Mark Thomas, Screen Officer at Creative Scotland said: “Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival have a strong international reputation through bold and imaginative programming and we are very proud to continue to support the festival. It has been an incredibly exciting year for the team, with an expanding programme of community filmmaking initiatives coupled with their work with Rachel Maclean due to premiere at the 2017 Venice Biennale. This year’s programme presents an excellent opportunity to experience a showcase of international standard experimental film and artists’ moving image.”
Stuart Turner, Head of EventScotland, said: “We are delighted to be supporting Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival again this year through our National Programme. Scotland is the perfect stage for cultural events, and the festival will undoubtedly prove popular with visitors who will get the chance to see works by some of the world’s most innovative filmmakers and artists, all within the idyllic setting of Hawick.”
This March, The Scottish Gallery celebrates the life and work of David Michie as part of their 175th anniversary year.
“A memorial exhibition should not be a somber affair and with the subject being the life and work of David Michie our exhibition for March 2017 could not be anything but a joyous celebration. David was a devoted son to his mother Anne Redpath, the happiest of married men with his wife Eileen, the best of fathers to his girls and a friend to so many, including succeeding staff at The Scottish Gallery. This generosity of heart sprang from David’s intense interest in people: he had much to say but always as part of a conversation. But whatever he was saying he was also looking, a sketchbook seldom far from hand and what he saw and remembered or recorded helped him develop his own visual language to describe many aspects of natural phenomena but also his own feelings. A natural modesty could make him a reluctant exhibitor but the exuberance and colour in his work seeks out the light and attests to a life well lived, full of optimism and creative fulfilment.” -
Born in San Raphael, France and the son of painter Anne Redpath, David Michie graduated from ECA in 1953 following a travelling scholarship to Italy with fellow student John Houston. He lectured at Gray’s in Aberdeen and from 1961-
OUT OF THE BLUE DRILL HALL, EDINBURGH
Syn Festival Edinburgh is back! After three successful festivals in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Syn Festival Edinburgh 2017 will be bigger, better and more vibrant than ever before. Featuring over 100 emerging artists, performers, musicians and filmmakers, this year’s project is a creative experiment on the complex relationship between the arts and the multiple meanings, uses and interpretations of myth and, especially, of the idea of transformation.
Their free visual arts exhibition ‘Metamorphosis-
Metamorphosis has always been considered one of the most fantastic mythical motifs, as expressed through literature and other arts. Since the beginning of humankind’s existence, myths of transformation have remained unrivalled in the Western world as sources of imaginative inspiration for art and literature. From Greek to Scottish mythology and from folklore to contemporary fiction, the act of metamorphosing from one physical form into another is a common theme in the mythologies of various cultures. On the other hand, in biology, metamorphosis is a profound change in form from one stage to the next in the life history of an organism, as from the caterpillar to the pupa and from the pupa to the adult butterfly.
Considering art as an act of metamorphosis and as a procedure that transforms materials into new objects, new images, and new ideas, 21 emerging artists working in various media, present their works in an attempt to re-
Artists: Mhairi Bell-
SFE Visual Arts Team: Maro Psyrra, Curator SFE / Glykeria Penna, Communications Manager of SFE Visual Team / Chrysa Karagianni, Short films and Animation Coordinator / Eleni Laparidou, Visual Arts and Photography Coordinator / Kristian Zara, Visual Arts Coordinator
Syn Festival is a Greek multi-
Birch Tree Gallery – a new venue for fine-
The joint exhibition ‘Semitones‘ will feature subtle colour transitions in wool and crystalline glazes and will showcase works by tapestry weaver Louise Oppenheimer from Argyll and ceramicist Maggie Zerafa from Skye. The future exhibitions will include works in wood, glass, stone, clay, mixed media and also, prints.
Due to an unprecedented number of entries the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize has EXTENDED ITS DEADLINE to 29th JANUARY 2017. The art competition is open to artists working across all genres, styles, from any background and any country. We are an art prize that focuses on supporting not just winners but all artists involved.
We accept most art mediums and genres including painters, sculptors, photographers, collage, installation, watercolour, textile, portrait, abstract art, traditional art, fine art and decorative art.
£7,000 prizes, for the Overall Winner, the Employee Choice Award, the Sculpture Award and Rich Mix Prize
Includes £1,000 of vouchers from Cass Art for the 3 Winners
Solo exhibitions in London, England in Summer 2017
Group Show for 25 Shortlisted Artists in April -
For further information and the application form see here www.artprize.co.uk or please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
RSA David Michie Travel Award
The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture (All Scotland)
Deadline: 23 March 2017 at 23:55
The RSA David Michie Travel Award (£2,500) provides a travel and research opportunity for graduating and postgraduate drawing and painting students.
The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture (All Scotland)
Deadline: 23 March 2017 at 23:55
The Royal Scottish Academy of Art & Architecture (All Scotland)
Deadline: 23 March 2017 at 23:55
The RSA John Kinross Scholarships (£2500) are for final year and postgraduate artists and architects to spend a period of 6 to 12 weeks in Florence to research and develop their practice.
There are a number of Scottish Galleries at the London Art Fair this year including: Arusha Gallery, Cyril Gerber Fine Art / Compass Gallery, Glasgow Print Studio, Ewan Mundy Fine Art, Panter & Hall (featuring Audrey Grant) and The Scottish Gallery.
The London Art Fair is described as “the UK’s premier Modern British and contemporary art fair. It was in 1988, the Fair encompasses over 100 rigorously selected galleries presenting the very finest in Modern British and international contemporary art.
Celebrating the launch of the art world year, the London Art Fair welcomed a significant cross section of Modern British and contemporary galleries, showcasing both established and emerging artists from across the globe. Maintaining our increased international reach with new exhibitors from Europe, Asia, and the Americas; the Fair also reaffirmed the strength of its solid London platform, attracting an engaged collector base and audience.”
The Weaver’s Apprentices Dovecot Apprentices | 1912 to the Present
The Weaver’s Apprentice exhibition at Dovecot; from the founding weavers who lost their lives in World War 1 100 years ago, to the current apprentice who builds on the legacy of six generations of weaver’s apprentices before him.
Exhibition open: 10 March to 1 July 2017
Exhibition open to the public (free admission): Mon-
The Weaver’s Apprentice opens at Dovecot Gallery 10 March to 1 July 2017. This exhibition tells the story of the importance of apprenticeships at Dovecot, featuring details from the organisation archive, as well as historic and current works. A key part of the exhibition will tell the story of the founding weavers and apprentices at Dovecot. The loss of the two founding master weavers, John ‘Jack’ Glassbrook and Gordon Berry, during World War 1 in 1917 might have seen the end of Dovecot before it had fully begun, but the young apprentices Ronald Cruickshank, Richard Gordon and David Lindsay Anderson returned to continue weaving at the studio. A new group of apprentices was recruited after 1919 and the cycle of activity at the studio continued.
The exhibition includes the loan of The Chace from Hampshire Cultural Trust -
The founding Master Weavers Glassbrook and Berry did not return from the war, both losing their lives in 1917. A month before his death Glassbrook wrote home:
“I’m very anxious to get back to see how the tapestry is getting on. It has been covered up for twelve months now and I’m wondering if Mr Thomson has ever given it a look. But Cheer-
This exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of the deaths of Glassbrook and Berry and celebrates the legacy of their young apprentices work. The connection and sharing of skills and knowledge from master to apprentice continues at Dovecot to this day and the methods for teaching remain remarkably similar -
Hymers’ apprentice piece, titled Hipsters Love Triangles was completed in 2015, under the instruction of Master Weaver and Studio Manager Naomi Robertson. Another key part of Dovecot’s current apprenticeships is for the new weaver to produce a completed and self-
Dovecot’s three year Apprenticeship is open to applicants over the age of 16 offering a unique opportunity to learn from Dovecot’s Master Weavers. As a world leader in tapestry weaving, Dovecot Tapestry Studio is dedicated to the continued development of this highly skilled art form, ensuring that the skill of tapestry weaving continues to thrive as a dynamic and evolving process. Nurturing innovation in new tapestry weavers who will carry the medium forward for future generations.
The Apprenticeship Programme sustains the lineage of Dovecot tapestry weaving as an essential feature of Scotland’s creative community. Through hands-
A Dovecot Apprenticeship lasts three years and covers technique, design practices and artistic collaboration.
Dovecot aims to maximise the Apprentice’s creative and intellectual potential by developing individual strengths and a design philosophy, gaining an understanding of the professional context and practice of tapestry and rug making. Apprentices work in a studio setting alongside fellow weavers and they are encouraged to build a personal creative identity and aesthetic vocabulary informed by historical, cultural and technical knowledge and by the practical experience of making textiles and collaborating with leading contemporary artists.
The Dovecot Foundation was established as a charity in 2010 by Alastair and Elizabeth Salvesen in order to secure the long term future of tapestry weaving in Scotland and to build on the legacy and archive of 100 years of Dovecot Tapestry Studio’s history. Apprenticeship and learning are fundamental to the future success of the Studio.
Since 1912, Dovecot has placed craftsmanship at the core of its existence, inspired by the founding Master Weavers who came from the workshops of William Morris. Respect for skills and learning has been a constant throughout, allowing Dovecot to develop a remarkable reputation for working with renowned artists and designers on prestigious projects for public and private commissions.
Central to the Dovecot vision is that of supporting and developing this legacy. A classic apprenticeship at Dovecot Tapestry Studio ensures that the skill of tapestry weaving and the ethos embodied in the Arts and Crafts movement has been handed on to each new tapestry weaver at Dovecot, enabling them to become a Master Weaver.
Sandra Crow (Head of Studio Projects) comments:
"Our apprentice weavers join us as full time employees and if training has been successful, following their three year apprenticeship, they remain as part of the team to hopefully become a master weaver of the future. This means their learning never ends and neither does the studios commitment to them. Our Studio Manager and Master Weaver, Naomi Robertson who has woven at Dovecot for 26 years says that depending on the tapestry design, weaving techniques and approach can always be challenged and developed."
The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show. Now in its 249th year, the Summer Exhibition provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase works across painting and printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture and film.
The Summer Exhibition attracts a high volume of entrants annually, with 12,000 entries received in the 2016 show.
There are places for 12,000 entries. All works are submitted digitally and shortlisted works are delivered to the Academy for the second round of judging.
Entry fee and digital submission (Visit the RA’s website to check all dates)
4 January – 15 February
Entry opens on 4 January and the submission deadline is 23:59 (GMT) on Wednesday 15 February
16 March -
18 May -
27 May -
Delivery of shortlisted works
9 May 8am – 7pm
10 May 8am – 5pm
11 May 10am – 7pm 12 May 8am – 5pm
Central Scotland's Open Studios and Art Event
Forth Valley Art Beat formally Forth Valley Open Studios is now in its eighth year and aims to create an inspiring event encouraging participation from artists, designers, makers, art clubs, galleries and organisations delivering a mixture of visual art, from open studios, installations, temporary public artworks, pop-
Artists wishing to participate in the 2017 event can register now via the link below. Artists from all over Scotland are welcome to take part all you need is a venue within the Forth Valley area, whether you are an individual artist opening your studio at home or a collective of makers hiring a venue for the purpose if the event. Take time consider how you could be involved, we welcome new ideas so please do not hesitate to get in touch!
Some artists will be hosting additional events during the nine days, such us workshops, demonstrations, poetry reading, live music and performance. Details of which can be found on our additional events page nearer the time.
FVAB 2017 booking form is now live!
Artists & organisations wishing to participate please click on the image to access the booking form.
Deadline: 20th January 2017
Advertising Opportunities in FVAB event brochure.
We are excited to announce that the third instalment of the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize is open for entries. The prize is open to artists working across all genres, styles and from any background. The overall deadline is 15 January, however all artists who enter before the 18 December will receive feedback on the application they submitted. We are a prize that focuses on supporting not just winners but all artists involved.
£7,000 prizes, for the Overall Winner, the Employee Choice Award and the Sculpture Award Includes £1,000 of vouchers from Cass Art for the 3 Winners New Ashurst Prize for Rich Mix which offers £500 and a solo show in the Rich Mix Gallery for artists living/working in East London (All E postcodes) or whose work is influenced by the area)
Solo exhibitions in London, Group Show for 25 Shortlisted Artists in April -
Invitations to our free, career development talks for artists.
For further information and the application form see here http://www.artprize.co.uk or please email email@example.com with questions.
LPS Prize 2017: Online entry is OPEN for 2017! The Lynn Painter-
In 2017, the Palace will mark Scotland's Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology with a special focus on Bonnie Prince Charlie. In September 1745, the Stuart Prince set up court at the Palace. Groups can visit the rooms that became the focus of the Jacobite cause in Edinburgh, experience the Great Gallery where the Prince held a lavish ball, and see the very bed that he slept in. The special Jacobite theme can be enjoyed as part of a group visit or private guided tour. Visit their website to find out more.
The NPG has just launched their new online shop with a 25% discount until Monday 28 November…you may need to sign up to their Newsletter to get the discount code!
Building on Ashurst's previous support for East London arts charity Rich Mix, we are excited to announce the launch of an additional prize available to this year's entrants.
Rich Mix is an independent arts venue that aims to bring a wide range of people working in various art forms together by offering them resources and the opportunity to deliver excellent art to an increasingly diverse audience.
THE AWARD: Solo exhibition (summer 2017) in the Mezzanine Gallery at Rich Mix £500 cash prize
ELIGIBILITY: Artist must live or work in East London (E postcode) OR their work must relate to East London.
Artists who have already entered and suit the criteria will automatically be considered for the prize. There is no additional entry fee to be eligible to win this prize.
Final deadline 15 January 2017
ENTER BEFORE 18 DECEMBER and receive feedback on your submission
First Prize £30,000
Entry is now open for the BP Portrait Award 2017, the most prestigious portrait painting competition in the world.
With a first prize of £30,000, the Award is aimed at encouraging artists to develop portraiture in their work and over the past twenty-
The competition is open to everyone aged 18 and over. Full competition rules and entry information can be found here.
Closing date: 26 January 2017
The Japan Scotland Association "Scotland Day in Tokyo 2016”
Scotland has had a huge Impact on creating modern Japan, Scots were instrumental in inspiring Japan's modernisation. Since the beginnings of the Meiji revolution there has been a special relationship between the two countries, and surprising parallels In psyche between the these two cultures.
Recently there is also increasing Japanese interest in Scotland. We would like to introduce this history and update the close affinity between Japan and Scotland with modern culture, art, business and science perspectives to look to the future and develop mutual potential.
We are very grateful to our co-
Scotland Day -
The future aim Is to hold an annual Scottish Week with more events including exhibitions of art, culture and science. With a networking enterprise in mind, and to cultivate overall excitement and enthusiasm, we will use this years pilot “Scottish Day” to encourage other venues & businesses to join the “Scottish Week” next year.
Including: cinemas, theatres, galleries, department stores, shops, bars & restaurants Expanding on the events tested this year with sales and or promotions of Scottish products, lectures, films, and exhibitions on the Scottish theme.
“Wasps Studios: have given an update on activity for November 2016
Former Stromness LIbrary, Orkney -
Grand opening on Friday 18th November from 6.30pm. Details here.
The Admiral's House -
John Strachan Residency Update: Artist Roos Dijkhuizen will be hosting some great community events in The Steeple, Newburgh as part of the John Strachan Residency which is taking place across October and November.
This residency was initiated to connect the local artistic community to the Steeple. Over the next two weeks, Roos will be hosting screenprinting and inflateable sculpture workshops and an artists meal. Full details here.
Wasps Census of Tenants 2016 You may not have heard yet but Wasps will be 40 years young next year! In order to help us improve our services and to understand the needs of the artists that we support, we have initiated a major census of all our creative tenants across Scotland.
We hope that the results of this census will help us to grow our impact across Scotland and need as many of our tenants as possible to respond.
We look forward to sharing the results in a few months time.”
The National Portrait Gallery said. “
Congratulations to Claudio Rasano, winner of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 and £15,000 for his portrait Katlehong Matsenen 2016.
The portrait, by Swiss-
The competition judges said that Rasano's portrait "stood out for its simplicity and powerful directness", and was commended "for its ability to create something beautiful out of the everyday.”
Second Prize was awarded to Joni Sternbach’s tintype portrait of surfers Thea Adler and Maxwell Schultz and Third Prize has gone to Kovi Konowiecki for two photographs from his series Bei Mir Bistu Shein, which portrays Orthodox Jews from around the world. The John Kobal New Work Award was won by Josh Redman for his portrait, Frances.”
A researcher at Robert Gordon University’s Gray’s School of Art has had his thesis shortlisted for the prestigious ENCATC Research Award on Cultural Policy and Cultural Management Research.
Elena Borin (finalist), Annick Schramme (ENCATC President), GiannaLia Cogliandro Beyens (ENCATC Secretary General) and Jonathan Price (RGU)Jonathan Price is one of just two finalists for the Award, which aims to stimulate academic research that can inform policy making and benefit the cultural and creative sectors. The jury targets high quality research showing originality and an international dimension.
Jonathan’s thesis, which was funded by the University and based within Gray’s School of Art, is titled ‘The discourse of cultural leadership‘.
His PhD was awarded in February 2016 and he has since been a Senior Research Fellow at RGU, working to share the research with the cultural sector.
The PhD takes a critical look at how leadership has become a priority area in cultural policy and training. It analyses the experiences of a range of cultural professionals in the UK and Europe, rethinking assumptions about who the leaders are and how they operate.
Jonathan said: “I’m thrilled to have the research recognised in this way and the best thing about it is that it encourages people to read the thesis and engage with the work.
“It’s also a tribute to the small but dynamic community of doctoral students at Gray’s and our hugely supportive research professor, Anne Douglas. Thanks to everyone who’s helped and fingers crossed for the final decision.”
Professor Anne Douglas added: “Jon Price’s doctoral research is one of a number of exemplary PhDs that have emerged from Gray’s in recent years as part of a focused programme of research into the place of the arts in public life.
“Price has achieved recognition within significant networks in the UK and Europe, providing substantial opportunities for this research to have deep impact both within academe and more widely, in cultural organisations that involve the arts . This is an outstanding achievement from a high talented and valued researcher”.
ENCATC is the European network on cultural policy and management and the scope of its award is global. Jury members include senior academics from Belgium, Colombia, Finland, France, Spain, Taiwan, the UK and the USA. The outcome of the award will be announced at a special event in Brussels on 16th December and the winning thesis published internationally.
The end of the year at The Scottish Gallery will see art work from landscape artist Frances MacDonald, ceramics from Spitting Image creator Roger Law and Stephen Bird and Edinburgh College of Art graduate Lauren Bowman, making her debut at Scotland’s most established independent gallery.
Having exhibited regularly in Scotland, London and abroad for over 25 years, Frances MacDonald’s dramatic paintings of the landscapes and coastlines in Argyll and the Western Isles have drawn comparisons with Peploe and Cadell. “Her use of the palette knife creates a dynamism and animation in each painting”.
Spitting Image creator Roger Law started his career producing caricatures for publications such as New York Times, Observer and Der Spiegel culminating in the TV series which ran from 1984 for 13 years. He then moved to Australia and rediscovered his love of painting. Now back in his native Norfolk he makes drawings for ceramics which he works on in Jingdezhen, China’s Porcelain City. “I would like the resulting work to be as engaging and attractive as my caricatures were rude and ugly”.
Born in Stoke-
Born in the midlands in 1990, Lauren Bowman studied at Loughborough University and Edinburgh College of Art, graduating from the latter in 2013. Since then she has taken part in a variety of group shows, including RSA: New contemporaries 2014 where she was awarded the RSA Landscape Award, and The National Open Art Competition 2014 where she received the Prudential Award for Young Artists. Her work comprises extraordinarily intricate drawings and paintings.
Christina Jansen, MD of The Scottish Gallery says: “We are particularly pleased to have brought together this group of artists for our final show of 2016. They reflect the diverse work that we aim to bring to the gallery each month”.
“LANDSCAPE AND NATURE IN BREADALBANE” -
Stirling’s own Bruce Crawford MSP who chairs the Cross Party Group on Tourism in the Scottish Parliament will open the exhibition.
Of Other Spaces: Where does gesture become event? -
Of Other Spaces: Where Does Gesture Become Event? is a two-
Informed by the proud history of a strong working women’s culture in Dundee’s jute mills of the early 20th century, which led to the nickname of ‘She Town’ for Dundee, the programme presents artworks by significant artists from different generations – Conrad Atkinson, Anne Bean, Cullinan Richards, Rose English, Rose Finn-
Chapter One runs from 28 October – 16 December 2016 and features an International Symposium titled the 12-
Chapter Two continues with a focus on moving image works from 20 January – 4 March 2017 and previews on Thursday 19 January 2017, 5:30 – 7:30pm. Chapter Two features new and existing moving images works by Linder, Moody & the Menstruaters (Anne Bean), Georgina Starr. On Saturday 4 March, (2-
Colour & Light Events Programme
The Colour & Light exhibition at Dovecot presents an important factor in the creation of all the tapestries and rugs in the Studio -
A specifically designed sensory programme of events has been created that is integral to the Colour & Light exhibition. The hearing loop and audio described tours, workshops and talks will draw upon those works and objects in the exhibition which have been chosen based on their visual and tactile, multi-
If you have an enquiry please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0131 550 3660.
Colour & Light Curator's Tour -
Find out just how colour and light was relevant to the making of the Dovecot rugs and tapestries featured in the Colour & Light exhibition with Dovecot Exhibitions Curator Kate Grenyer. FREE I Please arrive 10 minutes before start time. Hearing Loop Tour of Colour & Light
Thursday 1 December 11-
David Poston, Jonathan Cleaver, Blue Curve Audio Described Tour of Colour & Light. Monday 16 January 11am-
Alphonse Mucha: “In Quest of Beauty” 8 Oct2016 to 19 Feb 2017
Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum.
A stunning exhibition of the Czech Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939) (painter and decorative artist ) . Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of Beauty will feature works from the Mucha Foundation alongside several key pieces from Glasgow’s own collection, including rarely seen works by Mackintosh, George Logan and Jessie M King.
“Glasgow Museums” have opened a shop in the ST. Enoch Centre. Let’s hope their venture is successful!
GM say it stocks a huge range of exclusive merchandise and every purchase supports Glasgow’s nine world-
It has selected ranges inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, The Glasgow Boys, Alphonse Mucha, Rembrandt, Whistler and Glasgow favourites such as Avril Paton’s iconic Windows of the West which has been a firm favourite at the Glasgow Museums shop in Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum.
Winners announced as the 20th National Open Art Exhibition opens
Amateur and self taught artists win top prizes
Lord Mervyn Davies opens 20th NOA Exhibition at Mercers’ Hall on Thursday 27 October
Vogue 100’s Robin Muir curates exhibition in heart of the City, open for free until 4 November
Amateur and self taught artists have been the surprise winners of the 20th National Open Art Competition.
Juliet Robinson, a retired computer sales executive who began painting in her 40s, has won the 20th National Open Art Prize for Going My Way?, an abstract oil painting inspired by a young girl spotted from a London bus.
Software writer Chris King, who has no formal training in photography, won the 20th National Open Art Photography Prize for Ellen and Susan – 76901, an image of his wife’s late-
The 20th National Open Art Best Young Artist Prize went to 20-
Other notable wins include commercial photographer Richard Weston’s intimate portrait of his drag artist son Sam, which was awarded the NOA Photography Runner Up Prize, and Gini Wade’s Home 2 – Regeneration, a print inspired by the artist’s travels in Syria and her memories of London bombsites after the Blitz, which won the NOA Welsh Award.
More than £50,000 worth of prizes were awarded to 35 winning artists as Lord Mervyn Davies opened the 20th National Open Art Exhibition at Mercers’ Hall on Thursday, 27 October. The free exhibition – featuring 160 selected paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, wall hung installations, digital art pieces and short films – will run until 4 November.
The exhibition has been curated by NOA judge Robin Muir, following his successful curation of the National Portrait Gallery’s Vogue 100 earlier this year. Royal Academician David Remfry and Fiona Kingsman, Head of Tate Exchange, were also judges this year.
The winning artworks will be exhibited at Chichester's Pallant House Gallery in December (6-
For more information visit www.nationalopenart.org
136th Annual Exhibition 9 – 28 January 2017
Call for Entries, Receiving Day: 29 December 2016. Non-
Vogue 100’s Robin Muir curates 20th National Open Art Exhibition at Mercers’ Hall.
Exhibition of leading contemporary British art comes to the heart of the City. NOA’s 20th Exhibition to open for free from 27 October to 4 November
National Open Art is bringing its 20th Exhibition to the heart of the City this autumn. Curated by Robin Muir, following his hugely successful curation of the National Portrait Gallery’s Vogue 100 earlier this year, this free exhibition at Mercers’ Hall features 160 selected paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, wall hung installations, digital art pieces and short films.
The artworks have been selected by an expert panel, including Robin Muir and Royal Academician David Remfry, from thousands of pieces by the very best professional and amateur artists working today in the UK and Ireland.
More than £50,000 worth of prizes will be awarded to 35 artists, including for the hotly anticipated Best Emerging Artist and Best Young Artist, when Lord Mervyn Davies opens the exhibition on Thursday, 27 October.
Winners of the children’s competition, judged by Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell, will also be announced when the exhibition opens.
Hospitalfield have announced an Open Weekend and Exhibition
DUSK Winter Season open weekend 19 – 20 November 2016, 11am – 5pm
Frank Dobson, Judith Hagan, Ewan Murray
Open weekend with events, tours, workshops, talks and exhibition opening.
This exhibition brings together new and recent paintings from two artists, Judith Hagan and Ewan Murray, who have come through Hospitalfield’s residency programme since 2014 and work of the modernist artist Frank Dobson (1886-
Frank Dobson, Judith Hagan, Ewan Murray
This exhibition brings together new and recent paintings from two artists, Judith Hagan and Ewan Murray, who have come through Hospitalfield’s residency programme since 2014 and work of the modernist artist Frank Dobson (1886-
Hospitalfield, Hospitalfield House, Arbroath, DD11 2NH
Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize are excited to announce that the third instalment of the Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize is open for entries. The prize is open to artists working across all genres, styles and from any background. The overall deadline is 15 January, however all artists who enter before the 18 December will receive feedback on the application they submitted. This is a prize that focuses on supporting not just winners but all artists involved.
£6,500 prizes, for the Overall Winner, the Employee Choice Award and the Sculpture Award
Includes £1,000 of vouchers from Cass Art for the 3 Winners
Three month solo exhibitions in London, England
Group Show for 25 Shortlisted Artists in April -
Early entries will feature in our ongoing campaigns to clients, invitations to our informative talks.
For further information and the application form see here http://www.artprize.co.uk or please email email@example.com with questions.
To kick off the 2017 Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize talk series the first event is being hosted by Cass Art at their flagship store in Islington on the 19th October.
“How to Win Art Opportunities” will discuss how to increase your likelihood of a positive outcome when applying to a range of opportunities.
Providing practical tips on submitting applications to things such as art prizes, funding opportunities and exhibitions, their industry experts will guide you through maximising your chance of success, and how to benefit in some way from each application you submit….
In 2017 Cove Park will award a minimum of three funded Visual Arts Residencies of between one to three months each. National (UK) and international artists are welcome to apply to this programme.
In addition, and with the support of the Bridge Awards, Cove Park will offer a four-
Cove Park’s One-
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THE GRAND GESTURES BY CELIE BYRNE
The Grand Gestures are a collaborative music project. Having voiced lyrics to some of the tracks, Celie decided to make her own grand gesture and paint each of the 23 members to mark her first solo exhibition.
Accompanied by handcrafted pieces of jewellery from six resident jewellers.
Caroline Finlay, Angela Learoyd, Michele Daykin, Nicola Henderson, Karen McGregor, Morna Darling.
OPENS: FRI 7 OCT…..SHOWING TILL SUN 6 NOV
An exhibition resulting from artists working with biomedical scientists to create six experimental animated artworks exploring new ways of thinking about the human body. 29 September -
The six new commissions include an exploration of how the immune system functions, how disease is spread and how our genetic code can be manipulated.
The animations are accompanied by objects, specimens and artworks from the University of Dundee’s museum collection selected by the artists. In this exhibition we also showcase moving image works from Animating Science, an educational project in partnership with Dundee Contemporary Arts (funded by the University of Dundee and the Wellcome Trust) that allows school pupils to bring science topics to life.
Silent Signal is curated in collaboration with Animate Projects. The exhibition is devised and produced by Animate Projects with scientist Bentley Crudgington, and is supported by a Wellcome Trust Large Arts Award and the Garfield Weston Foundation.
A different animation will be shown each week.
29 September -
AfterGlow by boredomresearch & Dr Paddy Brock
Exploring and revealing the intimate relationship between disease and its environment, using gaming engine software and mathematical modelling data.
29 September – 9 October
The Signal and the Noise by Charlie Tweed & Dr Darren Logan
Exposing the parallels between computer coding and genetic coding in humans and animals, drawing upon the latest advances in DNA sequencing technology to propose a future vision of hybrid computing devices that are used to monitor and repair living things.
10 October – 21 October
Immunecraft by Eric Schockmel & Dr Megan MacLeod
Adopting the form of a video game trailer to present a fictional game which gives users agency over a real life cell culture to compete against opponent players, raising questions about bioethics.
22 October – 2 November
Loop by Samantha Moore & Dr Serge Mostowy
Illustrating what can be seen and what cannot, based on drawings and discussions around cytoskeleton dynamics, revealing the creative and discursive nature of science.
3 November – 14 November
Battle of Blister by Genetic Moo & Dr Neil Dufton
Taking you on a fantastic voyage through the inflammation process using footage from human performers, charting the escalation from fly bite to full scale engagement.
15 November – 26 November
Sleepless by Ellie Land & Professor Peter Oliver
Exploring the links now being discovered between sleep and mental health. Its rhythm is inspired by the circadian cycle and displays visual icons rooted in the science of sleep.
Wednesday 12 Oct, 1-
Murray Seminar Room, Seminar: Dr Megan MacLeod
Saturday 29 Oct, 11am-
Saturday 12 Nov, 11am-
LifeSpace, Talk: Genetic Moo
in partnership with NEoN Digital Arts Festival
Saturday 19 Nov, 11am-
Thursday 23 Nov, 4-
Murray Seminar Room, Seminar: Dr Paddy Brock
Saturday 26 Nov, 11am-
The Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours (RI) seeks the best in contemporary watercolour and watermedia painting.
Deadline: Friday 6 January 2017, 12 noon
The RI was formed to exhibit the best watercolours and to show non-
There are many prizes and awards available to win, including:
The Leathersellers' Prize: £1,000 awarded by The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers to an artist aged between 18 and 30 years old
The Anthony J Lester Art Critic Award: An outstanding work chosen by the art critic and broadcaster Anthony J Lester
The Cass Art Prize: A prize of £200 of art supplies from Cass Art, awarded to a work demonstrating the most innovative use of colour
The Debra Manifold Memorial Award: Presented by the Linda Blackstone Gallery, an award for the most innovative work in the exhibition
The Dry Red Press Award: The winning work will be published as a greeting card in the Dry Red Press 'Prize Winners' range
The Escoda Barcelona Award: A set of Escoda's finest brushes for an outstanding landscape painting
The Frank Herring Easel Award: An easel presented for an outstanding work in the exhibition by Frank Herring & Sons
The John Purcell Paper Prize: Paper to the value of £100 awarded to a work chosen by John Purcell
The Matt Bruce RI Memorial Award: An award of £500 for what is considered the most outstanding use of light and colour
NEW The Neil Meacher RI Watercolour Award: An award of £250 for an outstanding watercolour
The Schmincke Award: A Schmincke watercolour set awarded to a work judged to be outstanding.
PIL Project is delighted to confirm the public presentation an investigational product of our recent travel to Moscow, Russia. For this chapter, new media art will meet public legislation through a context where the old legacy of communism coexists with the exaltation of the digital individuality.
The exhibition will take place in the Visual Research Centre’s (VRC) Centrespace, Dundee, Scotland.
Participating artists: Rostan Tavasiev and Ksenia Plisova.
Research Collaborators: AES+F, Andrey Egorov, Ildar Yakubov and Ivan Tuzov.
Artists based in WASPS Studios in St Mary’s Mill, Selkirk open their doors again to the public for their annual ‘Open Studios’ event on the weekend of the 1st and 2nd October. A popular event for all ages, this is a rare opportunity to view a diverse range of work by the artists, explore their working environment, and enjoy a programme of arts workshops for all ages, talks, demonstrations, live music and plenty of good home baking! The artists based in the studios work across textiles, painting, mosaic, sculpture, print, film, and puppetry.
St Mary’s Mill is a former working textile mill, and is an informal and atmospheric space in which to enjoy high quality art and meet the artists who make it.
The event is free, and runs from 10-
Artists taking part in WASPS Selkirk Open Studios this year:
John Berry • Jim Douglas • Liz Douglas • Alex Hain • Rob Hain • Kerry Jones • Moy Mackay • Fiona Millar • Mary Morrison • Joy Parker • Alan Richmond.
This year the Selkirk WASPS Open Studios event will be promoted as part of the Creative Coathanger Festival, which celebrates ‘Everything Creative’ in and around Galashiels from 24thSeptember to 9th October .
Selkirk WASPS Open Studios event, Saturday 1st and Sun 2nd October 10-
The three photographers shortlisted for the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016 are photographers Kovi Konowiecki, Claudio Rasano and Joni Sternbach, who have been nominated for the £15,000 first prize.These prize-
The Goldfinch has never before been to Scotland before and rarely exhibited in the UK. Held in the Netherlands, its last outing was to New York in 2014 where a record-
RA have Just announced: Exhibition 2017 programme
The Summer Exhibition 2017 will run from 12 June — 20 August 2017 For the first round of the selection process, artists are asked to submit digital photographs of their work online. For the next stage of the application process, judges will shortlist up to 4,000 entries to be delivered to the Academy for a second round. Each year, we accept 12,000 entries, which is in line with the upper limit of submissions we’ve received in previous years. Information regarding entrance to the Summer Exhibition 2017 will be released from October 2016.The Summer Exhibition 2016 attracted a high volume of entrants with 12,000 entries received in the 2016 show.
It has been a busy summer for WASPS Artists at Cannonwalls and Claverhouse Studios in Kirkcudbright have been open to the public all summer and will be closing 31st AugustThe other Open Studios dates for 2016 are as follows:Links Studios, Nairn: 3rd & 4th SeptemberSt Mary's Mill, Selkirk: 1st and 2nd OctoberThe Courtyard, Irvine: 1st and 2nd October
It’s time to start planning for the Ruth Borchard Self-
An exhibition of artists’ books, publications and multiples co-
Images of all shortlisted artworks are available to download from Dropbox: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/7d3tqmynhme6dca/AACczbRDK6zMT6z84Rrb0BV4a?dl=0Refugees and Brexit feature heavily in shortlisted piecesMore than 11,000 votes cast in #worldartvote in six days Art lovers have until 29 August to vote for their favouriteThe 20th National Open Art Competition has been overwhelmed by the response to its shortlist after its World Art Vote saw more than 11,000 votes cast in six days.NOA's World Art Vote enables art lovers to decide which shortlisted piece deserves a place in NOA’s prestigious Winter Exhibition, thus avoiding a second round of judging from the competition's panel led by David Remfry, Robin Muir and the Tate’s Fiona Kingsman.Brexit, the refugee crisis and the death of David Bowie have all proved inspiration for artists on the 585-
The winner of the World Art Vote will be revealed in September alongside around 150 pieces selected by the judges. The final artworks will appear at NOA’s Winter Exhibition at Mercers’ Hall in October where around 35 winners will be announced and £60,000 worth of prizes awarded.
The World Art Vote is open until 29 August. To vote, visit www.nationalopenart.org
Royal Academy of Arts London:Portrait Workshop
Alan McGowan has been invited to teach a two day Portrait Drawing Workshop in the amazing historic life studio at the Royal Academy of Arts in Picadilly, London.The workshop (17th and 18th September) will look at structure and anatomy as well as investigating the nature of the drawn language we use to create portraits. We have a magazine that features Alan…Drawing: The Portrait Examined. Two-