Many thanks to everyone who came along to my studio during Perthshire Open Studios. It was my most successful year so far, in terms of sales, but it was also a much more focussed event for me having opened the studio itself this year, and going solo. I really enjoyed the conversations, and meeting people who were drawn to my work specifically. Seeing responses to my work, and gaining different perspectives on it, is really fascinating to me and will perhaps help develop my artistic practice.
If you visited any venues during Perthshire Open Studios 2019, please do fill in the visitors’ survey. You could win £100 to spend on art! www.perthshireopenstudios.com/visitor-survey-19
Next on my exhibiting calendar is Frames Gallery’s 40th anniversary exhibition, opening this weekend. Hugh, Julie, their family and team have maintained an excellent standard of art exhibiting for all these years, and I am delighted to have been continually supported by them since graduating from art college. The show will be an eclectic mix of over 70 artists’ works, with some who have been exhibiting at the gallery right from the start of their careers. The exhibition runs until 19th October 2019.
See more at www.framesgallery.co.uk/40-years-of-excellence
This September, I will be taking part in Perthshire Open Studios (POS) again, but for the first time, I will be opening my own studio, based in Luncarty. It’s both daunting and quite exciting to be opening the studio door for the first time, but I hope you will drop by for a visit.
On offer will be; a selection of original paintings, professional quality giclée prints, greetings cards and other smaller items – all of which will be available for sale. This is the only event where you will find my original paintings at a slightly discounted price, as I still have significant overheads, but not quite as high as the wonderful galleries that I work with. In the interests of fairness, I offer the discount only as an incentive to visit my studio for the duration of POS, and only on the paintings that will be present in the studio at that time. Prints and cards are available on my Etsy shop, but I will have a better selection during POS.
You may have seen me at other open studios events. Previously, I have taken part in POS as part of the Stanley Artists group, and in the distant past I participated in North Fife Open Studios and WASPS Dundee Open Studios when I lived and worked in those areas.
For more information about POS, event dates, and how to find my studio, please visit: www.perthshireopenstudios.com
Here’s a list of confirmed exhibitions that I’ll be taking part in this year. I’ll be adding to it as the year progresses, so do look back here for updates.
Ongoing – Mansfield Park Gallery, Hyndland Road, Glasgow.
16-19 May – arTay, Perth Festival of the Arts
1 Jun – ongoing – Aberfeldy Gallery, Perthshire.
8-9 Jun – Lemond Gallery Summer Show, Bearsden.
14-16 Jun – Lemond Gallery Summer Show, Edinburgh.
29 Jun – 25 Aug – Summer Exhibition, Annan Gallery, Woodlands Road, Glasgow.
7-15 Sep – Perthshire Open Studios.
7 Dec – 26 Jan – Winter Exhibition, Annan Gallery, Woodlands Road, Glasgow.
Look out for my work in and around Glasgow and Edinburgh this November, as I’ll be exhibiting again at the Annan Gallery, Mansfield Park Gallery and Lemond Gallery.
CHRISTMAS SHOW BEARSDEN
Saturday 17th November and Sunday 18th November 2018, from 11.00am to 5.00pm daily.
CHRISTMAS SHOW EDINBURGH
Friday 23rd November to Sunday 25th November 2018, from 11.00am to 5.00pm daily.
End of Year Show
24th November 2018 – 20th January 2019
Mansfield Park Gallery – ongoing.
Visual Arts Scotland are running a members’ show, entitled ‘Current’, at Tatha Gallery in Newport-on-Tay, and I was really pleased to have one of my new, large paintings selected for the exhibition. The exhibition promises to be an exciting and eclectic mix of artworks, from a diverse pool of artists working in Scotland.
The exhibition is on now, and continues until 22nd September 2018.
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The year so far has brought a few exhibitions, some larger scale work, and more time outdoors in the beautiful weather. I won’t be taking part in Perthshire Open Studios this year, rather I’ll be enjoying more time in the studio, making larger scale work again for the remainder of the year.
Annan Gallery, Mansfield Park Gallery and Lemond Gallery, all in Glasgow, have been showing my work these past few months, and I had some pieces in the arTay marquee again in May, part of Perth Festival of the Arts.
Look out for my work later in the year, in Glasgow again!
From 24th-31st March, arts events will be taking place across Perthshire for the second Platform Festival, including poetry, music and visual art. This year, I will again be participating in both the Perthshire Visual Arts Forum and Perthshire Open Studios exhibitions, as part of the festival.
See www.platformperth.co.uk for full event details.
Perthshire Visual Arts Forum have been busy piecing together an art trail, a series of pop-up exhibitions across various venues, including the beautiful Branklyn Gardens, situated on Dundee Road, Perth. Around six artists will have work at Branklyn, and I’m in the process of making some small paintings on perspex that will be placed around the gardens themselves – so it will be a bit of a treasure hunt of sorts.
Perthshire Open Studios will be hosting an exhibition within Frames Gallery on Victoria Street, Perth, featuring a selection of artworks from POS 2017 participants. There are around 30 artists taking part in this show, so it’ll showcase the diversity of talent from around the local area. I’ve included a smaller painting that was completed around the time of POS 2017, and look forward to seeing how Hugh and team curate such an eclectic mix of work!
Looking ahead, in May the fabulous arTay marquee will be returning for Perthshire Festival of the Arts, of which I am delighted to be taking part on again. There’s always a buzz about the place, both in setting up with all the other artists, and with the huge number of visitors to the event each year.
Another published article on my work!
Last but not least, my work was again featured in a published article, this time for the Scottish Society of Botanical Artists. Editor Lindesay Irvine approached me about writing an article, having seen the piece I wrote for the Scottish Rock Garden Club back in January. I’ve attached a link to the full newsletter here: Nuntii Spring 2018, the article itself is on pages 7 and 8.
This month, the Scottish Rock Garden Club published an article about my work in their latest edition of The Rock Garden, an international subscription journal that is published twice a year. The article came about as a result of meeting the magazine editor during Perthshire Open Studios, where he was impressed by my paintings of snowdrops and foxgloves; images of which appear alongside the article.
Being more than a little sheepish about my writing skills, writing the article was somewhat challenging, especially given that the audience is very knowledgable about the subject matter! However, hopefully, it will provide an alternative perspective about these particular species, which the readers will find interesting.
It was a huge privilege to be able to write for The Rock Garden!
June is becoming a busy month for my work this year.
This coming Sunday, from 2-4pm, we have the opening of our Stanley Artists‘ exhibition at Birnam Arts – all are welcome, there will be home baking and wine! We’re all really excited about exhibiting together, outside of our annual Open Studios event (that’s still happening in September too though). The exhibition runs until 31st July.
Also this weekend is the annual Summer Show at the Lemond Gallery in Bearsden, and I am thrilled to have eight pieces on show with them for the first time. There will be around 500 artworks available for sale over just two days, so it’s a lot like an art fair in a way. In addition, they will be taking my work to Edinburgh the following weekend. More information on their website.
Finally, for June anyway, I will be putting a few pieces into the Dunkeld Art Exhibition. The exhibition runs from 22nd June over most of the Summer, and hosts at least a couple of hundred artists. It’s a very popular event, not least with all the tourists visiting the area, and profits from the exhibition help fund the upkeep of Dunkeld Cathedral.
I’m delighted to have been invited to take part in arTay again this year, part of Perth Festival of the Arts, which is run by Hugh Goring and his team at Frames Gallery of Perth.
The arTay marquee will be open to the public from the 18th to 21st May, and promises to showcase some of the best in Scottish visual art. Last year around 300 artworks were exhibited for sale, from a large variety of artists at all stages in their careers.
Entry is free, and well worth a visit.
The marquee will be located next to Perth Concert Hall.
See www.perthfestival.co.uk/event/artay-18-21-may-2017/ for further details.