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The Drawing Box at Dunoon Burgh Hall

Exhibition of over 90 international artists’ A5 works

Looking forward to welcoming over 90 international artists to Dunoon (at least, their work!) in January.

Exhibition at Dunoon Burgh Hall.

How to get here.

Given the increasing uncertainty over covid restrictions, I am also planning to film a tour of the show that I will upload to youtube.

I will also be showcasing a series of very short artist’s talks on youtube, a virtual way to ‘meet the artists’.

More details here, soon!

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Drawing Box in Groningen

The fantastic travelling exhibition of drawings from over 60 international artists opens in the Netherlands this weekend. I’m delighted to have my 6 pieces showing in it. Next stop, in the New Year – Scotland!

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Stockingfield Bridge

Exciting news! I am delighted to be working with Scottish Canals and seven other artists/groups to produce an artwork for the new Stockingfield Bridge project in Glasgow.

While studying at Glasgow School of Art, I lived on a houseboat at Applecross Basin, and have many fond memories of the canal and surroundings. It’s lovely to come back to this location to produce an artwork that is to be tied deeply to the place and its people.

With input from local community groups and others, I will be designing a ‘river of names’ to be installed on the towpath next to the canal. The names will be etched into granite slabs, using a variety of typefaces, lettering and alphabets.

Above: working sketch design for one slab

If you have a connection with the local area and would like to suggest a name to be included in the ‘river’, please get in touch at the website below.

The artwork will be installed in Spring 2022.

Watch this space!

https://ariverofnames.com/

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Athens/Greece

Five of my small works are now in Greece, at the Athens School of Fine Arts Library. I’ll be doing an online studio visit with Kleopatra Moursela on Friday.

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Creative Immersive wokshop at Orains

I had the pleasure of attending a workshop at Orains, recently, on the beautiful Argyll coast. This was a great opportunity to meet other artists, including Pieter who was our host, and to play around with new materials, techniques and ideas.

We had a wonderful range of materials and a great studio space at our disposal. I spent a day making paper frames, paper stages, and a miniature rough proscenium arch with hanging cloud, which I took out into the landscape.

I wanted to explore ways to ‘break the frame’ and move back and forth between abstracted/pictorial space and sculptural, figurative elements.

Material spilling out of the fourth wall (heather-dyed wool and paper)
Miniature weather system (wood, nails, wool)

A second day I spent playing with different mediums – egg tempera, indigo and natural inks like elderberry juice and rhodendendron ink. Still exploring tensions between figurative elements and absraction, as ever.

booklet for testing materials
Door, figure. Carbon paper, indigo and collage on paper. A3

I came back, in the end, to frames/doors and figures. Now looking forward to taking these thoughts back to the studio to see where they take me. I plan to make more prosceniums and place them in the landscape, perhaps considering how the figurative ‘wee clouds’ might interact with them.

With grateful thanks to the Balavoulin Arts Grant for funding my attendance at this workshop

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One Subject/One Drawing a Day – Paris

Wishing I was in Paris to see this beautifully hung show. I have six small works, all based on studies of an oil lamp. Opens today.

Study in collage and mixed media, A5.

https://www.abstract-project.com/expos/expoencours.htm

https://www.facebook.com/Abstract-Project-924343407585274

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Pause – SSA

I have two works in this lovely, eclectic online show from the SSA.

7 August – 5 September 2021

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Drawing Box – New Mexico

Delighted to be showing work in the US for the first time. Show opens in Questa, New Mexico, on August the 7th. I have 5 x A5 pieces in here, with over 30 other artists from around the world.

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New Writing Scotland

Out very soon – delighted to have a poem – ‘Sea Chapel’ – in here.

Available here

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One Subject/One drawing a day

Opening soon, in France. I’m delighted to have 6 small works in this show.