News round-up

The Drawing Box A5 show opens tonight in New Delhi!

My artwork ‘A River of Names’ has been installed at Stockingfield Bridge, Glasgow.

And pleased to have a piece in Paisley’s Big Art Show, opening in August.


All Becomes Art – Joan Eardley and poetry

An event next week at the Hunterian in Glasgow. Delighted to have a poem – The Wave – in Part Two of this anthology.

‘Oh, to zip on your cliff-top Lambretta

into the living landscape.’


Unmute – Open Call

Very excited to share this Open Call for artwork for an upcoming show from the SSA at Dunoon Burgh Hall.

More info and how to apply here.

Image: Iona Brown, Goose Eggs

“Over the last two years we have had to adapt and find new approaches to connecting with one another. It has not always been easy but it is these connections that have helped us get through these strange times. It is our pleasure to announce our first physical exhibition of the year, in collaboration with Dunoon Burgh Hall.

As we restart these in-person conversations and connections that we have missed, we invite all SSA members to submit work for consideration for our upcoming exhibition in Argyll and Bute. The exhibition will take place from 17 June – 24 July 2022.

We are really looking forward to welcoming artists back into a gallery setting and we invite artists to submit up to three pieces of work in any discipline, media or size.”


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!


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!


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!



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.


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


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.


Pause – SSA

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

7 August – 5 September 2021