The above piece ‘Life’s Breath’, has been accepted into the 123rd Annual Exhibition of the Society of Scottish Artists
The SSA Annual Exhibition will showcase some of the most exciting work being made by the Society’s members and other selected artists, as well as bringing powerful international work to audiences in Edinburgh.
As a selling exhibition, visitors can purchase works from the show. In addition to the main works there will be a series of smaller artworks available at accessible prices.
Exhibition Dates: 1 November – 23 November 2021
Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 10-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm (last entry 30 minutes prior to closing)
Venue: Upper Galleries The Royal Scottish Academy The Mound Edinburgh EH2 2EL
Entry is via the RSA Front Door entrance on Princes Street. If you require stair-free access please notify us after booking (via email@example.com) and enter by the ramp at the RSA Back Door (South Entrance).
£4 | £3 concessions (+booking fees)
Free Entry for SSA Members (limited tickets available per day, please book in advance)
In autumn the Heriot Gallery Figurative Show has works from myself and other great figurative artists including Saul Robertson – Rory Macdonald – Peter Hallam – Cherylene Dyer Jane Gardiner – Steven Higginson – Anthony Scullion – Ruaridh Crighton – Angela Reilly
Manchester Art Fair 19th November – 21st November
Heriot Gallery will be at stand 236 at the Manchester Art Fair where they will show a selection of my current work. Please contact the Herriot Gallery for more details and tickets.
Winter Show 18th November – 31st January
The Group Winter show will take us up to the loveliest time of the year and through to January 2022. A great show to find a unique present for someone special.
‘A Breath Taken’ was featured in the SSA contemporary figures exhibition and in the Every Woman Biennial at the Copeland Galleries in London. I am delighted that it sold from the Every Woman Biennial. This is one of my favourites from the ‘Breath Series’ but there are hand silvered prints of it still available.
‘Lover’s Eye’ was selected by the Society of Scottish Artists to be in the Insectarium exhibition at the Scottish Ornithologists Club, Aberlady, June-July 2021.
It was inspired by the late 17th Century tradition of having an artist paint your lover’s eye on to a piece of jewellery and then wearing it in a hidden place. Under a collar for example. This jewellery often took the shape of an insect or moth. The idea of eyes on insects is both compelling and repulsive, having your lover’s eye watching you always is both comforting and unnerving.
At the beginning of the Pandemic my working practice changed considerably. I developed a completely new style and method. I was invited to deliver two talks as an opportunity to explain my thought processes and highlight the new work. One was for Berwick Creative Guild and one for the Society of Scottish Artists, both can be seen here:
The Discerning Eye is an educational charity, established in the UK in 1990, to encourage a wider understanding and appreciation of the visual arts and to stimulate debate about the place and purpose of art in our society, and the contribution each one of us can make to its development.
The organisation comprises a group of directors and an education and advisory committee. Our annual exhibition is usually held at The Mall Galleries in London in November. Every year six individual selectors – two artists, two art collectors, and two art critics – produce their own ‘mini exhibition’ by selecting a mixture of works from personally invited artists and from an open submission process. Each section is hung separately to maintain its own character and identity. Because of the mix of invited and selected work, the exhibition provides a rare opportunity for lesser-known artists to have their work shown alongside that of internationally recognised name.
All works exhibited are of a ‘domestic scale’, less than 20 inches in any dimension, but can be created in any medium. This was a founding principle of The Discerning Eye and remains so today.
In 2020, due to the Pandemic, the exhibition was held entirely online.
My piece ‘Pandora’ was selected by Tabish Kahn, The London Art Critic, for the exhibition and I am delighted that it sold.
Borders Art Fair is a large space dedicated to the best artist and galleries from the Scottish Borders and beyond. It occupies the Border Show ground in Kelso for a long weekend mid March. Gill won best exhibitor stand at the Borders Art Fair in March 2019, She is a regular exhibitor there and will be back in 2022.