“The Presidents and Council of the Society of Scottish Artists are delighted to welcome the seven newly elected Professional Members for 2021, adding to the growing list of members working globally. The artists selected have shown development in their own field, dedication to professional practice and their continued evolvement within the Society. We would like to encourage their ongoing support of the Society in which we endeavour to support and encourage them to push their own practice in the coming years.” Jamie McAteer and Olivia Turner | SSA Presidents.
You can learn more about each artist by following the links below. You will also have the opportunity to see their work at forthcoming SSA exhibitions.
Professional Artist Members are elected annually by a Professional Members Selection Committee and have previously been selected to exhibit in at least two SSA curated exhibitions. These artists represent a broad range of styles, and their work reflects the variety and vibrancy that can be found across the SSA membership.
This wonderful opportunity was awarded by The Borders Art Fair in collaboration with Marchmont House. I was selected alongside my very dear friend and wonderful multidisciplinary artist, Rebekah Tolley Georgiou, to spend the month of March 2021 in the tower of the creative spaces at Marchmont. My remit was to develop a body of work which reflected how it felt to be living in a pandemic. I called this series ‘Breath’. The whole experience was wonderful and I am proud of the work I did there.
The ‘Breath Series has it’s own dedicated gallery on my website and has proven to be very successful. I believe it really tapped into the feel of our current times.
‘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.