New website now live!

I have a new website! I have added new galleries describing some of the recent series I have been working on. My ‘Breath Series’ is now all in one place and easy to find. I am hoping you will find it much easier to navigate.

All the most recent events, awards and exhibitions are now in a blog on the home page so you can see what I have been up to.

You can also sign up to my email newsletter from the bottom of the homepage so you never need to miss another exhibition or open studio.

Artmag feature the Open Studio

Figurative painter Gill Walton is mounting an Open Studio weekend at her Duns base in the Scottish Borders, 6th – 9th Aug.
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Open Studio

Come and meet Gill

Last day Monday 9th, Scottish restrictions are lifted so just turn up.

Fri 6 — Mon 9 August 2021, 11am — 6pm each day

This year Gill’s open studio weekend will be more spectacular than ever. She’s had plenty of time to make new work and was awarded a residency at Marchmont House during March this year. You will be able to see the work produced there and also her response to the pandemic in a series entitled ’Breath’.

Visit the studio showing work in progress and see recent work hung throughout the rest of the house.

The Artist’s House, Allanbank Courtyard, Allanton, Duns, TD11 3PY

Gill’s studio is situated eight miles inland from the A1 at Berwick-upon-Tweed with its train station. By road it is 75 mins south of Edinburgh and 90 mins north of Newcastle.

BOOKING IN ADVANCE for parties arriving by car is essential. We will be doing it slightly differently this year; to allow distancing and sufficient car parking spaces we are offering free, timed tickets half an hour apart:

  • Please park in Gill’s drive (three spaces are available) or on the street.
  • Tickets are per car.

Book a car parking slot

If you are walking, cycling or travelling by bus (yes, there is a number 260 bus stop just outside Gill’s house, but they are rare so check timetable) then there is no need to book but please respect any social distancing regulations that may be in place.

Our neighbours down the road at Allanbank Mill Steading will be open over the same weekend. Allanbank Mill Steading Situated in the rural open landscape of the Scottish Borders, is the home and studios of the artists, Pauline Burbidge and Charlie Poulsen.

Unfortunately, Allanbank Arts will not be open this year.

The Every Woman Biennial 2021

‘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.

Professional Member of the Society of Scottish Artists

“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.

Gill was delighted to be selected for professional membership in May this year.

She was also chosen by the SSA to be a satellite associate for the Scottish Borders in 2020.

Residency at Marchmont House

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.

Insectarium exhibition

‘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.

ING Discering Eye 2020

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.