Helen Takes Us to the Edge at The Scottish Gallery Edinburgh

Helen Glassford, 'Soar', oil on board
Helen Glassford, 'Soar', oil on board


Tue - Fri 11:00 - 16:00, Sat 11:00 - 14:00 by appointment

From: 31 Mar 2022

To: 30 Apr 2022

The Scottish Gallery
16 Dundas Street
Edinburgh & the Lothians

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The Scottish Gallery continues its 180th year of presenting the best in Scottish art with Helen Glassford‘s exhibition of her distinctive, semi-abstract seascapes, Encounters – her first solo show at the Gallery. This marks the fulfilment of a life-time’s ambition for Helen, who has become well-known for seeking-out literally the edges of the Scottish landscape, such as the Outer Hebrides or further to the St Kilda archipelago. A visit to Assynt last November afforded her closer engagement with the ancient landscape of Scotland’s high northwest, and it proved a journey of personal revelation, as with sketchbook in hand she responded to the landscape, absorbing the geography and atmosphere of place. The Gallery has produced a beautiful short film of Helen drawing at some of those locations.

The mixed-media artist Colin Brown, based in the North East of Scotland, is featured too, paying homage in his exhibition Primavera to 18th-century Belgian flower painter Pierre-Joseph Redouté. Dumfries and Galloway artist Lizzie Farey‘s new series of wall and 3-D sculptures form her show The Song of the Willow. In addition, Edinburgh-based jeweller Ruth Leslie‘s collection of new jewellery Silver Threads is inspired by the subtle details seen in fabric and textile machinery. The Gallery and its artists are supporting the British Red Cross / DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal, with the artists donating artworks, which again can be viewed on the Gallery’s website.

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