Born one hundred years ago on 18th May, the Glasgow painter Joan Eardley has become one of Scotland’s most admired and highly-regarded painters of all time. Since her death in 1963 aged 42, her paintings of families in inner Glasgow, and landscapes of the coastal village of Catterline in Aberdeenshire have earned the highest praise. A website, set-up under the auspices of Joan’s family, is a hub for events and information about the anniversary, alongside the social media hashtag #Eardley100. Although some information about the planning of events has been slow in being confirmed, due to the Covid lockdown, the National Galleries of Scotland are planning an Eardley & Catterline exhibition, opening on 16th May, and the Hunterian in Glasgow is planning an online anniversary celebration involving various organisations and individuals connected with Joan.
Several other venues around the country and beyond have exhibitions and events planned, among them Edinburgh sale room Lyon & Turnbull, Milngavie’s Lillie Art Gallery, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Glasgow Museums online and Kelvingrove Gallery, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Edinburgh City Art Centre, Gracefield in Dumfries, Edinburgh’s Fine Art Society, Glasgow Women’s Library, Museums in Paisley and Perth, Glasgow School of Art, The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh, and Mottisfont in Hampshire, England.