Summer Exhibition

This year’s Summer Exhibition kicks off on 15 June and continues until 25 August.

Our Summer Exhibition features a variety of new work from established gallery artists as well as pieces from a few new faces.

This year we work from: Rosy Barnes, Kate Bentley, George Birrell, Georgina Bown, Davy Brown, Alan Connell, Ian Cook, Ann Cowan, Stephanie Dees, Fee Dickson Reid, Aine Divine, Matthew Draper, Michael Durning, Ronnie Fulton, Andy Heald, Sarah Lawson, Steven Lindsay, Sam MacDonald, Liz Maclarty Jones (Winner of Dunbar Arts Landscape Artist of the Year 2023), Ged Lerpiniere, Ian Neill, Paul Reid, David Schofield, Ali Scott, Jayne Stokes & Christopher Wood.

We will open at 11am on Saturday 15 June but will have refreshments and a chance to meet some of the artists from 2-5pm…hopefully the sun will be shining!

Abstracted

 

27 April to 9 June

Featuring painting by Chris Brook RSW, Dominique Cameron RSW, John Kingsley DA RSW PAI, Simon Laurie RSW RGI & Ronald F Smith RSW RGI PAI and 3d sculptural work by Ailsa Magnus MRSS & Lorraine Robson VAS SSA.

Opening at 11am Saturday 27 April with refreshments and meet the artists from 2-5pm.

Our next exhibition is quite a contrast to the detailed drawing and representational nature of the work by the 5 artists in 5@Fidra. Any narrative in the work in Abstracted, might be less clear but will appeal more to memory and emotions.

In this exhibition most of the work bears some representational connection with the subject but all have been distilled into a simpler, purer and expressive interpretation.

A skillful combination of form, composition and colour balance in the painting of Chris Brook, Dominique Cameron, Simon Laurie and Ronald F Smith alongside the more expressively abstract riots of colour by John Kingsley.

First time showing at the gallery, Lorraine Robson’s beautiful 3D, ceramic, wall hanging, organic relief sculptures evoke a real sense of calm and connection with the natural world.

The organic inspiration continues in Ailsa Magnus’s free-standing wooden forms. These timeless native hardwood sculptures are both beautiful and irresistibly tactile.

5@Fidra

5@Fidra

Rosemary Beaton RGI, June Carey RSW RGI PAI ASWA SSA, Alice McMurrough RGI RSW PAI, Heather Nevay RGI & Helen Wilson RGI RSW PAI

9 March to 21 April

The exhibition opens at 11am on Saturday 9 March but between 2 and 5pm refreshments will be served as well as a chance to meet the artists.

 

They are all respected painters with decades worth of experience, big individual fan bases and countless awards to their names, but until a few years ago, Rosemary Beaton, Alice McMurrough, Heather Nevay and Helen Wilson, all said they felt intimidated by printmaking.

Today, thanks to the gentle encouragement of master printmaker and painter June Carey, they have taken on the challenge of the ancient art form regardless, and are now members of Glasgow Print Studio (GPS), where they have embraced ancient techniques like etching, monoprinting and screenprinting.

In 2021, the five artists who trained at different times at Glasgow School of Art (GSA), held a joint exhibition of original prints and paintings at the print studio in 2021. The show, 5@GPS, was a critical success so having spoken to the group we thought it would be good to bring a similar mix of their work to Gullane.

According to Stirling-based June Carey, who acted as a catalyst for the group coming together six years ago, the artists all bonded over sessions at Glasgow’s world-class print studio.

She explains: “It all started in 2017, when I bumped into my friend, the fantastic painter Helen Wilson. Over coffee, Helen told me she’d done etching at art school but had never returned to it, even though she’d like to. She said she felt a bit embarrassed about picking it up again and I thought, this won’t do.”

June subsequently booked her old friend into an etching workshop with GPS’ resident Etching Master, Stuart Duffin.

She adds: “Heather and Alice said they would also like to learn how to etch so I booked them into a weekend course. They loved it. Then I went to a big exhibition of Rosemary’s paintings and, after telling her all about it, she said she’d like to learn printmaking too.

“They all became members of the Print Studio and it turned into us having great days together; having a laugh, becoming firm friends and creating brilliant prints.”

Three years on from their first show as a group, the artists are looking forward to exhibiting a mix of paintings and prints at Fidra.

“They are all superb artists,” says June. “The gift of art is there with us all, but with printmaking, you need to learn the technical side.

“Like me, Helen, Heather and Alice all have drawing at the root of everything they do. Etching suits our work because you draw into a plate. Rosemary is more expressive as a painter and colour is at the heart of everything she does, so she has been drawn to screenprinting in the print studio.”

There is a real sense of artistic adventuring in the work of all five artists. It’s like all the artists, whose work I admired individually before they started working together, have been challenged and stimulated by the experience of being in Glasgow Print Studio together.

June is renowned as a printmaker, but even she says that working with the others as a group and going back to basics when asked by them about various techniques has helped in her own work. The work I have seen so far is exciting and varied and will make a great exhibition, I can’t wait to welcome the Fab 5 to Fidra.

Hope to you can make it along.

Land & Sea – Kirstie Behrens, Andy Heald & John McClenaghen

Land & Sea

Kirstie Behrens, Andy Heald & John McClenaghen

27 January to 3 March 2024

Our first exhibition of 2024 features the work of three landscape artists.

John and Andy’s work is very expressive and largely worked en plein air, responding to the changes in the environment around them. Their work focusses on the landscape around the coast of East Lothian so it will be interesting to see how they approach a similar subject in a similar way.

Kirstie’s work is a real contrast to the expressive painting of John & Andy. Kirstie’s collection of etchings evolve from drawings and paintings on location and then worked on back in the studio before committing the drawing to the plate and the subsequent alchemy of the printing process. Her etchings in this exhibition feature the rugged Highland landscape as well as some of the woodland near her home in Fife.

The exhibition will open on Saturday 27 January at 11am and refreshments and a chance to chat to the artists from 2-5pm.

Hope you can make it.

Winter Exhibition

Winter Exhibition

11 November 2023 to 21 January 2024

Reinhard Behrens, George Birrell, Georgina Bown, Chris Brook, Colin Brown, Davy Brown, Dominique Cameron, Thomas Cameron, Alan Connell, Joseph Davie, Fee Dickson-Reid, Matthew Draper, Michael Durning, Ronnie Fulton, Jennifer Irvine, Simon Laurie, Sarah Lawson, Neil Macdonald, Sam MacDonald, Linda MacKinnon, Donald Manson, Rachel Marshall, Alison McWhirter, Paul Reid, Pascale Rentsch, Kelly Stewart, Jayne Stokes, Astrid Trügg, Jane Walker, Chris Watkins & Christopher Wood.

Please note our Winter opening hours for the duration of the Winter Exhibition – Open Wednesday to Saturday 11-4, Sunday 12-4, closed Monday and open by appointment only on Tuesday.

Portrait

 

Henry H. Fraser, Komachi Goto, Simon Laurie RSW RGI, Stephanie Mills, Angela Repping, Peter Thomson & Graeme Wilcox with sculpture by Alejandro Lopez

23 September to 5 November

Our next exhibition returns to the small group format, this time, focusing on the Portrait.

One of the oldest art forms, portraiture recorded the appearance of individuals and was used to portray social standing, integrity, wealth and religious or political convictions.

With the advent of photography, and today’s ubiquitous mobile phone, everyone can, to some degree, produce good portraits. Being able to get beyond a likeness, however, and instilling an emotion or prompting a reaction with the viewer, really exploring the essence of the human condition, takes portraiture to an entirely different level.

We have invited 8 artists who have very different approaches to portraiture and figurative art. The group have produced a varied, interesting, and thoughtful collection which I am sure you will enjoy.

The exhibition opens at 11am on Saturday 23 September with refreshments served between 2 and 5pm when several of the artists will be around to discuss their work.

Summer Exhibition

Summer Exhibition

24 June – 17 September

Our summer show features varied collection of work from a number of familiar gallery artists as well as a couple of new faces. Recently elected to the RSW and the RGI, I have long admired Saul Robertson’s intriguing narrative style, so I’m delighted that he is showing a couple of pieces with us this summer. Also showing with us for the first time is East Lothian artist Kenneth Blues Wilson who will be showing two local landscapes. For all those wild swimmers out there, we have two beautiful bronze “Sea Swimmer” sculptures by Jane Smith and an outstanding monochrome “Bather” portrait by Graeme Wilcox. With around 50 pieces to hang there should be something for everyone in this exhibition.

Featuring:

George Birrell, Georgina Bown, Davy Brown, John Brown, Alan Connell, Ann Cowan, Amy Dennis, Fee Dickson Reid, Matthew Draper, Alison Dunlop, Ronnie Fulton, Neal Greig, Andy Heald, Kate Henderson, Phill Jupitus, Alex Knubley, Simon Laurie, Sarah Lawson, Rachel Marshall, John McClenaghen, Ian Neill, Ann Oram, Allan Robertson, Saul Robertson, Arran Ross, Michel Rulliere, Jane Smith, Jayne Stokes, Astrid Trügg, Graeme Wilcox, Kenneth Blues Wilson & Adrian Wiszniewski.

Up with the Larks

Up with the Larks

Dominique Cameron

6 May to 18 June

“This is a landscape exhibition of process, from figuration toward abstraction. The works include a series of drawings from a traditional, single point of view and move toward a more painterly abstraction that owes more to storytelling, becoming a narrative journey through the landscape. The title – ‘Up with the Larks’ references my own curiosity in exploring  Scotland and the encounters in meeting and making new stories of our landscape.”

Dominique Cameron

Spring Exhibition

Opening on Saturday 18 March, we have brought together a great selection of artists for our Spring Exhibition including:

Rosemary Beaton, George Birrell, Georgina Bown SSA, Davy Brown, Nicola Carberry, June Carey RSW RGI PAI ASWA, Carol Dewart PAI RSW, Matthew Draper SSA VAS PS, Alison Dunlop RSW, Michael Durning PPAI PAI RSW, Andy Heald, John Johnstone, Sarah Lawson, Ged Lerpiniere, Neil Macdonald RSW RGI PAI, Stephen Mangan, Alice McMurrough RSW RGI PAI, Heather Nevay RGI, Paul Reid, Naoko Shibuya, Alastair Strachan, Jayne Stokes SSA, Peter Thomson & Helen Wilson RSW RGI PAI.

We will open as usual at 11am on Saturday 18 March but refreshments will be served between 2 & 5pm.

Land and Sea

Land and Sea

28 January – 12 March 2023

Opening 28 January, refreshments from 2-5pm

Featuring the work of 9 landscape artists illustrating the variety of styles that can be enjoyed when contemplating the world around us. Artists are trained to study the world around us and those skills are honed over years of practice. Their work draws attention to features we might otherwise overlook and invite us to pause and ponder the natural wonder that surrounds us.

Paul Klee once said, “Art does not reproduce what we see, rather, it makes us see.” John Houston’s expressive landscapes looked, to me, at first quite abstracted but I have since noticed those ‘leopard skies’ over the Forth and was instantly reminded of his work.

It is a truly remarkably talented group of artists with a variety of styles, geographically covering the length and breadth…and depths of Scotland. There’s even a bit of Mediterranean sunshine to remind us of the summer months!

The exhibition runs from 28 January to 12 March 2023 with an opening on Saturday 28 January with refreshments from 2-5pm.

Dominique Cameron, Matthew Draper VAS SSA PS, Alison Dunlop RSW, Sam MacDonald, Robert MacMillan, John McClenaghen, Pascale Rentsch RSW, Ronald F Smith RSW RGI PAI & Christopher Wood RSW.

With ceramics from Sarah Lawson, Ronnie Fulton, Arran Ross and Jane B Walker.