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A trip to Edinburgh, and a new exhibition…

Although we never really like being closed, as we are throughout January, we always relish how much we can get done during this closed period.  Not only is it a great opportunity to catch up on spring cleaning/decorating, as well as get ahead with the boring admin side of the job for the year ahead, it also gives us opportunities to go away on work trips together. One of the many perks of the job! We decided to go to Edinburgh last week, and combine exhibition and studio visits with collecting work for our next exhibition.

Our first visit of the day was to The Coburg House Studios which are based in Leith.  We had set up a few meetings with various artists which were all really interesting, giving us lots of ideas for 2017 so watch this space! They host an open studio event twice a year which we will definitely be making an effort to get to, as we would love to see all the artists and makers work in one visit. We forgot to take photo’s inside I’m afraid, but here’s a lovely one of Susan out the front.

Once finished, it was off to our favourite Chinese restaurant which we had to mention, called Chop Chop, in the Haymarket. They do the best dumplings and crispy northern chicken!

Woke up bright and early the following morning, and drove over to Leith once again to meet up with Kate Downie. We are so excited to be exhibiting Kate’s work for the first time, so it was lovely to meet her whilst collecting the work from her framers.  As this trip had been arranged at the last minute, we have to say a huge thanks to both Kate’s and Cat Outram’s framers, who managed to frame the work ahead of the planned schedule.

We are exhibiting a collection of Kate’s prints for this exhibition, including some brand new works illustrating new techniques, some of which are featured below.

We then drove across town to meet Cat Outram at her framers. Again, we are very excited to show Cat’s etchings for the first time, which range from scenes of Edinburgh, to landscapes, flowers and plants.

Cat and Kate are showing their prints alongside three Dumfries & Galloway based artists; Silvana McLean, David Boyne and Elizabeth Waugh in our forthcoming exhibition ‘Engaging Elements’, which opens on Saturday 6th February. Examples of what to expect include ‘Seabox, Ultramarine’ by Silvana McLean (below). Silvana will be exhibiting a mix of her originals alongside prints.

Kirkcudbright based artist David Boyne will be exhibiting a small collection of his prints in this exhibition.

And we are delighted to be receiving  a large collection of resin bronze sculpture by Elizabeth Waugh, which will include five new pieces, including this one entitled ‘Horseman’.

To read more about this exhibition, please follow this link.

What better way to finish off our trip than to visit the RSA exhibition, before heading home. A great trip was had, and now we are heads down preparing for our first exhibition of 2016. Exciting times…

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