‘Northerly or North West’ by Catriona Taylor

16th December 2018 – 10th February 2019


Incorporating maps and words of the shipping forecast, Catriona’s paintings are inspired by the Scottish coastline and our close relationship with the sea.


“Again, and again in my painting I am drawn to the sea; its power, its constant motion, its changing colours and surfaces, its significance to human history with the countless journeys taken across it. For me it is an integral aspect of Scottish landscape and holds so much of Scotland’s history both in livelihoods and emigration.


In 2012, I did an MA in Fine Art which marked a change in my work; the beginning of a move away from installation to concentrate on painting. I extracted the sea from my themes of history, memory and landscape, as a subject I wanted to explore through paint.


Sea painting is a tradition in Scottish art so it is a challenge to find a new way of expressing its nature and meaning.  I started to look at google earth imagery to find a different perspective, I now spend much time travelling round the Scottish coast and seas from this vantage point. Everything looks different from above.  In my painting, I try to capture the movement of the sea by pouring paint on the surface in an attempt to reproduce its liquid constitution and movement.  In contrast, I want to reflect the human tendency to make our relationships with the sea safer so I use bits of maps, lines and squares of maps and the words of the shipping forecast, which highlight the powerful force of the sea and our attempt to try and chart it and make it more navigable.”






Master of Fine Art: Duncan of Jordanstone, Dundee. 2011 – 2012

Post Graduate in Art, Space and Nature, Edinburgh College of Art. 2005 -2006

B.A (2:1) in Drawing and Painting, Edinburgh College of Art, 2001-5


Current Employment: Part-time Arts Group Facilitator Castle Craig Hospital for Addictions


2013-2017 Art Tutor for Adult Education Programme at Wester Hailes Education Centre.


2015 -18

Director and deviser of Careless, a film about mental health and young people for schools. Funded by a Kickstarter Campaign.



RSA Open Exhibition, Edinburgh: July –October

Cameron Contemporary Art, Brighton, Summer Exhibition

Affordable Art Fairs, Bristol and London



Spring Fling, Dumfries and Galloway, May 2016

Scottish Borders Council, Solo show, Land and Sea, August, September

Macmillan’s Art Exhibition, Bonhams, Edinburgh.

Featured in their special exhibition magazine.



E.D.S Gallery, Edinburgh, Group Show, April –May

Cameron Contemporary Art, Brighton, Group show, Coast: When Land Meets Sea

London and Bristol Art Fairs

Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, Solo Show, Atlantic, October – Jan




Scottish Parliament and National Museum of Scotland: Flow, exhibition/outcome of work from Scottish Centre of Diaspora Studies.

RSA Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh: November – January

Pringle Gallery, Galashiels. Solo show, South by South East: Oct – Nov

Cameron Contemporary Art, Brighton, Group show, Summer Exhibition: June – August

Affordable Art Fairs



Cameron Contemporary Art: The Affordable Art Fairs in London, Bristol, Feb, June, September

Amber Arts, Edinburgh, Solo Show, North by North West.

March 2013: Casting the Net. One of 6 artists commissioned for the above project. Made an installation on the subject of the demise of the fishing industry in the Borders

In collaboration with poet Stuart Delves



Feb/Nov 2012: Visual Artist on Fetlock Deep, a community engagement project with the Eastgate Arts Centre, Peebles. Creating an outdoor installation and exhibition.

Cameron Contemporary Art, Edinburgh Art Fair

Alchemy Film Festival: commissioned to make a film, Kick Oan, about Hawick Common Riding.

Scottish Society of Artists at the RSA, Edinburgh



Stanza Poetry Festival, St Andrews. Invited Artist, solo show, A Thousand Sails

Amber Arts, Edinburgh: Coast to Coast Solo Show:

RSA Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh.



2010: Received a Visual Artist’s award from CABN/Creative Scotland to ride the Cross Borders Drove Road and make a film and an exhibition about it. Beyond Borders, Festival – Traquair House, Eastgate Arts, Peebles, Alchemy Film Festival, SSA Group Exhibition.

Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries Group Exhibition, The Ties that Bind

RSA Annual Exhibition



Park Gallery, Falkirk, Solo Show, Working Words

Spring Fling, Dumfries and Galloway, Homecomer, in collaboration with poet Jean Atkin.

Scottish Borders Council, Tweeddale Museum, Peebles, Solo exhibition

SSA, Edinburgh, Annual Group Show

Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries, Group Show, New Artists Select


2007 Leith Gallery, Edinburgh. Group Show, New Faces

Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh, Group Show, Reveal



Leverhulme Artist in Residence with the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies at Edinburgh University. October 2012 –July 2014:

I used the residency to research current migration to Scotland.

The subsequent work was shown at the National Museum in Edinburgh and as part of an MSP exhibition at the Scottish Parliament.


Artist in Residence with Craig and Rose on the Arts and Business Creativity at Work Programme.

The purpose of this residency was to stimulate the work place and to put the artist in a different environment.

August 2013 – January 2014


Artist in Residence at the National Library of Scotland funded by an Arts and Business award. 2007-8

Residency included research into Scottish emigration and literature, working in tandem with the curators.


Event Information

Date & Time:15th December - 10th February 2019

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