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.
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.