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Paper Trail: Drawings, Watercolours, Prints

Paper Trail: Drawings, Watercolours, Prints


City Art Centre
[Exhibition]

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Dates:2 July 2016 - 21 May 2017
Cost: Free

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A blank piece of paper is one of the most basic materials available to a visual artist; yet it is also among the most versatile...


The range of work that can be produced using paper is potentially limitless. Rough sketches, finely detailed drawings, atmospheric pastel studies, delicate watercolours, and a variety of printmaking techniques including etching, lithography and woodcut, all take their starting point with a fresh sheet of paper.

Paper Trail: Drawings, Watercolours, Prints explores some of the many ways that artists create works on paper. The exhibition is drawn entirely from the City Art Centre’s permanent collection of historic and contemporary Scottish art, and spans the period from the late 18th century to present day. A variety of creative processes are showcased, from the use of sketchbooks to etching plates, and artists’ individual working practices are examined in depth.

The exhibition includes a selection of work by celebrated figures like Anne Redpath, Joan Eardley, Eduardo Paolozzi and Paul Sandby. It also introduces some lesser-known artists such as James Watterston Herald, Katherine Cameron and Mabel Royds, whose careers and methods are not so familiar. In addition, Paper Trail presents a number of recent acquisitions to the City Art Centre’s collection, some of which are on public display for the first time. These include works by Victoria Crowe, Ian Hamilton Finlay and the early 19th century artist Robert Batty.

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Image   -    Jane Hyslop, Mappa Midlothian, 1989. Courtesy of the artist.


Spotlight tours

Join one of our excellent guides on a spotlight tour of our exhibitions. There is no need to book the tours for groups under 10 people. Please meet your guide at reception.
A portable loop system is available to amplify the speaker. The fm loop system is compatible with hearing aids with a T-switch and can be used with headphones.

Fridays, 11am and 3pm
Saturdays, 11am and 3pm

Suggested donation of £2.

William Gillies & John Maxwell

William Gillies & John Maxwell


City Art Centre
[Exhibition]

William Gillies and John Maxwell were among the most significant and distinctive Scottish artists of the 20th century.

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Dates:30 July 2016 - 23 October 2016
Cost: Free

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A Sketch of the Universe: Art, Science and the Influence of D’Arcy Thompson

A Sketch of the Universe: Art, Science and the Influence of D’Arcy Thompson


City Art Centre
[Exhibition]

D'Arcy Wentworth Thompson (1860-1948) was a pioneering Edinburgh-born biologist whose theories about the growth of organisms had a profound impact on 20th century art.

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am - 5pm; Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Dates:19 November 2016 - 19 February 2017
Cost: Free

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Peter Randall-Page:  Works on Paper

Peter Randall-Page: Works on Paper


City Art Centre
[Exhibition]

Peter Randall-Page’s work is largely informed by the study of organic form and the natural world.

Who is this for? - All
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 am - 5pm; Sunday 12pm - 5pm
Dates:3 December 2016 - 12 February 2017
Cost: Free

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