A Fine Line opens at Edinburgh’s City Art Centre on 18 November 2017
This autumn, the City Art Centre explores the fine line between art and craft with a special showcase from four contemporary Scottish artists.
A Fine Line, opening on 18 November, is a free group exhibition by artists Lizzie Farey, Angie Lewin, Frances Priest and Bronwen Sleigh. Spanning two and three dimensions and a diverse range of disciplines, the exhibition features a series of beautiful prints and drawings, sculpture, collage, and ceramics.
Frances Priest explores and interprets languages of ornamentation from different cultures, places and periods in history. She creates intricate and colourful ceramic objects that celebrate this fascination for decoration and pattern, using clay as a canvas on which to build richly drawn and layered surfaces.
Bronwen Sleigh is a multi-disciplinary artist who takes inspiration from industrial architecture, unused and forgotten urban spaces, and environments at the edge of the city. Her work provokes a dialogue with these spaces, which she transforms through the processes of her practice.
By contrast, the works by Lizzie Farey and Angie Lewin share an affinity with nature and natural forms. Using home-grown Scottish willow, birch, heather, bog myrtle and many other native woods, Farey’s work ranges from traditional to abstract sculptural forms. Her work is largely influenced by the nature and landscape of Galloway.
Similarly, Angie Lewin has been inspired by both the clifftops and saltmarshes of the North Norfolk Coast and the Scottish Highlands. She depicts these contrasting environments and their native floras in still life compositions made with wood engraving, linocut and collage.
Councillor Donald Wilson, Edinburgh’s Convener of Culture and Communities said: “The City Art Centre’s vision is to champion and provide a platform for historic and contemporary Scottish art. The result is a mesmerising display of Scottish contemporary art and craft at its finest.”
City Art Centre Curator, Maeve Toal, added: "Working with very different media but united by detailed observation and strong draughtsmanship, this group of artists experiment with linear mark-making and drawing in its widest sense. Each artist produces works inspired by places and spaces in either the natural or man-made environment and their relationships to concepts of memory and time."
The exhibition A Fine Line has been curated in collaboration with the artists Lizzie Farey and Angie Lewin and is a partnership project with Inverness Museum & Art Gallery and Dumfries Gracefield Arts Centre. After closing at the City Art Centre in 2018 the exhibition will tour to its partner venues.
A Fine Line
Lizzie Farey | Angie Lewin | Frances Priest | Bronwen Sleigh
18 November 2017 to 18 February 2018
City Art Centre, Edinburgh
Showing alongside A Fine Line are three exhibitions: Playfair and the City (until 25 February 2018), Songs for Winter: Pauline Burbidge & Charles Poulsen (until 4 March 2018) and Hidden Gems (until 13 May 2018).
Press Image Credits:
Lizzie Farey, Folium, willow, 2017. © the artist. Photography Warren Sanders
Angie Lewin, Clifftop Grasses, collage on driftwood, 2017. © the artist
Frances Priest, Grammar of Ornament | India (detail), collection of 16 ceramic forms, 2014. © the artist. Photography Shannon Tofts
Bronwen Sleigh, Kiyembe Lane, hand coloured etching, 2017. © the artist
Lizzie Farey - www.lizziefarey.co.uk
Angie Lewin - www.angielewin.co.uk
Frances Priest - www.francespriest.co.uk
Bronwen Sleigh - www.bronwensleigh.co.uk
Some of the works on display in the exhibition will be available for sale. The City Art Centre shop will also stock a range of products from some of the artists, which would make a special Christmas gift.
Learning and Programmes:
As ever, the City Art Centre is offering guided tours of its exhibitions on Fridays and Saturdays at 3pm. Accompanying the show is also an exciting events programme. For further information, please contact Margaret Findlay, Public Programmes Manager on +44 (0) 131 529 3963 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery. 3 March to 12 May 2018
Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries. 19 May to 7 July 2018
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