“Firstly, I would like to express my deepest thank you to all artists and makers for taking part in this exhibition and supporting MND Scotland. In the current landscape we find ourselves in, your generosity in being involved in this fundraiser is testament to how the arts are a fundamental part of our community and lives. The friendships that are forged through a love for what we do are highlighted and the support you have shown is so gratefully appreciated. That means more than you will know. THANK YOU!“
Throughout this week, I am going to give a brief introduction of the artists and makers involved in Many New Dances. At the weekend I will give a little insight into why this fundraising exhibition, in aid of MND Scotland, is happening. The Gallery will be live from 6pm on 1st December. You will be able to view at your leisure, purchase an artwork and donate if you wish.
Sam was my art teacher at Kirkwall Grammar School. He was one of my influences and encouragers when applying to Art School. I have always admired his workmanship, creative ideas and execution. I admire his decision to have left teaching to become a full time sculptor and maker – I’m just glad he was around to guide me as a youngster.
I have known Lesley since I was a teenager and more recently as an artist. A couple of years ago she visited my studio to ask about my practice as part of her assignment. We spoke for hours, drinking tea, discussing inspirations, painting methods and our love of walking and painting. Lesley’s work is fresh, expressive and experimental. Her inspirations are walking and the landscape – big seas, big skies.
ERIC MARWICK (b:1946 d:2018)
Organising this fundraiser has been positive in so many ways – Kay Morgan, a family friend, has been a great help in not only promoting Many New Dances but also in sourcing an artwork. Her close friend Sally has kindly donated a work by her late husband Eric Marwick – painter, printmaker and ceramicist. Sally and family, thank you so much for your donation and Kay, thankyou for all your help – your kindness is gracefully received.
My cousin Heather works for Alison Moore so when speaking to her about plans for the exhibition we thought it would be a super idea to invite Alison to be involved. She designs beautiful jewellery, swims in the sea and captures the most amazing colours, textures and light. Her underwater photography is stunning.
I first met Gillian during my first year at Edinburgh College of Art, we were in some of the same classes, partied together and found a shared love of all things fun. Over the years we became closer and she soon became one of my dearest, lifelong friends. She lives in Australia. She is hard working, beautifully creative and a great role model to her children and pupils. Gillian is an art teacher and printmaker.
EMMA AND ROBBIE THOMSON – HESTIA DESIGN
I know Emma and Robbie through some of my very best friends. They are a few years older and I have always admired their relationship, creative ability and approach to life. Artists, makers, musician and just lovely folk. Emma’s Jewellery is colourful, bold and beautiful. Robbie’s lamps are creative and unique.