QEST Study visit to Naples and Rome

QEST Study visit to Naples and Rome

I made a wonderful study visit to Rome and Naples, thanks to a QEST Anthony and Elizabeth Mellows Charitable Settlement Scholarship. ​Following on from my gold leaf course in Bosa, I took the boat from Sardinia to the mainland and trains to Naples, Pompeii,...

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QEST Gold Leaf Course, Bosa, Sardinia

QEST Gold Leaf Course, Bosa, Sardinia

As part of my QEST scholarship (Anthony and Elizabeth Mellows Charitable Settlement Trust), I spent a week in Bosa Art School, Sardinia with Carey Mortimer. She showed me how to use gold leaf on fresco panels.I started by dissolving beeswax in turpentine and mastic...

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QEST, L’Art de la Fresque, Brittany

QEST, L’Art de la Fresque, Brittany

Continuing with my QEST Scholarship, I attended a week long fresco course, l’Art de la Fresque, at the beautiful Abbaye Saint Jacut de la Mer in Brittany, France. This was run by Isabelle Bonzom and Valerie Letombe and hosted by VMSF. There were thirteen participants...

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QEST Scholarship, Merz fresco

QEST Scholarship, Merz fresco

In 2022, I received a QEST Anthony and Elizabeth Mellows Charitable Settlement Trust Award to gain further training in fresco painting. The first part of this, in June, involved working on a wall. I was keen to get practice in this as I had previously mainly worked on...

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Cill Rialaig Residency

Cill Rialaig Residency

In March 2022, I spent eleven days on a residency in Cill Rialaig, County Kerry, Ireland. I had broken my hip the month before, so arrived with a crutch and the help of my wonderful artist friend, Hazel Walker, who drove me from Shannon airport and helped me get...

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Familial Places

Familial Places

Earlier this year, I received a Creative Scotland Open Fund Bursary to research and develop ideas based on my family. I spent time gathering information in the places I was brought up - Kilmarnock, Cults, Aberdeen and Banff - and in my mother’s current house in...

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Story Forms

Story Forms

When does form become story? How does a story reveal its forms? Three artists Olivia Irvine, Linda Kosciewicz and Michele Marcoux present an installation of new work - painting, drawing, printmaking & video - to consider how artists create this alchemy. Visual...

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Byre – an exhibition in a barn

Byre – an exhibition in a barn

  I took part in Byre, a site-specific exhibition in a barn in Northumberland for one weekend in September. I showed charcoal drawings which I had made two years ago whilst on a mini residency here; they were of trees, lanes and farm buildings. Alongside, I...

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