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8 June - 2 July 2016

Miriam Vickers, BA (Hons) Fine Art, SSA


Miriam Vickers won the Scottish Arts Club's SSA Award in 2014.


4 May - 4 June 2016

Heather Manson


Heather Manson won the Scottish Arts Club's RSA Award in 2014.


1 March - 2 April 2016

Catharine Davison RSW


 Please note that the Private View is on Tuesday 1 March.

Catharine Davison RSW won the Scottish Arts Club's RSA Open Award in 2013.

Paintings of Edinburgh’s urban landscape in oil and water colour by Edinburgh artist, Catharine Davison, winner of the Lynn Painter -Stainers Prize for creative representational painting in 2014 are a key theme of her work.   Working from direct observation on location is at the heart of her practice.

Catharine uses natural panoramas and familiar vistas of the city to develop this ‘plein air’ tradition into a more contemporary visual expressions. Working in all weather conditions and seasons, a growing personal relationship with Edinburgh’s urban landscape has enabled her to explore and interrogate a range of technical challenges.

The use of line and soft glazes are characteristic of the work.



2015                The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh; Homeland

2013                The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh; This Land Ate my Heart

2000                Laphroaig Whisky Distillery, Islay, Argyll



Edinburgh City Council; The City Art Centre

Aberdeen Asset Management Contemporary Art Collection

Allied Domecq Wines and Spirits

Liverpool Maritime Museum



1997- 2001       Buckinghamshire Chilterns University College of Art and Design; MA Illustration: Distinction.

                        Sponsorship from Allied Domecq, major project at Laphroaig Distilleries, Islay

1990- 1993      Liverpool John Moores University; BA (Hons) Graphic Design (Illustration): 2:1

1989- 1990      Manchester Polytechnic; Foundation Diploma in Art and Design

Catharine Davison is sponsored by "Bet Low Trust"

7 January - 31 January 2016

Vasile Toch SSA

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 Please note that the Private View is on Thursday 7 January.

Valise Toch is a sculptor, painter and architect and has been a Professional Member of the Society of Scottish Artists since 1987. A past director of the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, he has had numerous exhibitions throughout the UK and beyond.


Craigie Aitchison  - Stirling Tapestries

29th July – 30th August 2015

Preview: Wednesday 29th July

John Ronald Craigie Aitchison was born in Edinburgh in 1926, the son of Craigie Mason Aitchison, a Lord Advocate and Labour MP.  Failing to follow in his father’s legal footsteps, Craigie Aitchison, influenced by the Scottish Colourists' paintings, turned his attentions to art and studied at the Slade School of Fine Art. In 1953, he won a Slade prize for his still life Scissors and Pink String. Aitchison left the Slade in 1954 with an Italian government scholarship permitting a stay in Rome. Doing most of his work in London and Italy, in 1985, he returned to Italy to buy a substantial property near Siena. Italy fostered his fascination with religious imagery. He was included in Chichester Cathedral's The Glass of Vision: Seven Artists in a Christian Context, in 1987 and New Icons: Christian Iconography in Contemporary Art, at the Mead Gallery, Coventry. He was commissioned to paint Calvary for Liverpool Cathedral in 1997 and 1998, and in 1999 a millennium Christmas stamp for the Royal Mail.

When Historic Scotland announced a competition for a commission of a set of tapestries for Chapel Royal of Stirling Castle, Craigie Aitchison was an obvious candidate for such a commission. Unfortunately funds were not secured by Historic Scotland to complete the project and no tapestries were made, although Aitchison had completed his designs.

After Aitchenson’s death in 2009, Andrew Gibbon-Williams, Aitchison’s biographer with the support of Howard Bilton , Sovereign Art Foundation and the Estate of Craigie Aitchison commissioned the Stirling Tapestries to be made as they were originally planned.

The SAC Exhibition is the first showing of these tapestries in Scotland, Aitchison’s native country. This is a limited edition set of hand woven tapestries.  Do come and see this unique and historic exhibition.

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