Photo: Gillian Adair Mcfarland in Leicester/Fife, East Midlands

Gillian Adair Mcfarland


My work is a response to the detail of life; the familiarity and reassurance of repetitive tasks we all feel safe in and the impact of external and unpredictable factors on these. I am interested in harmful behaviours and the wear and tear of living on ourselves and our environment. Themes of 'wearing out' and 'holding together' through 'puncture pictures' and 'stainings'. I am particularly interested in the paper at the points when it is only just holding together. The ink blots counter the deliberate safety of the repetitive action of pinning. I like the sense of 'risk' inherent in these works and the obvious reference to Rorschach inkblots. The idea of symmetry,of two sides to an image and the replaying of an action or ritual in reverse to close or finish a piece appeals to me. A re-enactment and an opportunity to rewind and reflect on an experience in a different frame. I have begun to explored this a little in the positive and negative images.

Location Leicester/Fife, East Midlands
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Art therapy, Arts in health, Participatory projects, Gallery education
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Environment, Installation, Painting, Printmaking
Tags surface, paper, repetition, drawing, colour, puncturing, stains, disturbances, impacts, enviromental

News & Events

  • Re View eR

    Solo show of new works at @ Collective Gallery, Bridge of Allan

  • Paper

    Curated Exhibition at Salisbury Art Centre,Salisbury

  • Attenborough Prize

    Shortlisted for the Attenborough Prize by Leicester Museum and Art Galleries

  • OPen 26

    Newarke House Museum, Leicester

    East Midlands Open art exhibition

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  • Elected member of Leicester Society of Artists

    a juried selection panel

  • Glory of the Snow

    13/03/2015 – 18/04/2015
    Cupola Gallery, Sheffield

    5 pieces of work on show in this group exhibition

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  • Researching Impacts

    Arts Council has awarded me funding for a 10 week research project with glass maker Graeme Hawes

  • North East Fife Open Studios 15

    01/05/2015 – 04/05/2015
    Mountquhanie House, Fife

    Exhibiting and hosting Open Studios at Mountquhanie House, Fife

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  • Selected International Exchange Exhibition SSA Rosalux 2015

    09/05/2015 – 10/06/2015
    Rosalux Gallery, Mineapolis

    Work selected through the Society of Scottish Artists to go on exhibition at the Rosalux Gallery Minneapolis

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  • Solo Show

    02/10/2015 – 11/11/2015
    @Collective Gallery, Stirling

    working towards a solo show at @Collective Gallery, Bridge of Allan, Scotland

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  • Arteology

    Working with School of Archeology at Leicester University and staff at Bradgate Park to devise educational art workshops for hard to engage community groups

  • Creativity and Curiosity, Conversations between Artists and Astronomers

    A collaborative project with Leicester University Dept of Physics and Astronomy engaging in dialogue...resulting work to form an exhibition at Embrace Arts in 2017

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