Approved: 10.05.2012

Gillian Adair Mcfarland

Artist, Art therapist

Approved: 10.05.2012

I am interested in the complexities of imagery and making visible the actions of the creative process. An emphasis is placed on the revelations that occur through the act of looking. Importance is placed on the process of the sustained gaze, the checking out of assumptions and making sense of relationships in terms of time and space.

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  • Location: Leicester/Fife, East Midlands
  • Activities: Further education, Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Training delivery, Art therapy, Arts in health, Disability arts, Community arts, Participatory projects, Private commissions, Studio practice
  • Categories: Education project, Project, Drawing, Environment, Glass, Installation, Painting, Participatory, Printmaking, Research, Art Therapy, Arts in health, Collaboration, Community, Funding / Award, Higher education, Practice-based research, Primary education, Residency, Socially Engaged, Studio / project space, Studio practice
  • Tags: paper, repetition, drawing, colour, puncturing, stains, impacts, enviromental, glass, process led
 
 
 

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    Biography

    I am interested in the complexities of imagery and making visible the actions of the creative process. An emphasis is placed on the revelations that occur through the act of looking. Importance is placed on the process of the sustained gaze, the checking out of assumptions and making sense of relationships in terms of time and space.

    My work plays with ideas of acting out, repetition and revision, the processes involved evoking links and relationships between composing elements. I am constantly drawn to disturbances in the surfaces of things, surfaces that might physically move the viewer in closer. The qualities of these impacts describe an existence in the world, playing with ideas of a 'wearing out' and a 'holding together.'

     

    CV & Education

    GILLIAN ADAIR MCFARLAND

    www.gillianadair.co.uk

    email: gillian@gillianadair.co.uk

    Education:    

     Art Therapy, Edinburgh  

     Fine Art Painting, Saint Martins School of Art, London

    Experience

    2015 –present Artist in Residence De Montfort University, Leicester

    2010 - 14         Arts Educator, Holburne Museum and Art Gallery

    1999 - 09        Art Therapist ,  Tayside NHS Trust, Perth

    1996 -98         Artist in Residence, Tayside NHS

    1990 -96  -      Freelance Arts Educator

    1986 -90 –      Curator Contemporary Touring Art Gallery, Fife Education Authority

    Awards

    2016             Financial award from Royal Astronomical Society

    2015              Arts Council Funded Research Project

                            Shortlisted for Attenborough Prize

    2013              Salisbury Arts Centre Prize Winner

     2012             FAB Open,Bath. winner

    1998              Council’s Choice SSA

    1986              Scottish Artists Purchase Award, Royal Scottish Academy

     

    Solo Shows

    2016       Selected Artist LSA,     Cank St Gallery, Leicester

    2015       @Collective, Bridge of Allan ,  Scotland

    2014     ‘Here to There”           Buchelli Gallery, Bristol

    2013     ‘ Blood will Boil”         Bath Artist’s Studios

    2000       Kellie Lodging Gallery, Pittenweem Festival,                    

    1997       Scottish Artists Gallery, Edinburgh

     

     

    Selected exhibitions

    2016    New Art, Byre Gallery, Millpoint, Cornwall

                Converge, Society Of  Scottish Artists, Edinburgh

                  Royal Scottish Academy , Edinburgh

                   Cuppola Gallery, Sheffield

    2015    Paper. Salisbury Art Centre

                  Cuppola Gallery, Sheffield

                 Open 26, Leicester

                  Rosalux, Minneapolos, USA

    2014   Society of Scottish Artists Annual exhibition  RSA Edinburgh

                 Cank Street Gallery Open, Leicester

                 Bath Artist Studios , Forest of Imagination

                                                                Building Volumes

                 Recollection , Holburne Museum and Art Gallery, Bath

    2013   Touch Art Fair,  Frieze, London

                      Tamed Marks , Bath Artist Studios

                 Derwent Art Prize, Mall Galleries, London

                 RSA, Edinburgh

                 RWA, Drawn ,Bristol

                 Fabric of the Land, Aberdeen and Edinburgh

                 Salisbury Open, Salisbury Arts Centre.   

                 FAB , Bath

                 Buchelli Gallery, Bristol

    2012    Cork St Open, London

                    Fabric of the Land Aberdeen

                    Fab Open, Bath.

                    SSA Annual Show

    2000     James Murray Art Show, Perth Museum and Art Gallery

                   Coffin exhibition, Roseangle Gallery, Dundee

                 Three Women, Seagate Gallery, Dundee

    1987    Edinburgh Scene , Edinburgh City Art Centre

                  SSA Annual Show, awarded Council’s Choice

    RSA     Summer Show, Scottish Artists award

     

    Residencies

    2016  - ongoing Artist in Residence, De Montfort University, Leicester

    2014  FAB Bath Artists group residency

    1997 Artist in Residence, Murray Royal Hospital, Perth

    1993 Artist in Schools Residency, Fife

    1992 Artist in Residence, Highland Printmakers, Inverness

     

    Commission

    2000   Design and carving of Chair, presented to Dundee University on the establishment of a Chair of Women Studies 

    Works in Collection

    Fife Education Authority

    Tayside NHS Trust

    Dundee University

    Kings College London

    Dana Oil , Aberdeen