Photo: Shelagh Atkinson in Edinburgh, Scotland

Shelagh Atkinson

Artist, Maker, Technician

The Shape of the journey...a documentation of works on paper and canvas, exploring our footsteps in the environment using screenprinting and photography, drawing and painting .

Photography is central to the way I work, printmaking a natural extension to that activity with drawing and painting completing the form The experience of place physically and visually offers a narrative possibility of pictures I call it the music of the visual, shaping the journey and the knowledge of it can live in the imagination of anyone

Career path Qualifications: Early studies Social Psychology Crewe And Alsager College

Later studies HND Communication Studies, Napier University Edinburgh

Work experience: 

2008 to present Studio practice and research

2006/7 The Drawing Group WASPS Studio Edinburgh

2003/05 Leith School of Art, Drawing and Painting

2000/01 Painting and Life Drawing Courses, Newmilne Studios, Perthshire

1996 Non-toxic Print Workshop, Prof K Howard , Edinburgh Print makers, Edinburgh

1996/97 Community Art Workshops, Edinburgh

Areas of work: printmaking, painting, drawing, project making, photography


  • Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Scottish National Portrait Gallery Edinburgh
  • Newhall Art Collection Cambridge University England.
  • Royal Scottish Museum Edinburgh
  • Glasgow Womens Art Library
  • Scottish Poetry Collection Edinburgh
  • The Baltic archive Newcastle upon Tyne England
  • Commissions: 2011 Reproduction of my screenprint My Ties with Mick Luathe Press Never Mind the Captions Alasdair Findlay
  • 2007 Found Sound CD Reichstag Wrap self financed
  • 2004 CD cover image, Scottish Music Industry
  • 1995/96 Circle The City, Mural Project, Edinburgh, Funded by LEEL Edinburgh Council
  • 1995 Book Cover, Heirts Bluid, Chapman Publication
  • Prizes and awards:
  • 2014 Visual Arts Scotland Flora Dougal Award Edinburgh
  • 2009 Richard Demarco prize Edinburgh Peoples art Show Edinburgh Festival Edinburgh Scotland
  • 2009 Royal Scottish Museum Edinburgh purchase print for the Scottish Industries permanent collection
  • 2003/05 Scottish National Portrait Gallery, purchase two prints for the permanent print collection
  • 1999 Peacock Editioning Prize, Aberdeen Society of Artists exhibition
  • 1998 British Council Award, for Berlin Residency and exhibition
  • 1998 Overseas Exhibition Fund (for Berlin) Edinburgh City Council

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Location Edinburgh, Scotland
Activities Marketing/communications, Photographic documentation, Graphic Design, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Project, Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Text
Tags layering , colour, works on paper, canvas, narratives, portraits, acrylics, visual art, mixed media, printmaking

News & Events

  • Indelible Traces

    Exhibition looks at the industrial decline and the emergence of post industrial communities in the vicinity of castle mill works Fountainbridge - the future home of the EDInBURGH PRINT STUDIO.


    Screenprint selected for this show The ACTINIC Festival 1 - 25 July 2015

  • Dancing Light gallery [the summer show]

    Summer Exhibition of contemporary art in the Scottish Borders... Victoria Crowe, Sarah knox, Sue White Oaks and others- ceramics, sculpture,prints, and paintings.


  • London Art fair

    I will be exhibiting some of my screenprints at this prestigious art fair with the London artfair is the UKs premier modern British and contemporary artfair its 27th edition .

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