Approved: 16.08.2006

Carolyn Burchell

Artist, Community worker, Teacher

Approved: 16.08.2006

My artwork stems from travels throughout Europe and from explorations of my home city of Edinburgh. Visits to Scottish islands have acted as turning points in the direction of my work, to a simplification of forms and a dream-like atmosphere. In recent years travels to Norway, Eastern Europe and within Scotland have provided me with a different focus upon woodland, parks and gardens, architecture and urban areas. Surrealist and Romantic landscape painting also plays a part in informing my work, as does literature.  I am interested in the therapeutic aspect of painting and drawing; in landscape as both exterior and interior space, acting as a vehicle for emotion, memory and personal significance.

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    Biography

    My artwork stems from travels throughout Europe and from explorations of my home city of Edinburgh. Visits to Scottish islands have acted as turning points in the direction of my work, to a simplification of forms and a dream-like atmosphere. In recent years travels to Norway, Eastern Europe and within Scotland have provided me with a different focus upon woodland, parks and gardens, architecture and urban areas. Surrealist and Romantic landscape painting also plays a part in informing my work, as does literature.  I am interested in the therapeutic aspect of painting and drawing; in landscape as both exterior and interior space, acting as a vehicle for emotion, memory and personal significance.

    In 2010 I completed a research project, examining forest landscape in selected artists' work, which contributed to a dialogue between modern and contemporary artists responding to the past, and employing metaphor and symbolism through a variety of creative processes and methods of representation.

    I regularly draw in sketchbooks and intensive periods of drawing in pencil, graphite and charcoal have helped to produce a stronger sense of movement in my paintings in acrylic and watercolour. This has heightened my awareness of the private and subtle nature of features in the landscape and what they represent to me. My work often hints at a human presence.

    Work in Collections: BBC Scotland, Glasgow; Queen's Hall, Edinburgh;  Astley Ainsley Hospital, Edinburgh; Art in Healthcare, Scotland; NHS Lothian; University of Edinburgh; Edinburgh College of Art; various in private collections.

    CV & Education

    Qualifications and training

    2010 - Master of Research in Creative Practices, with Merit, Glasgow School of Art

    1984 - Postgraduate Diploma in Painting, Edinburgh College of Art

    1983 - First Class BA hons in Drawing and Painting, Edinburgh College of Art

    Employment

    Current:  Adult Education Tutor in Drawing and Painting, City of Edinburgh Council; Art Group Tutor, Prestonfield Neighbourhood Project; Outreach Artist with Art in Healthcare

    Past: Sessional Art Tutor with Crisis Sklylight, Edinburgh (2013-2014); Tutor in Drawing and Painting to socially inclusive group of adults, St. Bride's Centre, Edinburgh (1998-2009); Tutor in Painting, Workers' Educational Association, Edinburgh (1997-2004); Adult Education Tutor in Drawing and Painting, City of Edinburgh Council (1987-1999)

    Solo and two person exhibitions

    2017 - Quiet Spaces, Thomson's Tower, Dr. Neil's Garden, Duddingston, Edinburgh

    2015 - Parks and Spires, McNaughtan's Bookshop and Gallery, Edinburgh

    2012 - Spirit of Place, House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, Glasgow

    2008 - Where Shall We Go? Two person show, The Old Bakehouse Cafe & Gallery, Edinburgh

    2007 - 'From Loch to Sea', part of Eclectic Edinburgh Festival Exhibition, C Venue, Adam House, Edinburgh

    2005 - Moorland to Sea, Howard Bar, Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh

    2003 - Paintings of Sea and Coast - Two Person Show, St Bride's Centre, Edinburgh

    2001 - Shorelines, Recent Scottish Paintings, St Bride's Centre, Edinburgh

    1999 - Casting Shadows, Paintings of Catalonia and Cornwall, Stenton Gallery, East Lothian

    1997 - Paintings of Edinburgh, Cornwall and France, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

    1997 - Under Spanish Skies, Two person show, Netherbow Arts Centre, Edinburgh

    1994 - Recent Paintings, Filmhouse, Edinburgh

    1991 - Arcadia Restored - New Works on Paper, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries

    1985 - Exhibition of Recent Paintings, Edinburgh University Staff Club

    1984 - Two Person Show of Paintings, Ancrum Gallery, by Jedburgh, Borders

    Group exhibitions

    2016 - Salonathon, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh

    2015 - RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

                Salontology, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh                        

     2014 - Cabinet Show, Compass Gallery, Glasgow

                Summer and Christmas Exhibitions, Number Four Gallery, St. Abbs

    2013 - RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

               Postcards from..., The Gallery on the Corner, Edinburgh

               Summer and Christmas Exhibitions, Number Four Gallery, St. Abbs

               Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

    2012 - On the first day of Christmas..., House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, Glasgow

               The Cabinet Show, Compass Gallery, Glasgow

               Postcards from..., The Gallery on the Corner, Edinburgh

    2011 - Postcards from..., Open Exhibition exploring themes surrounding mental health,

               Gallery on the Corner, Edinburgh

               Poste Restante, An Tobar Arts Centre, Tobermory, Isle of Mull

               Total Kunst Art Auction, Axo Gallery, Edinburgh

    2010 - RSA Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

               Winter Exhibition, Compass Gallery, Glasgow

               Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

    2009 - Christmas Exhibition, Compass Gallery , Glasgow

               Glasgow Art Fair, with Compass Gallery

               Leith Festival Art Expo, Arts Complex, St. Margaret's House, Edinburgh

               Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition, City Art Centre, Edinburgh

    2008 - On a Small Scale - Christmas Exhibition, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

    2007 - 'Hidden Paths' - Part of a Mixed Exhibition, Broughton Gallery, Broughton, near Biggar

               Moods of the Sea, Broughton Gallery, Broughton, near Biggar

               Rite of Passage - Celebrating 21 Years of Artlink, Link Gallery, Royal Edinburgh Hospital

               and St. John's Hospital, Livingston

               Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

    2006 - Diverse Quartet - Festival Exhibition, St. Bride's Centre, Edinburgh

    2005 - Aberdour Arts Festival

               Scapes, St. Bride's Centre - Festival Exhibition (Four Person Show), Edinburgh

    2004 - A World of Difference, Festival of Spirituality and Peace, St. John's Church, Edinburgh

               Three Women Painters, Just Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh

               WASPS Studios Exhibition, Scottish Arts Club, Edinburgh

    2003 - Art for Breast Cancer, Bonhams Auctioneers, Edinburgh

               Moving Solutions, Society of Scottish Artists, Bonhoga Gallery, Weisdale Mill, Shetland

               Winter Exhibition, Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

    2002 - Triple, St Bride's Centre, Edinburgh

    2001 - Aberdeen Artists Annual Exhibition

               Art for Breast Cancer, Phillips Auctioneers, Edinburgh

    2000 - Glasgow Art Fair, with Compass Gallery

    1999 - Art '99, London Art Fair and Glasgow Art Fair, with Compass Gallery

               Festival Exhibition 99, Patriothall Gallery, WASPS Studios, Edinburgh

               Mixed shows, Stenton Gallery, East Lothian

               Summer and Christmas Shows, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

    1998 - Art '98, London Art Fair and Glasgow Art Fair

              Cabinet Paintings, Compass Gallery

              Christmas Exhibition, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh

              Mixed shows, Stenton Gallery, East Lothian

              Scotland on Sunday/Noble Grossart Exhibition, Glasgow School of Art

              and Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

              Travellers' Tales, Stenton Gallery, East Lothian

    1997 - A Patch of Their Own, Compass Gallery, Glasgow and touring Scotland

               Art '97, London Art Fair and Glasgow Art Fair

               Scotland on Sunday/Noble Grossart Exhibition, Glasgow School of Art

               and Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

               Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

    1996 - Art '96, London Art Fair, with Compass Gallery

               Regeneration - Collective Gallery collaboration, Eastern General Hospital, Edinburgh

              Six Women Artists, Festival Exhibition, Firth Gallery, Edinburgh

              Summer Exhibition, Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow

    1995 - Out of Edinburgh, Mainhill Gallery, Ancrum, Borders

               Valentines, Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow

    1994 - Summer Exhibition, Roger Billcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow

    1991 - Borders Biennial, touring Peebles, Galashiels and Dumfries, South of Scotland

    1991 - present - annual Christmas Show, Compass Gallery, Glasgow

    1990 - Inverclyde Biennial, McLean Museum & Gallery, Greenock

               Summer Exhibition, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh

    1989 - Borders Biennial, touring Peebles, Galashiels and Dumfries, South of Scotland

               Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition, Richard Demarco Gallery, Edinburgh

    1987 - Women Live, City Art Centre, Edinburgh

    1986 - Inverclyde Biennial, McLean Museum & Gallery, Greenock

    1985 - Aberdeen Artists Annual Exhibition, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen

               Group Exhibitions, Ancrum Gallery, by Jedburgh, Borders

    1984 - Edinburgh College of Art Cultural Exchange, Academie der Bildenden Kunst, Munich

               Exhibition of work by Edinburgh College of Art Students, Helios Pictures, Birmingham

               New Generation Artists, Compass Gallery, Glasgow

               Paisley Drawing Competition, Paisley Museum and Art Gallery, Paisley

    Workshops

    Aug/Sept 2014 - Employed by Art in Healthcare to lead art workshops with Alzheimer Scotland, Edinburgh

    Jan - Feb 2014 - Employed by Art in Healthcare to lead series of art workshops with residents at Dunedin Canmore Sheltered Housing, Edinburgh

    Sept - October, 2013 - Employed by Art in Healthcare to lead series of art workshops with Alzheimer Scotland, Edinburgh

    July - Sept, 2012 - Employed by East Lothian Council to facilitate local history mural project, Prestonpans Resource Centre, Prestonpans, East Lothian

    May 2012 - 'Spirit of Place' Landscape Watercolour Masterclass, House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, Glasgow

    Competitions, prizes and awards

    2009 - The Anne Redpath Award, Visual Arts Scotland, Edinburgh

    1984 - John Kinross Travelling Scholarship to Florence, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

    1983 - Andrew Grant Travelling Scholarship - Humanities Award, Edinburgh College of Art

    1983 - Helen A Rose Bequest Award, Edinburgh College of Art

    1982 - Andrew Grant Travelling Scholarship - Humanities Award, Edinburgh College of Art