Approved: 10.05.2012

Gillian Adair Mcfarland

Art therapist, Artist, Researcher

Approved: 10.05.2012

I am interested in the experience of creating and subsequent understanding of apparently random actions. My work explores 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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    Biography

    I am interested in the experience of creating and subsequent understanding of apparently random actions. My work explores 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
    2017 – Honorary Research Fellow , School of Genetics, Leicester University
    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
    2017            Honorary Research Fellow, School of Genetics, Leicester University
    2016/17     Arts Council Funded Research Project  Creativity and Curiosity 
                          Arts Council Funded Research Project  Drawing DNA    
    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
    2017        @Collective Gallery, Edinburgh
    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
    2017    Drawn RWA, Bristol
                   Little Selves, New Walk Museum and Art Gallery
                   OCD , FAB, Bath
                   Outlook, the&Gallery, Edinburgh
         Paper, Waterford Mill, Dorset
              Creativity and Curiosity, Christ College, Cambridge
                 Road to the Stars,  Santiago, Spain
        
    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
    2017 – 8 month residency, School of Genetics, Leicester University
    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