Approved: 16.08.2006

Shelagh Atkinson

Artist, Maker, Technician

Approved: 16.08.2006

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 .

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      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

      CV & Education

      Public realm

      2018 WASPS 40th anniversary exhibition Kirkcudbright arts centre Galloway Scotland

      2018 Paisley art institute annual exhibition Paisley Scotland

      2018 Kunsthuis GalleryNorth Yorkshire England Contemporary art exhibition


      • 2015/17 5th/6th Tokyo Screenprint biennial [honourablemention]
      • 2015 Indelible Traces printmaking exhibition
      • 2015 London Art FAIR [print]
      • 2013 GLOBAL PRINT printmaking biennial of Douro, Museum of Lamigo, Alijo Portugal
      • 2011-13 Society Scottish Art annual exhibition [SSA], Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh Scotland
      •  The Society of Scottish Artists SSA Contemporary art exhibtion, Royal Scottish Academy and Visual Arts Scotland VAS contemporary art show
      • 2011  Encounters with Place [film/prints/book] Threshold Art Space Perth theatre, Perth Scotland
      • 2011 - IMPRINT, Print Council of Australia print archive, North Melbourne Victoria Australia
      • 2011 - NSA PRINT, The Exchange Gallery, Penzance Cornwall
      • 2010 - Contemporary printmaking competition, Open Space Galleries, 40 Lower Market St, Penryn, Cornwall, England, UK
      • 2009  A Model of Order-Concrete Poetry, books and Editions Fruitmarket Gallery Bookshop, 45 Market Street Edinburgh
      • 2007 - Elected Professional member , Visual Arts Scotland, Edinburgh
      • 2005 - CAFE ART FAIR, The Corn Exchange, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2005 - SPIN Contemporary ArtGroup Talk , WASPS studios Patriothall, Edinburgh Scotland
      • Solo exhibitions
      • 2014  In and out of Place AND Collective gallery Bridge of Allan Stirling Scotland
      • 2010 - A Walk along the Fontanka, Scots Russia Forum,Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2008 - The Walls Paper, glass&thomson, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2007 - Take a Look at the Face, Radical Book Fair The Drill Hall Out of the Blue , Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2002 - Places and Faces, McHardys Art, The Borders, Scotland
      • 1996 - The Landscape Mix, Dunedin Gallery, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 1995 - Headfull of Mince: of Mince and Men, Cafe Delmonica, Glasgow Scotland 1992 - Building Relations Building Reflections, Netherbow Storytelling Centre, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 1992 - Girls and Boys Toys, Cafe Soho, Edinburgh Scotland
      • Group exhibitions
      • 2013 - The Edinburgh printmakers, Royal Overseas League , Edinburgh Scotland 2013 - Life Drawing Group, WASPS studios Patriothall gallery, Edinburgh Scotland 2013 - Print Fusion, Gallery Ten [X], Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2013 - Visual Arts Scotland Annual Open Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy  Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2012 - The Edinburgh Printmakers, Scottish Arts club, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2012 - Grafika Polska Big Print Small Print, Wroclaw Academy of Fine Arts, Wroclaw Poland
      • 2012 - International print exhibition, Yunnan museum, Kunming City China
      • 2012 - Visual Arts Scotland Annual Open Exhibition, Royal Scottish Arts Academy, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2011  The Scottish Society of Artists Contemporary Art Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2011  NSA PRINT, Exchange Gallery  Penzance Cornwall England
      • 2011  Pushing Print The Pie factory, Margate England
      • 2009  Edinburgh Peoples Festival art exhibition, North Edinburgh Arts Centre, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2009  Scotland a Changing Nation  Royal Scottish Museum Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2009 -2008 Society of Aberdeen Artists, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen Scotland
      •  Visual Arts Scotland annual exhibition, City Arts Centre Edinburgh, Edinburgh Scotland
      •   Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art, MaClellan galleries, Glasgow Scotland
      • Scottish Society Artists, Royal Scottish Academy , Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2007  Anonymous drawings, Bluetenweiss Raum fur kunst, Berlin
      • 2007  Scottish Drawing Competition, Paisley Museum and Art gallery, Paisley Scotland
      • 2006  Thoroughly Modern Women, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2005 - International Contemporary Womens Printmaking, Lessedra Gallery, Sofia Bulgaria
      • 2005 - Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art , McLellan Galleries, Glasgow Scotland 2005 - Scotland WASPS Studio exchange programme, Arc gallery, Chicago USA 2004 - Lessedra Mini Print Exhibition, Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
      • 2003 - Fine Art of Printmaking Touring Exhibition, Scottish Borders, Scotland
      • 2001 - Kanagawa Print Triennial, Yokohama, Japan
      • 2000 - National Print Exhibition, The Mall Gallery, London England
      • 1999  About Face [with Mark Ianson], Reynolds Gallery, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 1998  Footsteps - A Scottish Society of Artists programme, Panzerhalle Atelier, Brandenburg, Berlin
      • 1998  Vital Art - contemporary art show, Atlantis Gallery, London England
      • Curated projects
      • 2012  Natural Curiosity [ Lynn Wilson curator], Patriothall Gallery@WASPS Studios , Edinburgh Scotland
      • Workshops
      • 2012  Summer School laser Cutting, Jenny Smith Laser Cutting studio, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2010 Glass Casting with Keiko Mukaide
      • Projects
      • 2012 -10 Beasts [artists booklet], Fruitmarket Gallery bookshop Edinburgh Scotland  Know - 6 fold booklet, Fruitmarket Gallery bookshop, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2008  Treasure postcards/Visual Voices of female artists worldwide, Arts for Global development Inc, Washington USA
      • 2007  Reichstag Wrap Found Sound CD Atkinsons Atelier, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2006  Red Diaper and Face-it [artists booklets] Fruit Market Gallery bookshop, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2013 CARA atalogue the ART of Resistance
      • 2012  Catalogue A collection of the 2nd Yunnan International print exhibtion, Yunnan museum, China
      • 2011 Never Mind the Captions Alistair Findlay My ties with Mick screenprint Pg 151
      • 2010  6 fold Text booklets [permanent collection], Scottish Poetry library, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2010  Art Collection, Glasgow Womens Art library, The Mitchell Glasgow Scotland 
      • 2010 Stuart Hall Library zine collection, Institute of International Visual Arts, INIVA Rivington Place London England
      • Prizes and awards
      • 2017 Scottish national Portrait gallery Edinburgh Scotland
      • Recent acquistions 2 prints
      • 2013  Flora Wood Award, Visual Arts Scotland,Edinburgh,
      • 2009  Richard Demarco Prize, Edinburgh Peoples Festival, Edinburgh Scotland 
      • 2009  Whos' Who in Art the 33rd edition Hilmarton Manor Press