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Kenema June 28 2016

Edinburgh based photograph Peter Dibdin has been visiting and working in Sierra Leone since 2014, photographing a development project by Orkidstudio who were building a new school for underprivileged girls run by Swawou School Foundation.

The resulting images of the community involved in the build, from the students to the construction team, will be published in a beautiful hardback book featuring 72 photographs, interviews and essays.

A Kickstarter page is now up and running where you can pre-order a copy of the book, supporting its production. All profits from the book will be donated to the Swawou School for Girls.

Your can pre-order a copy of the book and make other pledges via the Kenema Kickstarter page.


Swawou School student Aminata Sheriff at home


Brick layer Lahai Samai Ngabulango on site in 2014


Teacher Dauda Kabba at the site of the new school


Labourer Moina Kallon digging a 15 ft deep cess pit

Parallel//Paysage April 01 2016

Parallel//Paysage is an exhibition of new work by Rachel Duckhouse and Bronwen Sleigh. In October 2014 they travelled to Quebec City for an exchange exhibition between Glasgow Print Studio and Engramme. While there they undertook a research trip travelling through Quebec, Labrador and Newfoundland funded by the Bet Low Trust. This latest exhibition presents the divergent responses of these two artists to their shared experience of the same landscapes through printmaking, drawing and sculpture.

Parallel//Paysage runs from 9th April to 1st May 2016 at Glasgow Print Studio. You can find out more about Bronwen and Rachel's collaboration via their blog Multiple//Parallel.

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A detail from one of Bronwen's etchings

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Bronwen editions a new lithograph print

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A detail from Rachel's pen and ink drawing 'Saguenay ii'

Bronwen SleighOne of Bronwen's etching plates

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Rachel inks up her 'Black Wood' linocut

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Rachel's 'Black Wood' linocut and 'White Wood' pen and ink drawing

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Pages from one of Rachel's sketchbook

Saltmarsh, Morston September 30 2015

 I'm pleased to share details of my latest limited edition print, 'Saltmarsh, Morston'.

This screen print is based on sketches made on the North Norfolk coastline on a sunny, breezy day, sitting on the saltmarsh amongst the sea campion and thrift, looking through the grass and flower stems. Across The Pit, a narrow stretch of water, I can see Blakeney Point. Strong yellow discs of cat’s ear flowers (also known as flatweed) stand out against the pale chalky colours of the other vegetation and the bright blue early summer sky.

You can find out more about the print and view a selection of my current editions over at my website.

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Mark Hearld’s ‘The Lumber Room: Unimagined Treasures’ August 07 2015

Visitors to the newly reopened York Art Gallery will be able to pick up one of these souvenir broadsheets, created by the artist Mark Hearld as part of his curated exhibition The Lumber Room: Unimagined Treasures.

The Upper North Gallery has been transformed to reflect one artist’s vision of a Lumber Room – a room of miscellaneous stored objects and artefacts.

For the past two years, York-based artist Mark Hearld has been visiting the stores of the Yorkshire Museum and York Castle Museum as well as York Art Gallery researching the objects and artworks to include in the exhibition.

His choices include textiles, costume, oil paintings, works on paper, furniture, and taxidermy, many items of which have not been on public display before.

Alongside these are new works that Mark has created especially for the show which are inspired by the collections. The exhibition is influenced by a short story called The Lumber Room, by Saki, which was read to him in an English class when he was 15.

Mark explains…

“Since I heard Saki’s story I have always been intrigued by the idea of a locked room that contained treasures so wonderful they are beyond what your mind can imagine. In this exhibition I wanted to create the sense of excitement and wonder that you get when you discover the key to the room and see the “forbidden” objects for the first time.”

Visit the exhibition at York Art Gallery, Exhibition Square, York YO1 7EW. Find out more from the York Art Gallery website.

You might also like to view Mark's range of artist design fabrics and wallpapers for St Jude's.

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David Cass July 02 2015

Opening on 2nd July 2015, 'Tonight Rain, Tomorrow Mud' is the second solo exhibition of David Cass' work at The Scottish Gallery in Edinburgh.

Cass’ 2013 solo show ‘Years of Dust and Dry’ was a great success where he transformed the gallery by installing some 200 found object based paintings which spoke of loss, decay and time.

As well as artworks that describe his travels over the last two years, Cass' newest work is inspired by the devastating floods which swept Florence in 1966 and Paris in 1910. He uses these historical events as point of focus to tackle the extremes of drought and inundation.

Cass explains...

“I began creating these artworks late in 2013: 47 years after the flood which claimed at least thirty lives in Florence itself. I first visited Florence in late 2010, on a Royal Scottish Academy scholarship. I’ve returned several times since 2010, and my artistic response to the city has gradually developed. Inspired by artist James Hogg’s set of letters written from Florence during November 1966 (published in Dear Eddie & Popp by S.A.C.I.) this series of studies are as much an attempt to introduce a new element into my practice as they are explorative responses to the history of this catastrophe.”

Created with semi-hardened vintage paints, on antique papers and framed (in most cases) in antique frames ‘Tonight Rain, Tomorrow Mud’ features paper-based artworks, created in Almería, Florence, Lucca and Paris.

The exhibition runs from 3rd July until 1st August 2015 at The Scottish Gallery, 16 Dundas Street, Edinburgh EH3 6HZ. Find out more via David Cass' website or The Scottish Gallery







Our Highland studio June 16 2015

Earlier in the year we were visited by our friends from Country Living, along with our photographer and friend Cristian Barnett.

Some of Cristian's photographs appeared in the April issue of Country Living but several more are published in Country Living Modern Rustic which is available from magazine stands now.

Cristian also made this short film about the making of my wallpaper, Nature Table.







An exhibition in Bergen April 16 2015

We're just about to head off to Bergen for a few days for the opening of a new exhibition of work from long time St Jude's collaborator Alex Malcolmson.

In Møte over Nordsjøen (Meeting over the North Sea) Alex will be exhibiting a new series of box works and birds alongside the work of Shetland based painter Ruth Brownlee and Bergen based sculptor John Audun Hauge.

You can view a range of the work that Alex will be exhibiting or find out more about Ruth Brownlee's paintings.

The exhibition runs from 18th April until 10th May 2015 at Galleri Allmenningen, Bergen, Norway.


Compass Rose Alex Malcolmson


Vega Alex Malcolmson


Ship Spirit Alex Malcolmson


Hail Showers approaching Spiggie Ruth Brownlee


Grey Sky Clearing, West Yell Ruth Brownlee

The Darktown Billets-Doux February 01 2015

We're pleased to announce our next St Jude's exhibition in Edinburgh.

The Darktown Billets-Doux will see Jonny Hannah bring a selection of paintings, prints and other flotsam and jetsam to the city.

We'll also be launching Jonny's new wallpaper for St Jude's.

The exhibition will run from 10th-14th April 2015 in the heart of Edinburgh. For an invitation to the opening event, please sign up to our e-mail newsletter.