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An Exhibition by Scottish Arts Club Award Winners

In the President’s Exhibition this year we are honoured to have an excellent group of Award Winning Artists exhibiting. They have self selected from our winners from 2006 onwards who have already held their award winning solo exhibitions in the Club (but not within the last year). This will be a varied and interesting exhibition. Exhibitors include:

Clare Arbuthnott, Joyce Gunn Cairns, Helga Chart, George Donald , Jim Dunbar, James Fairgrieve, George Gilbert, Euan Gray, Diana Hope, James Lumsden, Catriona Mann, Jennifer McRae , Paul Mowat, David Nealon, Elaine Shemilt, Miriam Vickers & Tom Allan - 3D Art (Sculpture)


Tom Allan MA, ARBS, PAI, SSA

Tom is a professional sculptor, trained at Glasgow School of Art and in Italy. Elected Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 2006 he expresses his art in stone sculpture. He has exhibited throughout Britain, and participated in many sculpture symposia, organising four in Scotland. Last year he was invited to travel to the USA to create a large granite sculpture for the city of Nashua, New Hampshire. He works in Glasgow and Carrara. His sculptures are in public and private collections in Europe, Australia, and the Americas.

Clare Arbuthnott

Clare studied painting at the Leith School of Art and Cumbria College of Art.  She has exhibited widely throughout the UK. Clare’s vibrant landscape paintings describe the mood, changeable nature and the essence of the places she paints, through lively brushstrokes and rich colour.  She is fascinated by water, sea, skies and botany which provide a constant source of challenging imagery.

Joyce Gunn Cairns

 Joyce was born in Bonnyrigg near Edinburgh, and has been based in the capital since 1977. After taking a degree in German and Comparative Religion, she studied at Edinburgh College of Art. Gunn-Cairns began to exhibit in the late 1980s. Her paintings and drawings are intensely personal. She produces portrait drawings, usually of friends, whom she likes to sit for her on a regular basis.

Helga Chart RSW RWS Helga_Chart_Link (see RSW website)

Helga is a member of the RSW and RWS.

Much of Helga’s subject matter is based on natural history, landscape and the sense of a moment in time. She fills sketch books with both written and graphic observations drawing from primary sources, and collecting as much material as possible on texture, colour, light and composition.Watercolour is her primary medium.

George Donald ATC MEd RSA RSW

George Donald is a painter and printmaker with an international reputation. He trained as a painter at Edinburgh College of Art in the ‘60s. He has draws inspiration from diverse cultures.

He was Visiting Professor in France, China, Japan, UAE and inaugurated Master Classes at the Miró Foundation, Palma de Mallorca. He is currently Keeper of the RSA where he exhibits annually, as with the RSW. His works are in public and private collections in Scotland and abroad, including the V&A, London, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art and the Miró Foundation.


Jim Dunbar was born on 18 February 1949 in Mission Mambasa, deep in the Ituri rain forest of Democratic Republic of Congo. Jim trained in Drawing and Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee, between 1967-1973; he took some time out of his studies to return to missionary work. Between 1977 – 1999 Jim taught in various schools in Angus, Scotland as both assistant and Principal Teacher of Art and Design. Jim was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour in 2007 as a leading Scottish watercolourist and is currently its President.

James H Fairgrieve RSA RSW James_Fairgrieve_Link (see RSW website)

James H Fairgrieve was born in Prestonpans, East Lothian in 1944. He is one of Scotland’s leading realist painters. He studied at Edinburgh College of Art between 1962-68, then went on to teach there until his early retirement in 1998. He is a member of the RSA, and the RSW as well as being a former President of the SSA. His work has been shown in solo and group exhibitions in UK and Europe.  Winning many prestigious awards, his paintings can be found in public institutions such as Edinburgh City Arts Centre, Lillie Art Gallery, Leeds School Collection, Scottish Arts Council and the Fleming Collection, as well as in important private collections.

George Gilbert RSW

George was born and educated in Glasgow, training at Glasgow School of Art 1957-61 including a post graduate study (1961 - 62). He then taught in schools in Aberdeenshire, Glasgow & Fife 1963-88. In 1989 he took up painting full time setting up the Courtyard Gallery in Crail with his wife, Lesley. He has exhibited widely in the UK with many solo shows as well as exhibiting at the RSW, RSA, RGI, the Cleveland Drawing Competition, the Sunday Times Water Colour Competition & the RSW summer open.

Euan Gray

Euan’s recent exhibitions were – 2018: City Art Centre, Edinburgh; Inverness Art Gallery & Museum; Thurso Art Gallery. Another Country (Part 3). RMIT Gallery, Melbourne. Chaos And Order. Alice R Rogers & Target Galleries, St John’s Art Centre, Minnesota, USA. Another Country (Part 1). 2016: Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool. Phantom Limb. 2015: Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth. Emergency. Carr House, Victoria, BC, Canada. Monuments in Cedar (solo exhibition).

Diana Hope

Diana Hope was born in Aberdeenshire and studied Illustration and Design at Edinburgh College of Art. From 1988 to 2005 she taught art at Edinburgh Academy and is a visiting lecturer at Leith School of Art and Edinburgh College of Art. She has exhibited regularly with the Open Eye Gallery since 1999 and is a regular exhibitor with Society of Scottish Artists, Visual Art Scotland, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and the Royal Scottish Academy.

James Lumsden

Born Inverness, Scotland (1964, James lives and works in Edinburgh. He has been the recipient of several awards including a Scottish Arts Council Creative Development Award and a Royal Scottish Academy Residencies for Scotland Award. Recent solo exhibitions include Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London (2013, 2011, 2009, 2005, 2004, 2002); Paul Kuhn Gallery, Calgary, Canada (2012 and 2010); MAC, Birmingham (2006); An Tuireann, Isle of Skye (2005); Triskel Arts Centre, Cork, Ireland (2001) and Aalborg Trienalle, Denmark (2000).

Catriona Mann MA LLB RSW Catriona_Mann_Link (see RSW website)

Catriona graduated with MA Hons in Fine Art from Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art in 1979, and LLB at Edinburgh University in 1983. She is a past President of VAS, Past Vice President of RSW and is presently on the Council of RSW. She works in water based paint but also enjoys drawing so incorporates graphite and watercolour pencil marks. She is inspired by landscape and buildings and particularly Edinburgh in the snow.

Jennifer McRae RSA

Jennifer McRae graduated from Grays School of Art, Robert Gordon's University with a BA (First Class Hons) Fine Art. She is a member of the RSA and a noted Edinburgh based portrait artist. Her commissions include Sir Tim Berners Lee, Royal Society, London; Dame Judi Dench, Garrick Club, London; Michael Frayn, National Portrait Gallery, London; Sir Chris Hoy, Scottish National Portrait Gallery; Baroness Gail Rebuck, CEO of Random House at the National Portrait Gallery.

Paul Mowat

Paul is an Edinburgh based artist concerned with the human condition. He is interested in what makes each of us unique, the ageing process, our relationships with one another which he captures in his work. Following an HND Graphic Design and Printmaking, Paul received a BA HONS Painting from Edinburgh College of Art.  He has variously taught drawing and painting, including workshops and master classes over ten years at Leith School of Art, Edinburgh Drawing School and Edinburgh College of Art ( University of Edinburgh).

David Nealon

David studied at Edinburgh College of Art (Drawing and Painting) and graduated with a post-graduate year travelling scholarship. He went to study and explore the prehistoric and pre Christian sites around Carnac in Northern France.

He has exhibited widely including: New 57 gallery, RSA, RSW, RGI, SSA, Aberdeen Artists Society, Leith Gallery, Frames Gallery, Bellevue Gallery, Perth Art Gallery and Museum, Mall Gallery, London, Talbot Rice Gallery, Kinblethmount Gallery, Queen's Gallery Dundee, and Meffan Gallery Forfar. He was prize winner of the Stowells student painting competition ( Scotland), the Laign landscape competition (Scotland) , The Scottish Arts Club prize ( twice), and RSW bookmark prize.

Elaine Shemilt PPSSA Elaine_Shemit_Link (see RSW website)

Elaine Shemilt is an academic, researcher and artist. She holds the Chair of Fine Art Printmaking at DJCAD, University of Dundee.  Elaine is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Royal Geographical Society, and she is a Shackleton Scholar. She researched environmental sustainability on the island of South Georgia. She is a Professional member of Society of Scottish Artists and was its President from March 2007-2010. Her artistic practice involves sculpture, installation, printmaking video and digital media. Most recently her work has been shown at the Imperial War Museum, London and in Warsaw, Berlin, Rome, Singapore, Melbourne and Shanghai.

Miriam Vickers SSA (see RSW website)

Miriam has a BA Hons from Glasgow School of Art and is actively involved in printmaking at Edinburgh Printmakers. Her work is inspired by both landscape and classical architecture.  Colour, line and form offer the means for experimental picture making.

She worked for City of Edinburgh Council from 1995 to 2014: Landscape Artist in Residence, Stepping Stones Mental Health Programme 2001 – 2004 ;Art in Healthcare Commission for Princess Alexandra Eye Pavilion and City of Edinburgh Council grant for Stages Exhibition 1995 - 2014