Permanent mural @Summerhall, Edinburgh

Resident artist Jane Frere works range from huge sculptural installation and vast murals to more moderate scale work with pastel, painting, collage, shadow box and printmaking. Jane’s practise spans theatre design to participatory arts projects. Today she is focused on a major long term project addressing the climate emergency and biodiversity crisis, as well as creating more accessible work, particularly in pastel and relief print. She is an associate artist of Unison Colour. Her latest blog can be found here.

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John Pelling

Pictured here John Pelling with his visceral response to the Russian war on Ukraine, which embeds both clear and coded messages, including an implied notice of the role of the Russian Orthodox Church in condoning or at least remaining silent over Putin’s military machine bringing death and destruction to its neighbour.

Unusually the remarkable artist John Pelling, an Associate of the Royal College of Art, combined a vocation as a clergyman with his dedication to art and pursued his lifelong passion into his 90s in his Chelsea studio.

To find out more about John and his recent series of amazing paintings and sketches, some of which featured in an exhibition at the Chelsea Arts Club earlier this year: click here…

David Ward

Music has been the motivating force for composer and former orchestral trombonist David Ward from his early years studying under the Alexander Goehr. David has a fiercely idiosyncratic approach to his music. Much of his work was created while living on the remote island of Yell, Shetland, before moving to his still remote farm cottage in North Aberdeenshire in the late 1990s.

He continues to produce remarkable new works, including a series of major operas. His recent ‘Brexit’ opera, B means B, from a libretto by Neville Rigby, was commissioned by Deveron Projects. His latest work, Weep for the Earth – Songs from Lockdown and Beyond – was premiered in unusual circumstances after the cancellation of its Leith Hall venue due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Instead the Songs from Lockdown received their first performance by soprana Jessica Summers and pianist Jelena Makarova at a salon concert at the home of patrons Mark and Fiona Hope in Banchory on September 10 2022. See David’s web pages here.

Inventive artist-photographer Evija Laivina left her homeland of Latvia to come to the Highlands, where she combines a highly individualistic approach to creative photography/art and performance.

Evija Laivina – Mondays

Her remarkable series on weird and wonderful ‘beauty’ aids has attracted international attention, while her experiments in performance art with her alter ego Barbara has gained a dedicated following.
Find more on Evija here.

Julia Barton’s installations highlighting plastic pollution on the seashore and climate change has been shown in several Scottish venues. Find out more here.

Julia conducts workshops explaining how pervasive plastic pollution, derived from climate changing fossil fuels, ends up dumped on the beautiful shorelines of North West Highlands.
Find out more about her littoral:sci-art project here.

Julia exhibited her work at the 2022 Salt Commissions at Portabello, Edinburgh in early September. View

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