High Praise for Earthworks

DSC_0005The exhibition had a fantastic launch last weekend and has been well attended through the week.


“One of the best exhibitions I’ve seen in a very, very long time. Lovely, beautiful and timely, and raises issues which are very important to be considering.”


“Beautiful exhibition, really inspired me to use more natural earth materials in my art. Thanks for sharing.”

The opening hours over the final weekend are as follows:

Friday 1st May 12 – 4pm, Saturday 2nd May 12 – 5pm, Sunday 3rd May 12 – 5 pm

All welcome to our end of show party with live music,drinks and cakes on Sunday from 3 – 4.30

Patriothall Gallery, Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, EH3 5AY


The Shedding of the Red

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Mary Walters describes her work for the forthcoming Earthworks Exhibition;

“I have long been fascinated by rust, and the colours it produces. For this Earthworks exhibition, I have taken a single icon  – a rusting machine part found on the shore at Achiltibuie in North – West Scotland. I have let it rust into different types of fabric, and have seen images appear almost overnight, with colours ranging from subtle reddish oranges and tans to vibrant burnt siennas. Inspired by the resulting hues, I have added to these print marks a range of ochres I gathered in France some years ago.

The pieces of fabric themselves I have constructed separately, backed them with foamboard, and arranged them in the form of a personal geological timeline. I see insignificant human items such as this rusting object as miniscule components in a layered geological interplay of reinvention and transformation.”

The results of this investigative piece will be on show at Patriothall Gallery in Stockbridge, Edinburgh as part of a collaborative installation by Mesh Artists Collective. The Earthworks Exhibition runs from 25th April to 3rd May. Full details on our events page.

Dorothy Jackson responds to the nature and history of the West Coast of Scotland

LOGO_IYS_en_Print_verticalMembers of Mesh  Artists Collective are dispersed all over Scotland from the Western Isles to the Borders. Each participant in the forthcoming Earthworks Exhibition is working with soil and natural materials in their location, to produce a large scale collaborative installation. All the components will be brought together in the exhibition in at Patriothall Gallery, in Edinburgh, from 25th April to 3rd May.


Dorothy Jackson’s starting point for Earthworks was the peaty soils that are so common in the west coast. She first tried using peat itself, but it proved too heavy and inflexible to make a long hanging. So she worked with purple moor grass (Molinia caerulea), the commonest plant of the peat bog on her croft. In winter it forms a tussocks of pale yellow leaves bearing a haze of long flower stalks from the previous summer.


‘I extracted the plant fibres by retting the leaves in water, boiling them with wood ash or washing soda and then breaking up the fibres using a paddlebeater* and a household blender. I poured the fibres suspended in water into a 4.5 m long mould. When the sheet had dried out I lifted it off the mould.’

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‘To produce this ‘natural’ piece required a large number of mass-produced items, from buckets and bowls to clamps, weighing scales and a blender. The process has made me reflect on the interplay between nature and industry in my art practice. I hope that viewers will nevertheless get a sense of the peaceful simplicity of swathes of purple moor grass swaying in the wind.’

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* thank you to Chrissie Heughan for use of her paddlebeater and technical advice http://www.chrissieheughanpaper.co.uk

For further details of the Earthworks Exhibition please refer to our exhibitions and events page.

Irene Campbell on The Importance of Place


Place is important to me. I start all my resolved work with drawings that I make in situ and which are closely related to the research that I do to support my theme. I enjoy the freedom that drawing in a particular place gives me and from which I can retain both memory and atmosphere as they relate to place. As an artist living and working in Southern Scotland the environment is of great importance to me as is the continuing relationship and impact that human beings have on landscape, both urban and rural.

IMG_1854I work in a variety of mediums including mud and ash as well in the more conventional materials of paint, inks and chalk. My resolved work includes textiles, painting and print making while the collaborative process of working with other artists in the Mesh Artists Collective is an additional but important part of my own continuing artistic development.


For EARTHWORKS I have interpreted through the use of mud, ash and soot as well as with textiles the rock formation and soils of my own immediate location and have contributed to the enjoyable process of a shared sketchbook exchange for this,our current exhibition.

For further details of Earthworks please visit our Exhibitions and Events link

Earthworks Exhibition

Announcing “Earthworks” at Patriothall Gallery, Stockbridge, Edinburgh, from 25th April to 3rd May.

Presenting our understanding of “Earth” in its wider sense, the focal point of the exhibition is a large scale collaborative installation inspired by the diversity of Scotland’s terrain.   Other works include prints, paintings, textile works and sculptures exploring soil, geology, landforms and human relationships with the land. The exhibition will also feature collaborative sketchbooks documenting the processes used in the development of the work.