Springfield Church, Fife

Springfield Church, Fife

A celebration lunch in August 2019 in the glowing interior of the refurbished Springfield Church in Fife (Benjamin Tindall Architects) launched the building into its new purpose as both a centre of worship and a community centre. In the spring of 2018 I was approached by Ben Tindall to decorate the cornice of the church with a blessing. The inward slope of the coving meant that painting in situ would be physically impossible. My solution was to paint the inscription off site, on lengths of robust lining paper painted the same yellow as the walls. The pattern is created by the counters of the letters, and the uninterrupted ring of words echoes the vast halo of contemporary lighting. The blessing is sung at the end of each service: those unfamiliar with the words are directed by the minister to the cornice! Not only have the brightness of the space and its unusual decoration captured the hearts of the local community, but the Chair of the Trustees of the Church of Scotland, Raymond Young, himself an architect, said he was thrilled with the result.

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Braemar Mountain Festival, 1 – 4 March 2018

Braemar Mountain Festival, 1 – 4 March 2018

At the point of fluctuation, one of my new small works with words from Nan Shepherd's The Living Mountain, to be shown at the Braemar Mountain Festival in Braemar from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th March. The festival launched last year and was a huge success - great...

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W Gordon Smith Award at OPEN 2018

W Gordon Smith Award at OPEN 2018

I am shocked and delighted to have been awarded a share of one of the inaugural W Gordon Smith and Mrs Jay Gordon Smith awards at OPEN 2018: SSA + VAS together at the RSA in Edinburgh for this small work, Minor Disruption. The larger work, Architecture of Disruption,...

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Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, West Sussex

Moncrieff-Bray Gallery, West Sussex

The Moncrieff-Bray Gallery near Petworth in West Sussex is showing the work of two Scottish artists, Jonathan Gibbs and myself, in a group show: Oona Campbell and Abstract Landscapes, 30 September – 21 October 2017, Wednesday – Saturday, 11 – 4, or by appointment....

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One never quite knows the mountain

One never quite knows the mountain

  22 June – 24 July 2017 Exhibition of new work at the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh, both abstract paintings and lettering. Just as Nan Shepherd returned over and over to the Cairngorms, so I yet again revisit The Living Mountain for inspiration. With our...

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The Word-Hoard

The Word-Hoard

I have been lucky enough to be part of this exhibition at the Wordsworth House and Garden in Cockermouth, Cumbria. Curated by Robert Macfarlane, author of Landmarks, it features stunning photographs by his parents Rosamund and John Macfarlane, with captions by Robert....

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calligraphy on new RBS fiver

calligraphy on new RBS fiver

RBS People's Money. Calligraphy. from Nile HQ on Vimeo. After 18 months the secret is out: it is my calligraphy in Scottish secretary hand on the reverse of the new RBS polymer fiver. And serendipity was at play because the face of the fiver is my mountaineering...

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RSA open exhibition 2016

   'Two small works by Ann Ross, Cherry Red and Fireworks, part collage, part painting, quite outshine their company, however. They have a wistful delicacy that lifts them from very nice to really beautiful. The same is true of Susie Leiper’s lovely abstract book in...

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Into the Mountain

If you're out and about over Easter pop into &Collective Art Gallery in Bridge of Allan near Stirling where I have a small show, delving ever deeper Into the Mountain. Following the success of The Living Mountain, based on the book by Nan Shepherd, at the Open Eye...

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