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137th RSW Open Annual Exhibition Celebrating Scottish Watercolours

The 137th RSW Open Annual Exhibition opens 5 February at the prestigious Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh presenting over 180 new works by established and emerging Scottish watercolour artists.  It was open to all artists in Scotland and runs until 8 March 2018.

Enclosure Janet Melrose RSW

A new work by Janet Melrose RSW features on our catalogue, poster and newsletter,  Over the past two years she has been visiting archaeological sites around Scotland, interested in the way we connect with an area of landscape and use it as a meeting point or as a burial site. The lichen growing along a branch is more likely to be the catalyst for a painting rather than a “view”. Her new painting, Enclosure, came about from making a connection between marks on the surface of a rock and the bigger landscape.  She uses lines and arrows to describe and record wind direction, sunlight or the flight of birds.

We are also delighted to be holding several free demonstrations and events when a selection of RSW Members will be in the Galleries working on paintings to demonstrate their work and will be ready to answer questions on materials, techniques and methods.

Sat 10 February 2018: 11am – 1pm
Portrait artist Aine Devine RSW will demonstrate her technique by focusing on how she paints an eye.
Sat 24 February 2018: 2 – 4pm
Artists Angus McEwan RSW RWS RGI and Jean Martin RSW will be demonstrating how they work with sketchbooks and materials to develop ideas.
Thurs 1 March 2018: 5.15pm – 6.30pm – Words on Watercolour
Writers from the group Words on Canvas will read poetry and prose inspired by different paintings in the exhibition.   When possible the artist is also there to talk briefly about their inspiration before hearing the stories the work ignited in the mind of the writers.  It is a fascinating way to tour the exhibition.

The exhibition in the Lower Galleries, Royal Scottish Academy, The Mound, Edinburgh is open Mon to Fri 10am to 5pm and Sunday 12 to 5pm, and admission is free.


An Imaginative Response in Words to Paintings

No-one Knew by Alice McMurrough RSW

No-one Knew by Alice McMurrough RSW

Words on Canvas
Thursday 29 January 2015
5.15pm – 6.45pm

Take your imagination on a journey in an evening of poetry and prose inspired by the paintings in the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour 134th Annual Exhibition in the Royal Scottish Academy Building, The Mound, Edinburgh.

Travel from one gallery to another, meeting a new writer in each room who will read a poem or prose they have written inspired by one of the paintings in the room.  Meet 7 writers in 70 minutes and enjoy viewing the exhibition.  Tickets £5 include a glass of wine.

Book by visiting or calling the Sales Desk in the exhibition on 0131 624 6479.

About the writers who are all part of the group Words on Canvas:

NORMA BROWN               
Inspired by artist Stanley James Bird

I’m blessed to live in a most beautiful part of the Scottish Borders surrounded by a wealth of talented folk.  I came late to writing but have always loved the sound of words.  Quoting Paul Klee, ‘taking a line for a walk’ across a blank sheet of paper is always an adventure.  It is a privilege to be a member of the Words on Canvas group and to enjoy looking at and writing about art.  To quote Klee again, ‘one eye sees, the other feels’.

SUSAN GRANT                  
Inspired by artist Darren Woodhead

From the days of ‘The cat sat on the mat’, poetry had me hooked.  Years in journalism meant the emphasis was on prose, then a career in education was spent transferring skills.  Retirement brought a re-awakening to poetry and Word on Canvas has been such an inspiration for me.  As well as a deeper insight into Art I have learned so much from our writing tutors and enjoy the camaraderie and support of other members of the group.

Inspired by artists Emma S Davis RSW and James Spence RSW          

Henry Marsh was born in Broughty Ferry and now lives in Midlothian.  He has had five collections of poetry published and has worked with the Australian artist Kim Needle to produce poems for exhibition catalogues.  His themes recently have been taken from Scottish history and has written widely about his beloved islands – particularly the Uists.  He has read at the Edinburgh International Book Festival and will be reading at STAnza, the St Andrews poetry festival in March.

Inspired by  artists John Inglis RSW, Ann Ross RSW and Christopher Wood RSW

LesleyMay Miller started writing when she was studying as a mature student for her degree in ceramics and printmaking at Edinburgh College of Art.  Since then she has exhibited widely, creating a sculpture garden in the Borders and putting her words on ceramic panels and leaves.  She makes artists’ books combining her interests in visual art and words and is now working in soundscapes.  She gives readings of her poetry, including for the Poetry Association of Scotland.  A member of Dunbar Writers, she enjoys the Words on canvas Group.  LesleyMay will be exhibiting at Aikwood in Selkirk in September 2015.

Inspired by artist John Inglis RSW

Mary Johnston writes poetry in the dialect of the North East of Scotland known as the Doric.  She has been published in several magazines and was the winning poet of the Callum Macdonald Memorial Award in 2014. She has produced several pamphlets of her poetry, each accompanied with a C.D. to keep the sound of her grandparents’ dialect alive.

Inspired by artist Ann Wegmuller RSW

Kirsteen Scott was born and brought up in Mid-Argyll where story telling and song were an important part of her early life. The land and the language strongly influence her writing.  She describes herself as a ‘lazy’ writer, enjoying the taste of words and snatching at ideas that flirt with her eye or her ear.  She has been published in Cencrastus and New Writing Scotland.

Inspired by artist Alice McMurrough RSW

I have been travelling with poetry for seven years now.  Poetry allows me to play with words and poetic forms while I try to make sense of ‘life, the universe and everything.’  Both of these are stimulated by the inspiration that comes from engaging with visual art works.  Although I am a long standing member of Words on Canvas, this is my first chance to collaborate with the RSW and I am looking forward to see where this step on the journey will take me.