Lucy Roscoe - The Beach House (4 stars)

Lucy Roscoe - The Beach House

Collection of sea-themed prints and paper sculptures in convivial deli setting

Edinburgh-based artist-illustrator and founder of the Book Tree Press, Lucy Roscoe, brings a body of new work to Edinburgh’s Broughton Deli. The Beach House is the tenth in a specially curated series by Nicola Brooks and fills the space with delicate paper installation pieces and original screen prints.

Roscoe’s fascination with the sea stems from a childhood spent in a central urban location where beaches were a rarity and associated for her, therefore, with excitement and wonder. This sense of naïve delight is poured into every scalpel cut and curl of the painstakingly beautiful paperworks, and inherent in the nostalgic outlook of prints such as ‘Fish & Chips’ (a homage to the Scottish Sea Front), which takes pride of place in the main room.

The Deli’s gallery and dining space is a perfect complement to Roscoe’s Beach House, marrying space and charm in far cry from the usual ‘coffee shop’ art offering. There are handmade notebooks and cards on offer, and Roscoe’s trademark Book Trees in the back room cabinet alongside an edition of screen printed artist’s book There’s no such thing as a seagull?

Roscoe’s exhibition is possibly the last in the current format as Brooks is intent on revamping the exhibition potential of the Barony Street venue and creating more of a dialogue between artists and the wider community. There may even be an additional venue in the offing. Meanwhile, The Beach House is a successful collaboration between the dedicated Roscoe and the inventive Brooks which is worth a visit even if you don’t fancy sampling the fantastic food and convivial staff.

Broughton Deli, Edinburgh, until Sun 9 Oct.

The Beach House

  • 4 stars

Screen prints, paper cut-outs, hand made books and cards from illustrator and publisher Lucy Roscoe.

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