Leith School of Art alumni show 2014
Work by Toby Paterson, Tommy Grace, Owen Normand, Pernille Spence, Morwenna Darwell and Jamie Stone
Leith School of Art works outside the traditional ‘big four’ art colleges in Scotland, meaning that its influence tends to slip off the radar, but the institution has made its own contributions to the Scottish scene over the past 25 years. With such a significant anniversary this year, this group exhibition will select work from some of the finest artists to have passed through the doors of the former Norwegian Seamen’s Church. ‘The school was established on the belief there was a need for a small, community-like alternative to the big institutions,’ says the principal, Phil Archer, ‘with a passion for teaching art with clarity and structure and a respect for tradition, while embracing the contemporary world.’
The area, he says, lends its character to the experience: ‘Leith’s ideal for an art school as it’s visually stimulating, with contrasts of land and sea, industry and commerce, old and new, rough and gentrified, as well as a tight-knit community of people.’ The 17 artists in the show constitute a similarly eclectic roll call, featuring Toby Paterson, Tommy Grace (more familiar to many as a member of Django Django), Owen Normand, Pernille Spence, Morwenna Darwell and Jamie Stone.
Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh, Fri 2–Sat 31 May