Open Preview evening | Thursday 30 July from 6:00 pm
Crystal-glazed stoneware, porcelain and multi-textured golded pots; paintings, drawings and installations growing from a deep relationship with pottery and an ancient Perthshire landscape; poetry exhibited and read around the galleries – three artists explore the natural world and make connections between their work in an unusual collaborative exhibition.
Potter Paul Tebble, artist Anne Gilchrist and poet Elizabeth Burns have worked together over several years, exploring their shared creative processes, from long standing friendships to collaboration.
Including creative projections and sounds of the woodland that has inspired much of the work, the huge gallery spaces will also offer a chance to watch the potter at work and tour the exhibition with the artists. There will be a following event in the Perthshire woodland itself in the Autumn.
‘Our aim is to nourish the visitor through the work, bring to them a sense of honouring a place (ben, loch and wood), and give them time and room to feel this through the work.’
‘There is so much depth and diversity in all this work, we hope people will come back again and again, and take more from it each time. We are aiming for a poetic sensibility across the whole exhibition.’
With such a range of work on display – from a five-gallon teapot to tiny porcelain cups; from large canvasses and poems that link the spirals of thrown pots to those of the universe, to oak leaves and tiny gilded hazel husks; from haiku-like sequences of poems to longer, more meditative ones – this exhibition breaks down boundaries between art-forms, showing how the artists have intimately responded to each other’s work. Working alongside invited projection artist Sophia Lindsay Burns, they have created an intriguing diversity.
The exhibition will take place over the entire third floor, in all three galleries, offering the audience the chance of a quiet experience, to absorb something of the landscape and the work that has brought the artists shared inspiration to fruition.
A Potter, a Painter and a Poet will clearly show the value of collaboration and respect between three art forms, which all too often work in isolation. The role of pottery is special here; its unique place in human culture and history and its intimate connection with nature is particular in demonstrating the vital understanding we need to continue to foster between people and the wider natural world.
Official website www.potterpainterpoet.org
Location detailsSt. Margaret’s House – Galleries 1, 2 and 3
St Margaret's House, 151 London Road
Edinburgh EH7 6AE