Sunday 5 June, 2016 - Sunday 19 June, 2016
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Opening Night Saturday 4th June 7:00 – 9.30pm, featuring live music by Tim Vincent-Smith and “The Reverse Engineer”.
A challenging, thought provoking exhibition by two resident artists, Jamie King and Nicky Beckett. The exhibition is a response to the current refugee crisis, which is a contemporary controversial subject.
The exhibition is titled Displacement, consisting of expressive paintings and conceptual art works. We are also delighted to announce that the exhibition has been selected as part of the Open Programme of this year’s Refugee Festival Scotland.
These works invite the viewer to examine their own reaction to distress and despair. The works explore the ways in which some words through familiarity have lost much of their power and Jamie King and Nicky Beckett are resident artists at St Margaret’s House Studios, Edinburgh.
Jamie has been a studio holder for over five years, he currently works with oil paint. He has had several exhibition at St Margaret`s and has also exhibited at Summerhall Edinburgh and in Glasgow.
Nicky works with oils and mixed media and has exhibited in London and France. These two artists have collaborated to produce a series of visual and conceptual artworks as a response to the current refugee crisis.
Both artists have acknowledged the sensitivity of the subject matter and this is reflected in a conscious decision to demonstrate in the art works a humane depiction of the current crisis.
Jamie King’s oil paintings have an expressive quality with a narrative of tragedy and drama. The faces are anonymous to accentuate the human condition. Nicky Beckett’s paintings depict women. Some are of refugees but also of the displaced and vulnerable from a global perspective. She uses a variety of media, oil paint, collage, oil pastel and ink.
The conceptual element to this exhibition invites, through the use of language, a personal response to distress and despair. Both artists have explored the ways in which some words, through familiarity, have lost much of their power and meaning.
St Margaret's House, 151 London Road