Born in Northern Ireland in the 70’s, Joanne quickly developed her knack for making a creative mess. It was a toss up between music and art at school. Art won and she went on to to study at the Belfast Institute for 3 years before completing her degree in 1997 at the University of Ulster.
Travel took her to the Canary Islands in 1998, returning to Belfast in 2000 where she had her debut solo show in the Waterfront Hall. She continued to work as a community artist and exhibit her paintings until moving to London in 2005. Joanne joined Creekside Artists, working alongside artists such as Charming Baker and creating work for Foy Vance which featured on his debut album ‘Hope’.
Joanne’s work with the homeless at Crisis in 2007 resulted in a series of portraits. One of the paintings, ‘Edwin’ was exhibited as part of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters annual exhibition in the Mall Galleries. The stark contrast between Royals, dignitaries and one homeless guy, fuelled Joanne’s passion to continue this theme of value and human worth, particularly those who exist on the periphery of life.
Joanne now lives and works in Edinburgh and is part of the artist community at St Margaret’s House.
Lorna Sinclair is a Scottish artist who currently lives and works in Edinburgh. After graduating from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art in 2017, Lorna re-located to Malta for a year. This move greatly influenced her creative practice; majestic landscapes, historical buildings, a Mediterranean colour palette and new faces, were all incorporated into her paintings.
Self-reflection is an important element in Lorna’s work; her paintings become her own visual, personal journal of her travel experiences and memories. Working from a collection of photographs, sketches and memories, Lorna often merges images and scenes from her travels to form one final piece of work. Her bright, lively paintings become an extension of her own identity.
Through her artwork, Lorna attempts to offer a sense of hope and escapism, as she invites the viewer to share in a new reality – one she has created.
The dust has finally settled on the new Yoga Now studio on the 4th floor and the building now has a beautiful space for yoga. As a thank you for tolerating the noise and disturbance, I would like to offer all tenants and employees in St Margaret’s House a free Beginners or Level 1 class in November.
To claim your class, please visit the timetable on the Yoga Now studio website
The Jennifer Ewan Band, residents of St Margaret’s House, bring their new show, ‘Bonnie Bayou’, to the Edinburgh Fringe at 5pm every Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday of August at The Montebar! (81-85 St Leonard’s St)
“Scots Plus Cajun – Discover Bonnie Bayou!”
BBC Radio Scotland’s Janice Forsyth Show “Just brilliant – music of the highest quality – a Scottish rising star”.
This year’s eagerly awaited Social in the Gardens has been announced.
Edinburgh’s free festival of social enterprise has moved to a new home – the world famous Ross Bandstand in Princes Street Gardens – and takes place on Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd August.
Both days start at 10am and feature a wider than ever range of events and organisations to inform, inspire and entertain. You can see and hear some fantastic performers and ‘buy the good stuff’ from the fantastic arts, crafts, food and drink market stalls that will be showcasing their wares.
There’s a family ceilidh, an art exhibition, and a very more
Join us for a lunchtime seed bombing workshop at St Margaret’s Garden!
On Thursday 25th May from 12 to 1pm pop over to the far corner of the St Margaret’s House car park to make your own seed bombs and join the throw and grow! Tilly from GrowWild will be joining us to help us make the bombs and plant them to add a splash of colour to the embankment.
No previous experience needed, all materials and seeds provided in partnership with GrowWild
‘The weans just won’t sit still!’ Despite the lure of thruppence for the cinema or a new comic to read Joan’s young models found it difficult to hold a pose for long. She had to work fast and if you have ever tried to draw your children or your grandchildren you will understand the challenges Joan faced trying to capture a fleeting expression or a shy smile.
Join artists from The Thrive Archive for a 90-minute workshop ‘After Eardley’ and explore the joy of drawing portraits of children at speed. Simply bring a photo of a ‘wee one’ to inspire you and an old shirt or apron to wear. The 90-minute workshops are free and we provide all the materials. more
Link Up Women’s Support Centrestill has a couple of spaces on their Feel Good Fridays for mothers and children who can start this week and enjoy the 7 remaining sessions. The FREE sessions offer women and their children (aged 1-5) a chance to develop new skills to enjoy together at home and to start off the weekend feeling positive:
Yoga – fun ways to stretch together
Meditation – mindfulness matters
PEEP – play through crafts
Bookbug – discovering the joy in books
And if that wasn’t enough – you get a FREE yoga mat too. Give us a call on 661 9292 to find out more.