Perception: artists working with RhueArt, Ullapool
5 – 16 April, 2011
Tuesday – Saturday
10:30 – 17:30
Dovecot Studios, Infirmary
Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT
+44 (0)131 550 3660
Helen Denerley: Dreaming Spires, Edinburgh
RhueArt goes wild at Dovecot
James Hawkins: Mist below A’Mhaighdean acrylic on canvas
THE artists we represent predominantly live and work in northern Scotland’s
emptier quarters. This exhibition is all about how they perceive the landscape,
culture, environment, wildlife and the changing seasons.
It reflects RhueArt’s determination to bring their work to a wider audience, and
challenges the common perception of art from the north.
While each artist exhibits independently, Perception offers the first opportunity
to assess their new work – painting, film, textiles and sculpture in metal and in
stone – collectively.
RhueArt has been associated with sculptor Helen Denerley and landscape
painter James Hawkins for more than 20 years. Denerley’s Dreaming Spires
(pictured above) – the giraffes fronting Edinburgh’s Omni building – are
among the capital’s most popular
landmarks, while Hawkins’s
landscapes are held by Edinburgh
City Council, the Gallery of
Modern Art in Glasgow and other
Helen Denerley: Derek
Perception highlights Denerley’s skill in giving vitality to inert scrap metal and
Hawkins’s most recent, revolutionary, mark making processes – which
constantly expand his pictorial language.
Neither artist has staged a major exhibition in Edinburgh for some years.
James and Flick Hawkins's films about Denerley’s Dreaming Spires and
Rahoy Stag, and their micro landform videos, will be screened continuously
throughout the exhibition.
More recent additions to the RhueArt group include Katy Spong (shortlisted
Wildlife Artist of the Year, 2010), James Lumsden (exhibited at RSA New
Works, 2010), textile artist Mhairi Killin (SAC Creative Development award,
2007) and sculptor Mary Bourne (numerous public commissions include
Carpet of Leaves, Scottish Poetry Library, Edinburgh).
acrylic on canvas
Mary Bourne: One Loch, Two Days, Caithness flagstone
RhueArt promotes predominantly, but by no means exclusively, Highland-
based artists. The business, owned and run by Flick and James Hawkins,
aims to promote work by its selected artists both nationally and internationally.
RhueArt was first set up in
2003. In 2008/9 it became a
Highlands and Islands
business and, with that, has
increased the number of
artists it works with.
Semper Augustus Tulip,
Liquid Light (study 4/08),
acrylic on canvas
Peter White: Garment, oil, acrylic & wax on board
RhueArt will open a new gallery space at Rhue this summer.
Rona Johnson: email@example.com
Tel 01854 666 383 or mobile 07879 440798
Tel 01854 612460
RhueArt, Ullapool, Ross-shire IV26 2TJ