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Perception: artists working with RhueArt, Ullapool

Helen Denerley

James Hawkins

Katy Spong

Mhairi Killin

James Lumsden

Peter White

Mary Bourne

Tobias Hodson

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 AMhaighdean 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

public collections.

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).

Katy Spong:

Taking Flight,

acrylic on canvas




Nest, silver

& silver

wire with


silver detail

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

Enterprise account-managed

business and, with that, has

increased the number of

artists it works with.

Tobias Hodson:

Semper Augustus Tulip,


James Lumsden:

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:

Tel 01854 666 383 or mobile 07879 440798


Tel 01854 612460

RhueArt, Ullapool, Ross-shire IV26 2TJ