Perthshire Visual Arts Forum - News

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Darkness Reflected - a review


Darkness Reflected

An exhibition by Christine Partridge & George Logan

I experienced a whole array of emotions while viewing this exhibition. It was moving, challenging, discomforting, stimulating and thought provoking. Consisting of paintings, sculpture, poetry, photography and film there is a lot to see which warrants time to wander, question personal response and make time to speak with the artists.

There are of course personal and political aspects to this work. In 2015 Chris Partridge experienced distressing changes and deterioration to her eyesight resulting in a series of scans and tests to determine the cause. While fear of potential loss of sight was foremost in her mind, finding ways to process feelings and make sense of the experience led her to this whole new body of work.

Based on original eye scans the art work takes on surreal abstract shapes. Paintings invite us to look but not touch as the surface is literally barred by interwoven barbed wire tinged with red paint. Barbed wire is also formed into small complex sculptural pieces which are both beautiful and unsettling to look at.

patriothall video installation © Logan and Partridge

George Logan a photographer and film maker deals with a different aspect of vision, ‘eyes as windows to the soul’ with particular emphasis on the experience of First World War soldiers, Black Watch Regiment. George presents a series of photographs showing just one eye of individual soldiers. It’s uncomfortable to look directly at these images. Some are grainy, others staring wide open, some with eyes half closed. It’s difficult to imagine what these soldiers witnessed and what horrors they stored away. However as we in turn witness the soldiers it’s hard to imagine we will easily forget them.

Advances in neuroscience now offer great insight to the impact of trauma on the brain, mind and body and the long term effects that bearing witness to horror creates. While these images force us to question historical impact of war they also expose us to our current world situation and horrors still witnessed on a daily basis.

Darkness Reflected, a video, is a main focus point of the exhibition reflecting states of mind and physical journeys. It is a beautiful and engaging piece of work for two artists collaborating for the first time. Clever manipulation of recordings made within a hospital adds an eerie, surreal atmosphere to the projected images of ancient woodland and fleeting human presence.

Chris and George have amassed quite a body of research here with work that is engaging, methodical and well presented and have indeed found insight and light in the darkest places. I recommend this exhibition.

Pauline McGee, Visual Artist

Darkness Reflected - A collaborative Exhibition


darkness reflected © George Logan/Chris Partridge 2017Christine Partridge & George Logan

A collaborative exhibition of paintings, sculpture, photography and video that explores the transformation of experience through finding insight and beauty in the darkest of places.

17 - 28th February 2017
Patriothall Gallery.
1 Patriothall off Hamilton Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh. EH3 5AY
11am - 5pm
Opening night: Thursday 16th February, 6 - 8pm
Artists talk: Saturday 25th February, 11.00 - 12.30

Ways into Drawing with Aileen M Stackhouse


drawing by Eileen StackhouseWays into Drawing with Aileen M Stackhouse, Contemporary Fine Artist and Sculptor:
Ways into Drawing - One - Fridays from 13/01/17 until 03/03/17 between 13.30 and 15.30

Ways into Drawing - Two - Mondays from 12/01/17 until 02/03/17
In these two blocks of classes we will look at our ideas of what drawing. Classes will be small, a maximum of six.

Many of us feel we cannot draw at all. Many of us who do draw want to try out different methods because we feel we are in a rut.
We will explore our ideas using our imagination, we will experiment with different drawing materials and methods. We will create art, relax and have fun.

Our drawing will use mark-making, pattern, colour, sketchbooks/journals, collage, drawing with music and drawing outdoors.

By the end of February our drawings will begin to show that everyone who wants to draw can draw.

All are welcome.
Cost: £80
Venue: Create at Nest, 30 Reform Street, Blairgowrie.
For details of how to book and more information about these classes, one to one tutorials,
workshops or commissions, please email:
or book online at

Richard Prince - artist or thief ?


This is a very interesting video with an interview with Richard Prince and the photographers whose work Prince has appropriated or stolen depending on your point of view. The particular imagery under discussion is work from the Marlboro cigarette campaign, showing the 'all American' cowboy. Though Prince has used other work and has turned his attention more recently to a softer target (non professional mostly) in Instagram.
The video is a fair and balanced overview of whether its is appropriation or just plain theft. To the photographers (and as a photographer myself) its theft. Specifically as it is straight copying, following cropping from the printed advert, with no re contextualising except within an art gallery world. It is however more complex and brings into discussion Copyright, fair use and the art market.

The three photographers (Norm Clasen, Sam Abell and Jim Brady) who created the original work are very highly respected and experienced, Sam Abell in particular having created personal imagery of great beauty and imagination from around the world. 
So why does this matter ? Think if you made a piece of work and someone copied it and used it virtually straight elsewhere, without crediting you, irrespective of any money they might make from it. Would you be happy or annoyed ? Some might not care and say 'what the hell' but I think if you value your art and the effort you have put into the work, as well as your unique artistic vision then it should matter and be of concern.

George Logan

Creative Scotland Visual Arts Sector Review


Lots of words and many graphs highlighting the state of the Arts in Scotland. A worthy read ?, you decide; HERE

Creative Scotland Visual Arts Sector Review



Birnam Arts
Saturday 26th November 2016
1pm - 4.30pm

You are warmly invited to join us for the PVAF AGM on Saturday 26th November. This is your opportunity to meet fellow artists and members and to be part of shaping the future of PVAF as an organisation created by and for its members. We will be discussing the future of PVAF and voting on the new proposal.
If you haven't had the chance to do the survey yet, there's still time! Go to

It will also be a chance to hear more about Perth’s City of Culture bid and to be part of the discussion on how PVAF could respond to this opportunity.

Meeting Agenda/timetable

1.00pm Welcome
1.10pm Chair's report
1.30pm Re-visioning PVAF - online survey results and final proposal, discussion and
voting on final proposal
2.15pm Collaborative Working - a chance to hear from some PVAF artists about
their experience of collaboration on a project/artwork
2.45pm Break and networking
3.10pm Perth City of Culture bid - an interactive discussion on how PVAF wishes
to respond to this opportunity
3.50pm Finance Report
4.00pm Committee retention and election
4.30pm Finish

We look forward to seeing you there, all welcome!

Crossing Borders - Pauline McGee


Re-visioning PVAF


Following on from celebrating ten years as an organisation the committee has been discussing how we embrace the future given the current cultural landscape, our limited resources and the fact that PVAF is run by volunteers.

As a result of our discussion we are developing a proposal to present to members at the AGM in November. We would like to get your views on our draft proposal (see below) via a short survey (web link below) and we will take all your feedback into consideration as we shape a final proposal to present at the AGM for members to discuss and vote on. Draft proposal

  • A new mission statement - “Enable a creative environment that supports and nourishes an artists practice”
  • Renaming PVAF to Perthshire Visual Arts (PVA)
  • Charging a small membership fee
  • Asking members to re-join the organisation which will remain constituted as a charity
  • A focus on collaborations (such as Folds and Porticos); exhibition opportunities; workshops & Masterclasses; crit groups; partnerships and creative exchanges with creative partners
  • AS PVA we see ourselves as a grassroots organisation of professional and professionally orientated artists supportive of artists being independent in a non-funded practice. We also see the organisation as having the potential to be a critical friend in the wider cultural and creative landscape

To give us time to prepare for the AGM meeting, please give us your views by taking the survey by the end of October. If you would prefer to respond via email, please feel free to get in touch at

Please do take a few minutes to give us your opinions about the proposals, it really is a short survey and your responses will help greatly in shaping the future of PVAF. Thank you.

Link to survey:

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