Perthshire Visual Arts Forum - News

This is the place to find out news and information from our members, featuring their projects and exhibitions as well as interesting articles.
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Traces on the Telly - PVAF Exhibition


The PVAF exhibition Traces at the Fair Maids House was featured on STV News on Monday 27th. This was to showcase Platform but we were the main focus. Georgia Crook was also featured in the segment with her tree sculpture at AK Bell Library.
Our committee member Dylan Gibson did the speaking honours and the volunteers, artists Lada Wilson and Christine Goodman (shown) feature getting work onto the screens.
This is the LINK and slide to the 13.00 minute mark. Our local papers do not seem to have shown an interest unfortunately.
We had an excellent and well attended opening with the deputy Provost Bob Band to officially open the exhibition. The exhibition itself is getting great feedback, people finding the work exciting and thought provoking. We are also getting people wishing to become PVAF members, hopefully some new committee members also.
A big thank you to the numerous setting up volunteers and volunteer invigilators who have made this all happen. Also to Anne Daniel of the RSGS who has been so welcoming and helpful.

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Kay Hood Exhibition ~ Edinburgh


Exhibition of work by Kay Hood at Art and Vintage, 3 Lyne Street, Edinburgh from 7th March to 6th April.

painting © Kay Hood

TRACEs ~ PVAF Members Exhibition


PVAF Traces exhibition.
Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Lord John Murray House (Fair Maids House). 15-19 North Port. Perth. PH1 5LU.

poster for pvaf traces exhibition © pvaf 2017

On the Ground ~ Video art and Landscape


As part of the Platform Festival, please join us for a lunchtime event at Perth Museum and Art Gallery on Monday 27th March 12.30 - 1.30pm

There will be a short introduction in the lecture theatre when Rhona Rodger, Senior Collections O icer at the Museum will introduce three well known landscape paintings from the Permanent Collection explaining how they related to the social and rural concepts of their day. Su Grierson guest curator of the video exhibition ‘On The Ground’ will follow by giving her reasons for selecting the works in the show and how they relate to many of today’s concerns for landscape. Moving on to Gallery 3 there will be informal questions and discussion while viewing the works.
Wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be served.

RSVP by Friday 24th March to Full the full Platform Festival line up please visit

on the ground

Mary Golden - Walking the Moor Exhibition


© Mary Golden‘Walking the Moor, zooming out – zooming in’

An exhibition of new drawings and paintings currently installed at the Small Gallery, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
2nd March - 14th April.

I have recently been drawn into what is found underfoot when walking through Glencoe and on other Scottish moorland, looking at the remarkable diversity of flora which creates its own intricate and detailed landscape. I have been creating paintings and drawings of this as a contrast to the large landscapes these habitats are found in and I aim to express elements of both a broad landscape range and the close-up world of the moor habitat itself.
Mary Golden

© Mary Golden

© Mary Golden

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

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