This exhibition is the first Edinburgh Printmakers Members’ Show to take place at Castle Mills. It reflects the solace our members have found in the arts over the past 18 months, and the beauty of a form which provides deep satisfaction and joy for both makers and audiences. The pandemic has been a challenging time for artistic production, especially for forms such as printmaking which require studio-based processes. Some members have produced at home using alternative work-arounds, others returned to the studio when we were able to re-open for them post lock-down. With work spanning print on paper, textiles and ceramics, ‘SOLACE’ culminates our programming for 2021, as we celebrate the work of our members over the last two years and the return of our studio into production mode.

Hung across Gallery 1 and 2, synergies and overlapping themes have emerged reflecting parallels across the work of the 60 members on show: from window views, close contemplations of domestic interiors and walks outdoors, to the prominence of the colour blue, and the escapism of abstract experimentation. Work has been displayed to share these shared themes, alongside a kinship in colour palettes and forms of mark-making.


Image Credits: Gillian Murray, Falls of Dochart, 2021; Mary Walters, Sea Ice 1, 2020; Patricia Willder, Sky , Stars and Sea, 2020.

  • Participating Members

    Elaine Allison  |  Joy Arden  |  Tessa Asquith-Lamb  |  Scott Baxter  |  Ingrid Bell  |  Jill Bennett  |  Doreen Boogert  |  Alastair Clark  |  Jessica Crisp  |  William Dick  |  Paul Fieldsend  |  Anne Forte  |  Lindy Furby  |  Paul Furneaux  |  Anupa Gardner  |  Jean Gillespie  |  Aileen Grant  |  Alison Grant  |  Laura Gressani  |  Susanna Hastilow  |  John Heywood  |  Silke Heuer  |  Alastair Hill  |  Gavin Johnston  |  Kittie Jones  |  Alastair Kinroy  |  Yasmeen Khan  |  Linda Kosciewicz  |  Becky Lloyd  |  Lesley Logue  |  Fiona McCurdy  |  Rona McLean  |  Claire MacDonald  |  Fiona Maher  |  Jenny Martin  |  Colin Munro  |  Gillian Murray  |  Robert Powell  |  Ursula Pretsch  |  Leena Nammari  |  Catherine Outram  |  Douglas Reed  |  Frances Richardson  |  Nicky Sanderson  |  Christine Sloman  |  Louise Smurthwaite  |  Brian Speedie  |  Kelly Stewart  |  Jane Raven  |  Carol Smith  |  Masha Tiplady  |  Gill Tyson  |  Miriam Vickers  |  Mary Walters  |  Louise Wilde  |  Patricia Willder  |  Sarah Wilson  |  Gordon Williams  |  Eiko Yamashita  |  Anna York  |  Sarah Young

  • The Art of Printmaking Series II

    Running throughout the duration of SOLACE and produced by Edinburgh Printmakers, a trio of discussions will offer up a snapshot of Edinburgh Printmakers’ members work on show in Gallery 1 and 2. Celebrating the diversity of work presented in the first members show to take place since our move to Castle Mills, these online events will be conversational, facilitated in-turn by CEO Janet Archer and Programme Producer Tiffany Boyle.

    Online Via Zoom 5-6pm | December 1st, 8th and 15th

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    Events are also archived on the EP YouTube channel.

  • Own Art Scheme

    All works in SOLACE are for sale and purchases may be taken away the same day. Unframed copies or additional works by the same artist may also be available - please enquire for more information.

    All artworks in this exhibition are eligible for purchase through the Own Art scheme, spreading the cost over 10 months at 0% interest. Loans of between £100 and £2,500 are available towards the purchase of an original piece of art by a living artist. Applicants must be resident in the UK and pass a credit check by the finance provider, Hitachi. Our sales team will be happy to help you start your Own Art application today.

  • Acknowledgement and credits

    Foremost, EP would like to thank its community of members: for their submissions, participation, and support for this exhibition. We would like to thank Curator of Prints and Drawings Hannah Brocklehurst from the National Galleries of Scotland for joining the selection panel for ‘SOLACE.’ We are grateful for the hard work of all our studio staff: Alastair Clark, Anupa Gardner and Mhairi Braden. We are grateful to our Front of House Team (Jamie Watt; Ruth Nichols-Pike; Mullein Green; and Amy Trantum) for their assistance in the varied ways in which they support the realisation of EP’s exhibition programme.

    With additional thanks to Felix Zandt at Lacuna Frames.

    Photographic Documentation: Alan Dimmick

    Installation: James Boyer Smith