AN acclaimed art exhibition – highlighting the work of one family – is coming to a close.
“Skin Over Bone” ends its run at the University of Stirling on May 3.
The display, which is open to the public, showcases the work of painter James Hardie and his talented daughters Gwen and Amy.
Jane Cameron, the University’s art curator, says: “We’ve had a tremendous response to ‘Skin Over Bone’, which is currently lining the corridors of our Pathfoot Building.
“The exhibition is open to the general public, not just students and university staff. If you haven’t had a chance to see the work, please drop in. Admission is free and we’re open throughout the week.”
The exhibition, launched in March, features paintings by James Hardie, who specialises in Scottish landscapes and his love of flying, plus compositions of the female form by his daughter Gwen. The display is completed with video extracts, shot at Strathcarron Hospice, near Denny, by the third Hardie - James’ eldest daughter, film-maker Amy.
Paintings and prints on show are available to buy. Prices for prints start at £70 and paintings start at £2,000.
• “Skin Over Bone” – a celebration of the work of three individual artists united by their family connection – runs at the Pathfoot Building at the University of Stirling from to 3 May. Admission is free and is open to all. The University Art Collection is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (weekdays) and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (weekends). For satellite navigation devices, use the postcode FK9 4LA. To find out more about the University’s art collection, please visit www.artcol.stir.ac.uk/ or visit www.facebook.com/artcollectionstirling or www.twitter.com/artatstirling
ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY'S ART COLLECTION
The tradition of collecting art at Stirling goes back to the founding of the University in 1967 when Professor Tom Cottrell was the first Principal. A scientist by training, he came from an artistic background and had very clear ideas about art and its place in society. He felt that art should be part of the everyday experience at the University and this vision began to take shape when Stirling was gifted a collection of the late Fergusson’s work by the artist's partner, Margaret Morris and the J D Fergusson Arts Foundation.
From these origins, the Art Collection has grown substantially and, over 40 years later, the University now has a diverse range on display with over 300 works covering a broad spectrum of modern Scottish painting, sketches, tapestries, silver and sculpture. Included are works by distinguished artists like John Bellany, Elizabeth Blackadder, Alan Davie, Joan Eardley, Eduardo Paolozzi and Anne Redpath. There are also regular temporary exhibitions by invited artists and of items from the University Archives. The University’s policy of continuing to attain new works remains a priority and ensures that new art is continually being acquired and displayed on campus.