Events

Myths Legends and Fairytales


I have a few pieces of artwork appearing in this new exhibition at the Witham at Barnard Castle, England, throughout the summer holidays:

Date: Thursday 17 August to Saturday 9th September 2017
Time: 10am - 4pm Tuesday to Saturday
Price: Free admission

Timed to coincide with school summer holidays, Myths Legends and Fairytales is an exhibition that aims to inspire the imaginations of visitors young and old alike.

This exhibition presents a fascinating insight into the work of artists from across the region whose work is inspired by local, national, and internationally celebrated myths, legends and fairytales. The exhibition has been designed to have an imaginative, interactive element that will entertain visitors of all ages at The Witham over the summer holidays encouraging reading, listening and drawing.

For more information please visit the Witham's website.

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Out of the Frame
4 - 25 March 2017
Edinburgh Printmakers, 23 Union Street, EH1 3LR
Time: Tues-Sat, 10am-6pm
Price: Free
Join us for a celebration of small scale works for sale by our studio membership.
This exhibition presents an expansive selection of works encompassing the diverse nature of printmaking practice, whilst highlighting the cornucopia of creativity that our artists produce on site in our studio.
All works are unframed and are no larger than 30cm2. With no specific theme, delight in our artists' explorations on a breadth of subject matters and styles and witness an exhibition that will be sure to have something for everyone!


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Artists' BookMarket at the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh


Artists’ BookMarket brings its annual two day celebration of artists’ books and artist-led publishing into the galleries. Enjoy a programme of talks and workshops and browse the stalls of work available for sale from this rich area of art practice for which Edinburgh, and its art college, are a recognised national centre.


Featuring
AGLU, And Collective, Andrea Campomanes, Andrew Robinson, Anupa Gardner, Book Transformations, Book Works, C.A. Hiley, Cécile Simonis, Chloe Spicer with Object Book, David Faithfull, Deirdre Macleod, Edinburgh and Elsewhere, Edinburgh League of Comics, Elaine Fullerton, Entropie Books, Essence Press, Foxhole magazine, Gillian Stewart, Gordian Projects, Guy Bigland, Hazel Terry, Jane Hyslop, Joanna Robson, John Taylor, Julia Barton, Kate Foster, Kerry Douglas, Kyle Nathan Brown, Less Than Five Hundred Press, Liz Mathews, Longbarrow Press, MA Book Arts, MÄ Harel, Mhairi Braden, Michelle Holland, Moschatel Press, Peony Gent, Rachel Hazell, Scottish Society for the History of Photography, Sarah Patterson, Skerrypress, Stichill Marigold Press, The Artist Book Group, The Book Tree Press, The Caseroom Press, Theresa Easton, Tricia Willder, Visual Arts in Rural Communities, Weproductions, Z.A.M.


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I am a bit stoked to be part of this exciting new touring exhibition!  All details below are taken from the Highlights Contemporary Craft website.  More info including photos of artwork can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/highlightscontemporarycrafttour/

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Highlights Contemporary Craft Tour 2016


stunning exhibition showcasing the best of current paper-cut and artist's books. From exquisite hand-cut paper to the latest laser-cut techniques; ambitious sculptural paper works, installation and intimate book works.  The artists explore a variety of themes with a deft stitch here, a sharp scalpel there, coated with a generous helping of wry humour.  The exhibition shows work by British and international stars of paper-cut and artist’s books as well as exciting emerging artists:
Rob Ryan                                                      Mayumi Arakawa
Linda Toigo                                                   Priya Pereira
Andy Singleton                                             Chloe Wing
Clare Lindley                                                Jan Hopkins
Christian Barnes                                           Elizabeth Shorrock
Annwyn Dean                                                Les Bicknell
Florence Boyd                                               Alison Waters
Elizabeth Willow                                           Claire Peach
Nicky McNaney                                             Shannon Bartlett-Smith
Marta Daeuble                                              Joanna Robson
In 2016, we are exploring some new partnerships: C-Art in Cumbria, a county wide open studio and gallery event in September; Durham Book Festival showing work for the first time in libraries in Weardale and Teesdale and sponsorship from James Cropper Paper.  The popular Designer Makers Market will also be at The Witham, Barnard Castle and the Queens Hall Arts Centre and a new Makers Market will be launched at Shap, Cumbria.  See below for details.
 A programme of papercut and storytelling workshops, talks and demonstrations will be offered at each venue.
 Dates:
10–21 Sept The Old Courthouse, Shap, Cumbria CA10 3NL
A selected display suitable for the library environment
Open:  10-18 Sept 10am-5pm; 19-21 Sept see further opening times:  www.theoldcourthouse.org -  Also Makers Market on Sunday 11th September at Shap Memorial Hall.  Tel: 01931 716273
23–25 Sept St. Mary’s Church, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria LA6 2AU
Open 10am-4pm.  Tel: 07967 205955
7–12 Oct Crook Library, Civic Centre, North Terrace, Crook, Co. Durham DL15 9ES
A selected display suitable for the library environment.  For opening times, see Crook Library website.  Tel: 0300 026 9002
14–16 Oct St. Thomas’ Church Hall, Stanhope, Co. Durham DL13 2UE
Open 10am-4pm.  Tel: 01388 528673
11–19 Nov The Witham & Barnard Castle Library, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham DL12 8LY.
The library will show a selected display suitable for the library environment. Also Designer Makers Market 18 & 19 Nov: www.designermakersmarket.co.uk - Opening times: The Witham - Tues-Sat 10am-4pm, closed Sun & Mon.  For library hours please see Barnard Castle Library website.  Tel: 01833 631107
26 Nov 2016–7Jan 2017 Queens Hall Arts Centre, Beaumont Street, Hexham, Northumberland, NE46 3LS
Open: 10am-5pm Mon-Fri,10am-4pm Sat, closed Sun.  Also Designer Makers MarketSat 3 Dec. Tel: 01434 652477


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A Knavish Lad: Shakespeare’s Dream illustrated by Joanna Robson
 A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ is retold by Edinburgh-based artist Joanna Robson as a wordless narrative using a combination of old and new technologies: intaglio printmaking and laser cutting.  The result is a panoramic piece of book art that visually narrates the story and draws inspiration from the imagery of the text.

A Knavish Lad has been over two years in the making and was created to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.  It was made possible with the generous support from the Hope Scott Trust.
McNaughtan's Bookshop and Gallery is open 11-5pm, Tuesday to Saturday.  For more information visit http://mcnaughtans.co.uk/ 


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Artists' BookMarket 2016

Fruitmarket Gallery, 45 Market St, Edinburgh
Sat 27 Feb, 11am–6pm and Sun 28 Feb, 12–5pm
Free entry

I'm pleased to say that I've been selected to take part again in this year's Artists' Book Market again this year at the Fruitmarket, representing both my own work and a selection of work from Artists Books Online.

"Artists BookMarket brings its annual celebration of artists' books and artist-led publishing. Browse the stalls of work available for sale from the growing area of art practice and enjoy the weekend's programme of talks and workshops.  Previous participants have ranged from long-term experimental publishers Book Works, artists' book pioneers like Helen Douglas and some of the most interesting new talent from courses at Edinburgh College of Art with it strong teaching traditions in book making and illustration. Described last year as 'the major Scottish artists' book fair', our visitors and participants come from all over the UK."

(taken from Facebook's event page)





National Library of Scotland winter exhibition 2015: Plague!






Earlier this year I was commissioned by the National Library of Scotland to produce an etched print for their Winter 2015 exhibition, entitled 'Plague! A Cultural History of Contagious Diseases in Scotland'. It is an exhibition of historic cultural responses to epidemic diseases in Scotland, to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the Great Plague.  The etched illustration I produced was made in to a large scale graphic in the opening section  of the exhibition.

The exhibition opened at the National Library of Scotland on 11th December 2015 and will run until 29th May 2016. 


For more information visit http://www.nls.uk/exhibitions/plague.








The Summerhall Christmas Market returns for another year with even more stalls!  I'll be selling work in the Main Hall on the first floor, so please do come say hello if you're there.  








A week before that I'll be returning to the Out of the Blue on Saturday 5th December for one of their two Christmas Markets.  This is one of my favourite Edinburgh Christmas fairs and am looking forward to it.











Ex Libris returns to Literary Dundee later this month!  I'm pleased to say that I've been invited back to sell work again at this new book fair.












Launch of Techne 4

To mark the fourth edition of Techne, framed copies of the artworks are going on show at the Wilson in Cheltenham from the 1st to the 25th of October 2015. 

A few months ago I produced an illustration for it along the theme of City, which will be included
.  Sadly I'm not going to make it along for the preview, but I'm told by reliable sources that the framed works are all looking great.

The preview is this Thursday - all welcome!






Rackspace: Joanna Robson

Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA)

01 July - 02 July 2015 
17:00 - 19:00 

Free, drop in 

Print Studio


I am delighted to announce that along with Elizabeth Armour, I've been chosen to take part in Rackspace at DCA:

"Rackspace is a site-specific exhibition that will showcase two artists over four days during Print Festival Scotland. Used traditionally to store drying relief prints, the area will be transformed into a space that will provide a platform for artists mixing traditional and new print mediums, creating a visual narrative."

Rackspace is one of many events going on across Scotland over the festival. For more info on events, visit http://www.dca.org.uk/whats-on/event/print-festival-scotland.
 
 Print Festival Scotland

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