Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions

The Long Look

The Long Look with The National Galleries of Scotland at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Saturday 25th May until Sunday 27th October 2019.

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival

Norman McBeath sitting no 17

The Long Look explores a unique creative exchange between two artists. The painter Audrey Grant and photographer and printmaker Norman McBeath developed an unconventional ‘artist and sitter’ relationship when Grant asked McBeath to sit for a portrait in charcoal. At the end of each sitting, Grant asked McBeath to photograph the drawing she had made that day. She would then erase her drawing at the start of the next sitting and begin the portrait anew. Intrigued by Grant’s working methods, McBeath began to photograph aspects of this process, such as the sitter’s chair, Grant’s hands, and the charcoal she used. Grant completed the portrait after two years of sittings and, in tandem, worked on a separate portrait of McBeath, as well as two long- durational portraits of the award-winning crime writer Val McDermid. The four finished portraits, along with images of all the versions of the drawings that no longer exist, and McBeath’s own photographs, will be on display in this fascinating and revelatory exhibition

The Making of a Portrait is a podcast series from the National Galleries of Scotland, exploring an extraordinary creative exhange between artists Audrey Grant and Norman McBeath. Presented by SNPG Deputy Director and Chief Curator of Portraiture, Imogen Gibbon.  Listen here

THE LONG LOOK: The Making of a Portrait – Audrey Grant, Norman McBeath and Val McDermid Exhibition Book can be purchased from the National Galleries of Scotland. Click here


Audrey’s Hands by Norman McBeath

Utopia – What’s Yours

Society of Scottish Artists Exhibition at Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries
31 August – 2 November 2019

Time Spent Amongst Trees

Society of Scottish Artists Professional Members Exhibition at the Meffan Gallery, Forfar
7 September – 2 November 2019

Here is our Arcadia
Paintings, Artist Books and Poloroids

Tatha Gallery, Newport-on-Tay
5 October – 2 November 2019

A showcase of work by Audrey Grant joint winner of the Tatha Gallery Exhibition prize at The Scottish Society of Artists open exhibition 2019.