Historic Scotland announces new artists-in-residence at Jedburgh and Huntingtower

By Jenni Davidson | 07 March 2012
A photograph of a woman standing beside a painting of a castle
Iona Leishman at Stirling Castle with one of her paintings© Crown Copyright reproduced courtesy of Historic Scotland
Historic Scotland has created new artist-in-residence programmes at Jedburgh Abbey and Huntingtower Castle.

The announcement follows the success of Historic Scotland’s first artist-in-residence, Iona Leishman, at Stirling Castle.

Leishman has been working at Stirling Castle since July 2011 and has proved so popular that her residency has been extended until the end of March 2012.

She has created around 80 canvases inspired by the castle’s dramatic craggy setting and historic royal events which once took place there.

Mosaic artist Jaine Marriott will be demonstrating her castle-inspired slate and marble work in a open studio at Huntingtower Castle in Perthshire on Mondays until the end of March.

Marriott is also helping adult learners to produce art around the theme of Home, as well as working with community groups alongside textile artist Margo Winning and digital artist Kenny Bean.

Inge Panneels, an internationally-renowned artist working with glass, will be based at Jedburgh Abbey, using maps and the abbey itself as inspiration to produce artwork in honour of Gerardus Mercator.

Mercator was an important 16th century Flemish pioneer of cartography and 2012 is the 500th anniversary of his birth. Panneels will exhibit the work she produces in celebration of Mercator in a one-woman show at the Mercator Museum in Belgium in 2013.

She will be holding open studio events at the abbey throughout March with her colleagues Rachel O’Dell and Amy Neville. A special presentation, An Audience with the Artists, will be held at Jedburgh Abbey on Saturday March 17.

During their residency the trio will also work in other towns and villages in the Borders as part of a community outreach programme.

The artist-in-residence programme forms part of the Year of Creative Scotland, aimed at increasing community involvement with arts and crafts.

There will be an exhibition of the work of all three artists after the residencies finish.
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