‘the hosts gift to the artist’
Throughout December Iona Leishman, as Artist in Residence at Stirling Castle, shows the results of her work to date. Iona has occupied a studio on the premises since last summer and will remain at the Castle until March 2012.
“Sense of Place” is a fitting title for a show that exhibits numerous sketches, drawings and paintings made by a resident artist. New work on display shows an exciting reflection of artistic growth and experience, fuelled by Iona’s passion for the Castles history. Images include those that grasp the Castle’s physical forms, showing how ‘the castle’s forms lock together ‘and those arising from ‘fleeting imaginings’ in memory of’ life and lives’ the Castle has previously known. Overall, the exhibition gives a fascinating taste of personal and social histories explored in a contemporary way.
Since the opening of the exhibition last week many pieces have already been sold. Even Historic Scotland have purchased one of Iona’s paintings to be hung permanently in the Princes Tower for the enjoyment of visitors and staff who have greatly appreciated Iona’s work and contribution to the castle experience.
Sense of place will run until 31st December 2011 and is included in castle admission price
A catalogue to accompany the exhibition priced at £6.95 is available in Castle Shops, Waterstones in Stirling, and the Watermill in Aberfeldy.
For more information visit www.ionaleishman.co.uk