“Where is the coward that would not dare to fight for such a land as Scotland,” Sir Walter Scott asked in the 18th Century, but what is it about Scotland that makes her residents so passionate about land and country?
Gallery 23 seeks to contribute to the dialogue of what Scotland looks like on the brink of such exceptional national and global change. Contributing artists include Philip Braham, Calum Colvin, John Ayscough, Peter J. Scott, Trevor Jones, Linda Rosalia Gateley, and others.
Talking about the theme of the exhibition Dr Julie V. Hansen, Director of Gallery 23, said:
“What does it mean to be Scottish in 2017? Does one have to be born in Scotland to feel Scottish? Significantly, of the 25% of Scotland’s residents who were born elsewhere, minority groups are far more likely to claim Scottish identity in Scotland than those who claim an English identity in England.
“In a particularly tense period following Brexit, the possibility of another independence referendum, and aftershocks from the United States election, we have asked artists to examine their own views of Scotland and her people. The artists have each presented a body of work that exposes the nuanced dimensions of this unique country. Works have engaged social issues, the future of the natural landscape, historic traditions, personal experience, notions of ancestry, patriotism and politics.”
The exhibition continues until April 20, 2017
Artist Talk with Philip Braham Friday, April 7th, 6:30pm
Gallery 23, 23 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh, EH3 8HQ
Feature image: Philip Braham, Between Worlds, oil on canvas, 2007