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Fidra Fine Art Relocates to Gullane

After 6 years trading from our home on Dirleton Avenue in North Berwick, Fidra Fine Art are relocating the gallery to the property on Main Street, Gullane which was previously occupied by Gullane Art Gallery.

We have a built up a comprehensive list of some of the most notable artists working in Scotland today and feel the time is right to move into a more traditional high street space. We look forward to continuing the good work that Roy and Gail McGregor have done in establishing the gallery in Gullane whilst introducing new artists and our own ideas.

We would like to thank all our customers and artists who have supported us over the years in North Berwick and hope that you will continue to do so by making the short trip along to Gullane to see us.

We are aiming to open the doors on Saturday 26th May but please keep an eye on our website for updates. Our opening exhibition will feature new work by a variety of our existing artists as well as one or two historical pieces with local interest.

Until then we are happy to arrange appointments at the gallery in North Berwick to view the current Mixed Exhibition and any of the other available artworks on our website.

New address will be – 7-8 Stanley Road, Gullane, East Lothian EH31 2AD.

Current Exhibition

Spring 2018 Mixed Exhibition
Our second exhibition of 2018 is a Mixed Show featuring the work of some of the most well known Scottish artists from the past 100 years.

We have recently acquired a few interesting pieces by the highly respected Scottish artist, Patrick William Adam RSA (1854-1929) who lived next door to the gallery at Ardilea from 1908 until his death in 1929. He is most well known for his Interior paintings many of which were painted in houses in and around North Berwick, including Ardilea, Hyndford, Clerkington House and Smeaton Hepburn House. He was one of the founding members of “The Society of Eight”, a group of like-minded artists who got together to exhibit their work in Edinburgh. It seems that their common purpose was to bridge political and artistic differences that existed at the time between Glasgow and Edinburgh. Other members include Cadell, Lavery, David Alison, James Cadenhead, Harrington Mann, James Paterson & another artist whose work we will have on show, Alexander Garden Sinclair. Later members to this group were Peploe, Guthrie, MacTaggart & William Gillies.

Three pieces will be on show, a beautiful oil, “Sweet William, Geraniums” dated 1929, an atmospheric pastel drawing “Flash on the Bass, North Berwick” dated 1925 (or possibly 1929) and for those interested in North Berwick in days gone by, a watercolour featuring beached boats by the first tee at North Berwick Golf Course dated 1899.

Alongside these three pieces with local interest we will also have beautiful landscape by John Campbell Mitchell RSA (1862-1922) of North Berwick looking back from Daisy Island (or “The Leithies”) as well as work by Ian Fleming RSA RSW (1906-1994), Henry Wright Kerr RSA RSW (1857-1936), James McBey (1833-1959), John Bulloch Souter (1890-1972), William James Laidlaw Baillie CBE PRSA PPRSW RGI HRA (1923-2011) and John Bellany CBE RA HRSA (1942-2013) amongst others.

Of our contemporary artists we will have new work by the popular gallery artists Matthew Draper, Andy Heald, Allan J Robertson and Thomas Cameron.

We will also be introducing a new artist to the gallery, Leonie MacMillan. A graduate of Glasgow University and Duncan of Jordanstone as well as spending two summers apprenticeship under the tutelage of the well known ceramist, Lotte Glob, Leonie’s work combines abstract design with messages about the world in which we live.

The show will kick off with refreshments on Saturday 2nd March from 2-5pm and will continue until the end of April. We hope you can join us.

Featured Artist

Leonie MacMillan
Graduated with Honours in Film and Theatre (M.A.)at Glasgow University in 1991. Continued at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art to specialise in stop motion animation, obtaining a diploma in Electronic Imaging.

Discovering later that ceramics was her preferred medium, she took a postgraduate ceramic course at DJCA followed by two summers' apprenticeship with Lotte Glob, in Durness. She has now been working with clay for over twenty years. From making ceramic jewellery in Mexico, hand thrown pottery in Spain to more abstract work in Scotland.

She now makes vessels and figures decorated with coloured slips, melted glass, circular markings and sometimes photographic images. The colours in her glaze decoration are informed by an abstract interpretation of the landscape. She begins by painting the landscape with acrylics on canvas which then inspire the glazing.

Goddesses often feature in her work as she plays with the idea that they too are responding to our political climate.

Her work combines abstract design with messages about the world we live in.

She has exhibited in Spain, Mexico and Scotland including;
The Sproson Gallery, St Andrews,
VAS 'Open' and ‘Fly’ at RSA; Edinburgh,
The Sutton Gallery; Edinburgh,
Glasgow Art Village,
Dunfermline’s Fire Station Creative,
St Andrews Botanic Gardens,
The Torrence Gallery; Edinburgh,
The Luti Gallery in Callander,
East Neuk Open Studios,
and The Fisher Gallery in Pittenweem.

Leonie has exhibited in the Pittenweem Art Festival for six years and demonstrated for Meet your Maker for Craft Scotland.

Last year she was commissioned to make two Baptism Fonts for St Salvators and St Leonards Chapel in St Andrews, Scotland.

Most recently she won St Andrew’s University Booker Prize competition with a sculptural response to Hisham Matar’s novel, ‘In the Country of Men’.