Alice McMurrough PAI RGI RSW

Artist Statement

My artwork is a tool to understanding self and the surrounding world. I make connections. I create from memories of particular events and general influences: family legends, cultural myths and religious fables.
I aim for an attention that children have for the world, before ritual and maturity strips life of its daily magic. I paint the gap between innocence and experience using distortion, metaphor and symbolism, free from chronological time and place.


Training

1973-1977 Glasgow School of Art - Diploma Art
1977-1978 Awarded Post Graduate Studies - Commended
1978-1979 St Andrews College of Education - Dip Ed

Work Experience

1979 - Teaching Art and Design
1980 - Illustrated teenage, social education publication - Harper Collins
1986-2007 - Job-share post Art and Design
In 1990’s held post Acting Principal Teacher, SQA marker and moderator.
2001 - Teacher placement, Auld Kirk Museum Kirkintilloch
2002-2004 - Cultural Coordinator in East Dunbartonshire.
2005 - Curated ‘Making Connections’ Exhibition, Auld Kirk Museum Kirkintilloch.
2007 - Left teaching to paint full time
Organise group painting holidays in Scotland,Italy, Spain,France

Awards

2013 Elected RSW
2013 Dalrymple Award, Maclaurin Annual Fine Art Exhibition
2013 Elected RGI
2013 Elected PAI
2012 Anne Stevenson Memorial Award East Dunbartonshire Council
2012 Joe Hargan Award Paisley Art Institute
2011 James Torrance Award,RGI
2010 Glasgow Art Club Fellowship
2008 Art Hire Award, Paisley Art Institute
2007 East Dunbartonshire Council Purchase Prize
2002 D.Muirhead Purchase Prize RSA
1978 D.Sommerville Award GSA

Selection of Exhibitions

2013 Scottish Exhibition, Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon
2013 Winter Exhibition, Smithy Gallery, Blanefield
2012 Stockholm AAF,Sweden - Tig Gallery
2012 Six Degrees of Separation' Smithy Gallery,Blanefield
2011 Solo Exhibition - Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2011 Two Person Exhibition - Auld Kirk Museum, East Dunbartonshire
2011 'Through the Looking Glass' - Scotlandart.com
2011 Group Show - Contemporary Fine Art Gallery,Eton
2010 Glasgow Art Fair - Mansfield Park Gallery
2010 Solo Exhibition - Mansfield Park Gallery
2010 Art London - Open Eye Gallery
2010 6 Artists - Scotland Art.com
2010 Art London Fair - Open Eye Gallery
2009 'Cabinet Pieces' - Fraser Gallery, St Andrews
2009 Group Show - Lemon Street Gallery, Truro
2009 Edinburgh Art Fair - Mansfield Park Gallery
2009 101 Exhibition - Maclaurin Galleries, Ayr
2009 Glasgow Art Fair - Mansfield Park Gallery
2009 Two Person exhibition - Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
2009 Solo Show - Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2007 ‘Seven’- Kelly Gallery,Glasgow
2004 ‘Five’- Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
2002 ‘Seven’- Kelly Gallery,Glasgow
1999 Vallico in Arte Exhibition, Tuscany
1996 Two Person Exhibition Aldessan Gallery, Clachan of Campsie
1985 ‘Ten Glasgow Artists’ Glasgow Art Centre
1979 3 Person Exhibition-Collins Gallery, Strathclyde University.

Diplomate of the Paisley Art Institute and Artist Member of the Glasgow Art Club.
Associate Artist Member of Hospitalfield Alumni Association.

Regular exhibitor in RGI, RSA, RSW, PAI and the Glasgow Art Club
Work in private collections in Scotland, England, Italy, Spain and USA