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Audrey Grant

Artist Biography

Audrey Grant is an award winning painter who also experiments in drawing and mixed media. Her paintings reflect the human experience in isolation, often devoid of context and frequently inspired by poetry and literature.

Grant’s most recent exhibition, Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen was her third solo show with Panter and Hall, London. It explored the myth of Hero and Leander, marking a significant development in her subject matter and painting practice towards a more conceptual approach. Ceci est mon corps at the Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh arose from her collaboration with Scottish Ballet in rehearsal at their studios in Tramway, Glasgow.

Grant’s work has been selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London and the RSA, SSA and VAS Open Exhibitions, Edinburgh, where she won the Anne Redpath Award in 2013, the SSA Exhibition Prize in 2015 and the W. Gordon Smith Award in 2018. She has recently been awarded an RSA Residency for Scotland to spend one month with Cromarty Arts Trust on the Black Isle. To undertake research into a major new painting project – Morgenthau Plan for Creative Renewal – an exploration of real and imagined landscapes, and a metaphor for personal creative renewal.

Her work is held in private collections and by Art in Healthcare Scotland. Grant is a professional member of Society of Scottish Artists and Visual Arts Scotland. She is based at WASPS studios, Patriothall, Edinburgh.

Selected Exhibitions 

20032004   Painting Course, Leith School of Art, led by Paul Martin
20022003   Figure Painting Course, Leith School of Art, led by Philip Archer
19911992   Foundation Course, Leith School of Art

Published Work
2019     The Long Look: The making of a Portrait, National Galleries of Scotland
2018     Des Meeres und der Liebe Wellen catalogue, Panter and Hall
2017    Ceci est mon corps Exhibition Catalogue, Panter and Hall
The Lifeworld Exhibition Catalogue, Panter and Hall
2015    With all its eyes the natural world looks out into the Open: New Paintings, Mixed Media Works on Paper and Artist Books, Union Gallery Edinburgh
New Paintings Exhibiton E-Catalogue, Panter and Hall
2013    New Paintings Exhibition Catalogue, Union Gallery
2011    RGI 150 Years Exhibition Catalogue
2010   Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition Catalogue
2009   Celebrating 20 Years Exhibition Catalogue, Leith School of Art
2006   Poetry Pamphlet, Front cover & internal drawings – Memories of Rain by Pat Fox
2002   Poetry Pamphlet, Front cover, Let Me Tell You About My Last Love by Pat Fox,  Shortlisted for Callum MacDonald Memorial Prize
Teaching, Curatorship & Residencies 2004 – 2014
National Galleries of Scotland
  • Artist for Louise Bourgeois and Generation CPDs for Art Teachers(2013 & 2014)
  • Absence/Presence Workshop exploring Beuys, Abramovic and Salcedo
  • Artist for Desire Project in collaboration with Scottish Ballet and Telford College, 2012
  • Unusual Artistic Practices: methods and materials – workshops for adults
  • Artist for National Art Competition Secondary School Winners Workshops
  • Portfolio Preparation Course Leader 2010 – 2014
  • Experiments with Life Drawing – summer school for adults
Edinburgh International Festival
  • Artist in Schools 2012 – Leonardo da Vinci and water
  • Curator, The Song of the Earth Schools Exhibition, Royal Botanic Gardens
  • Artist in Schools 2011 – The Song of the Earth, secondary schools programme
  • Programme Development Associate 2010 – Artist in Residence
  • Visual Artist – Enlightenment Desktop Drawing 2009
  • Lead Artist & Curator – Border Control 2008
  • Lead Artist & Curator – Twittering Machine 2008
  • Project Leader – Connecting to Music – Primary School Programme

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art – Guest Lecturer for MFA in Art and Humanities (2017, 2018)
Telford College – Guest Lecturer for BA Dance Course (2013)
Friends of the National Gallery of Scotland – Guest Artist speaker (2012)
Visual Arts Scotland – Artist/Workshop Leader (2010,2012 & 2013)