Ellen McCann

Artist Biography

Artist Statement - These sculptures were inspired by growing plant forms. The garden is one of my sources of inspiration and I wanted to capture critical stages in the growth of the plant as they change from initial germination to the decay of the plant. I build abstract representations of plants at transition points in their life cycle. After initial drawings I work directly with the material. There is an unpredictability in the process which makes it particularly exciting. These pieces are modelled in stoneware clay and fired to 1200o then glazed with a matt white glaze. I wanted the pure white colour to emphasise the organic forms. The sculptures are constructed in sections and cemented together and are suitable for display outside


Royal Scottish Academy                                   Various years between 1978 and 2016

Aberdeen Artists Society                                  Various years between 1978 and 2013

Glasgow League of Artists Exhibition               1979, 1980

Artspace Edinburgh Festival Touring Exhibition          1981 -1982

Art in the Garden, Peebles                              2002

Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art                  Various years between 2002 and 2013

Frames Gallery, Perth                                      2005

Borders Sculpture Group, Lauder                    2006

Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition           2006 - 2016

Heinzel Gallery, Aberdeen                              2008

Visual Arts Scotland, Dumfries                         2009

Dancing Light Gallery, Lamancha                  2010, 2011

Society of Scottish Artists                                     2010

Glasgow Arts Club                                             2011, 2014

Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition             2013, 2015, 2016

Newby Hall Summer Exhibition, Yorkshire       2013

Third Dimension, Old Gala House, Galashiels     2013

Scottish Sculpture Park, Caol Rurdh, Argyll     2015

MACART – Maclaurin Art Gallery, Ayr             2015

Peebles Summer Show, Tweeddale Art Gallery   2016

Biggar Little Arts Festival, Open Studios                      2015, 2016

Invited Artist, Biggar Little Arts Festival                        2016


Awarded several prizes at Art School, including a Travelling Scholarship.

Royal Scottish Academy Awards

Ottillie Helen Wallace Scholarship Fund Prize           1978

Meyer Oppenheim Prize                                              1978

Benno Schotz Prize                                         1979

Other Awards Scottish Arts Council Award                             1980

2nd Prize Shell-Expro Commissioned Sculpture         1980

VAS- Glasgow Arts Club Prize                              2011

Aberdeen Artists Professional Members Prize      2012

Reid Kerr College Sculpture Award, PAI                     2013

West of Scotland College Sculpture Prize, PAI           2015

Caol Ruadh Award for Sculpture, PAI               2016


Aberdeen Artists (elected)                                from 1985

Visual Arts Scotland (elected)                         from 2006

Society of Scottish Artists (elected)                      from 2011


Council Member, Visual Arts Scotland                        2012 - 2016

Selected Exhibitions