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Leena Nammari

Artist Biography

Leena is a Palestinian artist living in Scotland. She studied and worked as a nurse for a number of years, then abandoned her nursing career to study Fine Art Printmaking at Duncan of Jordanstone (DJCAD) University of Dundee, and continues to practice printmaking as her chosen image making process.

She has exhibited widely within Scotland Europe China Australia and Palestine, as part of group exhibitions and solo exhibitions. She works predominantly in printmaking, but uses alternative methods and subtle variations to achieve complex yet seemingly simple images on paper, cloth and other materials. She worked as a printmaking technician, studio manager/co-ordinator, master printer and printmaking educator at Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop for 12 years till 2017, and as a freelance art educator with various organisations such as Scottish National Galleries, Perth Museum and Gallery, Stills, amongst some.

She has exhibited widely within Scotland Europe China Australia and Palestine, as part of group exhibitions and solo exhibitions. She works predominantly in printmaking, but uses alternative methods and subtle variations to achieve complex yet seemingly simple images on paper, cloth and other materials.
She worked as a printmaking technician, studio manager/co-ordinator, master printer and printmaking educator at Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop for 12 years till 2017, and as a freelance art educator with various organisations such as Scottish National Galleries, Perth Museum and Gallery, Stills, amongst some.
Recently she completed a Masters in Fine Art and Humanities in 2018, which introduced her to new ways of working embracing various materials and processes, hitherto unavailable to her, all the while embedding printmaking deeply into her practice. She has been called a “dyed in the wool printmaker”, but this does not mean she is shy of exploring and experimenting.
She continues to work in printmaking, in a traditional and non traditional way, through bronze casting, ceramics, installations and photographic techniques.

1996-2000

BA  (Hons) Fine Art Printmaking Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art &  Design,(DOJ) University of Dundee

1995-1996

Foundation  Course Art & Design Telford College Edinburgh

Selected Exhibitions 

Solo exhibitions and collaborations: 2016-2006

Aug

2018 MFA Degree show – room 512 -  https://www.dundee.ac.uk/mastersshow/2018/workondisplay/arthumanities/leenanammari/

June

2016 PaintPrintPaint – with Louise Ritchie – The Meffan, Forfar, Angus,  Scotland

March-Apr

2016 Loch Computer – with Norman McBeath - Tent Gallery – ECA, Lady Lawson  street, Edinburgh

June

2013 Distance  learning – with Louise Ritchie PSSA – British Ambassadors residence,  Bratislava, Slovakia

Feb

2012 Remembered  places – Filmhouse Cinema Bar - Edinburgh

Jan – March

2009 Space  to breathe – Edinburgh Printmakers –Union Street, Edinburgh

April-June

2006 hospital series: sleep well, in association with  Functionsuite, Artlink, New Royal

Infirmary of Edinburgh

Selected Group exhibitions:

2018 - 2014

Jan (Still to come)

2019 WeWorkWonders @ Tatha Gallery – Newport-Fife

December (Still to come) 2018

Third space - Collaboration with Helen Angell-Preece – cultural  dialogues – Meadowmill – WASPS - Dundee

Oct-Dec 2018

Deluge – group exhibition at Edinburgh Printmakers, as final  exhibition in old premises.

Sept 2018

WeWorkWonders@WestWardWorks – Dundee – post MFA group exhibition,  curated by Louise Ritchie, Leena Nammari, Paola McClure, Joanne Hall.

Thinking of Place II - Part of printmaking group show for IMPACT 10 –Santander  -Spain

Aug 2018

MFA Degree show – room 512 - https://www.dundee.ac.uk/mastersshow/2018/workondisplay/arthumanities/leenanammari/

Jan - Mar 2018

SSA annual Exhibition, RSA building, the mound Edinburgh

Nov -Mar 2017-18

Paper to Gold – Edinburgh Printmakers, Union Street, Edinburgh

Nov-Dec 2016

SSA annual Exhibition, RSA building, the mound Edinburgh

Oct-Nov 2016

Exquisite Corpse – SSA - St Andrews Museum & Gallery –St Andrews,  Fife.

December-Jan 2015

SSA annual Exhibition, RSA building, the mound Edinburgh

May-June 2015

Actinic Festival, Edinburgh Printmakers, Edinburgh

May 2015

Group show: Etching Symposium:   Castle Mojmirovce Slovakia, etching symposium,

Gallery One  new premises,  Inaugural exhibition: group exhibition Ramallah, West bank, Palestine

March-Nov 2015

PostPost – exhibition for imaginary stamps – for IMPRINT Austratia – touring  Brisbane & Melbourne

February 2015

New  Bridges Nove Mosty  11:11 - GMAB Nitra Trenčín  Slovakia 2015

January 2015

Gallery One – Sirrieyh Street, Ramallah – West Bank - Palestine

December 2014

Society of Scottish Artists – RSA Building – Edinburgh

Dec 14-Feb 15

Royal oversears League – London

November 2014

Royal Scottish Academy – Open exhibition – RSA Building, The Mound  Edinburgh

New  Bridges Nove Mosty  11:11 - House of ART Piešťany  Slovakia

August October 2014

Gallery 1940 – Marchmont - Edinburgh -

July- August 2014

Royal Overseas League, 100 Princes Street, Edinburgh, with Edinburgh  Printmakers

July –Sept 2014

Bridges 11:11 - Nitra State Gallery – Nitra, Slovakia, with SSA

Mar-May 2014

RSA Anuual Exhibition – Focus on Film – Royal Scottsih Academy – Edinburgh

Jan-Mar 2014

In a Jiffy, SSA Professional exhibition, the Meffan, Forfar 

Selected small projects:

2018 - 2009

Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) October  17-Jan 18

Printer  in Residence – Ages of Wonder. Printing and demonstrating, while engaging the  public a series of plates made for and with the Academicians over various  days, during the exhibition run.

Scottish National Portrait Gallery 2017

In  collaboration with Adamson and Hill exhibitions, 2  cyanotype workshops, for families,  exploring the heritage of early photography and photographic pioneers

SSA education projects 2012--2015

Working  with Glasgow college 2nd year HND students on an interpretative  book binding workshop, reflecting their response to the annual SSA exhibition  in the RSA building. In collaboration with SSA president Loiuse Ritchie

Scottish National Portrait Gallery 2012

Cells  – 2012 – Scottish National Portrait Gallery (SNPGS), Edinburgh, in  collaboration with the Roslin Institute. Working with 2 schools in Edinburgh  : Penicuik High School – Penicuik, and James Gillespie High School,  Edinburgh. Working with Cyanotype, investigating ways  expressing individuality through looking at  cells, cell structure, DNA, cloning, culminating in an exhibition of the  pupils work in the SNPGS in September 2012 till March 2013.

Stills Gallery and resource – 2009-2012

Language  with Flowers – 2009- 2012 – Stills , Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh Printmakers.  Collaborating with Jila Peacock, Working with various groups – Libertus,  Shakti, NKS and Saheliya, using digital imagery, photography, calligraphy and  screenprinting, translating ideas  from  image to text to print, culminating in an openday of printing and  disseminating skills.

 

Awards:

Artsand Humanities citizenship of the artistic community award – 2018 DJCAD

Alumni award for MFA Art and Humanities 2018 DJCAD
Studio Faire inaugural Student Residency –Nerac – France 2018
Invited Artist: Etching Symposium:  Castle Mojmirovce – Slovakia 2015

Morton Award for Lens Based Art – RSA – 2007
Creative Scotland Award for Ethnic Minorities projects – Deveron Arts – Huntly 2002
Bernard Cooper Award – DJCAD - 2000

In Collections:

IMPRINT:Printmaking publication Archive, Melbourne, Australia

Bank of Palestine, Ramallah, Palestine

St Andrews University, Loch Computer, St Andrews

National Galleries of Scotland

Deveron Arts, Huntly, Aberdeenshire

DCA Centre for Artist Books, Dundee

Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee

Various private individuals.