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Louise Ritchie

Artist Biography

I am engaged in playful material improvisation and inventive processes that explore the formal and philosophical dualities of objects and spaces. Choreographed approaches embrace the unexpected in each process forming hybrids that hold both the original identities of the materials, and thought processes, fusing them into altered, shape-shifting material states.

Uncovering a deep resonance with bronzecasting and ceramic forms has informed and, in turn, been informed by, a dualprocess of waterless lithography and screen-print on Perspex. Expanding theinherent properties of these specialisms offers a physical challenge in termsof harnessing complex processes and provides me with components that I canorchestrate to suit. The lost-wax bronze casting process has given ‘weight’ tothe imprinted essence of paper notes and drawings. The drawings express an invisiblerhythmic response to tonal vibrations as experienced through music and colour.The high frequency of the fluorescence employed transmits a visceralillumination printed through the Perspex.

These ad libbed visual conversations articulate a fascination with the impact of one object on another and the multi-layered threshold that hovers between one state and the other.That interaction is a push and pull that casts light, plays with perception, mirrors and vibrates

between the metaphysical thinkingaround objects, their properties and how we ‘see’ them.


Louise Ritchie is an artist, lecturer and creative facilitator working in independent and collaborative contexts, embracing many processes and experimental pathways.  

Her practice examines a range of tangential explorations,overlaps and collaborations that articulate the process of creativitycuriosity.  Multi -faceted, contrary fascinations sweep broadly andloosely with a range of media spanning public art commissions, independentworks, printmaking, performative and lens-based works, to large spatiallysituated paint/print-forms. 

A BA (Hons) Fine Art and MFA Art &Humanities Graduate of DJCAD, Dundee, Louise is a lecturer on the BA (Hons)Contemporary Art Practice Programme at City of Glasgow College / UWS Universityof West of Scotland. She is a former President of the Society of ScottishArtists (SSA) and has won several major awards including, most recently, theDuncan of Jordanstone MFA Art & Humanities Prize 2018.  Exhibitingwidely in the UK and abroad including London, Bulgaria, China, Belgium andFrance, Louise has also co-created projects for Angus Council as an Artist inResidence and her work is in several major collections including The MirrorGroup, London, University of Dundee, City of Glasgow College Art Foundation andDundee City Council.


2017-2018 MFA Art& Humanities at DJCAD, University of Dundee

2014-15 PGCert TQFEUniversity of Dundee

1990-1991 PG DipDrawing & Painting DJCAD Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design,Dundee

1986 -1990 BA (Hons)Fine Art DJCAD Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee

Selected Exhibitions 


2017 Invited GuestFacilitator by Fife Contemporary Art Arts & Crafts; TRiGGER ActiveListening Sessions at    

Off the Rails Collective, Ladybank & Fire StationCreative, Dunfermline

2016-2017 Engage - Extend, Creative Leadership Programme, 2017 Alumni

2018-ElectedSelection Panel for SSA 2018, National Galleries, Edinburgh

2015-Present WASPSCuratorial Panel Member, Dundee

2011-Present Lecturer:BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice, Programme, City of Glasgow College, UniversityWest of Scotland, UWS

2013- 2016 Guest Lecturer:UWS, MA: Creative Media Practice, School of Media Culture & Society

2009-2015 Guest LecturerMuseum of University of St Andrews & International Summer School of StAndrews

2009-2014 Artist inResidence at Angus Council

2011-2013 PresidentSociety of Scottish Artists (SSA)
2009-2011 Vice President of SSA
2009-2013 Board Member of ESSA: Exhibiting Societies of Scottish Artists

1997-1999 + 2008-2013Council Member SSA


2015 Invited Special Guestto the Xth International Residential Print Symposium, Castle Mojmirovce,Slovakia

2015-2018 ‘60 x 60’International Printmaking Touring Exhibition Project launched in Antwerp, Belgium

2015-2016Co-Editor of ’60×60′ publication, a critical record of an internationaltravelling exhibition to 60 countries launched in Gallerie Epruve, Antwerp,Belgium.                                                                                                    

2014-2015 Co-Editorof’11:11 Nove Mosty / New Bridges publication. Supported by the Charge D’Affairsof the British Embassy, Ministry of Culture of the Slovak Republic and the FineArts Fund, Slovakia in collaboration with SSA & the Association of SlovakPrintmakers. Casino Publishes, Bratislava ISBN: 978-80-971656-9-7                                                                                                                                        

2014-2015 ‘New Bridges’ 11:11 International TouringExhibition, Nitra, Trencin, Piestany and Bratislava, Slovakia
2013 ‘Distance Learning’ with Leena Nammari SSA ,British Ambassador`sResidence, Bratislava, Slovakia
2012 ‘Amaterus Paper Arts Academy Biennale’, Sofia, Bulgaria
2011, 2012 ‘Mosty / Bridges 1X’, Piestany, Slovakia, supported by the Slovakand The British Consul
2011-2013 ‘Design in Action GIDE’ creative lead in research-led internationalworkshop with DJCAD and V&A Dundee


2017 Post Graduate AlumniScholarship, DJCAD, University of Dundee

2017 Research &Development Funding Award, City of Glasgow College

2016-2017 Engage - Extend, Leadership ProgrammeProfessional Development (City of Glasgow College)

2013 InternationalPartnerships & Networks Award for SSA, Creative Scotland

2011-2014 Co-FounderTRiGGER Research Network, ArtWorks Scotland/Creative Scotland/AHRC/Paul HamlynFoundation



2018 Duncan of JordanstoneMFA Art & Humanities Prize 2018

2018 Studio FaireStudent Residency Award, Nérac, France

2015 Dundee VisualArtist Award

2014 The MeffanWinter Show, Highly Commended Exhibition Award
1998 The Glasgow Art Club Fellowship, RGI, Royal Glasgow Institute, Glasgow
1997 The Scottish Arts Club prize, SSA, Edinburgh
1992 Dundee District Council Purchase prize
1990 & 1992 Nominated for Young Scottish Artist of the Year, Miller Homes
1990 Paris Cite International Des Arts award winner Miller Homes Scholarship

1989 Scholarship Winner,Hospitalfield School of Art, Arbroath, Scotland



2018 Co-Curator andProject Lead; Beyond the Masters @West Ward Works, Dundee

2017 Project Lead, Verdant @ Verdant, Conversation + CollaborativeExchange, Verdant Works High Mill & Dundee Heritage

2017 engage: Extend‘Team Steve’. ‘There’s a Hole in My Bucket: Experimental Workshop Project &Research Enquiry, The Tetley, Leeds

2016 Commissioned toproduce a site specific artwork by City of Glasgow College for the New CityCampus
2012 Creative Dundee Pecha Kucha Vol 1, Dundee  
2011-2012 ‘ Big Art Project’, Dundee City Council/Eastern Primary,  
2009-2014 Creative Facilitator, Project Blueprint with Angus Council and GinkgoProjects, Creative Scotland
2009 Co-Design arts intervention in collaboration with ‘Wide Open Space’ forSeaview Primary
2009 SSA/ DJCAD Juteopolis collaboration with Verdant Works and Dundee HeritageTrust


2013 ‘Lyke a River’film piece for Son of the Sea Productions

2009 ‘Speaking theLand’ performer & vocal coach for Dalziel + Scullion, Scottish NaturalHeritage+ Gingko Projects
2009 ‘Meet Sid’ short film for ‘Wide Open Space’ in collaboration with the CareCommission & Dundee Rep
2006 Installation Performer for ‘Killing Time’ at DCA Dundee Contemporary Artsby Suspect Culture & Graham Fagen


2018 ‘Hybrid States’at DJCAD, MFA Art & Humanities Masters Exhibition

2016 ‘UNpainting’ atWASPS Project Space 1, Meadow Mills, Dundee
2014 ‘Colour Flood’, at the & Collective Gallery, Bridge of Allan

2013 ‘In the Eye of theNeedle’, NOMAS* Projects and McManus Galleries, Dundee

2012 ‘Imagineering’at The Meffan Gallery, Forfar
2011 ‘Chromatopia’, Bridge View Gallery, Aberdeen
2007 ‘Visiones en Color; The White Gallery, Barcelona
1996 ‘Land Light Vision’, Compass Gallery, Glasgow


2018 ‘PPSSAExhibition’, Wall Projects, Montrose

2018 ‘Sleeping WithMary Shelley’, City of Glasgow College

2017 ‘MembersExhibition’, Generator Projects, Dundee

2017 ‘This ExhibitionHas Been Cancelled’, 2-person Exhibition with Lorna Mitchell, Gallery of ModernArt, Glasgow

2017 ‘Verdant @ Verdant’, Verdant Works,Dundee Heritage

2016-2018 ‘60 x 60’International Touring Print Exhibition including Paris, Japan, Czech Republic,Amsterdam, Bulgaria and China

2016 ‘ExquisiteCorpse’ St Andrews Museum

2016 ’Liminal’ CuparArts Festival, Guest Artist

2016‘Paint>Print>Paint’, Joint Collaborative Exhibition with Leena Nammari atThe Meffan Gallery

1998-2018 SSA AnnualExhibition , RSA, Edinburgh
2013 ‘Abstract’, Lamb Gallery, University of Dundee
2012-2016 The Affordable Art Fair, London represented by Bridgegate Gallery
2011 -2015 RSA, Royal Scottish Academy, NGS Edinburgh
2007 Air Gallery, London, ‘Award Winners’
2006 The London Contemporary Art Fair, Islington
2005 Royal Glasgow Institute, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow
2002 Richard DeMarco Foundation, Edinburgh
1993 CCA Centre for Contemporary Arts, Espania Joven, Glasgow
1993 Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, The Collectors Eye.