Olivia Irvine

Artist Biography

1960 Born in Kilwinning, Scotland 1978-80 Studied Medicine, University of Aberdeen 1981 Lived in Cannes, France 1981-85 Edinburgh College of Art, BA Honours in Drawing and Painting

1984    Student Exchange, Les Beaux Arts de Montpelier, France

1985-86 Edinburgh College of Art, Diploma in Postgraduate Studies in Painting

1986-87 Worked at WASPS Studios, Edinburgh

1987-88 Awarded Spanish Government Scholarship for one year’s study in Madrid

1988-92 Worked at 369 Gallery Studios, Edinburgh

1991    Artist exchange to Seville, Spain

1992-93 MA in European Fine Art, Winchester School of Art in Barcelona

1993-   Working in WASPS Studios, Edinburgh

1998-01  Council Member, Society of Scottish Artists

2015    Attended Carey Mortimer’s Fresco Painting Workshop, Bosa, Sardinia

2915-16  Private lessons in fresco painting in Edinburgh

Creative writing course with the Open College of the Arts

2016  Edinburgh Icon School weekend workshops

Selected Exhibitions 


2017    Moray Arts Centre, Findhorn

2014    Being Somewhere, Duff House, Banff

2013    Some of These Places, The Linenhall, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Eire

2011    Remembered Rooms, Three Harbours Arts Festival, Port Seton

2008    Icelandic Paintings Three Harbours Arts Festival, Port Seton

2004    Alice and the Infanta, Duff House Country Gallery, Banff

2003    Alice and the Infanta, The Round Room, Talbot Rice, Edinburgh

1999    Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine

1997    Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh

1996    Park Bench Series, Project Room, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

1994    Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, Maine, USA 

Artist For a Week, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

1990    New Paintings, 369 Studio Floor Gallery, Edinburgh

Christopher Boyd Gallery, Galashiels

Eden Court Theatre, Inverness

1989    The Rose Garden, 369 Gallery, Edinburgh

1987    Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh


2016    Threefold, Union Gallery, Edinburgh, three person show

Outside In, Whitespace, Edinburgh, with Suzanne Kemplay

Reunion, Union Gallery, Edinburgh

All the Wonderful Things, Art in Healthcare, Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh

Visual Arts Scotland

2015    Edinburgh Art Fair, with Art in Healthcare

2014    R.S.A. Open

Coast Festival, Macduff Town Hall

Child’s Play, Union Gallery Festival Exhibition

La Galerie 1940, Edinburgh

2013    R.S.A Open

S.S.A Open

The Allotment Show, Compass Gallery, Glasgow

Up the Garden Path, Union Gallery, Edinburgh

2012    Hispanic Festival, Arts Complex, Edinburgh

Working/ Drawing-The Dock, Carrick-on –Shannon, Ireland

Poetic Licence, Union Gallery, Edinburgh

2011    Small and Perfectly Crafted, Union Gallery, Edinburgh

The Force and Form of Memory, Compass Gallery, Glasgow and touring

Axolotl, Edinburgh

Convergence, Painting Performance, Edinburgh Peer Group

2010    Edinburgh Soul, Union Gallery, Edinburgh

              Nairn Book and Arts Festival Open Exhibition

              Union Gallery, Edinburgh Two person exhibitionwith Fiona Jappy

2009-11 Islington Art Fair, London, with the Compass Gallery

2009    HALLellujah, Glasgow, curated by Jainie Nicoll

2008-10           Glasgow Art Fair, with the Compass Gallery

The Aspect Prize, Paisley Museum and Art Gallery

2007    Society of Scottish Artists, Annual Exbibition

2006    Per Annum, City Art Centre, Edinburgh

2005    Society of Scottish Artists, Annual Exbibition

La Cuegera de Amor, Espacio Guides, Madrid

Chicago/ WASPS Exchange, Arc Gallery, Chicago

2003    Persevere, Western General Hospital, Edinburgh

2001    Islington Art Fair, London, with the Compass Gallery

Tidemark, City Art Centre, Edinburgh

University of Kansas, USA, works by tutors of Edinburgh College of Art           

Bishop Phillpotts Gallery, Truro, four person exhibition

Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition

2000    Dundee Contemporary Print Open

Leithton Gallery, Blue Hill, Maine, USA

Corporate Connoisseurs, London

Aberdeen Artists Annual Exhibition

1999         In the Summertime, Talbot Rice Gallery Edinburgh, work selected from WASPS studios throughout Scotland

Fifteen Years of Women’s Art, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

Scotland’s Art, City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition

1996    Showroom, Collective Gallery, Edinburgh

Brave Art, Society of Scottish Artists Mayfest Exhibition, Glasgow

1995    Leighton 2, Westford, Massachussetts, USA

Castillo de Souteimar, Pontevedra, Spain, work by tutors of Edinburgh

College of Art

1994    Society of Scottish Artists Centenary Exhibition, Pier Arts Centre, Stromness

Royal Overseas League, London and Edinburgh

Six Scottish Artists, Royal Overseas House, Edinburgh

1993    Progress and Diversity, British Council, Barcelona

Solitude and Isolation, Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh

1992    Luxters Fine Art, Henley-on-Thames, four person show during Oxford Art Week

1991    Old and New Scottish Colourists, Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Galleries

1990    Fruitmarket Open, Edinburgh

Inverclyde Biennial, Greenock

Painting the Forth Bridge, 369 Gallery and touring Fife

1989    Chicago International Art Exposition, with the 369 Gallery

1988    3 Artistas, 3 Visiones, Madrid Assembly, Madrid

Portrait Biennial, Tuzla, Yugoslavia

Las Balconadas, Betanzos, Spain


2014    Dumfries House Residency, Pigmano Foundation

2000    International Research and Development Grant, SAC

1999    Scottish Arts Council Small Assistance Grant

1994    Scottish Arts Council Small Assistance Grant

Edinburgh District Arts Council Funding

1992    Hope Scott Trust

1990    Shell Expo Award, Aberdeen Artists’ Annual Exhibition

1989    Scottish Arts Council Small Assistance Grant

1987    Christie’s Prize, Scottish Print Open

Spanish Government Scholarship


City of Edinburgh

Glasgow Museums, gifted by BBC Scotland

Eastern General  Hospital, Western General Hospital, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh

University of Stirling, Scottish Arts Council Bequest

Lancome, Madrid

Royal College of Physicians, Edinburgh


2012    Some of these Things, Edinburgh Short Film Festival

2011    Some of These Things, video projection, The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Eire

1996    ‘Peony’, 26th International Short Film Festival, Tampere, Finland 

Peony’, ‘Message to Man’, International Film Festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia

‘Peony’, Drambuie Edinburgh Film Festival

‘Peony’, British Short Film Festival, London

MACBA, Barcelona Film Fair, Spain

‘Peony’, Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema, USA

1995    Wrote, directed and produced ‘Peony’, 16mm film

1991    ‘Scream in Grey Blue’, Glasgow Film Theatre

1990    Experimental Film

Workshop led by Cristoph Janetzko, Glasgow Film and Video

Workshop. 'Scream in Grey Blue’, 16mm film made in collaboration

‘Scream in Grey Blue’, Edinburgh Fringe Film Festival


2016    Colour Workshop, Progress Arts, Westport, Co. Mayo, Eire

Edinburgh City Council tutor

Colour Workshop, Creative Retreat, Gardenstown

2015    Colour Workshop, Studio Berry, France

2013-14           Private classes and Workshops, Edinburgh

Open College of the Arts assessor, BA Course

2013    Colour Workshops, children and adults, the Linenhall, Co. Mayo, Eire

Mural project with St. Mary’s (Leith) Primary School, Edinburgh

2012-   Open College of the Arts tutor, Drawing and Painting BA courses and social              media animateur

2011-   Office of Lifelong Learning, University of Edinburgh, credit bearing courses

2009-10           Mural Project with St. Mary’s (Leith) Primary School, Edinburgh

2010    Egg Tempera workshops, Livingston and Edinburgh

2003-10           Continuing Education tutor, Edinburgh College of Art

2006-10           Tutor with Part Time BA Degree in Combined Studies, Edinburgh College of Art

1994-10           Teaching Privately in Edinburgh

2000,06-08      Visiting Lecturer, Galway and Mayo Institute of Technology, Eire, part-time degree Course

2007    Contemporary Painting Week, Partry House, Co.Mayo, Eire

2004-07      School Workshops, Historic Scotland, at Edinburgh Castle

2003    Children’s Art Day, Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh

1994-02      Evening Class tutor, Edinburgh College of Art, life drawing and painting

2001    Relief Art teacher, George Watson College (upper primary)

2001    Visiting Lecturer, Queen Margaret University College, Stage Management

1995-00           Drawing and Painting tutor, Edinburgh College of Art, BA course

1995,98           Organised painting holidays to the south of France

1995-96      Drawing and Painting tutor, Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, BA Course

1994-95      First Year Studies tutor, Edinburgh College of Art, BA Course

1994    Visiting lecturer, Winchester School of Art, Postgraduate School

1990    Children and Adults Workshops, Old Gala House, Galasheils

1988-92      Education Programme, 369 Gallery, Edinburgh

1989,90           Workshop leader, Artlink, Edinburgh

1988    Stockbridge Primary School Art Club


2016    Painting for retiring paediatrician, Sunshine House (St.Thomas’ Hospital) London

2015    Art in Healthcare at Edinburgh Art Fair, Painting Performance

2013,10           Mural Projects, St. Mary’s (Leith) Primary Schoo

2011    Edinburgh Peer Group, Convergence, Painting Performance

2008    Painting for GP’s surgery, Deptford Medical Centre, London

2001-08           Various private commissions

1984, 85          Mixed media mural, Royal Highland Show, Edinburgh