Promised Land: Doug Cocker / Catherine Davison / Helen Glassford / Calum McClure

25 June - 21 August 2016

The idea of the Promised Land, isn’t just a religious dream or physical place in existence: it is a state of being that a person achieves at the end of a journey or even a soul searching endeavour, a place that isn’t found easily but one which is reached with determination and patience. Our promised lands are of course individual and sometimes unobtainable aspirations but it is this inspiration that makes sense of life. In this exhibition Tatha has five artists whose work can evoke that sense of aspirational freedom and yet remain deeply connected to the land; Doug Cockers sculptures have a natural honesty, a humble yet exciting exploration of form and material, which refers to land and movement. There is a suggestion of the drama and power of the elements in Chris Rigby’s detailed watercolours of majestic and awe inspiring cliff edges. Perhaps offering an almost disarming sense of vertigo that makes us momentarily question our stance both physically and philosophically. Calum McClure’s work instills a deep sense of place a term often over used but one which in this sense reveals more than what it is seen on the surface, perhaps a suggestion of an oasis within a hectic city life, in a park or botanical garden. Babylon springs to mind. His paintings offer glimpses of special places allowing the viewer to feel privileged to be part of the moment. Whereas Catharine Davison offers a more expansive feel of escapism over the city rooftops almost a birds eye view give a fleeting feel about the permanence of the historic city of Edinburgh. Much like Italo Calvino’s writing of invisible cities her work lets us imagine the lives of the people and places below. Glassford’s work hints at that utopian state but without the hindrance of hard edges or defined pathways, it is a walk towards an inner reality, a dialogue with self-expression. These artists give us many divergent views of the Promised Land and we hope that this exhibition will act like an almost complete set of architect’s drawings to give the visitor a constructive image of their promised land.