From Arran to the National Collection

I am delighted that my paper proposal ‘From Arran to the National Collection: Early Twentieth-Century Responses to the Island’s Landscape’ has been selected for inclusion in the Arran Arts Heritage Trail on-line symposium ‘The Isle of Arran – an Artistic Legacy‘ on 29 April 2021.

Ian Cheyne (1885-1955), Arran Landscape, 1946
colour woodcut on paper
National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh (c) Artist’s Estate

Arran Arts Heritage Trail

The Arran Arts Heritage Trail was established in 2020 to ‘search out, celebrate and document’ the rich heritage of the Scottish Isle of Arran, which has attracted and inspired artists for centuries. The symposium is a partnership between the Trail, Paisley Museum and the School of Culture and Creative Arts at the University of Glasgow. It will explore the island’s rich and varied visual story.

From D. Y. Cameron to Ian Cheyne

My paper will start with an introduction to the representation of Arran in the Scottish national collection, including prints, paintings and photographs, dating from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. I will then focus on a work each by D. Y. Cameron (1865-1945), E. A. Taylor (1874-1951), Stanley Cursiter (1887-1976) and Ian Cheyne (1895-1955). I will examine their responses to the island’s landscape during the period from just before World War One to just after World War Two (as seen in Cheyne’s Arran Landscape above). I will conclude with a brief overview of the works in the collection by women artists with links to Arran, albeit not featuring the island itself. They include Joan Eardley (1921-63), Agnes Miller Parker (1895-1980) and Margot Sandeman (1922-2009).

Please Join Me!

Free tickets to the symposium can be booked here. I do hope you will join me to learn about the journey ‘From Arran to the National Collection’.

For more on Stanley Cursiter, please read my blog ‘Welcome to Winter‘. I chose a painting by Agnes Miller Parker for Country Life magazine, which you can read about here.

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