Approved: 16.08.2006

Shelagh Atkinson

Artist, Writer

Approved: 16.08.2006

She is a multi disciplinary artist interested in the natural environment, politics, the human condition. Her practice incorporates a range of media including paint, photography, video, print, drawing and sound. Coming from a left leaning political household, could be said to be integral to Atkinson’s artistic practice.    

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      Artist Statement

      She is a multi disciplinary artist interested in the natural environment, politics, the human condition. Her practice incorporates a range of media including paint, photography, video, print, drawing and sound. Coming from a left leaning political household, could be said to be integral to Atkinson’s artistic practice.    

      ‘Life is about learning which are the questions we should ask, not as we are taught, seeking answers.’  Atkinson also investigates the visual possibilities of language through a range of mediums, including paintings, drawings, prints, and videos. 

      Career  Early studies Community Studies Crewe And Alsager College Chesire

      Later studies HND Communication Studies, Napier University Edinburgh

      Work experience:

      2022 Curatorial conversations with Wendy Law

      2020/21/22 working with Art360 Foundation archiving my collection, digitising the works, archiving the papers, cataloguing .

      Current: pop up art retail experience Edinburgh

      Current: portraiture developments

      2008 /2010  Studio practice and research

      2006/7 The Drawing Group WASPS Studio Edinburgh

      2003/05 Leith School of Art, Drawing and Painting

      2000/01 Painting and Life Drawing Courses, Newmilne Studios, Perthshire

      1996 Non-toxic Print Workshop, Prof K Howard , Edinburgh Print makers, Edinburgh

      1996/97 Community Art Workshops, Edinburgh

      Areas of work: printmaking, painting, drawing, project making, photography


      • NBC MeshTech Inc Tokyo Japan
      • Royal Bank of Scotland art collection
      • Scottish National Portrait Gallery Edinburgh
      • Newhall Art Collection Cambridge University England.
      • Royal Scottish Museum Edinburgh
      • Glasgow Womens Art Library
      • Scottish Poetry Collection Edinburgh
      • The BalticPlus archive Newcastle upon Tyne England
      • Royal Scottish Museum Edinburgh
      • Commissions:
      • 2018 Bailey family: Portaiture in paint
      • 2015 A family dog:  Portraiture in print
      • 2011 Reproduction of my screenprint My Ties with Mick Luathe Press Never Mind the Captions Alasdair Findlay
      • 2007 Found Sound CD Reichstag Wrap [self financed]
      • 2004 CD cover image, Scottish Music Industry
      • 1995/96 Circle The City, Mural Project, Edinburgh, Funded by LEEL Edinburgh Council
      • 1995 Book Cover, Heirts Bluid, Chapman Publication
      • Prizes and awards:
      • 2018 Karen Scopa memorial prize Paisley Arts Institute Annual Exhibition
      • 2017 Two screenprints purchased Scottish National Portrait Gallery
      • permanent collection
      • 2013 Flora Wood [best original art piece in show] Visual Arts Scotland Exhibition
      • 2009 Richard Demarco prize Edinburgh Peoples art Show Edinburgh Festival Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2009 Royal Scottish Museum Edinburgh purchase print for the Scottish Industries permanent collection
      • 2003/05  Two screenprints purchased Scottish National Portrait Gallery permanent collection
      • 1999 Peacock Editioning Prize, Aberdeen Society of Artists exhibition
      • 1998 British Council Award, for Berlin Residency and exhibition
      • 1998 Overseas Exhibition Fund (for Berlin) Edinburgh City Council

      CV & Education

      Public realm

      2023 Screenprints with Edinburgh Printmakers at ATRIAone 

      2022 Contemporary print exhibition Edinburgh Printmakers Scotland

      2021 Scottish drawing competition Paisley Art Institute Paisley Scotland

      2020 Left: holding Project postcard 500 delivered across the globe 

      instagram posting of film and posting of film on the tricks of vision channel  

      2020 Paisley Arts Institute 132nd ANNUAL exhibition FIRST ONLINE

      2019 Art Apparel Collective Art work Leith school of Art Edinburgh

      2019 Pop up retail artshop Edinburgh

      2019 Positive Emotions contemporary art Kunsthuis Gallery Crayk North Yorkshire England

      2018 WASPS 40th anniversary exhibition Kirkcudbright arts centre Galloway Scotland

      2018 Paisley art institute annual exhibition Paisley Scotland

      2018 Our eARTh contemporary art Kunsthuis Gallery Crayk North Yorkshire England 


      • 2015/17/19 5th/6th Tokyo Screenprint biennial [honourablemention]
      • 2015 Indelible Traces printmaking exhibition
      • 2015 London Art FAIR [print]
      • 2013 GLOBAL PRINT printmaking biennial of Douro, Museum of Lamigo, Alijo Portugal
      • 2011-13 Society Scottish Art annual exhibition [SSA], Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh Scotland
      •  The Society of Scottish Artists SSA Contemporary art exhibtion, Royal Scottish Academy and Visual Arts Scotland VAS contemporary art show
      • 2011  Encounters with Place [film/prints/book] Threshold Art Space Perth theatre, Perth Scotland
      • 2011 - IMPRINT, Print Council of Australia a print archive, North Melbourne Victoria Australia
      • 2011 - NSA PRINT, The Exchange Gallery, Penzance Cornwall
      • 2010 - Contemporary printmaking competition, Open Space Galleries, 40 Lower Market St, Penryn, Cornwall, England, UK
      • 2009  A Model of Order-Concrete Poetry, books and Editions Fruitmarket Gallery Bookshop, 45 Market Street Edinburgh
      • 2007 - Elected Professional member , Visual Arts Scotland, Edinburgh
      • 2005 - CAFE ART FAIR, The Corn Exchange, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2005 - SPIN Contemporary ArtGroup Talk , WASPS studios Patriothall, Edinburgh Scotland
      • Solo exhibitions
      • 2019 Pop-up retail space Edinburgh
      • 2014  In and out of Place AND Collective gallery Bridge of Allan Stirling Scotland
      • 2010 - A Walk along the Fontanka, Scots Russia Forum,Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2008 - The Walls Paper, glass&thomson, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2007 - Take a Look at the Face, Radical Book Fair The Drill Hall Out of the Blue , Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2002 - Places and Faces, McHardys Art, The Borders, Scotland
      • 1996 - The Landscape Mix, Dunedin Gallery, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 1995 - Headfull of Mince: of Mince and Men, Glasgay Cafe Delmonica Glasgow
      • 1992 - Building Relations Building Reflections, Netherbow Art Centre, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 1992 - Girls and Boys Toys, Cafe Soho, Edinburgh Scotland
      • Group exhibitions
      • 2013 - The Edinburgh printmakers, Royal Overseas League , Edinburgh Scotland 2013 - Life Drawing Group, WASPS studios Patriothall gallery, Edinburgh Scotland 2013 - Print Fusion, Gallery Ten [X], Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2013 - Visual Arts Scotland Annual Open Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy  Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2012 - The Edinburgh Printmakers, Scottish Arts club, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2012 - Grafika Polska Big Print Small Print, Wroclaw Academy of Fine Arts, Wroclaw Poland
      • 2012 - International print exhibition, Yunnan museum, Kunming City China
      • 2012 - Visual Arts Scotland Annual Open Exhibition, Royal Scottish Arts Academy, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2011  The Scottish Society of Artists Contemporary Art Open, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2011  NSA PRINT, Exchange Gallery  Penzance Cornwall England
      • 2011  Pushing Print The Pie factory, Margate England
      • 2009  Edinburgh Peoples Festival art exhibition, North Edinburgh Arts Centre, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2009  Scotland a Changing Nation  Royal Scottish Museum Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2009 -2008 Society of Aberdeen Artists, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen Scotland
      •  Visual Arts Scotland annual exhibition, City Arts Centre Edinburgh, Edinburgh Scotland
      •   Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art, MaClellan galleries, Glasgow Scotland
      • Scottish Society Artists, Royal Scottish Academy , Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2007  Anonymous drawings, Bluetenweiss Raum fur kunst, Berlin
      • 2007  Scottish Drawing Competition, Paisley Museum and Art gallery, Paisley Scotland
      • 2006  Thoroughly Modern Women, Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2005 - International Contemporary Womens Printmaking, Lessedra Gallery, Sofia Bulgaria
      • 2005 - Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art , McLellan Galleries, Glasgow Scotland 2005 - Scotland WASPS Studio exchange programme, Arc gallery, Chicago USA 2004 - Lessedra Mini Print Exhibition, Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria
      • 2003 - Fine Art of Printmaking Touring Exhibition, Scottish Borders, Scotland
      • 2001 - Kanagawa Print Triennial, Yokohama, Japan
      • 2000 - National Print Exhibition, The Mall Gallery, London England
      • 1999  About Face [with Mark Ianson], Reynolds Gallery, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 1998  Footsteps - A Scottish Society of Artists programme, Panzerhalle Atelier, Brandenburg, Berlin
      • 1998  Vital Art - contemporary art show, Atlantis Gallery, London England
      • Curated projects
      • 2012  Natural Curiosity [ Lynn Wilson curator], Patriothall [email protected] Studios , Edinburgh Scotland
      • Workshops
      • 2012  Summer School laser Cutting, Jenny Smith Laser Cutting studio, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2010 Glass Casting with Keiko Mukaide
      • Projects
      • 2012 -10 Beasts [artists booklet], Fruitmarket Gallery bookshop Edinburgh Scotland  Know - 6 fold booklet, Fruitmarket Gallery bookshop, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2008  Treasure postcards/Visual Voices of female artists worldwide, Arts for Global development Inc, Washington USA
      • 2007  Reichstag Wrap Found Sound CD Atkinsons Atelier, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2006  Red Diaper and Face-it [artists booklets] Fruit Market Gallery bookshop, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2013 CARA atalogue the ART of Resistance
      • 2012  Catalogue A collection of the 2nd Yunnan International print exhibtion, Yunnan museum, China
      • 2011 Never Mind the Captions Alistair Findlay My ties with Mick screenprint Pg 151
      • 2010  6 fold Text booklets [permanent collection], Scottish Poetry library, Edinburgh Scotland
      • 2010  Art Collection, Glasgow Womens Art library, The Mitchell Glasgow Scotland 
      • 2010 Stuart Hall Library zine collection, Institute of International Visual Arts, INIVA Rivington Place London England
      • Prizes and awards
      • 2018 Karen Scopa memorial award Paisley Arts Institute Scotalnd
      • 2017 Scottish national Portrait gallery Edinburgh Scotland
      • Recent acquistions 2 prints
      • 2013  Flora Wood Award, Visual Arts Scotland,Edinburgh,
      • 2009  Richard Demarco Prize, Edinburgh Peoples Festival, Edinburgh Scotland 
      • 2009  Whos' Who in Art the 33rd edition Hilmarton Manor Press