The eclectic work of over 100 Scottish artists and jewellers is on display at the ninth Edinburgh Macmillan Art Show, taking place at the Dovecot Studios on Infirmary Street. The event marks the centenary year of Macmillan Cancer Support and the 300 works, all of which are donated to Macmillan, are for sale to the general public. These range in subject from the vibrant Edinburgh cityscapes of John F Martin D.A to the dynamic still life paintings of Jim Dunbar.
One of Scotland’s most celebrated artists Dame Elizabeth Blackadder has contributed two of her signature flower watercolours to the show, which coincides with her retrospective currently taking place at the National Gallery of Scotland on The Mound. The screen-prints and paper cuts of Kate Green are worth some close contemplation, whilst Sheana Stephen’s freshwater pearl jewellery and silverware offer a brilliant showcase of local contemporary craft; her strawberry jam spoon is particularly delightful.
The success of the event in previous years has resulted in its extension from the usual four days to a new total of nine days. The show provides a wide range of styles and price to ensure that everyone’s tastes are catered for. Moy Mackay’s Highland Dream, one of a selection of felted merino wool works which evoke the medium of paint, is this year’s Raffle Prize, ensuring that anyone who attends the show can simultaneously support both the beneficiaries of the charity, based in the Lothians, and the Scottish arts scene.