The Junor Gallery specialises in contemporary Scottish and European fine art. Connections between the visual and literary arts is a feature, as well as an accompanying programme of events and workshops with each exhibition.
Sarah Longley‘s first solo show to be held in Scotland opens on Saturday 23rd February and runs until Saturday 1st June 2019. The exhibition focuses on her collaborative work with her father, poet Michael Longley. Sarah trained at Edinburgh College of Art where she graduated with First Class Honours in Drawing and Painting. She has exhibited widely in Ireland, the UK and France. Sarah is based in Lochalsh in the Western Highlands of Scotland, surrounded by a landscape that inspires both her own art and her father’s poetry.
Michael Longley is one of Northern Ireland’s foremost contemporary poets. He has won numerous awards for his poetry including the Whitbread Poetry Prize, the TS Eliot Prize, the Hawthornden Prize and the Griffin International Prize. His eleventh collection is Angel Hill (Cape Poetry, 2017), which takes its title from the name of the hill behind Sarah’s home in the Western Highlands. ‘Sidelines: Selected Prose’ was published in 2017. In 2001 Michael Longley was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry. He was appointed a CBE in 2010 and from 2007 to 2010 was Ireland Professor of Poetry. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.
On Saturday 23rd February, Michael Longley will be giving a poetry reading in the gallery, when he and Sarah will be in conversation about their collaborative work. A special event, not to be missed. 2.00pm to 3.15pm – all welcome.
The gallery is very pleased Alexander Moffat’s ‘Scotland’s Voices,’ on tour throughout Scotland, can remain until Spring. In its depiction of the dignity of Scotland’s travelling communities in its post-WWII scene of Hamish Henderson capturing traditional music & song, the painting is not unrelated to Sarah Longley’s Ghetto series in the current exhibition, alongside Michael Longley’s Ghetto poetry collection, published by Andrew J Moorhouse Fine Press Poetry . Celebratory dancers in ‘Scotland’s Voices’ upper left corner directly face Sarah Longley’s portrait of Holocaust survivor and choreographer Helen Lewis. These three artists’ work has come together in the gallery in defiance of increasing antisemitism and intolerance throughout Europe today.
Image: Self Portrait in Autumn, Sarah Longley, 2017 Oil on board 54 x 44cm £750.
Dominic Walmsley’s St Andrews collection of jewellery in gilt, silver and precious gems, exclusive to the Gallery, continues to draw praise for its unique design and craftsmanship. Pendants, cufflinks, and earrings inspired by Geddy’s map of St Andrews make the perfect graduation present or memento of your visit to St Andrews.
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-Beth Junor, Gallery Director