The Junor Gallery specialises in contemporary Scottish and European fine art. The relationship 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 solo show opened on Saturday 23rd February with a very special poetry reading in the gallery by her father, Michael Longley, surrounded by his daughter’s artwork illustrating the poems. The exhibition celebrates the collaborative work between artist daughter and poet father. 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. Her work is held in public and private collections throughout Europe, including in the Crawford Municipal Gallery in Cork, Ireland. 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. The exhibition runs until Saturday 1st June.
Michael Longley is one of Northern Ireland’s foremost contemporary poets. He has published 12 poetry collections to date – Angel Hill was his eleventh collection and Ghetto is his most recent (2019). His collection Gorse Fires won the Whitbread Poetry Award. His poetry has won numerous awards, including the TS Eliot Prize, the Hawthornden Prize, the International Griffin Prize, the PEN Pinter Prize and the Wilfred Owen Award. He is the recipient of the Queen’s Gold Medal for poetry and in 2010 was appointed CBE. He was Ireland Professor of Poetry from 2007-2010. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. In 2015, he was made a Freeman of the City of Belfast. A selection of his prose writing, ‘Sidelines,’ was published in 2017 and features Sarah’s portrait of her father on its cover. His collection Angel Hill takes its title from the name of the hill behind Sarah Longley’s home in Lochalsh in the Western Highlands of Scotland. Sarah’s large scale charcoal works set on Angel Hill are two of the most admired pieces in the exhibition: The Snowdrops and the magnificent Snowdrops on Angel Hill.
The exhibition features Sarah’s artworks for Michael Longley’s poetry collections Sea Asters, The Dipper’s Range, Angel Hill and Ghetto (2019). His poem After Amergin inspired Sarah Longley’s marvellous large scale charcoal drawing that faces you as you enter the gallery. After Amergin is also available from the gallery in a limited edition broadsheet published by Andrew J Moorhouse Fine Press Poetry and is signed by both the artist and poet (order from our secure website or in person).
On Saturday 30th March, Professor Douglas Dunn gave a poetry reading in the gallery, the first in a series celebrating the wealth of international literary accomplishment in our local community. Douglas Dunn has been described as ‘the most respected Scottish poet of his generation’. He is also a renowned editor and critic. The Noise of a Fly (2017) is the first collection from Douglas Dunn since he was awarded the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry in 2013. Copies are available in the gallery. His books – including eleven collections of poetry, two short stories collections and a translation of Racine’s Andromache – were all published to critical acclaim. His work has been extensively translated, including into the French, German, Spanish, Italian, Norwegian, Slovak, Armenian and Japanese. He is the editor of The Faber Book of Twentieth-Century Scottish Poetry. Alan Riach and Bashabi Fraser, favourites from our ‘Landmarks’ exhibition and Patrick Errington from St Andrews University, whose reading was a hit at the recent StAnza international poetry festival in town, also read on the day, to another full house. See our Facebook page for some photos.
Alexander Moffat‘s ‘Scotland’s Voices,’ on tour throughout Scotland, continues to draw admiration from gallery visitors from throughout the world. It’s a great pleasure to learn from gallery visitors about their connections with the people depicted. In its dignified portrayal of the cultural richness of Scotland’s travelling communities, the painting is not unrelated to the current exhibition. To now view ‘Scotland’s Voices’ in a new context, surrounded by Michael Longley’s Ghetto poetry collection and Sarah Longley’s large scale charcoal drawings and pen & ink illustrations for Ghetto is a moving experience. The celebratory dancers in ‘Scotland’s Voices’ upper left corner now face Sarah Longley’s portrait of Holocaust survivor and choreographer Helen Lewis. The German poet Heine, depicted in the upper right quadrant of ‘Scotland’s Voices’ is mentioned in Helen Lewis’s memoir, ‘A Time to Speak’ (copies available in the gallery). These three artists’ works come together in the gallery in defiance of the antisemitism and intolerance of anyone deemed to be ‘other’ that is increasing rapidly throughout Europe today. The gallery is teeming with the beauty of life and hope. I look forward to seeing you soon.
– Beth Junor, Gallery Director
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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