The art gallery at The Watermill occupies the whole top floor. It is a tranquil space even on the busiest days. Our choice of exhibitions is as independent as our choice of books, so keep an eye out here for the unexpected.
An exciting joint show by artists Jemma Derbyshire and Jane Couroussopoulos.
Allaban is an exhibition of work by Artists Jane Couroussopoulos and Jemma Derbyshire, celebrating the the rural and human landscapes of Scotland. Allaban, the Gaelic word for “wandering” offers a sense of unity between the work in both a literal and metaphorical sense - both artists roaming the surface of their work, finding, covering and re-finding colour and mark - a palimpsest of visual elements, anchored by the physical qualities of the built and rural Scottish environment.
Jemma is known to many as the founder of Paintbox Art in East Lothian and Jane is Drawing Course Leader at Leith School of Art.
A bold move from London to Perthshire saw a shift from the familiar to the unfamiliar for Joanne in 2015.
The paintings in this series show Joanne’s commute to and from work as she began to carve out a new life in a rural area. She found her artistic practice shifting away from portraiture to painting the dark, tree-lined roads she travelled every day.
These roads became a repetitive feature in her work at the time and emerged as a metaphor for the emotional and psychological journey she embarked upon.
This exhibition of paintings represents a brief, yet intense and poignant love affair with the landscape within 20 miles of Aberfeldy.