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Exhibition: Sam Ainsley at the Scottish Arts Club

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The Scottish Arts Club

24 Rutland Square

Edinburgh

EH1 2BW

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Sam Ainsley’s one woman show “ Sam Ainsley” is launching at The Scottish Arts Club.

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This colourful and powerful exhibition will be on show from Thursday 3rd September - Saturday 26th September, with the Preview taking place 2pm-7pm on Wednesday 2nd September. Sam Ainsley is going to be present from 2pm-4pm and 6pm-7pm.

In addition, captions by each painting will fully describe the works.

The full exhibition will also launch Online, on the Scottish Arts Club’s Website, on Friday 4th September at 6.30 pm, remaining on show there for September and October.

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A major influence to an entire generation of Glasgow art students, Sam Ainsley co-founded the Master of Fine Art course at the Glasgow School of Art, working with David Harding and Sandy Moffat, and has continued to produce powerful images as an independent painter and printmaker.

Born in North Shields, Northumberland, her creative works exhibit socialist and feminist roots boldly overwritten with a powerful Scottish cultural identity. Initially concentrating on texture and materials a visit to New York, in 1979, introduced her to a more colourful palette. A series of banners to celebrate the new building for the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art emerged, and in 1985 “Banner for Greenham” which represented the circle of women protesters at Greenham Common, led to a solo exhibition in Glasgow’s Third Eye Centre.

Sam describes her work as a form of “emotional mapping” that tries to understand the relationships between natural phenomena, the human body, and the human condition. In 2017 Ainsley was elected to the Royal Scottish Academy and was inducted into the “Outstanding Woman of Scotland” by the Saltire Society. Along side developing her art practice, Sam Ainsley is an author and vocal advocate for the visual arts in Scotland and has again joined with David Harding and Sandy Moffat in a collaborative group AHM aiming to place the Arts centrally in a new Scotland. Their ambition is to persuade public institutions including the Scottish Parliament, of the vital importance of the arts to our society. In 2018 The Glasgow School of Art awarded an Honorary Doctorate (D.Litt) to Sam Ainsley for her contribution to Art and Art Education.

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The Scottish Arts Club

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Edinburgh

EH1 2BW

United Kingdom

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