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Exploring Modern Scottish Sculpture @ Marchmont House

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Scotland has been a source of beautiful, inspiring and internationally influential modern sculpture since the Second World War, but has often been under-celebrated. This event unveils, explores and celebrates modern Scottish Sculpture and is lead by experts, industry leaders and artists who will seek to define what Scottish Sculpture stands for, and to shine a light on the giants like Eduardo Paolozzi, William Turnbull and Gerald Laing, to uncover the hidden stories and support a new generation of talented sculptors working in Scotland today.

Bringing together a world class group of speakers, an interesting mix of artists, curators, auctioneers, dealers, collectors and enthusiasts including; Richard Demarco CBE, Kenny Hunter, Keith McCarter, Andrew Patrizio, Charles Poulson and Sandy Stoddart FRSE to explore a fascinating topic. The event will be located in beautiful surroundings of Marchmont House, in the Scottish Borders, which has an extraordinary collection of modern sculpture from Scotland and around the United Kingdom.

This event is brought to you with sponsorship support by: PANGOLIN LONDON & LYON AND TURNBULL.

** Provisional & DRAFT running order **

9.15-45am – Arrivals – welcome refreshments

9.50am - Welcome

Marchmont & Scottish Sculpture

Hugo Burge - Director, Marchmont Farms Limited

10.00am - Introduction
Intro to Modern Scottish Sculpture (Post War to the Present Day)

Andrew Patrizio - Edinburgh College of Art - 45 mins + 15 mins discussion

11.00am Coffee

11.15am Collecting Scottish Sculpture for Public & Private Collections

Panel Discussion with speakers from public and private sculpture institutions

Clare Feeley - Jupiter Artland

Matthew Jarratt - Edinburgh Park

Chair: Philip Smith, Lyon & Turnbull

10 min presentation each followed by 20 min discussion.

12.00pm Tour of Sculpture at Marchmont House

This tour will include William Turnbull, Gerald Laing*, Eduardo Paolozzi, Steve Dilworth* & our local artists Keith McCarter*, Charlie Poulsen* & Frippy Jameson*.

1.00pm BUFFET LUNCH ** included **

2.00pm What is Contemporary Scottish Sculpture today?

Presentations & Panel Discussion with some established and emerging sculptors

Chair: Polly Bielecka, Gallery Director, Pangolin Sculpture Gallery

- David Mach RA - Artist

- Alice Strang on Monster Chetwynd - Sr Curator, National Galleries of Scotland

- Kenny Hunter - Artist

- Sandy Stoddart FRSE - Sculptor

3.00pm Two Giants of Scottish Sculpture: Eduardo Paolozzi and William Turnbull

- Bill Hare, Edinburgh University

3.30pm Tea

3.50pm Local Heroes - Scottish Borders Sculptors

- Local artists will have time on the tour to explain their work, but will also have a shorter slot to introduce themselves prior to the panel:

- Charlie Poulsen

- Frippy Jameson

- Keith McCarter

4.30pm Supporting Scottish Sculpture

Panel Discussion with speakers from public and independent groups discussing how they are supporting the arts in Scotland and what more can be done.

- Richard Demarco, CBE - Scottish artist and promoter of the visual and performing arts

- Audrey Carlin - CEO of wasps_ Studios - a social enterprise providing 700 maker units in Scotland

- Giles Sutherland - Trustee, Tim Stead Trust. Art critic. Journalist.

5.30pm Wrap-up

Richard DeMarco

5.45pm Closing comments

Polly Bielecka - Pangolin London

Philip Smith - Lyon & Turnbull

Hugo Burge - Marchmont

6.00pm Drinks Party - for all attendees

6.45pm ** Drinks Party Ends **

*** End of event ***

7pm Speakers Dinner ** invite & ticketed only **

** Limited accommodation available for booking at Marchmont & locally **

** Pls enquire about transport to and from Edinburgh in the morning and evening - subject to demand **


N.B. Please note that this programme is provisional and based on the availability of the speakers and is therefore beyond the control of the organisers Marchmont Farms Limited. We reserve the right to make any changes to the advertised program that may prove necessary. In this instance substitute speakers may not address the same topic as that advertised. Any such changes will be communicated as early as possible.



Thank you kind supporters of this event, who help make it happen in addition to supporting the funding of apprentice/ bursary positions & extra trimmings at the event:

-- Pangolin London - Sponsor - www.pangolinlondon.com

Pangolin London is one of the city’s few galleries dedicated to exhibiting sculpture. Representing a solid stable of both established and emerging artists and artist estates, Pangolin London curates a dynamic exhibition programme that focuses on the historic developments of British Sculpture as well as the cutting-edge contemporary.

-- Lyon & Turnbull - Sponsor - www.lyonandturnbull.com

Operating since 1826, Lyon & Turnbull are one of the longest established fine art and antiques auction houses in the United Kingdom. In the 21st century, we combine dedicated personal advice and attention with innovative, thoughtful marketing and a deep understanding of the world of art and antiques to offer an unparalleled auctioneer service.




Richard Demarco (born in Edinburgh, 1930) is an artist and promoter of the visual and performing arts.

He has been one of Scotland’s most influential advocates for contemporary art through his work at the Richard Demarco Gallery and the Demarco European Art Foundation, as well as his professorship at Kingston University in London.

His contributions to contemporary art internationally have been recognised on numerous occasions, receiving the Polish Gold Order of Merit, the Cavaliere della Republica d’Italia, the Chevalier des Arts et Lettres de France and the Order of the British Empire.

He was co-founder of the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh in 1963. Three years later he and other organisers of the gallery space left the Traverse to establish what became the Richard Demarco Gallery.

For many years, the Gallery promoted cross-cultural links, both in terms of presenting artists such as Marina Abramovic within Scotland and in establishing outgoing connections for Scottish artists across Europe.

His involvement with Joseph Beuys led to various presentations, from Strategy Get Arts in 1970 to Beuys' hunger strike during the Jimmy Boyle Days in 1980.

Also particularly notable were the presentations by Tadeusz Kantor's Cricot 2 group during the 1970s and 1980s. An unofficial performance of The Water Hen at the former Edinburgh poorhouse during the Edinburgh Festival in 1972 was a notable success. Cricot 2 returned to Edinburgh in later years. Demarco introduced Beuys and Kantor to one another and in one performance of Lovelies and Dowdies Beuys performed under Kantor's direction.

Since the early 1990s, Richard Demarco's activity has been manifested through the Demarco European Art Foundation.

Richard Demarco has attended every Edinburgh Festival. He has attended, or been extensively involved with, the Edinburgh Festival (and Festival Fringe), the largest arts festival in the world, since its inception in 1947.


Bill Hare studied art history at the University of Edinburgh (1972-6) and the Courtauld Institute (1976-7).Since then he has taught art history with the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art and the Open University and in 1985 he was appointed Exhibition Organiser at Edinburgh University’s Talbot Rice Gallery. Since 1995 he has concentrated on teaching and curating, with a specialist interest in Scottish art since 1945. He is currently an Honorary Teaching Fellow in Scottish art history at Edinburgh University and completed a three year period as Honorary Curator of the University’s Fine Art Collection. He has also been a part-time lecturer in modern art history and contemporary critical theory with Edinburgh College of Art for the past 30 years and was appointed Exhibition Curator of the ECA Cast Collection (2009-2011). He has originated and organised many exhibitions both in Britain and abroad, working with major artists such as Sam Francis, Alan Davie, Eduardo Paolozzi, Craigie Aitchison and Boyle Family, for whom he published a catalogue essay for their major retrospective exhibition at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (2003) He has curated two important thematic exhibitions-Divided Selves-The Scottish Self-Portrait from the 17thCentury to the Present(2006)and Beyond Appearances-Painting and Picturing in Scottish Modern and Contemporary Painting (2007) along with two exhibitions on the Glasgow and Edinburgh Schools of painting (2008-9). More recently he has co-curated an exhibition on post-war Scottish art entitled The Scottish Endarkenment(2016) which was in the Guardian’stop ten international exhibitions of 2016. Throughout his career he has continued to publish extensively on Scottish modern and contemporary art. He is the Scottish editor of Galleries magazine and the author of Contemporary Painting in Scotland (1992). He has written for monographs on Barbara Rae and John McLean, published by Lund Humphries as well as for another on Kurt Jackson for the same publisher. He wrote a book on the portraits of Alexander Moffat Facing the Nationin 2018 and has just published a collection of his interviews and essays, Scottish Artistsin an Age of Radical Change 1945 to the 21stCenturyboth for Luath Press. He has been Chairperson of Art in Healthcare (Scotland) for three years (2011-2014) and is now the Honorary Curator of their Collection. He is also a Trustee of the Friends of Visual Arts of Edinburgh University and is member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).


Born in Edinburgh in 1962, Kenny Hunter studied sculpture at Glasgow School of Art between 1983 and 1987. Since then he has exhibited extensively in both Britain and abroad including solo exhibitions at Arnolfini 1998, Scottish National Portrait Gallery 2000, CCA 2003 , Yorkshire Sculpture Park 2006 and Tramway, 2008. Hunter has also created a number of high profile, public commissioned works in including; Citizen Firefighter, 2001, outside Glasgow’s Central Station, Youth with Split Apple, 2005, Kings College, Aberdeen and iGoat 2010 in Spitalfields, London. He has recently completed a large frieze entitled “Blackbird (the persistence of vision) for Leicester Square, London. In 2015 Kenny Hunter was given the role of Programme Director for Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art.

He is represented by Galerie Scheffel in Germany and Connersmith in the USA.

With unexpected uses of scale, material and subject matter the sculpture of Kenny Hunter runs counter to the expectations of traditional monuments. His artworks avoid singular readings preferring to embrace ambiguity as a positive position that will encourage the viewer toward ethical engagement.

His most recent public commission is a War Memorial for the London Borough of Southwark and as well as being a lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art he is also their current Director of Outreach.


Born ; Scotland 1936

Education ; The Royal High School of Edinburgh 1948 - 1954

Military Service ; 1954-1956 Royal Artillery

Further Education ; Edinburgh College of Art 1956-1960 Andrew Grant Scholar

Career ; Designer with Steuben Glass, New York , WG Mitchell , London

Self employed sculptor 1964 to date

Works mainly in bronze or stainless steel, often incorporating water in the concept, also many works in two-dimensions in concrete, grp, etc ranging from murals to complete cladding design. Has over 30 works in the public realm in the UK and abroad and has worked with several eminent architects and landscapers - Niemeyer, Foster, Tange, Jellicoe, etc


Andrew Patrizio holds the Chair of Scottish Visual Culture at the University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art, where he has worked since 1997. He focusses on two areas: firstly, Scottish post-1945 art – writing texts for artists and exhibitions since the late 1980s; and secondly, ecological themes and methods. His new monograph The ecological eye: assembling an ecocritical art history is just out (Manchester University Press, 2019). His first book Contemporary Scottish Sculpture (1999) was an overview of sculpture in this country, profiling 24 artists. Other books and exhibitions with sculptural content are Christine Borland (1990); Art Unlimited: Multiples of the 1960s and 1990s from the Arts Council Collection (1994); Giuseppe Penone (1999 and 2000); Stefan Gec (2002); Anatomy Acts (2006), which won Medical Book of the Year from the Royal Society of Medicine; Ilana Halperin. STEINE (Berlin, 2012); and co-curated (with Bill Hare) The Scottish Endarkenment. Art and Unreason. 1945 to the Present. This exhibition featured in The Guardian’s top ten UK exhibitions of 2016. Prior to his academic career, he had curatorial posts at the Hayward Gallery, London and Glasgow Museums. He is currently on the Little Sparta Trust (Ian Hamilton Finlay’s garden) and is a founding member of the European Forum for Advanced Practices. He took early retirement from making sculpture shortly after his degree show at Edinburgh College of Art in 1986.


I have been making for nearly 30 years since a degree in Fine Art at Loughborough and MA in Fine Art at Nottingham (1986). I now live and works in the Scottish Borders with my wife Pauline Burbidge (textile artist). Since 1994 they have had an Open Studio with a guest artist at the beginning of August. I work in three distinct areas: Drawing, sculpture and growing sculpture

Drawing on paper has taken a much more central part in my artistic life in recent years. These striking drawings are large (1500mm sq.) abstractions in layers of pencil wax and gouache. In the last two years I have been moving from more gestural expressionist work toward a quieter contemplative form without narrative or direct observation, looking beyond physical matter to the invisible energies, the basic form of things. I was particularly influenced by something in an exhibition catalogue of Agnes Martin. It said 'the root word for 'grid' in both Latin and Greek denotes 'wickerwork'. It released me from the idea of grid as a rigid structure of straight lines to start drawing looseoverlayingstructures of irregular spatial elements based on fragments of a grid: a cross or short overlaid lines.

In the last couple of years, I have increasingly seen sculpture as three-dimensional drawing. I have packed twigs into a box and cast lead into it and then sawn down the sides to produce columns a bit like core samples.

In 2016 I started to cast in wax combing it with various materials like paper and twigs. Wax has a light translucent quality giving a greater feeling of layers in my pursuit of the idea of three-dimensional drawing.

Having a garden has created an interest in plants and their presence in the environment. I have made a series of ambitious landscape projects such as the 2005 ‘Point of Resolution’ on the Southern Upland Way in the Scottish Borders, ‘Host’ where I planted daffodils to form the word host in Dumfries and ‘Black is White’ planted in snowdrops to form the word black in Hawick. My focus in recent years has been on the Spottiswoode Project a series of eight tree-based projects, the first planted in 2009. It will be many years before they are complete. In 2019 I met Hugo Burge of Marchmont and we are collaborating on a number of ambitious growing sculpture for his grounds which involve objects with trees. Skyboatis a large wooden fishing boat (11.2m in length) to be suspended in the air on a frame and oak trees planted underneath. Eventually the trees will take the weight of the boat. Three other projects are in place or will be in the autumn when the trees are to be planted.

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Alexander "Sandy" Stoddart (born 1959) is a Scottish sculptor, who, since 2008, has been the Queen's Sculptor in Ordinary in Scotland. He works primarily on figurative sculpture in clay within the Neo Classical Tradtidion. Stoddart is best known for his civic monuments, including 10 feet (3.0 m) bronze statues of David Hume and Adam Smith, philosophers during the Scottish Enlightenment, on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Stoddart says of his own motivation, "My great ambition is to do sculpture for Scotland", primarily through large civic monuments to figures from the country's past.

Stoddart was born in Edinburgh and raised in Renfrewshire, where he developed an early interest in the arts and music, and later trained in fine art at the Glasgow School of Fine Art (1976–1980) and read the History of Art at the University of Glasgow. During this time he became increasingly critical of contemporary trends in art, such as pop art, and concentrated on creating figurine pieces in clay. Stoddart associates the lack of form in modern art with social decay; in contrast, his works include many Classical allusions.

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