May 24, 2022
This photo was taken by photographer Mark Johnston on Hosta Beach in the North East in Outer Hybrids.

Newly created works by young people in Edinburgh and Ayrshire include sculptures, sketches, drawings and photographs, as well as 1869 paintings at the new Scottish National Portrait Gallery Show.

The exhibition, which runs through March 2023, opens just weeks before the start of Scotland’s new census.

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It is hoped that the various works selected for the exhibition will encourage visitors to consider who they are and where they come from.

A portrait of Ian Mackenzie reading a newspaper in Glasgow in 1975 will be on display.

The seating area has been designed for the exhibition by a group of young people in Ayrshire to encourage friends, family and strangers to talk.

The exhibition also features sketchbooks for students from Granton Elementary School in North Edinburgh, who were asked to create drawings that best represent them, as well as the work of Scottish-Italian artist Emilio Coya. Sketches and caricatures that worked for him. Scotsman for almost 50 years.

The oldest work on display is the Scottish Girl, created in 1869 by the famous 19th century sculptor William Brody through 12-year-old Ida Barclay, who will become a successful artist in her own right. It appears with a statue of the late Michael Snowden’s poet and novelist Ian Crichton Smith.

Also featured is photographer Ian Mackenzie, founder of Glasgow’s famous Cafe Gandolfi Restaurant, which includes a photograph he took of a newspaper reader in the city in 1975.

Ada Barclay, the daughter of Perth-born society portraitist John McLean Barclay, was a role model for 19th-century sculptor William Brody. She later became a painter, restoring landscapes and portraits for exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy from 1879 to 1886.

Contemporary work includes artist Angela Palmer’s hand-engraved work on glass sheets, inspired by an MRI scan of her brain activity and a marble sculpture by Jonathan Owen showing a distorted head of a military figure. ۔

The show also features an interactive voting system that will raise a variety of questions during the show.

Lewis, curator of the exhibition, said: “This exhibition gives us an opportunity to consider the relationship between identity and self-expression, the impact of where we are, who we are, and as a result we How they affect where we live.

Combining the artwork with the work created by the project participants shows that there is a real relevance to this question.

Artist Angela Palmer created this work on hand-engraved sheets of glass based on MRI scans of her brain activity.

“We hope visitors feel empowered to interact with the various functions on display and between them.”

Richie Cumming, Learning and Engagement Outreach Coordinator at the National Galleries, said: “Over the past two years, the corona virus epidemic experience has highlighted the importance of communal spaces, places where people can discover new things or find common interests. Can be collected for

“With ‘You’re Here’, we want to provide a space surrounded by art that can influence conversations between friends, family and strangers.”

“We hope that the selected projects and works of art will encourage visitors to think about the society in which we live, their position in it and what they want to change.”

The young people and their families, along with artists Iman Tajik and Katie Lowe, created a ribbon sculpture for Bottery Hale Park in Irvine, Ayrshire. Photo: Avon Carey

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