BIO

Career Summary

2020 – present – Artist residency in the community. Funding secured from Bord na Ghaidhlig (Year of Coasts and Waters) to build a ‘model for learning’ through Gaelic Arts in the Community, West Lewis.

2020 – commissioned to take part in An Lanntair’s ‘Ainm Aite’ Gaelic Placename Project, for Borve, High Borve and Mealbost.

2019 – present - Teaching Art Practitioner for An Lanntair arts Centre, producing interpretation for Gallery Packs, teaching an adult education courses (including creative journaling, Gaelic Month and as part of their Dark Skies Festivals).

2019 Sessional artist for Comunn nan Gàidhlig in Ard Sgoil MhicNeacail, Gaelic unit.

2018 July - Sessional arts educator for Ceòlas (Eriskay and South Uist)

2018 September – present – enrolled as part time postgraduate for master’s degree (MA) Learning and Teaching in Gaelic Arts, Royal Conservatoire Scotland

2017-2018 - Specialist grower for Pyrus Botanicals (Botanical Installation Artists)

2013- 2018 - Development Officer for Scotland, Royal Horticultural Society (Community

Outreach team)

2007 - 2010 John Hope Gateway Exhibitions Curator, Royal Botanic Garden

Edinburgh

2005 -2007 Research Horticulturist in Indoor Living Collections at Royal

Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

2004-2005 - Studied HNC in Horticulture with Plantsmanship (Scottish Agricultural College

(now SRUC) and RBGE)

2000-2004 - Studied Honours degree in Sculpture (B/A Hons) at Edinburgh College of Art.



Visual Arts Milestones

  • 2019 ‘Critic’s Choice’ award winner (first place) Grinneas nan Eilean exhibition with Piobaireachd Cruibaige sculptures

  • 2018 Visual Artist and Craft Maker Award funding awarded from Creative Scotland for a period of research and development towards a body of new work

  • 2016 Specialist exhibition display opens as part of Bombay Sapphire visitor centre, Laverstoke, England

  • 2015 Private commission of artworks for Tickton Grange Hotel

  • 2012 March Feature Artist of the month, www.artplantaetoday.com

  • 2011 January-April Exhibited alongside Andy Goldsworthy in Peter Potter Gallery,

  • Haddington, East Lothian.

  • 2010 July – September Solo exhibition as part of Edinburgh Art Festival ‘ Natura

  • sensus ’ at Atticsalt Gallery, Edinburgh.

  • 2010 Commissioned to produce permanent exhibition diorama of preserved plant

  • specimens for Glenmore Visitor Centre, Highlands.

  • 2010 February - April Solo exhibition ‘ Locus imperialis ’ at Cameo Cinema Bar,

  • 2009 October Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh opens the new visitor centre ‘The

  • John Hope Gateway’ with three exhibition spaces curated by Mairi Gillies.

  • 2008 March Solo exhibition ‘ Biomimetic spectra’ at Atticsalt Gallery, Edinburgh

  • 2005 Exhibited as part of ‘Sense of Place’ at Nottdance, Nottingham Festival

  • 2004 July – August Exhibited as part of ‘Fire and Brimstone’ at The Embassy Gallery

  • 2004 June Degree show, Edinburgh College of Art

  • 2004 February Awarded RSA Adam Bruce Award for ‘ Spring Onion Colour Wheel ’

  • Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

  • 2002 November Exhibited in joint show at Roxy Art House, Edinburgh


Publications and interviews

‘Plant, Landscape, Nature: Artist, Horticulturist, Mother’ in PAN: Philosophy Activism Nature,

no.9 (2012), pages 55, 56.

http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=534122363321313;res=IELHSS

Art Plantae (2012)

https://artplantaetoday.com/2012/03/01/mairi-gillies-creates-lasting-impressions-in-botany-education/




Press

Review of solo show Biomimetic Spectra at Atticsalt Gallery, Edinburgh

"This gem of a show contrasts the urban setting of the gallery with art

which embraces nature, utilising flowers and feathers. There is much

more to this show than pretty flowers however. Throughout we see the

skill of the artist in her ability to take organic materials complementing and

contrasting them with the synthetic and the industrial...This is a wonderful

exhibition that makes excellent use of the internal gallery space and

causes the visitor to engage more fully with the environment outside.

Highly recommended."

The Skinny 6 March 2008


Review of artwork Formorgyn in the exhibition Fire and Brimstone at The Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh

"...but Mairi Gillies’ Formorgyn is most spectacular. A sculptural representation

of some eerie machine which siphons colouring from central test tubes and

into trapped flowers (or perhaps vice versa). It’s another astute comment on

science subjugated by nature and the deserved centrepiece of a fine show."

The Scotsman 13 July 2004

 

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