Perthshire Visual Arts Forum - News

This is the place to find out news and information from our members, featuring their projects and exhibitions as well as interesting articles.
If you have a news story you would like to share with members, please let us know using the address Send your item as an unformatted word document and try to keep it snappy, carefully edited and interesting, remember that if your entry is too long, or deemed inappropriate it may be edited. Please do not send images that are of a very large file size, as a rough guide make sure they are 72dpi jpeg. 
We will still send out news flashes and reminders to pvaf members with what's happening around and about so it's important to let us know if your contact details change.

Happy New Year!


This past year we have had a change of committee and there has been some getting to grips with the website and various roles.  


We have also been busy with events such as sketchbook making with Susie Wilson, our sketchbook exchange, our participation in the Platform Arts Festival with the Arts Trail across several venues, the Bike Wheel Dome collaboration with Zero Waste Perth and Perth in Bloom, and our sketchbook day with Big Cat Textiles followed by an exhibition at Birnam Arts Institute with our sketchbooks from the Exchange.  

This coming year we have furniture upcycling workshops, bookbinding, sketchbook days and other members events.  We will be updating the website soon, so please keep your ear to the ground.  Visit our Facebook Page for more current information. 

Luisa Ramazzotti's Life drawing workshop


On 7th October 2017, PVAF held a life drawing workshop with artist, Luisa Ramazzotti.

Luisa Ramazzotti was born and educated in Italy and was taught drawing in the classical tradition. Luisa is known for her evocative and richly coloured paintings inspired by the Scottish landscape and was instrumental in the evolution of Perthshire Open Studios, which is an organisation of artists who open their studios to the public in September every year.

Luisa welcomed six of us from PVAF to her home and studio for the life drawing workshop. Luisa lives and works in the beautiful countryside, a short drive just outside of Perth where she has a studio set up that would make some of the best equipped artists out there green with envy. Luisa’s studio is a separate building in her garden, where natural light is in abundance; looking out onto lush greens and the, sometimes, blue sky. We were all given an easel to work at, along with paper and materials for drawing. Our model for the day came equipped with different outfits, white, grey and black, (as well as nude of course!) to help us with our tonal studies.

Following from some quick poses to warm up, Luisa led us through some traditional ‘blind contour’ drawing exercises, where we draw while concentrating only on the model and avoid looking at the paper. Later, more intuitive drawings were enabled through a series of exercises encouraging the link between hand and eye, with sensitive use of line, allowing for a more spontaneous and natural way of responding to the model through mark making.

The exercises that Luisa led us through were relaxing but challenging. All round it was an enjoyable and insightful day that inspired us to view the model in a new light, freed for the moment from analytical constraints.

Be on the lookout for more workshops from PVAF! You have to be a member to take part, so join up now!  



Preview 17Aug 5.30pm

PVAF members Kyra Clegg, Fanny Lam Christie, Su Grierson and Martine Foltier Pugh are turning Hopetoun House into a house of arts with sculptures, artist books, collages, drawings, video and sound work in the exhibition Heartwood@Hopetoun.

They have installed artworks throughout the house, grounds and in the new art gallery. The exhibition runs from Thursday 17 Aug until Sunday 24 Sept, 2017.

This is their seventh Heartwood exhibition in Scotland.

Kyra’s installations respond to the twofold idea of space as being both private and public in Hopetoun House.Fanny investigates the connections with nature in their architecture and surrounding grounds. Su presents the theme of Visible-Invisible, with works relating to degradation damage, restoration and conservation of objects and materials, while Martine has created a series of alternative books in the library.

The exhibition gallery is free of charge and will include images and details of installations within the house. Ticket to house and grounds is available from their ticket kiosk or by phone 0131 331 3451.Parking is free.The house is open daily 10.30am – 5pm with the last entry at 4pm.Address:Hopetoun House, South Queensferry, Edinburgh (Directions:For navigation,please use postcode

EH30 9RW and Shore Road leading to main entrance)

The preview event is on Thursday 17 August,5.30 – 8pm. PVAF members are warmly invited to join.Last entry to the house is 6.30pm and free during the preview. Refreshments are in the art gallery.

Remains in the landscape


Pauline McGee and Clare Yarrington

This exhibition explores the cycle of creation and destruction evident in the landscape. Pauline and Clare are fascinated by the striking visual remains of man-made structures that are slowly being reclaimed by the natural world and by the formations of nature that are continually being shaped by the elements.

On show will be a range of work such as drawings of Nairn Viaduct and Wester Ross hut circles and mixed media pieces inspired by the dry stone walls of Glen Isla and prehistoric standing stones. 2017 is the Scottish Year of History, Heritage and Archaeology and this exhibition highlights some of the wonderful sites in Scotland such as the West Lothian prehistoric burial site of Cairnpapple Hill. In addition both Clare and Pauline have made new works for the Line Gallery exhibition inspired by nearby Cockleroy Hill.

“The dynamic, ever-changing remains in the landscape captures both our imaginations. While we both like to experience the landscape first hand through walking and climbing, our distinctive backgrounds and artistic practices mean that we interpret these experiences in different ways”

Please join us for an exhibition preview from 2.00 to 4.00 pm on Saturday August 5th. Everyone will be very welcome

For more information see 

Traces on the Telly - PVAF Exhibition


The PVAF exhibition Traces at the Fair Maids House was featured on STV News on Monday 27th. This was to showcase Platform but we were the main focus. Georgia Crook was also featured in the segment with her tree sculpture at AK Bell Library.
Our committee member Dylan Gibson did the speaking honours and the volunteers, artists Lada Wilson and Christine Goodman (shown) feature getting work onto the screens.
This is the LINK and slide to the 13.00 minute mark. Our local papers do not seem to have shown an interest unfortunately.
We had an excellent and well attended opening with the deputy Provost Bob Band to officially open the exhibition. The exhibition itself is getting great feedback, people finding the work exciting and thought provoking. We are also getting people wishing to become PVAF members, hopefully some new committee members also.
A big thank you to the numerous setting up volunteers and volunteer invigilators who have made this all happen. Also to Anne Daniel of the RSGS who has been so welcoming and helpful.

screen grab from stv, Dylan Gibson © pvafscreen grab from stv, pvaf volunteers © pvaf

screen grab from stv, pvaf voluntee © pvaf

screen grab from stv, pvaf pictures © pvaf

Kay Hood Exhibition ~ Edinburgh


Exhibition of work by Kay Hood at Art and Vintage, 3 Lyne Street, Edinburgh from 7th March to 6th April.

painting © Kay Hood

TRACEs ~ PVAF Members Exhibition


PVAF Traces exhibition.
Royal Scottish Geographical Society. Lord John Murray House (Fair Maids House). 15-19 North Port. Perth. PH1 5LU.

poster for pvaf traces exhibition © pvaf 2017

On the Ground ~ Video art and Landscape


As part of the Platform Festival, please join us for a lunchtime event at Perth Museum and Art Gallery on Monday 27th March 12.30 - 1.30pm

There will be a short introduction in the lecture theatre when Rhona Rodger, Senior Collections O icer at the Museum will introduce three well known landscape paintings from the Permanent Collection explaining how they related to the social and rural concepts of their day. Su Grierson guest curator of the video exhibition ‘On The Ground’ will follow by giving her reasons for selecting the works in the show and how they relate to many of today’s concerns for landscape. Moving on to Gallery 3 there will be informal questions and discussion while viewing the works.
Wine, soft drinks and nibbles will be served.

RSVP by Friday 24th March to Full the full Platform Festival line up please visit

on the ground

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