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James Morrison – A Celebration 1932-2020

6 – 25 June

James Morrison
A Celebration 1932-2020
The time has finally arrived to celebrate the life and work of James Morrison (1932-2020), an artist with whom The Gallery enjoyed a long exhibiting career from 1959-2020.  He is considered one of Britain’s finest landscape painters.  James Morrison was brought to wider attention in 2021, when Anthony Baxter’s sensitive film documentary Eye of the Storm was aired to the nation. We have worked closely with the artist’s family to bring together elements from his early, mid and late career.

The exhibition is now live online and our programme of online and in person events are now open.  Edinburgh Filmhouse will be screening Eye of the Storm on Sunday 19th June followed by a Q&A.  Spaces are still available for you to join our extended Private View on Wednesday 1st June 5pm – 9pm – please book your place here.  We will open to the public on Monday 6th June at 11am after the Platinum Jubilee.

John Morrison launches a new monograph on his father’s work Land and Landscape and The Gallery has created a significant, complementary publication for this very special artist which includes an exclusive interview with Anthony Baxter – view the publications here.  For those who can’t visit The Gallery, our Viewing Room opens on Monday 6th June at 11am.  Over the coming weeks, we will bring you additional archive footage, film and blogs.

Explore James Morrison A Celebration
1932 – 2020
Now Available To View Online
Land and Landscape
by John Morrison
We are delighted to launch John Morrison’s revised monograph chronicling his father James Morrison’s long and illustrious career, from his early years in Glasgow and Catterline, all the way to the High Arctic.  Land and Landscape is a beautifully illustrated 168 page publication containing previously unseen archive photographs.  Signed copies are available from The Gallery.  When purchasing the publication you will be given free entry to the official online book launch on Tuesday 7 June at 6pm.  This includes a 30 minute Q&A session with John Morrison, author, Professor of History of Art and son of James Morrison.

Competition Time!
For a chance to win a copy of  Land and Landscape, can you tell us which Scottish village James Morrison moved to from Glasgow in 1958?

James Morrison
A Celebration 1932-2020
Special Publication 
To accompany James Morrison A Celebration 1932 – 2020, we have produced a lavishly illustrated 192 page publication, featuring over 100 works, celebrating the artist’s distinguished career at The Scottish Gallery (1959-2020).  Our publication includes an interview with Scottish BAFTA awarding winning Director of Eye of the Storm, Anthony Baxter and vintage and contemporary texts on the artist.  When purchasing the publication you will be given free entry to the official online book launch on Tuesday 7 June at 6pm.  This includes a 30 minute Q&A session with John Morrison, author, Professor of History of Art and son of James Morrison.

Competition Time!
This week our competition question has been set by award winning film director Anthony Baxter.  For a chance to win a copy of James Morrison A Celebration 1932 – 2020, can you tell us when James Morrison first began painting Glasgow Tenements?

James Morrison
Film | A Painter at Work
When John Morrison was clearing his father’s studio with his wife Alyson, they found several films on James Morrison – many were completely unknown to the family.  We are therefore delighted to share a vintage film called James Morrison A Painter at Work from 1985, directed by Alistair Hetherington who was a former editor of The Guardian.  James is captured working outside, explaining his painting techniques and passion for the landscape as well as footage of him in The Gallery in George Street where he is confronted by an Iona landscape by S J Peploe.  We are delighted to share this archive film with you today.  Watch A Painter at Work here.
Celebrating James Morrison
Join Our Online and In-Person Events this June
Join Our Online Events
We have two special online events as we celebrate the life and work of James Morrison (1932-2020).  Join Guy Peploe on the 14 June, 5.45pm as he gives a personal history of James Morrison’s career at The Scottish Gallery, which spanned from 1959-2020.  Register here to book your place.  Or join John Morrison on 15 June, 6pm for a personal account of the life and work of his father – My Father: James Morrison.  Register here to book your place.
Join Our In-Person Events
Due to the demand to return to in person events, we have several planned throughout June including book signings and exhibition tours.  Places are available for an extended Private View on Wednesday 1 June 5-9pm – book your place here.  In person highlights include our Thursday Gallery Late book signing on 9 June, 6-8pm with a 30 minute talk with John Morrison, son of James Morrison.  John will also be giving a guided tour on Saturday 18 June at 11.30am followed by a book signing.  Or treat yourself to a cinema screening of Eye of the Storm at the Edinburgh Filmhouse on Sunday 19 June at 2.45pm followed by a Q&A with award winning Director Anthony Baxter, John Morrison, Christina Jansen and Guy Peploe. Join us in person as we celebrate the life and work of James Morrison – view all our events here.
Eye of the Storm
Edinburgh Filmhouse Screening and Q&A
Anthony Baxter’s Scottish BAFTA award-winning documentary Eye of the Storm is being screened at the Edinburgh Filmhouse on Sunday 19 June at 2.45pm.  The film will be followed by a Q&A moderated by Christina Jansen with guests including Anthony Baxter, Professor John Morrison and Guy Peploe.  This will be a very special event and a rare opportunity to see Eye of the Storm on the big screen.  Join us on Sunday 19 June at the Edinburgh Filmhouse to celebrate the life and work of James Morrison.  Book your ticket here

Competition Time!
This week, our question has been set by film director Anthony Baxter…
For a chance to win a copy of the Eye of the Storm on DVD,  can you name the pilot who flew James on his first trip to the Arctic?

James Morrison
Archive Publications
When the film Eye of the Storm was broadcast on Easter Sunday in 2021, our website crashed temporarily due to the overwhelming interest in James Morrison.  Every publication sold out.  The Morrison family has very kindly given us two remaining vintage titles from 2002, 2005, 2009 and 2010.  The publications are in very limited numbers, please buy here to avoid disappointment!

Art for Ukraine
James Morrison Prints
The Morrison family have very kindly donated two James Morrison vintage prints to help raise funds for the British Red Cross Ukraine Appeal. From Balgove, 1996, limited edition print, H72 x W102 cm and Montrose, 1995, limited edition print, H72 x W102 – £50 + P&P.  View the prints here – all proceeds will go to the British Red Cross DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal.  We are continually updating our Ukraine Appeal on the homepage of our website, so please keep your eyes peeled!  Many thanks to the Morrison family and all the artists who have donated works for the DEC appeal – we believe in the power of kindness.
The Platinum Jubilee 2022
Malcolm Appleby, The Queen’s Feather Brooch | Jubilee Opening Times | The Edinburgh Marathon
HRH The Queen
Treasures Malcolm Appleby Golden Eagle Feather Brooch
The Braemar Gathering which is held in Highlands is one of HRH The Queen’s favourite annual events.  In 2002 the Braemar Royal Highland Society presented the Queen with a Golden Eagle Feather Brooch by Malcolm Appleby, MBE to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and she has worn it to the Gathering ever since.  This beautiful hand engraved brooch was formed in platinum, coloured gold and silver, which creates an iridescent quality as light passes over the engraved surface.

You can watch HRH The Queen at the Braemar Gathering in a short film clip here.  Look out for the platinum and gold brooch…

Gallery Opening Hours
Celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee 2022
Due to the Platinum Jubilee celebrations, our opening times will alter slightly throughout June.  James Morrison A Celebration 1932-2020 opens on Monday 6 June (11am-6pm) and we are doing a special late opening on Thursday 9 June 11am-8pm.  Our June opening hours following Monday 6 June are: Tuesday – Friday 11am-6pm, Saturday 11am-3pm (closed Sunday/Monday).  For those unable to visit The Gallery, our online Viewing Rooms open on Monday 6 June.  Please check our events here and we look forward to seeing you in The Gallery or online!
And Finally…
the Edinburgh Marathon
We are doing a shout out for Marcus Peploe (Guy Peploe and Christina Jansen’s son) who is running at this Sunday’s Edinburgh Marathon as a personal challenge and also to raise awareness and funds for MND Scotland.  He has been inspired by the mammoth efforts of twins Davy and Tommy Zyw, who have raised thousands through their amazing Ride for MND efforts.  Motor Neurone Disease is a gene which can turn on in any of us, at any time.  There is currently no cure.  Marcus has raised over £750 so far!  We wish Marcus and everyone who is taking part in the Edinburgh Marathon this weekend a fantastic run in our beautiful city (let’s hope it’s not raining…).
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