A Rae of sunshine at university exhibition

Achill Fence by Barbara Rae
Achill Fence by Barbara Rae

The work of one of Scotland’s most revered contemporary artists, Barbara Rae, has gone on display in St Andrews, thanks to the University of St Andrews’ Museum Collections.

On show is the university’s extensive collection of the artist’s work, alongside paintings loaned to the University for the purpose of the exhibition.

‘Barbara Rae RA: Place and Process’ focuses on her recent work, and is a vibrant showcase of colourful and abstract acrylic paintings and collages, prints and etchings, and a special tapestry designed by the artist.

Rae, whose contributions to art were recognised in the form of a CBE in 1999, is an honorary graduate of the University, having been made a Doctor of Letters in 2008.

She was elected to the Royal Academy of Arts in London in 1996, and is also a member of the Royal Fine Art Commission and the Royal Scottish Academy.

The exhibition, which runs until December 13, is being staged in both the Gateway Galleries and the School of Art History.

Dr Rae said:“I am delighted to be associated again with the University St Andrews; an irresistible invitation accepted although I refused others for this year.

“The exhibition gives a reasonably comprehensive overview of my prints these last two years, and I hope students and visitors can gain pleasure from my work and images.

“We are living in exciting political times with Scotland asserting its international credentials, and any good artist naturally feels their work of international interest.”

The exhibition is open at the Gateway Galleries on the North Haugh weekdays from 9am - 3.45pm and on Saturdays from midday - 4pm, and at the School of Art History on North Street weekdays 10am - 4pm.