The Park Gallery is delighted to have initiated and be supporting a school project which combines landscape painting with poetry and has been inspired by Ruth Nicol’s exhibition, Three Rivers Meet which features at the Park Gallery until 19th April. The project relates to Falkirk’s successful Creative Place Award and encouraged pupils to look at their place and select their favourite icons of the area.
Ruth Nicol is an award winning Scottish Contemporary landscape artist based in Edinburgh. She studied Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art and graduated in 2010. In her exhibition Three Rivers Meet she is inspired by Alexander Moffat’s “Poets’ Pub”, and investigates the landscapes of the seven great Scottish poets.
She has been leading an exciting project with P7 pupils from Comely Park School in Falkirk. Eight pupils have been visiting Ruth’s Edinburgh studio to produce their own landscape paintings of well-known Falkirk landmarks, they learned new techniques and worked collaboratively in a new environment. The school already has its own Makar inspired by our national poet Liz Lochhead and other pupils worked on their own poems inspired by the town.
The artwork and poetry is being framed to be displayed permanently in the school. The artwork and poetry were presented to the school on Friday 27 March 2015 in a special ceremony.
Ruth Nicol said:
“Working with the pupils and staff of Comely Park School was very exciting and has been a privilege. The creativity, commitment and expression of all the pupils was evident to see. I hope everyone enjoys the paintings and poems we have made together.”