The Park Gallery

The Park Gallery is a contemporary visual arts and crafts gallery situated in Callendar House. The exhibition programme includes work by local, national and international artists and makers. It also offers a programme of workshops and gallery talks, often led by the exhibiting artists and makers, for most of the scheduled exhibitions.

Exhibitions

Fiona Strickland: Strictly Botanical

10 November 2014 - 17 January 2015

Strictly Botanical is an exhibition curated by internationally renowned local artist Fiona Strickland bringing together a stunning collection of botanical watercolours and works in pencil by a dedicated group of artists, passionate and committed to documenting plants in minute detail. We are delighted to exhibit work by internationally celebrated botanical artists, Robert McNeill, Sharon Tingey, and Mary Dillon.

Displaying a variety of individual styles across different mediums, this exhibition brings together works that are not only botanically correct, but informative, educational and above all, wonderful works of art.

Fiona's Royal Mail Commission

'Poppy' - The Great War Stamp Program 2014-2018

"I was contacted about the Great War Stamp Program by Gareth Howatt of the London based design company Hat-trick Design Consultants.

"He said his reason for selecting me to paint the Poppy was that he had been impressed by the emotive content of my painting, Papaver, June poppy.

"It really struck me that he’d responded to my painting in that way, because although it is the aim of a Botanical Artist to record plants accurately, sometimes for scientific purposes; the emotive content in my botanical painting is an important element for me and that my painting had communicated this to him. It seemed fitting because my commission would involve such an emotional content.

"Actually I was quite taken aback at just how strong my emotional bond with the project was and how symbolic each stroke of the brush became. My overwhelmingly emotional response and connection to the symbol of the poppy throughout the painting really focused my thinking on the immeasurable sacrifices made and the suffering endured by all those involved in the Great War. It made me so much more conscious than I had ever been before of the enormous physical and emotional suffering of the individual, their fears, courageousness and sacrifices and I wanted to make sure I did them justice.

"For me it is not important that the painting is recognised for the technical skill involved in the painting of it. Rather I hope it would continue to keep alive the knowledge of what the poppy stands for and what it means as a symbol of war. It is hugely important that it commemorates a war that changed the course of history in which so many men and women lost their lives, they must never be forgotten.

"I was and am deeply grateful and hugely honoured to be asked to take part in marking the commemoration of this event by Royal Mail."
- Fiona Strickland


Exclusive Merchandise

The Callendar House Gift Shop is stocking a range of exclusive merchandise, produced by Falkirk Community Trust under license granted by Fiona Strickland. We are delighted to be collaborating with her for the first time.

Parking/Accessibility:

Free parking for cars is available a short walk from the gallery. The Park Gallery is wheelchair accessible. Guide Dogs and Hearing Dogs for the Deaf are welcome.

Events

A listing of upcoming events
Event Time
Saturday, 20th December 2014
Park Gallery, Falkirk
12:00
Saturday, 10th January 2015
Park Gallery, Falkirk
12:00

News

Opening hours

Currently open
Monday 10:00 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 17:00
Thursday 10:00 17:00
Friday 10:00 17:00
Saturday 10:00 17:00
Sunday times are April to September only. Last entry to Callendar House 16:00

See also

Contact us

Park Gallery
Callendar House
Callendar Park
Falkirk
FK1 1YR

01324 503789
Last updated: 24 November 2014 at 11:57