Cove Park’s UK Visual Arts Residencies support established visual artists based in the United Kingdom. These residencies enable artists to develop new work and, in many cases for the first time, to spend a prolonged period living and working in Scotland.
Alison Turnbull is based in London and her paintings and drawings have been shown in major galleries and museums both nationally and internationally.
This residency will enable Turnbull to continue to research and develop new work for two forthcoming exhibitions in Scotland. During her residency, Turnbull will travel to the Hebridean island of Canna to study the very personal collection of moths and butterflies collated by Gaelic scholar and author Dr. John Lorne Campbell. This research began during a visit to the Galápagos Islands in 2009 (as part of the Gulbenkian Artists’ Programme) and subsequent studies into moths and butterflies at the National History Museum, London. Data collected during these visits formed the basis of a complex, large-scale digital print and the artist intends to produce a new work related to this print during her Cove Park residency. The group exhibition ‘Enchanted Isles – Reimagining Galápagos’ will be shown at Edinburgh’s Fruitmarket Gallery in 2012; Turnbull will also present new work in a solo exhibition at the city’s Talbot Rice Gallery in the same year.