Our next exhibition opens next week in Glasgow!



Any And Or start the year as they mean to continue with a new exhibition in Glasgow!

Five of the artists from the Any And Or Artists Collective will present new artists from the Glasgow area in this collaborative exhibition.

Five & Five : Bar Ten
10 Mitchell Lane,Glasgow, G1 3NU

Any And Or, presenting:

Suzy Bulloch / Michelle Hynes / Susan Laws / Olive Pearson / Jenny Robertson

The exhibition will run from Friday 17th January – Monday 16th February 2014.

OFFICIAL OPENING: Wednesday 22nd January 2014, 8pm.
An evening of live music, drinks and merryment.
Prints from the exhibiting artists AND additional guest artists will be on sale during the evening.

During the course of the exhibition different artists talks will take place. Details to follow.




OFFICIAL CLOSING: Details to follow.

Any And Or Website: anyandor.wordpress.com

Bar Ten Website: http://navantaverns.com/bar10/recruitment.html

Art @ Bar Ten is co-ordinated by Grey Wolf Graphics

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Here are some officialish photos of the exhibition!

Layla Rose Cowan




Tatiana Der Parthogh


Helen Hardman


Ana Hine


Sekai Machache



Katy Meehan



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Here are the photos that I took of the install and opening.  As you can tell, install was quite intense so photos were put on the back burner in favour of getting the work on the walls!

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“Official” exhibition photos will be up later in the week.

We had such a lovely evening, and would like to extend our thanks to all who came and celebrated the opening with us.

The show is open for another week!  From 11-5:30pmish each day, and 11:30-3:30pm Sundays.


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Any.And.Or is here!  You may recall me posting about it HERE and HERE.

I will be showing completely new work for this show, which is incredibly exciting for me.  I have kept it under wraps as I feel like it should be shown at the gallery first, but over the next couple of weeks I will be showing it on here too.

If you are down in Edinburgh at all over the next two weeks, do pop in and have a look!


Have you ever wondered what really makes an image ‘obscene’, or thought about how one might ‘wear’ their gender? What about a mermaid taken out of the sea and popped in a bathtub? What might it be like to peep behind the burlesque stars glamour or to step inside a dream? Is a perfect imperfection as close as we can ever get?

Any.And.Or. is a new artist collective including works of photography, film, painting, prints, performance and installation. Their first group exhibition brings together the works of six female artists studying and working in Scotland.

For each artist what makes up the ‘self’ takes many different forms. The works put together for this exhibition provide a picture of what it is to be; as an artist; as a woman.

Inaugural group show curated by Any.And.Or Artists Collective.
Coburg House Gallery, Leith
PREVIEW: Thursday 11th July 5:30pm – 9pm
CONTINUES: Friday 12th-Wednesday 24th July 10:30-4:30 (11-3:30 Sundays)

Helen Hardman at The West House


After Amsterdam came my exhibition at The West House (which is still showing, if anyone hasn’t managed to see it yet!).  Here are the photos from install.








The frames for the two prints above were made by Dundee based framer Ross Mathieson.  If anyone is looking for frames to be made I would absolutely recommend him – both his prices and the quality of his work are unbeatable.






More to come on this – I have been so busy I haven’t had chance to take official photos!


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Travelling so much has not left me much time to do anything art related recently, but I thought it would be nice to update you with the plans for ANY AND OR.  We have a date!

Ana HINE.  Helen HARDMAN.  Katy MEEHAN.  
Sekai MACHACHE. Layla Rose COWAN.  Tatiana DER PARTOGH.

We are thoroughly immersed in planning, developing and designing this exhibition and are starting to create things like websites/blogs/social media.  The idea is to create a platform for each of us to work from in the future whilst maintaining our places in a collective, so we’re taking it pretty seriously!

Though there is not much to see yet, here is the new BLOG.  This will be up to speed as soon as possible with our graphics in place.  Add it to your favourites, for soon it will be!

Hello again after a busy week!  Since I last posted I have been to North-east Wales, Dundee, Ayr, Penicuik, Ampleforth and back up to Dundee.  Tomorrow I set off at 8:30am for the south coast for another five days of UCAS fairs and train-hopping.  Hopefully it will be less tiring (it’s more of a big circle than zig-zagging across the UK).

Last night Chris showed me something cool that he had found (not sure how/why) on SNAP! magazine’s website…


This is the Japanese art of Kintsukuroi, meaning “to repair with gold or silver and is generally associated with the reparation of broken pottery.  Gold or silver lacquer is used to join the broken pieces together and the resulting item looks more beautiful than the original; more beautiful for having been broken.

It’s a poetic metaphor for life …”

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There is something incredibly poignant about gluing something fragile back together with precious metal and Chris was right to think that this was something that I would like: much of the work that I made in the third year of my degree focused on celebrating such natural progression, renewal and embellishment.


Though not as ornamental, the blind embossed prints I was creating aimed to celebrate the miniscule imperfections in our everyday surroundings.  The need to do this first made itself apparent to me within the first week of moving into studio 519 in third year.  Perhaps non-art students won’t have the same visual understanding of this process, so here it is: between the end of the previous years degree show and the start of the new semester the studios are split up using black wooden boards to allow more students to work in the space.  Desks are placed against the walls, and that is it.

And that is how we begin every year.  It takes a while to adjust to your new surroundings.  In the meantime I found it so interesting to watch how people around me reacted differently to their spaces.  Those who were in the studio regularly seemed to surround themselves with stuff, plastering drawings, posters, photocopies, postcards – anything, it seemed – up their walls.  I always considered it an evasion tactic, as if the unspoken pressure that an expansive blank canvas inevitably conveys was too daunting.  (In hindsight, it was perhaps just a means of personalising the environment.  Either way there was some great work created in that studio).

But I, on the other hand, spent my time staring at the walls, enjoying the terrifyingly clean, minimalist, white expanse.  And in staring I started to see patterns and shapes: blobs of plaster that hadn’t been sanded down properly; pencil marks; brushstrokes; painted gumstrip.  Perhaps the most odd was the charcoal fingerprints on the ceiling (but the attempt to capture and produce from those failed miserably [the only time I’ve ever attempted to work with solar plates myself]). I decided to make something of these imperfections that everyone else was seemingly ignoring, and the result was a series of deeply etched steel plates which when put through the press with no ink created perfectly embossed replicas of the marks on the walls.


One of the artists I was looking at during the period that these prints were made is Susan Collis, whose use of seemingly mundane, everyday objects is very much an alternative use of kintsukuroi.  To the untrained eye, her exhibition spaces – such as that at Ingleby Gallery in 2008 – are unremarkable.


But upon closer inspection the flecks of paint on an old, well used broom are in fact precious metals and stones.  Screw heads sticking out of the wall are solid gold.  “The age-old trick of trompe l’oeil is not usually employed for such humble things, and the witty poetry in Collis’ work lies in the intense labour expended over many months to craft these precious and beautiful, but ultimately useless objects.”

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There is a whole host of deeper philosophical meanings to all this.  But perhaps the simpler one is the better; that in all cases – and certainly the ones I have noted here – it is a joy to celebrate the little things in life, that we generally drift over and do not stop to take the time to consider.

Links: SNAP!  Susan Collis SEVENTEEN.  Susan Collis Ingleby.  Leaf and Twig.

I am spending the next week on the south coast (Cornwall, Exeter, Portsmouth), the weekend between Sunderland and Dundee, and then I’m off to Manchester on Monday.  Please bear with me on the blog front!

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A few highlights from the Printed Matter:::::/Print Process exhibition preview on Thursday.













A print focused exhibition was always an incredibly exciting prospect, but to see it for real truly made the point of how varied and free the print medium can be.  No two pieces were the same, and with a range of ancient and modern techniques on show this exhibition was as interesting as it was educational.  Not to mention beautifully executed!  Sean and Ellis worked a miracle and transformed the Bradshaw space from ordinary animation corridor to professional gallery.  All in all a great evening.

Printed Matter:::::/Print Process is open in the Bradshaw Gallery at DJCAD Mon-Fri 9am-5pm and Sat 10:30am-4:30pm until 16/3/13.  I know I am biased but if you manage to see any student curated exhibition in the next few weeks then this should be it: different, professional, traditional.

I am delighted and very excited to announce that some of my degree show prints will be included in the upcoming exhibition “Printed Matter:::::/Print Process.”  Organised by Sean Scott – a 4th year Illustration student at DJCAD with whom I worked for the Edgar Schmitz “Sindanao” opening – the exhibition aims to bring together a whole variety of artists and designers who work closely with print in their practice.  The result will be an eclectic mix of styles and techniques, demonstrating the incredible versatility of print in all its processes on an international scale; Sean has received submissions from Scotland, England and even Canada!

I have submitted the following:


You may see one, you may see all three!  Either way this promises to be not only a fantastic exhibition but an opportunity to find yourself sharing a space with processes you may not have seen before.  And the only way to truly engage with prints is to see them face-to-face, stick your nose up against them and get a sense of the physical presence of ink on paper.  I find this so with all prints but particularly mine – they just don’t compare on a computer screen.

Printed Matter:::::/Print Process opens for preview at DJCAD this Thursday 22nd February 2013 and will run for a month.

As the first major print-related shindig I have been involved in since graduating you can expect lots more on this over the next couple of weeks!  In the meantime keep an eye on the Printed Matter:::::/Print Process blog.

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