Scottish Art Events & Exhibitions: May 2024

May sees the opening of two new exhibitions at Jupiter Artland while Greenock gets a brand new art gallery, The Wyllieum

Preview by Harvey Dimond | 29 Apr 2024

At Talbot Rice, artists from the gallery’s final two cohorts of its Residents residency programme are represented in a group show, which surveys key concerns confronted by contemporary creative practice and is a chance to see artworks developed during the two year residency. Exhibiting artists include Thulani Rachia, Alaya Ang, Sekai Machache and Crystal Bennes. Continues until 1 June. Also at Talbot Rice, Candice Lin’s first solo show in Scotland explores the University of Edinburgh’s former Natural History Museum as a site of corrupted encounters, transgressions and transformations. The Animal Husband continues until 1 June. 

At Edinburgh Printmakers, This… I Like It is a joint curatorial project with Tiphereth Print Studio. The exhibition, which continues until 30 June, gathers works selected by members of Tiphereth that reflect on the studio’s ethos of collectivity, inclusivity and shared ownership.

Jupiter Artland’s summer programme opens with two new exhibitions. New York-based Andrew Sim’s paintings foreground archetypal and cultural images in their paintings to represent their experiences as a queer person. This will be the most extensive display of Sim’s work in Scotland to date. Meanwhile, Laura Aldridge’s installation Lawnmower combines ceramics, textiles and modroc and will create a highly sensory and stimulating experience for visitors. Both exhibitions open 11 May. 

It’s your last chance to catch Glasgow Print Studio’s exhibition of David Osbaldeston’s work, which closes on 25 May. A Pastiche of Different Techniques brings together two bodies of work which explore the legacies of conceptualism and the artist as publisher, melding printed and sculptural form. Also in Glasgow, iota presents an exhibition of paintings by Adelaide Shalhope titled Somewhere Between the Soul and the Centre of the Earth: a lyrical gathering of paintings and mixed media works informed by the connections of spirit and the strange beauty of the natural world. Opens 11 May. 

It’s exciting times for the people of Greenock, as a brand new art gallery opened in the town at the end of April. The Wyllieum celebrates the life and legacy of artist George Wyllie, who was born in Glasgow and lived in nearby Gourock, and will be a space for arts and culture for the Inverclyde region. A retrospective of Wyllie’s work, titled Spires, will be on display until 1 September, followed by a group exhibition by Sculpture House, an artist-led initiative based in nearby Paisley.