Exhibition puts young talent on show at The Line Gallery

The poster was designed by architect undergraduates Iona Sorbie (University of Dundee) and Gavin Fraser (Glasgow School of Art)
The poster was designed by architect undergraduates Iona Sorbie (University of Dundee) and Gavin Fraser (Glasgow School of Art)

A group of art students, led by Linlithgow Academy’s art teacher Peter J Scott, are hosting an exhibition at The Line Gallery.

The Linlithgow Art Collective is a new business made up of art students and graduates either from or living in the town of Linlithgow.

A multi-disciplinary group with fashion and textile designers, architects, animators, illustrators and fine artists will all be displaying work at the show.

The opening event is on Friday, February 26 from 6pm onwards and visitors will be able to buy a range of artwork at reasonable prices.

Peter said: “We aim to create a suitable platform within the town for graduates and current art students returning to and living in Linlithgow to promote their creative skills and talents to the town and beyond.

“Our primary objective is to raise enough capital to lease a long term premises on the High Street as a Contemporary Art & design facility to support the growth of the Arts in Linlithgow. The town has so much Creative talent and we need to support that and ensure it has an opportunity to be sustained locally. The potential for growth and development in this area is ripe for investment and support both from a local and national government level as well as from the established arts organisations around Scotland this is something we are sure you can help us with.

“Beyond this first show we are already taking on commissions and are keen to take on more as well as organising further events and exhibitions.”

There are 14 students and three graduates involved with the collective and most of them are former students of Linlithgow Academy.

Peter hopes the development of this collective will encourage artists to return to the town after they have graduated and said the key to success in the industry is all about networking.

He said: “So far locally we have received the support of The Line Gallery through their offering to stage our inaugural exhibition. We are now working with the Court residence hotel with whom we have negotiated exclusive rights to put on four exhibitions a year in their court space, this will also include International exhibitions.

“The hotel are currently displaying some of our Collective’s works on their walls to help promote our group.”

Peter has been an art teacher for ten years and has worked in Linlithgow for six of those, so he is already heavily involved with promoting the arts in the local community.

Current students of the high school are not involved with the collective as there is an age restriction of 18 plus, but he said they can look forward to perhaps getting involved with it at some point in the future.

For more information about the event or to ask about commissions contact LinlithgowArtCollective@outlook.com.