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Adelaide Shalhope

Adelaide Shalhope
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Throughout my adult life I have sought to go willingly into the unknown. This is a continual process between the struggle against my own vulnerability and my ability to relax enough to allow the necessary un-integration needed to use my imagination, and to therefore see possibilities.

I don’t know where my life, or my work, will take me. Sometimes things work out and sometimes they don’t. Sometimes questions have no final answer. Sometimes things are in complete conflict and yet manage to hang together.

I simply try to listen. I respond. I play. I express, hide, repress, awaken, retreat, and express, again. Each mark, each gesture, is intuitive - a moment of experimentation that begets another. Each piece of work is the unknown communicating itself into being.

Adelaide is an American/British visual artist who lives and works in Scotland on the site of what was once an 18th century woolen mill. She began her art career over 15 years ago working primarily with textiles, but drastically changed her practice upon her move to the UK in 2009, with a shift towards incorporating mixed media within her art. In 2017 after taking a course at the Glasgow School of Art she began painting.
B. 1964 USA

1999 Certificate in Interior Design, Inchbald School of Design, London, UK
1995 M.Ed, Creative Arts in Learning, Lesley University, Cambridge, USA
1986 B.F.A. Theater Studies, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA

2017 Explorations in Abstraction, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow UK
2008 Fashion as Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, USA

2024 Somewhere Between the Soul and the Centre of the Earth, solo exhibition, iota, Glasgow, UK
2024 Visual Arts Scotland Centenary Exhibition, Edinburgh, UK
2023 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK
2022 Reverb, Visual Arts Scotland Annual Exhibition
2021 Self Seeded, Forth Valley Open Studios, UK
2018 The Heart Takes a Walk, Forth Valley Open Studios, UK
2015 Fusion Gallery 23, Lancaster, UK
2014 Arctic Resonance with Helen Grove-White, The Music Room, Lancaster, UK
2014 Materiality, Ann Street Gallery, New York, USA
2011 Forth Valley Open Studios, UK
2011 Wrapped Up Gallery 23, Lancaster, UK
2006 French Open, The French Library, Boston, USA
2005 Fort Point Channel Open, C Duell Arts, Boston, USA
2001 Solo Show, Shaw Cramer Gallery Vineyard Haven, USA

Thalia Magazine, The Fragment Issue, September 2019
Art North ISSUE 2 | SUMMER 2019 Ripped and Torn

Harvard University

Jen Tough Gallery Artist Alliance
Society of Scottish Artists
Visual Arts Scotland
Axis Web
Scottish Artist's Union
  • Adelaide Shalhope
  • Invocation
  • Mixed Media
Somewhere Between the Soul and the Centre of the Earth
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  • Somewhere Between the Soul and the Centre of the Earth
  • Painting
Sad Ophelia Healed
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  • Sad Ophelia Healed
  • Painting
More Than You Could Ever Imagine
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  • More Than You Could Ever Imagine
  • Painting
The Inherent Curiosity of the Wind
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  • The Inherent Curiosity of the Wind
  • Painting
The Unexplained Absence
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  • The Unexplained Absence
  • Painting
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  • Invitation
  • Painting
Hope is the Thing With Feathers
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  • Hope is the Thing With Feathers
  • Mixed Media