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Ellen McCann

Ellen McCann
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I work largely in welded steel and work directly with the material after initial drawings. There is unpredictability in working with steel forcing a response. Change is part of the process.
My work is constructed from sheet steel, cut and welded with oxyacetylene gas. I work directly with the material after exploring themes through drawings.
I am also working with clay to make sculptural pieces and firing to 1250c , this will enable the sculptures to withstand low temperatures if displayed outdoors.
I focus on points of change, for example; growth and decay, fragile forms in nature, changing landscape etc. The artistic challenge is one of capturing a dynamic, inevitable process at a particular point in time, representing that in a static form.
I graduated from Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen and exhibit widely throughout Scotland.
Creating sculpture has continued side by side throughout a long art teaching career.

Royal Scottish Academy
Aberdeen Artists Society
Royal Glasgow Institute of Fine Art
Frames Gallery, Perth
Borders Sculpture Group, Lauder
Visual Arts Scotland
Heinzel Gallery, Aberdeen
Visual Arts Scotland, Dumfries
Dancing Light Gallery, Lamancha
Society of Scottish Artists
Glasgow Arts Club Prizewinners
Paisley Art Institute Annual Exhibition
Newby Hall Summer Exhibition, Yorkshire
Third Dimension, Old Gala House, Galashiels
Rozelle Gallery, Ayr
Carol Ruadh Sculpture Park, Argyll.
Biggar Little Festival, Open Studio


Awarded several prizes at Art School, including a Travelling Scholarship.

Royal Scottish Academy Awards:
Ottillie Helen Wallace Scholarship Fund Prize
Meyer Oppenheim Prize
Benno Schotz Prize

Scottish Arts Council Award
2nd Prize Shell-Expo Commissioned Sculpture
VAS- Glasgow Arts Club Prize
Aberdeen Artists Professional Members Prize
Reid Kerr College Sculpture Award, PAI
The West College, Scotland Award for Sculpture ,PAI


Borders Sculpture Group
Visual Arts Scotland (elected)
Society of Scottish Artists (elected)