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Nicky Sanderson

Nicky Sanderson
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"I hear it in the deep heart's core"
(W.B. Yeats, The Lake Isle of Innisfree.)

Nicky Sanderson's prints, collages and multi media pieces are created, as it were, from the inside out, in order to understand and interpret the layers of landscape. Her deep interest in what lies below the surface of the land and sea stems from her years of study and exploration of Scotland, interpreting the built and natural environment as a guide for visitors. Her work conveys the sheer substance of the land, and rejoices in colour.
Her intention is to awaken interest and engagement in the observer, to lead them to see something unnoticed before, to feel enriched by the experience.
Current activities:

I work full time from my studio in Leith making work for sale and exhibition.
I am a regular tutor of private groups for Wild at Art Scotland Ltd. usually in the Hebrides and beyond (since 2016)
I am a keen member of the Edinburgh Printmakers.

Resumé of work experience:

Till 2020, Scottish Art History trainer for STGA (Scottish Tourist Guides Association)
Retired (2020) Professional member of the Scottish Tourist Guides Association (Blue Badge Guide)
Tutor for Visual Arts Arran
Adult Education art tutor, City of Edinburgh (11 years)
Co- director of art holiday company artEscapes, travelling to Spain, Mexico and in Scotland (8 years)
Lived and painted in Mexico City (4 years)

Recent Exhibitions:

August 2021: The Whitehouse Gallery, Kirkcudbright, 3 person show “Perspectives from Home”
December 2021: Coburg House Open Studios, Leith
August 2020: Coburg House Open Studios, Leith
September 2019: Arthouse at Artwalk Porty, Edinburgh
May 2019: Encompassed Group Show at Union Gallery, Edinburgh
October 2018: Group Show at Art Club Gallery, Edinburgh
December 2017: Christmas Show, The Meffan, Forfar
August 2017: Edinburgh Festival Exhibition with Encompassed Collective at Coburg House Art Gallery ‘A Land Unfolding’

Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen. Printmaking (DA)
Slade Scool of Fine Art, London. Printmaking (Higher Diploma in Fine Art)
2016-17 Leith School of Art Critical Professional Practice course

Key Moments:
Painting prize, trip to San Gimignano, Tuscany
1 year Scholarship to the Institute if Fine Arts, Mexico City (INBA) experimental print studio.
Solo show at The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
1 month Residency at The Watch House, Catterline.
minerals in the lewisian gneiss
  • Nicky Sanderson
  • minerals in the lewisian gneiss
  • Screenprinting
sacred landscape of Calanais, Lewis
  • Nicky Sanderson
  • sacred landscape of Calanais, Lewis
  • Screenprinting
deep peat cuttings, Lewis
  • Nicky Sanderson
  • deep peat cuttings, Lewis
  • Screenprinting
clearance and abandonment, Lewis
  • Nicky Sanderson
  • clearance and abandonment, Lewis
  • Screenprinting
palimpsest of Lewis
  • Nicky Sanderson
  • palimpsest of Lewis
  • Mixed Media
the formation of the  lewisian gneiss
  • Nicky Sanderson
  • the formation of the lewisian gneiss
  • Mixed Media
the ancient sacred landscape of Lewis
  • Nicky Sanderson
  • the ancient sacred landscape of Lewis
  • Mixed Media
the growth of the peat
  • Nicky Sanderson
  • the growth of the peat
  • Mixed Media