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Through painting, Orla explores the experience of connecting with the natural world, translating the emotive qualities of Scottish Landscape into her practice. 

 

Paintings gather a blend of visual, emotional and aural recordings taken during plein-air painting and sketch-booking trips. Orla frequently explores remote landscapes with wild camping and hillwalking trips, where plein-air drawing, sound recordings and photography informs her painting collections. 

 

Painting research takes Orla all across Scotland; from her local landscape of the Trossachs National Park where her studio is based, to further afield; delving into the natural rhythms from the West Coast, Outer Hebrides, Orkney Isles and North Atlantic sea.

EXHIBITIONS

2020

'Over the Rainbow' Group Exhibition - The Tolbooth, Stirling 

'Changing Tides' Exhibition - Scottish Society of Artists - Online

'Transparency', Bannockburn House - Group Exhibition 

Artisan &, Aberfeldy - Group Winter Exhibition 

Found Gallery, Dunbar - Group Winter Exhibition 

The Velvet Easel Gallery, Portobello - Group Winter Exhibition 

The Green Gallery, Dollar - Group Winter Exhibition 

The Whitehouse Gallery, Kircudbright - Group Winter Exhibition 

Sight & Sound - Solo Exhibition - Macrobert Arts Centre

Postponed to 2021

Artisan & - Group Exhibitions, January, March, April Online

2019

Drawn Threads - RogArt Studios - Curator & Exhibitor

 

Summerfest - Callander 

The Woodhouse - Kippen 

Perthshire Open Studios - Callander

Fife New Contemporaries - Online Exhibition

Teran Community - Online Exhibition

2018

ECA Degree Show, Edinburgh 

New Designers Textile Fair, London

Summerfest, Callander 

Tangible Sounds, Aural Textiles, Forres 

2014 - 2018

The colony of Artists Annual Exhibition, Edinburgh 

EDUCATION

2018

Textiles BA (1st class Hons) Edinburgh College of Art 

2014

Tramway Visual Arts Studio Portfolio Course 

AWARDS

2020

VACMA - Graduate Award Forth Valley

2018

 

Worshipful Company of Dyers - Colour Award

 

Callander Hydro Trust Award 

CIRKEL Home - Sustainability Award 

RESIDENCY

2018 - 2020 

 

Aural Textiles Design Research RSE / GSA  (ongoing)

FEATURES

2020

Interview - Loch Ness Living

2019

The Great Outdoors Magazine - August 

The Skinny - June