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Through painting, Orla’s work explores the human connections and experiences of wild land and seascapes. 

 

Paintings are informed by plein-air trips, where Orla documents her time spent within the landscape: recording emotional reactions to the sights and sounds of natural locations. 

 

Orla often uses historical and folklore narratives connected to research sites, to further inform her paintings, and frequently explores these remote locations with wild camping and hillwalking trips. 

 

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.

Hill Walking Orla Stevens

EXHIBITIONS

2021

'Sagas and Seascapes' commissioned for exhibition and video concert - Online

'Sound Exchange' Aural Textiles - InSpace, Edinburgh

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

Perthshire Open Studios - Callander

Fife New Contemporaries - Online Exhibition

Teran Community - Online Exhibition

2018

Edinburgh College of Art Degree Show, Edinburgh 

New Designers Textile Fair, London

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

2021

'Sagas and Seascapes' - Kirkwall, Orkney

2018 - 2021

 

Aural Textiles Design Research RSE / GSA  

FEATURES

2020

Interview - Loch Ness Living

2019

The Great Outdoors Magazine - August 

The Skinny - June