The Christmas Show is always an exciting event in the Compass Gallery calendar. Usually a time that we welcome all our artists, friends and customers to join us and celebrate the year end. This year is exceptionally different. Zooming, virtual shows, emails etc etc have temporarily replaced the usual joy of personal studio visits, selecting and gathering work for the show. So we are hosting this year's exhibition online and will be adding new works throughout December and January. When our doors can reopen, we will be ready and waiting. This year's show comes from every corner of Scotland and various places south of the border. It aims at being a kind of showcase reflecting the year round interests, tastes and responses to this particular gallery so we combine many young unknown artists in whose work we admire with some of the most prominent and established artists today. The variety in this year's online Christmas Show is as great as ever. We hope you enjoy exploring the wide selection which we will continue to add to throughout December and January. Wishing all of our friend a very happy and safe festive season.

Gregor Smith RSW has exhibited with Compass Gallery since the 1970s, a regular exhibitor in our mixed exhibitions and a dear friend of Compass Gallery, this will be his fifth solo show with us. Four Points: A Geographical Journey demonstrates his rare ability to poetically capture the atmosphere, drama and beauty of the landscapes he visits. Drawing inspiration from his travels to the north of Scotland, the Norwegian fjords, the Italian mountains and lakes, and the gorges on the Yangtze, this exhibition has evolved slowly during the changing seasons. On his extended walks he is gathering notes and images in his sketchbooks, working plein air using pastels, heavy graphite sticks, Indian ink and watercolour. Seeing the land from the sea and the gradual timing of approaching the sharp cliffs, winter walks following the tracks of the mineral railways, and memories of the chiaroscuro of the lamplight reflect Gregor's admiration of the Vorticist artists such as Nevinson, with their jagged geometrical forms having an impact on Gregor’s work. This exhibition includes large impressive oils, tiny studies on canvas, tranquil watercolours and technically accomplished etchings and woodcuts. All demonstrate Gregor’s deep-rooted, quiet passion for the atmosphere of the landscape around him and his superb mastery as an artist. Gregor’s trips to the north, south, east and west of the country, from Machrihanish Bay to Loch Ryan and across the Torridon mountains, provided the title of the exhibition whilst the unpredictable weather and changing light provided the rest. Gregor Smith studied Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art and graduated in 1966, following which he won post-graduate and travelling scholarships. His first of several solo shows in Compass Gallery was held in 1977 and he was elected a member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1983. He has shown in numerous solo and mixed exhibitions, won several awards and his work is held in extensive public and private collections. Selected exhibitions include: Royal Academy, London; Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition; Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour; Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts; Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, London; Frank T Sabin, London; Catto Gallery, London; Scottish Arts Council, Edinburgh; Paisley Art Institute; Perth Art Gallery; Lime Tree Gallery, Bristol. Regular exhibitor at Compass Gallery, with solo exhibitions in 1977, 1997, 2008 and 2016. Recent awards include The W Gordon Smith and Mrs Jay Gordon Smith Award, RSW Annual Exhibition, 2019; RSW Prize for Watercolour to mark the 70th Birthday of the Patron, Prince Charles, 2018. Accompanying this show will be a selection of ceramics by Anne Morrison, the niece of Joan Eardley, and Cornwall based Art Potter Linda Styles. To view works, please go to the Artist's Pages.

In March 2020, we created an exhibition for Clydebank Museums, presenting a selection from amongst the many talented contemporary women artists who have had solo exhibitions in Compass Gallery over the past 50 years. Due to lockdown, the exhibition could not open formally. Therefore, to give it the showcase it deserves and to our audience the opportunity to see it, we have now recreated it on the walls of Compass Gallery and are sharing it online for you to enjoy. This exhibition focuses on painters but there are hundreds more practicing artists who have shown in Compass Gallery across the disciplines of drawing, sculpture, printmaking and other media. Today contemporary women artists are thriving, with increasing opportunities for them to express themselves and exhibit their work. However, they often have to juggle balancing the complexities of life whilst seeking out that precious time needed to gather inspiration and find time to create. Prior to the 1960’s, women artists had little opportunity to show their work. In 1969 Compass Gallery was founded to promote the work of contemporary living artists, giving many women their first opportunity exhibit solo. Often their varied, sometimes life-challenging experiences and their strong emotional thoughts enrich their images. The commitment of all the artists in this show is unquestionable. Some now have very established careers, some are just beginning their journey. All have been generous enough to share their individual and private thoughts with us, the onlookers, for our enjoyment. All works are for sale, the proceeds of which go directly towards supporting the artists and Compass Gallery.

While the world is still turning, everything has changed. Planes don't fly overhead, playgrounds don't ring with voices, crowds don't roar. Most of us are living quieter lives, with more time and space for reflection. A Quiet World is an online exhibition, curated to soothe the mind. A collection of intimate moments from a range of artists who have exhibited with us in Compass Gallery over the years.

New books and catalogues. Past exhibition catalogues and older books.