As 2016 draws to a close, we have been reflecting on our past year which has been eventful. We opened 2016 with our 26th annual showing at London Contemporary Art Fair. This marks a very important exhibition highlight in our annual calendar, a presence at one of the most prestigious Art Fairs in Europe, showcasing a high calibre of works and galleries. Naturally we are anxious in preparing for this costly event but it is a fine way to start the year providing us with the best opportunity to present our Scottish artists, both newly emerging and established; to the wider audience in London. There, we continued to build on the strong reputation compass gallery has for finding and supporting Scottish trained artists and crossing borders.


At the end of January we returned, tired but uplifted, having met many new collectors and formed new relationships with other galleries. We were inspired and energised. February began with us mounting our next show which was to feature a sculptor and a painter, GREGOR SMITH RSW and BELINDA RUSH JANSEN, two of compass gallery’s regular exhibitors.

Gregor’s paintings, dramatic watercolours, inspired by his trips to the breath-taking Scottish and Norwegian coastlines seemed to really compliment Belinda’s exquisite sensitive stone carvings and bronzes. Smith is capable of quite a rare poetic quality in his painting and it seemed very fitting to exhibit Belinda’s powerful and poetic birds and animals together with his work. This exhibition proved extremely popular and encouraged our visitors to look at sculpture more closely.


Next on the programme was a real visual treat for summer…THE GOLDEN AGE: 90 YEARS OF INTERNATIONAL FILM POSTERS, a unique exhibition and the first ever original film poster exhibition in Scotland. The gallery was a carnival of colour and characters dominated by old heart throbs Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe. We had been preparing this show for over a year and we hope it demonstrated well that compass has not lost its touch for curating original exhibitions continuing to surprise its audiences.  The footfall during the run of the show was enormous demonstrating that Scotland, and Glasgow in particular has a long history and passion for film which is still very much alive. The positive response to this show…for many it was a wonderful trip down memory lane, demonstrated importantly that admirers and collectors of visual fine art respond to well designed graphic images in the same way as the specialist collectors of rare posters.  The show drew in wider audiences than usual including artists, designers, college lecturers and their students and of course film lovers of all ages coming especially from all across the country. These carefully conserved posters of iconic films; look as fresh as the day they were made. We included international posters from as early as 1917 onwards, designed by well known artists such as John Piper and Saul Bass, most famous for his collaboration with the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock.


Early summer would not be the same without our annual visits to the four main Scottish Art School degree shows. Selecting work for our NEW GENERATION SHOW. Compass Gallery continues to fulfil its main purpose to support and promote the careers of Scotland’s developing new artists. In fact one of the most satisfying things about being directly involved with a contemporary gallery is the opportunity it gives us to see, and handle, the work of these carefully selected emerging artists at the earliest stage of their careers. For many years now, painting has been having some lively competition from an increasing number of other creative forms of expressions in the various art schools and although conceptual influences spread across almost every aspect of contemporary work, we at compass still wish to challenge these ideas by continuing to endorse the more traditional skills of painting, drawing, printmaking and ceramics and sculpture. Many of today’s fine art tutors in the Scottish art schools first exhibited in compass gallery.  This year we presented paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and even knitting from Glasgow, Dundee, Edinburgh and a particularly strong group of artists from GRAYS SCHOOL of ART Aberdeen.


Our large mixed exhibition in the summer gave us the opportunity to show new work by many of our regular gallery artists followed on in the autumn with a major solo show by a key figure in the Dundee Art Scene, JOHN JOHNSTONE. He has been exhibiting in compass for many years and this long overdue solo exhibition included many of his earlier paintings and fine drawings. Prompted by his recent visits to Glasgow researching specially for this exhibition, he fondly looked at familiar Glasgow locations and to some of its famous cultural sons and daughters for inspiration. The practise of drawing and figure composition is the foundation of Johnstone’s work and this exhibition presented a good opportunity to promote and to confirm our belief that drawing is of fundamental importance.


We wanted to have special mention of our dear friend the artist JACK KNOX RSA RSW RGI HFRIAS D.Litt, who passed away April 2015. Knox has made a permanent impact on contemporary Scottish Art as it is today, and has been an inspirational influence on generations of fellow artists and the many students who graduated under his watch, some now with international recognition, such as Jenny Saville, Alison Watt , Adrian Wiszniewski and Ken Currie to name but a few of them. We will continue to work hard keeping his artistic achievements and paintings in the forefront of people’s minds by displaying his work regularly here in compass gallery.  We have always had a very special long standing relationship with the Jack and his family…he is sorely missed.



Throughout this past year we have been fortunate enough to have gained the positive support of several of the art major reviewers… This is a huge reward for all our efforts and that of our exhibiting artists. It is also a major factor in bringing larger audiences in to the gallery. Our thanks and appreciation goes to all.


Sadly in these turbulent economic times many galleries have fallen by the wayside leaving the artists fewer opportunities to show their work. This makes the continuation of compass all the more vital.   The gallery is a registered charity which is dependent on the commission from sales and donations to enable it to keep its doors open. It has received no public funding for the past ten years. We do hope in recognition of the work it does it will receive public funding support for 2017 and beyond.


Our current mixed Winter Show is on and includes a wide variety of interesting creative artists working in all media and subject matter.  It will continue un-till the end of January.


Compass will be open daily, on Christmas Eve and throughout the festive period. At this time many of our visitors from down south flock to Scotland for some merriment fresh air and fine art. We hope that you and your guests will come along to see the exhibition and to join us for some wine and festive cheer over the next week or two.


Since Compass gallery opened way back in the 1960’s there was always an informative monthly newsletter written eloquently by the gallery founder Cyril Gerber, so we are in a sense hoping to rekindle this tradition.

We are looking forward very much to the New Year and presenting our programme for 2017. We even have plans looking further forward to 2019 when compass will be 50 years old!


Many special exhibitions are pencilled in, including a first Scottish show for Glasgow school graduate, a renowned set and costume designer and painter JOHN MCFARLANE, a new exhibition by Scottish master painter PETER THOMSON and Aberdeen past new generation artist ANNA GEERDES. We are particularly happy to be presenting work by many other artists whom we have admired for many years.


None of this would happen without the dedication and hard work of all the artists so this year we will be continuing to visit the various studios and colleges around the country and much more…


All of our exhibition archives and images can be viewed on our newly updated website at www.compassgallery.co.uk


Compass gallery is a not for profit charity, and we are grateful for the support of individual donations and sponsors. Charity no SC007119.


Wishing you a Merry Christmas and all the best for 2017.


Best Wishes from Jill and the girls at the gallery







Belinda Rush Jansen Catalogue

Hands holding stone

Belinda Rush Jansen: Carving: In Celebration of Wildness catalogue to accompany the exhibition is available to view and purchase in the gallery. The exhibition continues until 9 April 2016


Jan Patience reviews our Winter Show 2015



Eoghann MacColl

April 2008 dreuchd Neach-ealain Lèirsinnich (artist in
residence) Sabhal Mor Ostaig Isle of Skye
June 2007 Aspect Prize (short-listed artist)
June 2007 Oirean – Edges (Salvesen Scholarship Project) An
Lanntair Steòrnabhagh
June 2006 Oirean – Edges (Alasdair Salvesen Project) Royal
Scottish Academy Edinburgh
April 2005 Alastair Salvesen Travel Scholarship 2005 winner

Eòghann MacColl was born in Inverness in 1970. He recieved a BA First Class Degree with Honours in Drawing & Painting at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design in Dundee in 1992. In 1994 he then completed a Masters in European Fine Art at Winchester School of Art, spending the majority of the time in Barcelona. MacColl spent subsequent time in Catalonia, both in the Pyrenees and again in the city of Barcelona where he has exhibited and was involved in a major public art work project in 2006.

In 2005 he was the recipient of the RSA Alasdair Salvesen Travel Scholarship. In that year he visited Shetland, Faroe, Iceland, Nova Scotia & Newfoundland. As a Gaelic speaker he chose the places because of their affinity, culturally & geographically, with his own experience. This affinity is reinforced by his links with County Mayo in the Republic of Ireland where he is a Fellow of the Ballinglen Arts Foundation. In 2008 MacColl will take up post at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on Skye, Scotland’s Centre for Gaelic Language, “dreuchd an Neach-ealain Lèirsinnich” or Visual Artist in Residence. This an opportunity supported by SMO, RSA & SAC. As a visual artist, MacColl has been involved in various educational projects in schools, predominately in Ayrshire, Skye & Lochalsh.

To describe his work he writes: ‘S e obraichean mu dheidhinn eachdraidh, cànan is dualchas a th’ annta. Uaireannan, ‘s e stuth stèidhhich mar collage a th’ ann. Chuir nam obair urram air àiteachean fàsail ‘s a’ feuchainn ri chuir beatha air ais.

Around the peripheries of Europe, inspiration emerges from the soft way the rural & urban fuse. Drawn from the coasts of the North Atlantic, the pieces are the vehicles for histories, language and culture.

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Helen Flockhart

Her work is in many Public Collections including Glasgow Museums, Edinburgh City Art Centre, The Flemings Collection, London and the Smith Museum and Art Gallery, Stirling. They are without a doubt, worthy of a place in our Fine Art Museums and Galleries. We welcome this opportunity to present this solo show by one of Compass Gallery’s Past New Generation.


Rachel Aberdeen

New Generation artist, 2007
Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen


Lisette Degioanni

New Generation artist, 2007
Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen


Paul Wunderlich

Paul Wunderlich was born in 1927 in Berlin and studied in Germany during the 1940’s and 1950’s. There, Wunderlich began making graphic work including woodcuts, lithographs, aquatints, engravings and drypoints. Since then he achieved world renown as a master lithographer whose work is publicly held in collections such as the Museum of Modern Art, New York; V&A Museum, London; Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; British Museum, London; and the Hirschorn Museum, Washington DC. In 1999, he turned to the difficult and unforgiving medium of drypoint and produced a masterful series, which are his current focus.

Compass Gallery first brought Wunderlich to Scotland in 2001. This new exhibition includes new sculptures and paintings which demonstrate his creativity and mastery, and the breadth of his artistic skills which now spans 6 decades.


The Force and Form of Memory

The exhibition is currently on tour at The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum. It will then travel to Wick, Thurso, Inverness, Greenock and Aberdeenshire.

We are very excited about this exhibition. What happens when you ask a group of creative and imaginative artists to explore the theme of Memory? You’ll probably get a myriad of different answers. Perhaps a family holiday, the lyrics of a song, a trip to the theatre, a feeling of peace in a familiar place, a loved friend or relative losing their memory, a story from the past, your favourite comfy chair, the day that we won the Cup, wartime reminiscences.

We selected and invited a group of 76 artists from across Scotland, and some from further afield, to create a special work with their own interpretation of the theme. The artists vary greatly in style, age and background. Amongst those participating, there are established Royal Scottish Academicians, senior art school lecturers, full time painters, sculptors and recent graduates. Some work in bronze, some in glass, others are figurative or surrealist painters and printmakers. So the interpretations of the theme could be very wide apart. Anything from narrative to a psychological study, a visual metaphor or treasured reminiscence. In fact the exhibition could be quite a surprise package as much to us as to you, ranging from the obvious and predictable to the somewhat unexpected. Each specially chosen artist has his or her own individual response to the topic, creating a lasting sensory and visual experience for the onlooker. There will be humour, melancholy, pathos, fear, happiness, joy and all the emotions that make up the human spirit. The response of these artists has been fantastic, with many saying that the subject was inspirational, touching them in a personal sense.

The works in this exhibition explore ‘The Force and Form of Memory’ and the impact it has on our lives. The Arts play a vitally important role, enhancing the quality of our day to day lives. However, their importance as cognitive decline sets in for people with dementia is not yet really understood or appreciated. Often a person who may not have spoken for a long time, may suddenly remember a past event or person. This sudden return of memory can be triggered by seeing an image, an object, or even hearing a particular piece of music. Compass Gallery is working in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland, raising awareness of the importance of creating today’s memories, which will become future reminiscences, and the impact that memory-loss related illness have on the lives of those affected by dementia.

All works are for sale. Compass Gallery’s commission will be shared with Alzheimer Scotland. We hope that you will come along and see, hopefully purchase from this fascinating exhibition. The exhibition will be touring throughout Scotland, and may vary slightly from venue to venue.

Please contact the gallery for further details.

Participating Artists: 1) Helen Angell-Preece; 2) Barry Atherton; 3) Lesley Banks; 4) Peter Bevan; 5) Jilli Blackwood; 6) Owen Boyle; 7) Philip Braham; 8 ) Dennis Buchan, RSA; 9) Elliot Burns; 10) Patricia Cain; 11) Joyce Gunn Cairns, MBE SSA; 12) Joyce W Cairns, RSA RSW; 13) Ann Christopher, RA; 14) Donald Clark; 15) Doug Cocker, RSA; 16) Calum Colvin, RSA; 17) Ken Currie; 18) Alan Davie, CBE HRSA; 19) Stuart Duffin, RE RSA; 20) Lennox Dunbar, RSA; 21) Susan Eaton; 22) Roland Fraser; 23) Anthony Fry, RWA; 24) Paul Furneaux; 25) David Gillanders; 26) Lys Hansen, ALAM DA (Edin), PPSSA Hon. SSA; 27) Brunton Hunter; 28) John Inglis, PRSW RGI; 29) Albert Irvin, RA; 30) Olivia Irvine; 31) Andrzej Jackowski; 32) Neal Jones; 33) Jack Knox, HRIAS RSA RSW RGI; 34) Henry Kondracki; 35) Elspeth Lamb, RSA SSA; 36) Andrew Lennie; 37) Whyn Lewis; 38) Neil MacPherson, RSA RGI; 39) Jock McFadyen; 40) Barry McGlashan; 41) Ian McKenzie Smith, CBE PPRSA PPRSW RGI HRA; 42) Scott McMurdo; 43) Michael McVeigh; 44) Hew Morrison; 45) Annette Murray; 46) Dawson Murray, RSW; 47) Liz Murray, RSW; 48) Heather Nevay; 49) Richard Nott; 50) Euan Ogilvie; 51) Anna Maria Pacheco; 52) Jacki Parry, RSA; 53) Craig Peacock; 54) Frances Pelly; 55) Tim Pomeroy; 56) Katie Pope; 57) Frank Pottinger, RSA; 58) Ronald Rae; 59) Philip Reeves, RSA PPRSW RGI SSA; 60) Gareth Reid; 61) Ray Richardson; 62) Cameron Ross; 63) Belinda Rush Jansen; 64) Barbara Santos Shaw; 65) Louise Schmid; 66) Lara Scouller; 67) Tom H Shanks, RSW RGI PAI; 68) Angela Steel; 69) Peter Thomson; 70) Robert Truscott; 71) James Tweedie; 72) Emma Waine; 73) Alasdair Wallace; 74) Rebecca Westguard; 75) Adrian Wiszniewski, RSA; 76) David Woods.


Angela Steel

CURRENT EXHIBITION – Angela Steel’s series of seven stained glass panels ‘Tangled Routs’ tells the powerful story of a girl incarcerated. The room she inhabits is filled with the fiery motifs of the childhood she tries to hold on to as she resists the change which adulthood bestows upon her. A meditation on where she came from, where she is going, and what lies on the other side of the door, culminates in these seven new panels. Researching a once grand, now dilapidated burnt out house nearby to where she lives, used as a children’s asylum from the 1900’s, Steel uses this as her starting point, setting the timeline of the girl’s story so that her most tumultuous years span the world wars. In her physical desertion from her present circumstances and absorption of this parallel experience, the girl embarks on a personal journey far from where she is, yet still somewhat entangled in her surroundings. The savage butchery of those caught up in war mirror her experiences in the asylum. As her outward appearance is ever more vacant, so her inner life is even more rich. This morbid fantastical escape parallels and transfers to the cell she inhabits. There is no safety on her journey, no safe haven. This powerful and imaginative story is exquisitely depicted in the panels of stained and etched glass reminiscent of medieval times. A graduate of Edinburgh College of Art in Drawing & Painting, Angela Steel turned to the medium of stained glass to challenge her skills and express her personal and imaginative ideas. She has honed her skills in residencies and master classes of Northlands Creative Glass, Lybster, and is a regular exhibitor in the West of Scotland. Compass Gallery is proud to present this solo exhibition, and include her work in the Scotland-wide tour of The Force and Form of Memory exhibition.