Monthly Archives: September 2018

Limetree Gallery, exhibition launch

What an absolute pleasure it was to travel down to Bristol for the launch of Texture – the new exhibition at the Limetree Gallery featuring works by Vivienne Williams, Henry Jabour and myself.

I was so busy in conversation with people there I forgot to take more photos as the day progressed, but as you can see it was beautifully curated by gallery owners Sue and Stephen…





Sue’s aesthetic sensitivity to colour and form, in the placing of glass art, paintings and ceramics was just lovely; I particularly enjoyed the way these gorgeously textured black and turquoise glazed ceramics (below) related to my Iona paintings (apologies I forgot to take a note of the ceramics artist, but if you’re interested in these or any other works you can find these on the Limetree Gallery website which has contact details too).



Also the glass forms echoing Vivienne’s calm, elegant still-life paintings, and the vivid colours echoed in Henry Jabour’s atmospheric, expressive figurative work. Luckily I arrived early so I was able to appreciate it before the day became busier.








It was great to meet Henry and Vivienne, and to chat more with Sue and Stephen too, whose very genuine interest in the work that their artists produce is outstanding – I felt warmly welcomed.

I’d decided to stay two nights in Bristol, so was able to catch up with friends nearby, hang out in Bristol’s numerous waterfront cafes, and take a boat trip! …






Many thanks again to the Limetree Gallery for their outstanding friendly, professional support, and for a really successful exhibition – almost all of my works sold, so I want to express warm thanks to the buyers too, it’s most encouraging, and much appreciated!

All works in the exhibition can be viewed Here

I’ll be staying on the Isle of Iona again from the 21st October to 4th November this year, and creating new works for the Limetree’s winter exhibition and the Edinburgh Art Fair in November. I look forward to being on the island in winter-time where I’ll have time and peace to develop my creative response to the island.

Colony of Artists

‘Wells of Arthur’s Seat, Stream’ Mixed media on 10 x 10 inch wood panel. Rose Strang 2018 £180

The Colony of Artists is an eclectic group of exhibitions that occurs each year in Edinburgh’s Abbeyhill, which includes open-house exhibitions and arts organisations local to the area.

Alan Spence and his wife Janini have kindly offered to show my paintings in their book shop – the Citadel – on Montrose Terrace, as part of the exhibition. So if you’re planning to drop by the Abbeyhill area to explore the Colony of Artists, I hope you’ll drop by the Citadel to see the paintings and browse their excellent book collection! (address on map below)

The Colony of Artists runs from the 22nd to 23rd September, 12 to 6pm





The works on display are those from my ‘Wells of Arthur’s Seat’ series, which can all be viewed on this link (scroll down to paintings) .. Wells of Arthur’s Seat


The works

Exhibition at Summerhall

One of the works by Terry Newman at the ‘Homage to Beuys’ exhibition, Summerhall (till the 30th September)

I missed several arts events at this year’s Edinburgh Festival while up north, but one exhibition I’m very glad to have attended is Homage to Beuys, featuring work by artists Terry Newman and her daughter Sarah Waters.

Terry Newman and Sarah Waters (photo Fernanda Zei)

I recently attended the preview, presented by Richard Demarco at Summerhall in Edinburgh, which was inspired by the work of Joseph Beuys, whose creative approach crossed many disciplines including art, nature, ecology, science and healing, – an approach which changed the context in which art is normally shown or perceived.

During his presentation of the exhibition Richard emphasised Terry and Sarah’s background as sheep farmers, and the fact that this informed their work as artists in an entirely different context from an art world that is, in so many ways, detached from the context of art creation.

Beuys’ influence is clear in the beautiful lines and expressive, though minimal, approach of Terry Newman’s work, also thematically – in the focus on nature, spirituality, death, survival and the presence or essence of life.








Terry’s daughter Sarah Waters (with whom Terry managed the sheep farm) works in felt, as did Beuys. For Beuys, the material of felt represented sustenance and healing, his work also referenced history, mythology and the way we as humans make meaning of our world through art, going back to pre-history. In Sarah’s work this is echoed in forms reminiscent of standing stones, beautifully crafted from felt, and quite unique.

I can’t do justice here to the many themes inspired by the exhibition, and of course my photos don’t capture the presence of the works themselves, so I recommend that you visit the exhibition in person …

Homage to Beuys continues until the 30th September, at Summerhall, Edinburgh.

The exhibition is by appointment only. Contact the Demarco Trust on their facebook event page, on this link: Homage to Beuys

Or by email at


Limetree exhibition on Saturday 15th September

‘Seagull, St Ronan’s Bay. (Isle of Iona)’. Mixed media on 16×12″ wood panel. Rose Strang 2018

Just 11 days to go until the launch of the new three-artist exhibition Texture, at the Limetree Gallery in Bristol!

The private view is on Sat’ 15th September from 11am to 3pm. I hope if you’re in the area you’ll drop in to see the work, which includes beautiful paintings by Vivienne Williams RCA and Henry Jabbour, also my recent paintings of Iona (see below).

Two have sold (Iona I and Iona II) also several by Henry Jabbour and Vivienne Williams, so if you’re interested in buying and don’t want to miss the opportunity, give the gallery a ring and they’ll reserve the work for you (contact details on link below)

The Limetree in Bristol is a lovely gallery next to the waterside, with large windows that bring in plenty of natural light – have a look at this link to Google maps which gives a 3D view of the space –

3D View, Limetree Gallery 

Map and contact details