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A Celebration

27 July 2023 - 26 August 2023

The Scottish Gallery presents a major retrospective exhibition of Dame Elizabeth Blackadder (1931-2021). Our exhibition covers the full spectrum of Blackadder’s career with works in oil, watercolour, print and tapestry. We reveal a magnificent new tapestry by Dovecot Studios, Flowers and Black Cat. The Gallery has also commissioned a short film using images and film from Blackadder’s studio with audio excerpts from the archives of the British Library. We also launch the new monograph The Art of Elizabeth Blackadder by Duncan Macmillan.

Elizabeth Blackadder enjoyed a close working relationship with The Scottish Gallery from 1950s onwards, mounting several one-person shows and countless survey exhibitions which helped place the artist in a national context. Blackadder had a remarkable career; she was the first woman to be elected to both the Royal Academy, London and the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh and was honoured with a damehood in 2003.

The Scottish Gallery is delighted to be working partnership with the Royal Scottish Academy, Dovecot Studios, Glasgow Print Studios and Phaidon Publishing.

Dame Elizabeth Blackadder | A Celebration is part of our Wonder Women series for the Edinburgh Festival 2023.

Born: 1931
Place of Birth: Falkirk
Died: 2021

Elizabeth Blackadder was born in Falkirk in 1931. She studied at ECA from 1949 until 1954 under Robert Henderson Blyth and William Gillies inter alia and earned travelling scholarships to southern Europe and Italy. In 1956 she married artist and fellow Scottish Gallery exhibitor John Houston and began teaching in Edinburgh. She taught at Edinburgh College of Art from 1962 until her retirement in 1986. One of Scotland’s greatest artists, she also garners recognition and success in London. In 1972, Blackadder was elected member of the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh and in 1976 she gained entry at the Royal Academy, London – the first woman to be elected into both institutions. In 2001, Elizabeth was made the first female Artist Limner by HRH The Queen, a position within the Royal Household unique to Scotland. One decade later, in 2011 (the year she turned 80) a major retrospective of her work opened at the National Galleries of Scotland.

To view prints by Elizabeth Blackadder please click here

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