Exhibition 3 | 15th May – 8th July
Featured Artists: Andrew Crummy & Allison Young
Andrew Crummy was born in Craigmillar, Edinburgh which is often seen as a poor area. In fact, his introduction to art was through the Craigmillar Festival Society, so childhood memories are full of Community Arts events that involved festivals, drama, music, clowns, colour and laughter. Andrew trained as an illustrator at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, then on a MA Design course at Glasgow School of Art. His professional life started off in London working for Everything But The Girl, New Musical Express, The Observer, Timeout, Goodhousekeeping. Through Design Agencies developed into large scale murals in busy High Streets across the UK for Midland Bank around building sites. These murals were often the history of cities, towns or places. This then developed into more artworks in public and community settings, the longest being around The Spindles Shopping Centre in Oldham which was a quarter of mile. Since then he has been fortunate to have been involved with many mural projects around the world. He has become involved with a range of book publications, multimedia events, festivals and educational programmes. He was the mural Convenor for The Prestonpans Murals Programme which now has over 50 public arts. Andrew was the designer behind the The Battle of Prestonpans Tapestry, The Great Tapestry of Scotland and The Scottish Diaspora tapestry. Since the launch of The Great Tapestry of Scotland in 2013 he has completed over 50 talks. Andrew continues to illustrate the occassional book, paint skyscapes, murals, portraits and of course draw with a 2B pencil.
Allison Young graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 1988, with first class honours, then went on to do a postgraduate diploma. In 1991 she studied in Lodz, Poland, for a year, under the British Council Scholarship Scheme.
Karen James was born and raised in Texas. She moved on to spend five years in Florida completing 2 years on a Studio Ceramic Art degree course at the University of South Florida, Tampa. After moving to Scotland, she finished her formal education with an HND in Pottery and Ceramics at Cardonald College.