Lock­down sketches brought to life

The Scotsman - - FRONT PAGE - By BRIAN FER­GU­SON

Lead­ing Scot­tish artist Peter How­son has re­cently re­turned to his stu­dio in Glas­gow to con­tinue with work on large can­vases dur­ing the coro­n­avirus lock­down, pro­duc­ing a se­ries of in­tense draw­ings.

One in three artists in Scot­land been left with­out any work what­so­ever in the face of the coro­n­avirus pan­demic – as 70 per cent of the coun­try’s gal­leries said they ex­pected to be forced to can­cel forth­com­ing projects.

The first ma­jor sur­vey of the vis­ual arts sec­tor in the wake of lock­down re­stric­tions has laid bare their im­pact on the sec­tor, with three quar­ters of those sur­veyed say­ing they had lost in­come last month.

Ac­cord­ing to the sur­vey, which was car­ried out by the Scot­tish Con­tem­po­rary Art Net­work (SCAN), 15 per cent of vis­ual arts or­gan­i­sa­tions and gal­leries said they were likely to have to make staff re­dun­dant and 19 per cent were likely to have to take on ex­tra debt.

Around 28 per cent of the artists who re­sponded said they were self-em­ployed and had no work at all, with a fur­ther four per cent made re­dun­dant and 5 per cent put on fur­lough.

● One of Scot­land’s most cel­e­brated artists has re­vealed a se­ries of new work he has cre­ated dur­ing the coro­n­avirus lock­down. Glas­gow’s Bill­cliffe Gallery is host­ing a “vir­tual exhibition” of new paint­ings on the so­cial changes in the UK by Ayr­shire artist Peter How­son.

2 Peter How­son’s Na­tional Hero, one of the new works fea­tured in the vir­tual exhibition of art cre­ated while in lock­down. Above: an­other of the for­mer war artist’s works, Be­yond Per­son­al­ity. Below: Thurs­day At Eight

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