Alice McMurrough PAI RGI RSW

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Alice McMurrough PAI RGI RSW

Alice McMurrough

Alice says: "In my artwork, I create connections. I use distortion, metaphor and symbolism, in a context free from chronological time and precise place.

I intertwine memories of personal events with contemporary issues, family legends, cultural myths and religious fables. Objects, colour and scale are employed for symbolic reasons. I often find archetypes in old children’s books, toys and television programmes. I aim for an attention that children have for the world, before ritual and maturity strips life of its daily magic.

The resulting images display theatrical characters on stage-like sets, inviting open narratives and subjective interpretations. Unlike nineteenth century Tableaux Vivants, my work revels in the absence of an authoritative reading. I invite the viewer to engage with the paintings and derive their own interpretation."


1973-1977 Glasgow School of Art- Diploma Art
1977-1978 Awarded Post Graduate Studies - Commended
1978-1979 St Andrews College of Education-Diploma of Education


2018 IFAC Award, Paisley Art Institute
2015 Edinburgh Art Shop Award, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
2014 Bessie Scott Award, Paisley Art Institute
2013 Elected RSW
2013 Dalrymple Award, Maclaurin Annual Fine Art Exhibition
2013 Elected RGI
2013 Elected PAI
2012 Anne Stevenson Memorial Award East Dunbartonshire Council
2012 Joe Hargan Award Paisley Art Institute
2011 James Torrance Award,RGI
2010 Glasgow Art Club Fellowship
2008 Art Hire Award, Paisley Art Institute
2007 East Dunbartonshire Council Purchase Prize
2002 D.Muirhead Purchase Prize RSA
1978 D.Sommerville Award GSA


2019 ‘Open Secrets’ solo Exhibition, Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh
2019 Allusion IV Eton College, Eton
2018 Allusion III Fidra Fine Art, Gullane
2017 Allusion II Tatha Gallery, Newport-on-Tay, Fife
2016 RGI Annual Exhibition, Mitchell Library, Glasgow
2016 'Cabinet of Curiosities' Solo Exhibition, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2016 W Gordon Smith Award Exhibition, Dovecot Gallery, Edinburgh
2016 ‘Spring Exhibition’ Tolquhon Gallery, Ellon Aberdeenshire
2016 ‘A Space of One’s Own’ Joint Show with Neil Macdonald, Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
2015 ‘Allusion’ RGI Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
2014 Festival Show, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2014 ‘Scottish Exhibition’ Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon
2013 RGI Annual Exhibition, McLellean Galleries, Glasgow
2013 Scottish Exhibition, Stafford Gallery, Wimbledon
2013 Winter Exhibition, Smithy Gallery, Blanefield
2012 RGI Annual Exhibition, Mitchell Library, Glasgow
2012 Stockholm AAF,Sweden - Tig Gallery
2012 Six Degrees of Separation' Smithy Gallery,Blanefield
2011 'Tableaux Vivants'- Solo Exhibition, Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2011 RGI Annual Exhibition, Mitchell Library, Glasgow
2011 ‘Petrified Vision’ Joint Exhibition with Neil Macdonald - Auld Kirk Museum, East Dunbartonshire
2011 'Through the Looking Glass' -
2011 Group Show - Contemporary Fine Art Gallery,Eton
2010 Glasgow Art Fair - Mansfield Park Gallery
2010 Solo Exhibition - Mansfield Park Gallery
2010 Art London - Open Eye Gallery
2010 6 Artists - Scotland
2010 Art London Fair - Open Eye Gallery
2009 'Cabinet Pieces' - Fraser Gallery, St Andrews
2009 Group Show - Lemon Street Gallery, Truro
2009 Edinburgh Art Fair - Mansfield Park Gallery
2009 101 Exhibition - Maclaurin Galleries, Ayr
2009 Glasgow Art Fair - Mansfield Park Gallery
2009 Two Person exhibition - Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
2009 Solo Show - Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh
2007 ‘Seven’- Kelly Gallery,Glasgow
2004 ‘Five’- Kelly Gallery, Glasgow
2002 ‘Seven’- Kelly Gallery,Glasgow
1999 Vallico in Arte Exhibition, Tuscany
1996 Two Person Exhibition Aldessan Gallery, Clachan of Campsie
1985 ‘Ten Glasgow Artists’ Glasgow Art Centre
1979 3 Person Exhibition-Collins Gallery, Strathclyde University.