Cairns, Joyce RSA MA(RCA)

Elected to RSW 1979

Artists Statement

I see my work as memorials to the past. They are about war, family wounds that never heal, the heart’s torn face and angels of death waiting and watching. These intangible things are often held together using the village of Footdee and the sea where I live as the backcloth and by the artefacts that continue to endure, causing painful reflection and recollection. At present I still prefer to work largescale, mainly 7’ x 8’ or larger, in oilpaint on board. I work on paper to generate ideas for planning and designs.


1960 - 1970 - Diploma course, Gray's School of Art
1970 - 1971 - Post Diploma, Gray's School of Art
1971 - 1974 - Master of Art, Royal College of Art, London
1974 - 1975 - Fellowship, Gloucestershire College of Art & Design, Cheltenham
1975 - 1976 - Art Teachers Certificate, Goldsmiths College, University of London
1976 - 2004 - Appointed lecturer in drawing and painting, Gray's School of Art.
1985 - Elected Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy
1998 - Elected Royal Scottish Academician


2005 - The Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland, Grant for colour reproduction
          - The Maude Gemmell Hutchinson Prize, RSA
2002 - 2nd Prize, Shell Expro, Aberdeen Artists Society
1997 - Gillies Travel Bursary (RSA) for trip to Poland
1995 - Research Award (Robert Gordon University) One Year Sabbatical
          - Research Award (RGU) Travel

Selected Exhibitions

One Man Exhibitions
2006 - War Tourist, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen
2005 - Monoprints Friends Room, RSA
2004 - Postcards from Fittie, Rendevous Gallery, Aberdeen
2003 - Monorpints, Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen
          - Sea Sirens, The Weem Gallery, Pittenweem Arts Festival
1998 - Works on Paper, Rendevous Gallery, Aberdeen
1995 - Footdee Ikons, Roger Bilcliffe Fine Art, Glasgow
1993 - To the Lighthouse, Andrew Lamont Gallery, London
          - The Guiding Light:Elektra Fine Art, Toronto, Canada
1995 - Footdee Ikons and Roger Billcliffe Gallery, Glasgow
1993 - To The Lighthouse, Andrew Lamont Gallery, London
1993 - The Guiding Light, Elektra Fine Art, Toronto, Canada

Public Collections

The Royal Scottish Academy
McMaster Museum, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Aberdeen Art Gallery
Graves Art Gallery & Museum, Sheffield
Manchester City Art Gallery
Edinburgh City Arts Centre
Lanarkshire County Council
University of Strathclyde
Glasgow Museum of Modern Art
Glasgow City Art Gallery & Museum
Perth City Art Gallery & Museum
Flemings Bank
BBC Television
Grampian Television
The Scottish Arts Council
Gray’s School of Art
Aberdeen University
Fife Regional Council
Tidaholm Government Offices, Sweden
Aberdeen Libraries
Aberdeen Asset Management
The National Museums of Scotland
Robert Gordon University

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