24 April - 29 May 2022

Joyce Gunn Cairns was born in Edinburgh in 1948. She trained in
Drawing and Painting at Edinburgh College of Art, having previously
completed a degree in German and Comparative Religion at Aberdeen

She has become one of Scotland’s most highly respected artists, with
nine works in the permanent collection of the Scottish National
Portrait Gallery, five works in the permanent collection of the City
Art Centre, and works in other major collections including Balliol
College, Oxford and Jesus College, Cambridge.

Drawing on her deep sensitivity and appreciation of literature, at the
core of Gunn Cairns’ practice is expressive figurative work, including
portraits and wildlife studies. From some of Scotland’s most eminent
cultural figures to an otter or a dormouse, whatever the subject,
Gunn Cairns draws them with the same delicacy of perception and

She was awarded an MBE for services to the arts in the June 2004
Queen's Honours List

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