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Jolomo Awards exhibition opens at Abertay University

20 February 2014

Award winner Dawnne McGeachy at the exhibition 

Scotland’s largest art prize, the Jolomo Bank of Scotland Awards, is putting work by its most recent winners on show at a new Abertay University exhibition from this Friday (21 February). 

Dawnne McGeachy won the £25,000 prize last year for her dramatic paintings of waves and fishing boats, with runners-up Ruth Nicol winning £6,000 for her paintings of Leith in winter, and Amy Dennis winning £4,000 for her surreal, dream-like landscapes of Edinburgh.

The show includes new work by the winners and shortlisted artists from the 2013 Awards. It also includes a selection of work from The Jolomo Awards archive, donated by previously shortlisted artists and winners, which is being shown for the very first time.

The show runs from Friday 21 February – Fri 7 March 2014, 10am-5pm, in the Hannah Maclure Centre gallery on the top floor of Abertay University’s Student Centre, Bell Street, Dundee.

Jolomo at work in his studio

John Lowrie Morrison OBE said: "I'm delighted that the Hannah Maclure Centre has once again generously arranged to host work by the artists shortlisted for the 2013 Jolomo Bank of Scotland Awards.

“They are a strong group and this is a well-deserved opportunity to show new work. I'm particularly pleased that the show is also the first exhibition of work from the Jolomo Foundation archive, reflecting the strength of the artists recognised by the Awards since they began in 2007."

2013 prize winner Dawnne McGeachy and 2011 winner Calum McClure will also lead a workshop on ‘Exposing the process of painting’, 6-8pm on Friday 28 February, in Abertay University’s Hannah Maclure Centre.

They will share stories which inspire their work and the techniques they employ to realise their creative visions. The event is free but booking is required by contacting 01382 308324 or

Jolomo opens the exhibition 

Clare Brennan, Hannah Maclure Centre Curator, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to be hosting the Jolomo Awards exhibition once again. It’s a real honour for us to bring Scotland’s most exciting new landscape painting to the Hannah Maclure Centre.

“Jolomo is a very inspiring artist for many of our students and the members of the public who visit the Hannah Maclure Centre exhibitions. In my own teaching I use the work of traditional artists to challenge students to think about their own practice, whether that’s on canvas or on a computer screen.

“Showing these beautiful paintings and hosting a workshop from two previous Jolomo Award winners will be a huge boost to our students, and very popular once again with Dundee’s local creative communities.”

The Jolomo Bank of Scotland Awards were established in 2006 by the artist John Lowrie Morrison OBE – known as “Jolomo” – whose brightly coloured landscape paintings have made him one of Scotland’s most successful artists.

With total prize money of £35,000, the Jolomo Awards are the largest art awards in Scotland, aimed at encouraging the painting of the Scotland landscape and supporting emerging artists in their work.

Jolomo received an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from Abertay University in 2009 as recognition of his position as Scotland’s leading landscape painter.


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Notes to editors:

1. The Jolomo Bank of Scotland Awards were founded in 2006 by the artist John Lowrie Morrison to promote and encourage the painting of the Scottish landscape. With a main award of £25,000 and a further £10,000 to be divided among the runners up, they are the largest art awards in Scotland, and the largest privately funded art awards in the UK. They are open to all emerging artists living and working in Scotland who are committed to painting the Scottish landscape, and have been awarded in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013.

2. John Lowrie Morrison is one of Scotland’s most successful painters. He was born in Glasgow and trained at Glasgow School of Art. He worked in education for 25 years, taking up painting full-time in 1997. He is known for his dramatic and colourful contemporary landscapes. He lives and works in Argyll. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of the West of Scotland and from Abertay University. In 2011, he received an OBE for services to art and charity in Scotland. He was the subject of a major retrospective exhibition at Clydebank Town Hall Museum and Art Gallery in summer 2013.

3. The Hannah Maclure Centre was created through a bequest which was gifted to Abertay University by the family of Hannah Maclure, an exceptional student who had a passion for the arts. The centre, which was opened in her honour in 2005, encompasses her passion for art and enriches the university experience for students, staff and local people. This unique cultural facility produces annual art happenings, exhibitions, community and digital events, and our cultural programme supports Abertay’s teaching and research activity. The centre's aim is to foster a sociable approach to experiencing art, film and performance. All our events and exhibitions are free and open to the public. 

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