Open Eye – Two Careers

Cate Inglis, BA (Hons) painter and printmaker and distinguished painter, Philip Reeves, RSA PRSW RGI RE are two of the current exhibitors at Edinburgh’s Open Eye Gallery. Christine Richard met both of them at the Private View…

Cate was very excited to enjoying the achievement of her first solo exhibition – although her work has already been exhibited in group shows, for example the SSA in 2014, and she is also the recipient of the Leiper Fine Art Prize at Glasgow Arts Club and the Paisley Hire Art Framing Award. She attended Glasgow School of Art from 1996 – 1999.

I asked Cate to choose an image for inclusion in this review (see the header picture) and her choice was instant, she chose ‘Collapse’ which exemplifies her carefully researched locations which she describes as ‘off the beaten track and highlighting the impact of neglect – whether or not by human beings or the simple fact of neglect. In particular she has spent a good deal of time in Glasgow and every building depicted in this Exhibition is vanishing or has already vanished. Although her choices of colours may be thought to be dark, maybe drab, the opposite is the case as far as her personality is concerned! I believe she will go far in terms of future work and recognition.

Philip Reeves’ work has been described as ‘beautifully balanced’. He has received many accolades including that of ‘one of the most talented artists and printmakers in Scotland.’ I can only concur and admire his great contribution of contemporary art in Scotland.

Reeves 01As well as being able to see his works exhibited, I was able to view a splendid book with examples of his works over a long period of time. The work we have chosen to show readers here is entitled ‘Blue Moon and Tides, mixed media, which I found very evocative and, indeed quickly found a buyer!

The Open Eye Gallery is at 34 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE. Telephone/Fax 0131 556 9872. The Gallery is on Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. Their email address is

This Exhibition is on until 15 February.


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Christine Richard OBE FRSA Christine has over 25 years' experience in public life in Scotland in the fields of politics, education, public relations and charity work. For 12 years she served on the City of Edinburgh District Council and was her Group's leader for 4 years. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. In 1992 she was made an OBE. Christine is a member of the Board of The Friends of the Royal Scottish Academy. She has just completed six years on the Board of The Edinburgh International Festival. Christine's business experience has covered the fields of theatre, economic development, science, coal mining, education and training. She has held a number of non-executive directorships in these disciplines. She is a trained and experienced personal relationships counsellor and a business and personal mentor. In 2005 Christine established Christine Richard Associates who undertake Event Management and Public Relations as well as company and individual profiling. She coordinated the 'Yes to Edinburgh' campaign on congestion charging in Edinburgh. ten years ago Christine co-founded West Lothian Women in Business, which is a network for women who are self-employed and also for women managers. Christine has now stepped down from the Chair of this thriving organisation. For 5 years Christine was a magistrate in the District Court. She was also a member of the Secretary of State's Advisory Committee on the appointment of Justices of the Peace. She has been an adviser to Government in various areas of policy, including health, local government and education. Christine is a trained and experienced radio and television broadcaster and writer as well as an entertaining and accomplished speaker. She has a wealth of topics on which she is invited to speak. These range from witty after lunch and after dinner speaking to the more serious topics of the economy, health, education, enterprise, the Powers of the Mind and Life/work balance. She writes reviews and articles for lifestyle magazine, Lothian Life. She took part as a contestant in an ITV gourmet TV show, Chef V Britain, challenging TV chef Gino D'Acampo to cook her signature dish, Posh Cottage Pie. Currently Christine is a member of the Goodison Group in Scotland and Scotland's Futures. Also she is involved in the group Changing the Chemistry of Scottish Boards. Her first novel, Whitewalls, a modern Scottish family saga has been published by New Generation Publishing and is available on all internet books siets and from libraries. She is writing a sequel Autumn at Whitewalls. Her leisure interests include her family, literature, music, theatre, food, wine and horse racing. She is a member of a racing syndicate, which has two horses in training.

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