Nurturing Talent

Mirrored logs by Lee Borthwick, 2012
Mirrored logs by Lee Borthwick, 2012

Roots to Shoots celebrates the talented young people who have benefited from a Dewar Arts Award over the past ten years.

The exhibition at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh celebrates their achievements in a show of fourteen selected visual and applied artists whose talent has been nurtured by the award. The exhibits have been drawn from a rich mix of work: jewellery, textile and fashion design, painting and sculpture.

A film by knitwear designer Katherine Brown ‘Knit One, Kill One’ is a humorous exploration of an inner torment and love-hate relationship with knitting.  Other textiles in the exhibition include bright bold nostalgic knitwear designs by Jennifer McHardy plus textile art from Malcolm Cruickshank.

Also on show is jewellery by Jonathan Boyd, Andrew Lamb and Lynn MacLachlan.

Large Bubble Neckpiece by Lynn MacLachlan
Large Bubble Neckpiece by Lynn MacLachlan

The Dewar Arts Awards were set up in 2002 as a memorial to Scotland’s first First Minister Donald Dewar and give exceptionally talented young people of meagre means some assistance in fulfilling their potential in any branch of the arts.

In the first ten years over 300 awards have been made to young film makers, visual artists, dancers, actors, photographers, textile designers, fashion designers, knitwear designers, contemporary jewellers, writers, musicians, composers and conductors.

Any young person under the age of 30 and living or working in Scotland can be nominated for the award, if their financial circumstances make it difficult to progress fully in their chosen field. To find out more about the awards visit

See: Roots To Shoots Celebrating Ten Years of Dewar Arts Awards in the Visual and Applied Arts
Until Sunday 10 March 2013
John Hope Gateway, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Arboretum Place, Edinburgh EH3 5LR
Open February 10am – 5pm, March 10am – 6pm

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