Shelagh Atkinson

Sally Beamish ('Making Music') (2006)

About this artwork

This screenprint entitled ‘Making Music’ shows composer Sally Beamish, whose intimate compositions include chamber, vocal, choral and orchestral pieces that are performed and broadcast throughout the world. Beamish started her musical career playing the viola in the Raphael Ensemble before being appointed composer in residence with the Swedish and Scottish Chamber Orchestras, from 1998 to 2002. During that period she wrote four major works, including the ‘Knotgrass Elegy’, which was commissioned by the BBC Proms in 2001, and an opera, ‘Monster’, based on the life of Mary Shelley. In 2006, in honour of her 50th birthday, the Cheltenham Festival staged a major retrospective of her work.

Shelagh Atkinson

Shelagh Atkinson

Scottish artist Shelagh Atkinson was born in West Lothian and studied Communication Studies at Napier University in Edinburgh. In the early 1990s she attended Professor Keith Howard’s Innovative Printmaking workshop at the Edinburgh Printmakers and in 2004/5 took a course in life drawing at Leith School of Art. In 1996 Atkinson started her own workshop in Edinburgh, producing figurative paintings, silkscreen prints and photo etchings. She finds inspiration in architecture and the urban environment, humour, landscape and imagination. She has participated in exhibitions in Scotland, London and abroad, including Germany, Sweden, Bulgaria, Japan and the USA. Atkinson is a member of Edinburgh Printmakers and lives in Dolphinton, Peeblesshire.