Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Paintings at Holyrood

Portrait of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust team, Geoffrey Bertram (Chairman), Rob Airey (Director) and Ross Irving (Art Collection Manager) with Ken McIntosh, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament at the launch of the loan of paintings by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham to the Scottish Parliament Building.

The Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust Team with
Presiding Officer, Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP
at launch of loan of WBG paintings
to Scottish Parliament.
Photo: Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament

Spanish architect Enric Miralles (1955-2000) described his design for the extraordinary Scottish Parliament at Holyrood as for a building "growing out of the land". Inspired by the surrounding landscape, flower paintings by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and upturned boats on the seashore, the intention was that the building should embody the unique spirit and character of the Scottish nation. Similarly, the key themes behind the art collection displayed in the building are described as ‘the impact of humanity and politics on the landscape, our relationship with the sea, and our identity and history as people living in Scotland’.

 

It is into this incredible crucible of Scottish art and life that this September the Trust has lent eight of Willie’s late paintings as part of a new long loan agreement with the Scottish Parliament. Displayed in two locations, five works will be sited in the publicly accessible Committee Room Circulation Area alongside works by the Boyle Family and Will Maclean from the Parliament’s permanent collection, with others by David Mach and Ian Hamilton Finlay situated close by. Three further pieces have been installed in the Presiding Officers’ Dining Room.

 

It is very exciting to have Willie given such significant presence at the heart of Scottish life. Furthermore, three of her paintings currently adorn the walls of Bute House, Edinburgh, the formal residence of Scotland’s First Minister – two from the Trust and one from the Scottish National Galleries.

 

The Scottish Parliament building is situated at the bottom of Edinburgh’s High Street and lies adjacent to the Palace of Holyrood.

 

 

Portrait of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust Chairman Geoffrey Bertram with Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament at the launch of the loan of paintings by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham to the Scottish Parliament Building.
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Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP,
Presiding Officer with Trust
Chairman Geoffrey Bertram
Photo: Andrew Cowan/Scottish Parliament
Portrait of Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust Chairman Geoffrey Bertram with Rt Hon Ken Macintosh MSP, Presiding Officer of the Scottish Parliament at the launch of the loan of paintings by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham to the Scottish Parliament Building.
Three of eight paintings by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham on loan to Scottish Parliament, sited on ground floor.
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From left:
Untitled 05/99 (1999) BGT982
Blue Dance 1998 BGT949
Surprise Series No.3 2000 BGT992
Three of eight paintings by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham on loan to Scottish Parliament, sited on ground floor.
Two of eight paintings by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham on loan to Scottish Parliament, sited on ground floor.
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From left:
Scorpio Series II No.17 1996 BGT681
Scorpio Series II No.6 1996 BGT1298
Two of eight paintings by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham on loan to Scottish Parliament, sited on ground floor.
Three of eight paintings by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham on loan to Scottish Parliament, sited in Dining Room of Presiding Officer.
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Presiding Officer's Dining Room
From left:
Easter 2000 BGT1301
Untitled 1990s BGT2407
Volcanic Bubbles 2001 BGT6381
Three of eight paintings by Wilhelmina Barns-Graham on loan to Scottish Parliament, sited in Dining Room of Presiding Officer.

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