Between the sheets- an exhibition

Between the sheets

Thursday 19th-Tuesday 24th May 2022

Open weekdays 10.30am-4.30pm, weekend 11am-5pm

An exhibition by cross-disciplinary artist’s Zoë Darbyshire and Ian Cameron who met 20 years ago while working in physical theatre. Their friendship and creative relationship blossomed culminating in this collaborative show of drawings, objects, unexpected words, and good conversation.

The show is curated by Fraser Haxton-Taylor.

Edinburgh artist Ian Cameron studied at Central School of Art and Design, London during the 1970’s. Exhibiting widely, his work was acquired by private and public collections including the Arts Council of England. Another passion for physical theatre led Ian to further study and training as a performer. His career as performer, writer and director ensued, to international acclaim and led to various prestigious awards. His visual art took the back seat during this time but focus progressively turned back towards his first love.

Ian’s drawings in the exhibition span the last five years. The strongly figurative work, is clearly influenced by his theatre practice, exploring the gestural language of the body in communication, closely examining relationships within isolation, and the crowd. Emotive and starkly personal at times, the drawings maintain lightness of touch, gently nudging the viewers perception. These works explore the ambiguous and shifting boundaries between public and private selves.






Ladybank artist Zoë Darbyshire, studied theatre at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Glasgow, and Ecole Philippe Gaulier, London. Alongside a varied theatrical career, she nurtured a passion and practice in visual art. The spotlight migrated towards this over the years, leading to her recent study of Master’s in Fine Art & Humanities at Dundee University, graduating in 2020 with distinction. Interests lying in the complexities and imperfections of being human, Zoë developed embodied, improvisational, and playful methods to make work.

Revelling in dissembling order, diverting paths, and provoking response, she translated influences from her physical theatre and therapeutic practices to this study consolidating a multi-disciplinary approach. Recent large-scale drawings focus on iterations of the figure, exploring themes of proximity, absence, identity and touch. Detached from the two-dimensional plane, these drawings are rendered in a variety of materials, objects, and spaces. Presented here as temporal sculptures and installation, the viewer is invited to engage; move around, touch, peer underneath and through the works.


Getting lost- an exhibition

Friday 30th August  Opening night 6-8pm

Saturday 31st August    11am-5pm

Sunday 1st September  11am-5pm


‘Leave the door open for the unknown, the door into the dark. That’s where the most important things come from, where you yourself came from, and where you will go.’

Rebecca Solnit – from A Field Guide to Getting Lost

In the summer of 2018 a group of 10 people from different individual landscapes, came together to make work with Fraser Taylor to test ideas in the beautiful, neutral space of the Arthouse and Ladybank’s community garden.
The atmosphere is supportive, non-judgemental and always constructive. Here, we challenge the comfortable preconceptions and grooves that we have slipped in to. In discussion, we try to reject opaque language while at the same time expressing diverse ideas and untangling some complex world-views.

Something new and personal comes from making connections between abstract ideas and a practical process; making and mark-making with very simple direct methods. Sometimes the image, in a sense, makes itself – no mark is too unimportant to speak. We encourage each other to pare back work and, often, leave it be.

This show is a snapshot of where we all stand in relation to this space and experience.

The artists are:-

Clara Anderson, Steve Bretel, Mel Bowles, Clare Cameron, Theresa Gourlay, Claire Heminsley, Grant Newell, Liz Munro, Fraser Taylor, Esther Wragg, Steve Wragg

HOW TO MAKE AN OMELETTE- An exhibition and performed gallery talk

HOW TO MAKE AN OMELETTE- An exhibition and performed gallery talk

Exhibition       10am – 5pm daily      FREE

Gallery Talk    Saturday 14th April. 2pm & 5pm    £5        Sunday 15th April. 2pm & 5pm    £5


Chris Duffy from The Auchtermuchty Food Museum tells the story of how the purchase of a battered cookbook in 1983 snowballed into a journey of obsessive collecting. In How to make an Omelette he shares items from the collection as he tries to answer one question – WHY?

Tuck into a 10 course tasting menu that includes books, manuscripts, artworks and documentary objects from the 15th Century to the present day. There’s plenty from famous names to enjoy including recipes from Alexis Soyer, Elizabeth David and Isabella Beeton. Or you can pick up some tips for preparing fish from a 10m long Japanese scroll, find that elusive cure for plague and taste letters of love from Johnnie to Fanny Cradock.

Eclectic and eccentric this exhibition and accompanying talk tells a story of food, life and one collector’s search for answers.

To book the gallery talk click here!