Friday, 21 December 2012

Local artist to get Edinburgh Medal

Local ward resident Elizabeth Blackadder is to be awarded the Edinburgh Award for an outstanding contribution to the city through her work and achievements.

Previous winners have been:
Elizabeth Blackadder holds the post of the Queen's Painter and Limner in Scotland and is a Dame of the British Empire.  Last year the National Galleries of Scotland held a career retrospective exhibition of her work.

Following her education at the Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh, she spent her working life in Edinburgh while exhibiting widely with major shows in London, Florence, Berlin and Tokyo, enhancing her reputation and that of Edinburgh.

She lives in the Grange area.  More information can be found here.

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Elizabeth Blackadder biography in brief
1931 Born in Falkirk, Scotland
1936–1943  Strone Village School & Dunoon Grammar School
1943–1949  Falkirk High School
1949–1954  Joint fine art degree, 1st class hons, Edinburgh University & ECA
1954  Andrew Grant Post Graduate Scholarship
1955–1956  Travelling Scholarship – Travelled in Italy
1956  Married John Houston
1958  Librarian, Fine Art Department, Edinburgh University
1962  Full time teacher, ECA

Awards
1963   ARSA
1971   ARA
1972   RSA
1976   RA
1982   OBE
1988   D.Litt, Heriot Watt University
1990   Hon Doctorate, University of Edinburgh
1992   Hon Member, RSW
1994   Hon Fellow, Royal Society of Edinburgh
1997   Hon Doctorate, Aberdeen University. Further Hon Doctorates: Glasgow, St Andrews, Stirling and Strathclyde Universities
2003   Dame

 

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