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Ewan Robertson

Sculptor with a current material bias toward iron

Sculptural practice and thought allows a very real exploration of the physical world. All its aspects fascinate me. My work is fuelled by diverse sources and open patterns of thought. Current work explores extremes of visibility, experience, material nature, location and situation. Time's relationship with matter is a recurrent interest and has been explored recently through film loops, re-questioning a given material or object's physical state, longevity, use and nature. These aspects of the material realm were also the starting point for Ironfield (developed in collaboration with Gordon Munro). Showing this year's Cloud Dialogue in multiple configurations is the initial part of this ongoing project. Exploration and intuitive thought can unveil unique knowledge for the artist. The world is beautifully complex, diverse and effectively endless. Through working, I hope to move closer to seeing or experiencing something of that which is normally hidden in its fabric. Locations on the periphery remain the most interesting.


Group exhibitions

2022  Iron: Translating Territories, RSA, Edinburgh

2021  Farthest Reach, Asteria Creative Event 3, Glentress Forest and Yellocraig Beach

2021  Universal Matter, Asteria Creative Event 2, InSpace as part of City Screen, Edinburgh

2020  Planet Cramond, Asteria Creative Event 1, Cramond Island/online, Edinburgh

2020  Un-Drawn-Out, Pop-up event, C4, Edinburgh College of Art

2019  Cloud Dialogue (Flux Field), RSA Annual Exhibition 2019

2019  On Yersel, Rotating curated group exhibition, C4, Edinburgh College of Art

2019  As above.....So below, Wroclaw Iron Pour Event ECA Show, C2, Edinburgh College of Art

2019 - Roche Lobe Variables, (grid of 45) collaborative drawings made with Karen Kirkwood, exhibited at Visual Arts Scotland Anual Exhibition, RSA Building, Edinburgh

2019 - Winter Iron Pour, Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts, Wroclaw, Poland (Invited artists with Gordon Munro and 3rd year ECA students)

2018 - Heavy Metals Weekend, The Engine Shed, Historic Environment Scotland, Stirling. Exhibition of historic and creative artefacts, blacksmithing demos, metal casting demos

2018 - Iron: Artefacts and Actions, The Park Gallery, Callendar House, Falkirk, (2 person show with Gordon Munro including publication)

2017 - Iron: Origins and Destinations, Creative Laboratories, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop, (2 person show with Gordon Munro)

2016 - Drawing on Drawing, Edinburgh College of Art (collaorative drawing with Karen Kirkwood)

2015 - Curious Artefacts, The ArtWall, 26 Sofokleous Street, Athens

2014 - Reclaimed - The Second Life of Sculpture, The Briggait, Glasgow International

2014 - Images of Matter, SCART Connections at Edinburgh International Science Festival, 
Illustrated talk with Anne Pawsey, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Aberdeen on short 
collaborative research between ECA and School of Physics and Astronomy /SCART Connections, Summerhall

2014 - New Knowledge, Effectively Shared, Edinburgh College of Art Research Exhibition, University of Edinburgh

2013 - The Model, Works, artefacts, objects related to archival models from University of Edinburgh collections, Sculpture Court, Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh

2013 - In-PerspeXtive - small cast works, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2013 - Paper Planes – works on paper by 16 artists curated by Andrew Mackenzie, Stow Festival, Scottish Borders

2013 - Midnight Macedonia, as part of Lyndsay Mann's digital short film programme of Agent RIA channel artists, Careof DOCVA, Milan, Italy

2012 - Cloud Dialogue (ESW), Opening event The Bill Scott Sculpture Centre, Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop new building opening

2012 - Ruhr Dich, Small cast works, WestCAP Cologne - Offen Ateliers Cologne, Germany

2012 - Iron Tribe, New Mexico Highlands University, USA

2011 - Cloud Dialogue at 185th Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

2011 - Dialog - Skulpturale Positionen, Haus Hohenbusch, Erkelenz, Germany

2011 - Material Rites, Inspace, University of Edinburgh

2011 - Material Rites, Royal British Society of Sculptors, London

2010 - Roche Lobe Variables II (2 Person with Karen Kirkwood), Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh

2008 - Lyndsay Mann Ewan Robertson, ESW Dialogues show (2 Person), Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh

2007 - Roche Lobe Variables (2 Person with Karen Kirkwood), Park Gallery, Falkirk

2007 - Survey - 20th Anniversary ESW Exhibition (Virus), Royal Society Academy, Edinburgh

2006 - Kunsttransfer (Virus), Heinsberg Kunstverein, Heinsberg, Germany

2004 - 25 Non-Standard Deviations (Virus drawings), Soap Factory, Miniapolis, USA

2002 - 4th Intl Cast Iron Conference and Exhibition, Johnston Atelier, Trenton, NJ, USA

2003 - Jack Vetriano's Electronic Notebook, Farquhar, Doolan, Davies, Robertson at Wiersland Research space supported by Edinburgh Projects

2002 - Gooseflesh III (Kana Nahk 2002) (Virus), Haapsalu Cultural Centre, Estonia

2001 - Gooseflesh II (Kana Nahk 2001) (Virus), Rakvere Museum, Estonia

2000 - 'Undee (2 person show with Keith Farquhar), Generator Projects, Dundee

2000 - View Assistance Boswil, (Virus), IAAB Boswil, Switzerland

1999 - Locale (Virus), City Arts Centre, Edinburgh

1999 - Opening Exhibition, Frontstore, Basel, Switzerland

1999 - The Field, Os Klaster, Bechyne, Czech Republic

1999 - Global Crossings, Arizona State University, USA

1997 - 3rd International Chrome-Steel Symposium, Rozsavolgyi Cultural Centre, Budapest

1997 - Frontiers Invisible (Virus), Montpellier, France

1997 - Line in the Sand (Virus), 200 Virus Drawings, Filmhouse, Edinburgh

1996 - 6-Ply (Virus), Virus group show, Andrew Grant Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art

1994 - Aerial Projects, 369 Gallery, Edinburgh

1992 - Cracker Factory, Installations by 20 Artists (AKA Hutton Warehouse Project), East Newington Lane, Edinburgh

Curated projects

2005 - Dead Dog - Site and Event-specific Symposium for Scottish and Estonian artists (Virus), Various locations, Edinburgh


2004 - Untitled performance (Virus), Medicine Lake, Wisconsin, USA

2003 - Groundwork (Virus), Kadriorg, Tallin, Estonia


2018 - Space / Time creative retreat run by Magnetic North, Swallow Theatre, Dumfries and Galloway

2000 - ECA Studio Residency (Virus), IAAB Studio Basel, Switzerland

1999 - ECA Studio Residency, IAAB Riehen Studio, Basel, Switzerland


2004 - The Way We Work, United Networks Mobile Archive (Virus)

2000 - Vermittlung (Artist Book - Virus)

1999 - A Guide to Group Activity (Artist Book - Virus)

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