Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Hugh launches his summer's work this Saturday

Hugh Bryden is unveiling the new work he has created for his Summer at Home exhibition this coming Saturday (August 29th). And Hugh will be also holding print demonstrations and launching his new artists book collaborations.

Hugh is used to spending summers in warmer climes searching for inspiration. But staying at home in Dumfriesshire and spending time with us for one of the wettest summers in memory hasn’t dampened his spirits.

Indeed, two of the works Hugh has created for the exhibition Summer at Home capture this summer’s dominant weather theme: Blustery and Solway Rain.

Hugh has also created new works featuring well-known local sites and areas of beauty including: Kirkcudbright Tolbooth; Thornhill Cross; Powillimont Shore; Mennock Bridge and Devorgilla’s Bridge.

Print involving poetry is this Saturday’s theme. At 11am and 2pm Hugh will be showing how to create Poetry pamphlets—combining writing and simple bookbinding.

And at 3pm—Hugh will launch both of his new artists books. His collaboration with writer Chrys Salt entitled Old Times, and the other collaboration --Devorgilla’s Bridge --with poet Hugh McMillan. Both Hughs will read excerpts from the poetry pamphlets.

All the events are free, and you are very welcome to join us.

written by Paul O'Keeffe at Thomas Tosh

Friday, 21 August 2009


Our artist in residence Hugh Bryden will show you how you can create prints in the comfort of your own home this Saturday (22nd August).

Hugh is holding the printing demonstrations at 11am and 2pm. And entry is free.

Hugh will be showing customers a range of printmaking techniques that can be carried out in the home without specialist equipment.

Hugh is also exhibiting new work created as part of his exhibition: Summer at Home. The exhibition’s been running here at Thomas Tosh for the past three weeks. The new prints of local scenes include: Devorgilla’s Bridge ; Penpont; Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas; Thornhill and Mennock.

It is all part of Hugh’s mission to completely change his exhibition by the end of its run. And next Saturday (29th August) we will be celebrating the launch of the new work here at Tosh and you are welcome to join us.

The exhibition finishes on September 5th. Hugh will be holding two more Saturday workshops, and will be at TT every Tuesday as well.

written by Paul O'Keeffe at Thomas Tosh

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Hugh Bryden Workshop Saturday 8th August

Award winning publisher and printmaker Hugh Bryden is holding a free workshop at Thomas Tosh today (Saturday 8th August).

Hugh will be showing customers the techniques of how to make simple books, such as accordion structures. He uses these techniques himself in his artists books.

Hugh will be at Thomas Tosh from 10am onwards and you are very welcome to drop in at any time.

Hugh's first week as artist in residence at Thomas Tosh has been going well. He's produced the first print proofs of linocuts whilst he's been here.

The prints are of local scenes: Penpont's war memorial, the cross at Thornhill, and Mennock Bridge. They are great depictions of familiar places, which haven't been portrayed in linocut before.

Hugh has created strong, fresh images--with twists you'd expect from this award-winning printmaker.

For example, there's the barbed wire running along the wall behind the war memorial in his Penpont print. That's a literal representation of what you see, but you'd probably miss it if you visited the memorial. Hugh's work makes this echo of the trenches stand out.

Hugh will be holding more workshops later this month, and will be at TT every Tuesday as well.

The gallery page has more details.