Souvenirs of a Sealocked Summer

Souvenirs of a Sealocked Summer is Baskwell’s first exhibition, to run from 1 October to 15 November. Viewings can also be arranged by appointment in our space in Leith. 

The exhibition is a playful selection of artisanal objects, paintings, decorative items and design pieces coming from or evoking the arts of Southern Europe.  Whether based on a local tradition or individual imagination, we have selected works linked to favorite summer destinations in aesthetics, subject or traditional local techniques.
We know many of us have a particular nostalgia for travel as our movements have been hampered, so we have decided to bring warmth to Baskwell in preparation for the coming cold months.
Some of these works are rooted in regional craft traditions, such as Portuguese rugs and Sicilian ex-votos, Spanish hand painted fans, or Basque wooden figurines.
Others have been selected more freely; seascapes, light paintings that offer a window into our favorite summer retreats and which might bring some comfort in their beauty and uniqueness. To offer a counterpoint, the exhibition includes some wonderful paintings by a few UK artists who longingly dream of scenery known to them firsthand or in pictures, but that immediately transport us.
We hope you enjoy travelling through these works and find one to allow some escapism from home!Thank you to the wonderful artists featured in it!