MEG RODGER

I live and work on the Isle of Berneray in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland - a speck amidst a chain of islands on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

To dwell in such a place, where the forces and cycles of nature are extreme, is both inspiring and humbling. Nature here is dictator, rhythm setter and provider despite our technological advancements.

I work creatively with natural phenomena, taking my inspiration from the complexity, strength and beauty of the oceans and wild lands.  

Appreciating the knowledge, skills and culture of the people who dwell in these places is part of this process. However, my work is from the perspective that humans are not central but merely part of these naturally occurring systems and cycles that are complex, integrated and vast. 

Education:

2011-2016                BA with First-class Honours in Fine Art, The University of Highlands and Islands, Moray College, Elgin.

1996-1998                Social Anthropology MSc, The University of Edinburgh.                                 

1988-1992                History of Art/English MA Honours, The University of Aberdeen.                  

 

Exhibitions:

2017                           Murmur, 5 August - 10 September - An Talla Solais, Ullapool.

                                   RSA Open Exhibition, 22 July - 1 October, The Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture, Edinburgh.

2017                           Oirthir - the edge of the land, April - May - An Lanntair Arts Centre, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.

2017                           Elemental, 14 January - 25 February - Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Art Gallery, Lochmaddy, North Uist, Outer Hebrides.

2016                           FLY, 3 - 27 December - Visual Arts Scotland, RSA, Edinburgh.

2015                           Vibrant Matter - Focal Exhibition, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Art Gallery, Lochmaddy, North Uist, Outer Hebrides.

2013                           Between the Tides - Uist Arts Association Annual Exhibition, Taigh Chearsabhagh, Lochmaddy, North Uist, Outer Hebrides.

2012                           Ways of Seeing - Uist Arts Association Annual Exhibition, Taigh Chearsabhagh, Lochmaddy, North Uist, Outer Hebrides.

 

Appointments:

2013-15                     Chair, Board of Trustees, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre, Lochmaddy, North Uist, Outer Hebrides.

 

Awards:

2016                           Shortlisted for Visual Arts Scotland's Graduate Showcase, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.

 

Career:

2010-present             Visual Artist

                                  Sole Trader– The Birlinn Yarn Company

2004-2010                 Arts Development Officer, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, Outer Hebrides.

2004                          Marketing Development Officer, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre, Lochmaddy, North Uist, Outer Hebrides.

2002-2004                 Freelance Cultural Research & Project Co-ordinator.

1999-2003                 National Co-ordinator, Initiative at the Edge, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Inverness.

1998-1999                 Freelance Cultural Research & Project Co-ordinator.

1994-1999                 PA to Director & International Research/Project Co-ordinator, The FruitMarket Gallery, Edinburgh.

1992-93                     Free-lance English Teacher, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

                                  Ranch Hand, La Higuera Estancia, Corrientes, Argentina.

1987-1988                 English Teacher, Institut Seni Indonesia (Fine Arts Institute of Indonesian), Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia.