Joan Eardley: A Centenary of Lives and Landscapes
Glasgow Women’s Library

23 Landressy Street, Glasgow G40 1BP
28th October 2021 – 12th February 2022

Joan Eardley was one of Scotland’s most expressive twentieth century artists and is a firm favourite of Glasgow Women’s Library. To celebrate the centenary of Joan’s birth we’re thrilled to exhibit five striking artworks on loan from the University of Edinburgh Art Collection. These five pieces vividly capture Joan’s attraction to the raw power and realism of people and place. Woman in St Marks (1949) was inspired by her time in Italy, while Back Street Bookie (1952) and Girl and Baby (1962) paint a picture of the people of Glasgow’s east end, where Joan became a familiar face, finding community and renting a studio. In contrast, January Flow Tide (1961) and Cornfield (1963) evoke the ever-changing land and seascapes of Catterline on the north-east coast, where Joan painted until her untimely death.

Joan and Me: Creative Writing in Response to Joan Eardley* (1st December 2021, 12th January & 5th February 2022)
In response to our exhibition, we’re delighted to offer three creative writing workshops. Whether you’re a regular writer or never picked up a pen before, these workshops are supportive, fun and filled with prompts to help you explore Joan’s paintings through your writing. Come to one, or come to all – our facilitators, GWL’s Nadine and Donna, are looking forward to striking the creative spark with you.

Joan Eardley Story Café Special* (10th February 2022)
During Joan’s centenary year we’ll be immersing ourselves in writing inspired by her life and work. We’d love you to pull up a chair and join us!

*Free, 16+, women only. Please visit our website for more details.

Girl with a Poke of Chips, oil on canvas with newspaper.

Joan Eardley, January Flow Tide, 1961, University of Edinburgh Art Collection ©Estate of Joan Eardley