Catriona Taylor

I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2006 after having pursued a career in the theatre and literature.

My work tends to encompass two disciplines; painting and installations which now include film.
I was Artist in Residence at the National Library of Scotland and through their collections became very interested in emigration and clearance from Scotland. I was particularly inspired by the Sorley MacLean manuscripts and the huge archive of emigrant letters.

I have always been fascinated by Scottish history and landscape. I was awarded a Visual Artist Award from Creative Scotland and CABN to make a film shot from the back of my horse as I followed the Cross Borders Drove Road in the footsteps of the drovers.
I have also made installations about the Scottish Fishing Industry, Childhood and the Farming Bothy Culture.

I was Leverhulme Artist in Residence with the Scottish Centre of Diaspora Studies at Edinburgh University 2012-2014
Following my interest in emigration I decided to research current migration to Scotland. This has been a fascinating and thought provoking theme and I made a film work, photo installation and a migration quilt which were shown at the National Museum of Scotland and the Scottish Parliament in 2014.

Over the last two years I have made a film abut mental health and young people following the suicide of a young friend.
I am currently working with the NHS Mental Health Team in Scotland to use the film with young people.

My painting can currently be seen at Dancing Light Gallery, Whitmuir Organic Farm, Lamancha and at the end of June with Cameron Contemporary Art in Brighton.