Seeing Beyond the Immediate. exhibition by Patricia Cain

20 May - 8 July
Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries

Artist Patricia Cain ( curates both her own work and that of Scottish abstract artist Wilhelmina Barns-Graham to create an installation that encourages visitors to engage with the creative process of artists who make both representational and abstract artworks.

Originated during a 3 month residency at Barns-Graham’s house ‘Balmungo’,Seeing Beyond the Immediate goes behind the aesthetic of artworks to focus on the artists’ process and decision-making and considers how this might be linked to the development of the artist herself.

The exhibition’s narrative reveals how Cain makes her work in relation to what she observes of the world and the work of others and it’s interactive content allows visitors to experience this for themselves.

Please join us for the opening of the exhibition with Jenny Wilson of the Barns Graham Trust on Saturday 20 May, 2-4pm.

Thursday 15 June: Seeing beyond the Immediate Symposium
Presented in association with Upland, the symposium considers the impact of creative process on the maker’s development with a specially invited international group of speakers. Full details will be available in early May - contact Gracefield on if you’d like information sent directly.


About Gracefield Arts Centre

Gracefield Arts Centre is located in Dumfries. The gallery's main building, a Listed building, was bought in 1951 by a committee of local people who raised the money needed for the purchase and to do the alterations necessary to change the former house, which was known as ‘Gracefield’ into an art gallery.

The gallery houses a collection of over 600 Scottish paintings which include paintings by the Scottish Colourists, the Glasgow Boys, the Kirkcudbright School and the Edinburgh School, as well as contemporary Scottish works of art by the likes of Joan Eardley and Andy Goldsworthy. The gallery hosts a changing programme of contemporary exhibitions featuring regional, national and international artists and craftmakers.


Gracefield Arts Centre,

28 Edinburgh Road,



Telephone: 01387 262 084

Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm



Individual Art for Individual People