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As COP26 starts, a new exhibition celebrating community and sustainability opens in the hotel

Luxury hotel Kimpton Charlotte Square this week welcome a new exhibition of modern and contemporary art from their neighbour and esteemed West End retailer Gallery TEN into their courtyard oasis on the ground floor of the hotel.

From November guests and visitors can enjoy a unique selection of original prints from Gallery TEN’s estimable collection, featured art available for purchase includes original prints by celebrated artists Dame Elizabeth Blackadder, painter and printmaker Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, the pioneering Sandra Blow and Winifred Nicholson alongside original works from distinguished contemporary print makers.

The exhibition of modern and contemporary art showcases a special collection of works by featured artist, Edinburgh-based Lucy Jones. Lucy uses a distinctive combination of techniques and materials including collage, paint, print making and drawing plus hot wax to reconstruct distinctively ‘Edinburgh’ architectural features. She is particularly inspired by the city’s New Town Georgian architecture which appears in her new works displayed in the hotel.

Collecting old documents, maps and books, she recycles materials wherever possible and for this exhibition with Kimpton Charlotte Square, she has used materials gathered from the hotel such as restaurant menus and waste from procurement, bedrooms and the office within her works. Her construction of collage with relevant recycled texts and images creates unique ‘building portraits’, with a literary as well as visual story. Locals and long-time visitors to the hotel will enjoy spotting pieces of its history in a portrait of our front door which will exhibit here for the first time. There will also be a limited edition print of this work made available.

As part of the exhibition guests have been invited to witness Lucy creating a mural in real time across opening week in The Garden space. The mural of Edinburgh’s city landmarks uses waste materials from the hotel and represents hope for a greener future for the city.

Artist Lucy Jones said:

“The opportunity to exhibit and make work at Kimpton Charlotte Square during Cop26, will join together my passions for Edinburgh’s Georgian architecture, my concerns over the environment and reducing single use materials, and making artworks from re-used papers – I will be creating some beauty from other people’s waste.’

“I’m excited about/to be working in the Garden space for a week – to make a large art work on the wall, which will celebrate the interesting and beautiful architectural sights and heritage of the centre of Edinburgh, from Calton Hill in the East to Charlotte Square in the West, using mixed media with collage materials donated by the hotel – I’ll be transforming some of Kimpton’s own paper waste into a work of art!”

Kieran Quinn, General Manager of Kimpton Charlotte Square said:

“Following the success of our recent collaboration with Stuart McAlpine Miller, we wanted to continue to fill our vibrant courtyard space at Kimpton Charlotte Square with wonderful art. We believe in the inner strength of local communities and the importance of circularity in supporting independent businesses close to our hotel in the west end of Edinburgh, so we turned to our brilliant neighbours Gallery TEN who we are glad to say grasped the opportunity to showcase their collection in our space.’

“We’re delighted to welcome this vibrant exhibition to The Garden for our guests to enjoy, and have greatly enjoyed seeing our waste paper be recycled into beautiful artworks by Lucy Jones, celebrating a more sustainable future at the heart of the exhibition.”

From their home on William Street in the West End of Edinburgh, Gallery TEN represent established and emerging artists, master printmakers and artisans. Founder and gallery owner Paul Musgrove champions the work of established and emerging artists, master printmakers and artisans. They specialise in promoting print in all its various forms alongside Studio Glass and the other applied arts from Scottish, national, and international makers.

Paul Musgrove, Gallery Owner at Gallery TEN said:

“Gallery TEN is delighted to be collaborating with Kimpton Charlotte Square. We are very excited to be able to share a selection of our stunning original prints with the Kimpton Hotel patrons and looking forward to Lucy Jones creating a site-specific work especially for The Garden space.”