Amy Winstanley
Slim glimpses
8 July – 10 September 2023

Open Thurs-Sun, 11am-4pm
or by appointment outside of those times
Entry is free – all are welcome
The exhibition is wheelchair accessible

About the exhibition

Images: (above) Amy Winstanley, Slim Glimpses, 2023, oil on canvas, 103 x 93cm; (below) Reverberative Business, 2023, oil on canvas, 93 x 103cm

CAMPLE LINE is delighted to present Slim glimpses, an exhibition of thirteen new paintings by Amy Winstanley (b. 1983, Dumfries), opening 8 July 2023. Installed in our downstairs space, the exhibition adds to Amy’s distinctive body of work, combining vivid colour and rich painterly language in compelling compositions that envision new possibilities for being in the world. 

The exhibition’s title, Slim glimpses, derives from what Amy has referred to as ‘small moments’ that briefly interrupt our everyday activities: ‘There is a birch tree outside our flat, and I make a point of touching it and looking up. And for one moment, for one glimpse, I am thinking of the tree as a different sort of being and how different that is from me as a person, as a human…Then I go on to do my normal daily things.’ 

In a short essay commissioned to accompany the exhibition, Caitlin Merrett King suggests: ‘Painting, for Amy, is a way of putting down roots.’ The body of work included in Slim glimpses is rich in allusions to foliage, trees, clouds, fields, sunny orbs, hills and water. Amy grew up in Dalry in rural Dumfries and Galloway, and she spent her childhood immersed in the countryside. A profound sense of connectedness to the natural world, in turn, pervades her work.

Whilst developing this exhibition, Amy has drawn upon the work of writers Donna Haraway, Karen Barad and Matthew Hall. She has said: ‘There are glimpses of hope in the reframing of who we are and how we live to include all those we are entangled with, human and nonhuman, in order to cultivate a better way to live with the world.’

Amy Winstanley is represented by Margot Samel, New York City.

This exhibition is supported by Creative Scotland.

About the artist

Watch the exhibition film that accompanies Slim Glimpses at CAMPLE LINE. Featuring an interview with Amy Winstanley recorded in her studio in June 2023.

Amy Winstanley (b. 1983, Dumfries, Scotland) is an artist based in Glasgow. She studied MA Fine Art at Sandberg Institute, Amsterdam (2017-19) and BA (Hons) Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art (2001-05). Amy has exhibited in solo and group shows in USA, UK, Netherlands and South Korea.

Recent exhibitions include Lost Hap, solo show at Margot Samel Gallery, New York (22 Jun – 7 July 2023). Strangers group show at Rongwrong, Amsterdam (2022), Moral Limb solo show at Stallan-Brand, Glasgow (2021), Grief Bruise solo show at Lunchtime Gallery, Glasgow (2021), Potluck group show at Gallery 17717, Seoul (2021), To All Our Absent Dialogues group show at Warbling Collective, London (2020) and Festival of Choices, Graduation Show, Het Glazen Haus, Amsterdam (2019). Amy was nominated for the Sluijter prize for painting 2019 (Netherlands), and has been the recipient of the Hope Scott Trust award (2014) and the Creative Scotland Visual Arts Award (2010 and 2014). Along with the artist collective ALKMY she has published short stories and images in What Ties Ties, Ties (2020) and What Thoughts Think Thoughts (2021) both through Print Art Research Centre, Seoul. 

Audio & Video

Audio Description
Amy Winstanley’s  ‘Time for a time being’ described by Gallery Assistant Erin Fraser

Exhibition essay
Amy Winstanley ‘Slim gimpses’ by Caitlin Merrett King