Light in the Garden opens at Dawyck

 Dawyck Botanic Garden, one of the Scottish Borders’ leading visitor attractions, was the inspiration for a new exhibition of work by two enterprising teachers.

 The exhibition, entitled Light in the Garden, features a variety of stunning works by Edinburgh-based artists Sarah Knox and Sarah Robinson. It will run in The Studio at Dawyck until 30 November and admission is free.

 Light in the Garden is the first joint exhibition by the two women. Sarah Knox teaches art at St. George’s School for Girls in Edinburgh and Sarah Robinson is a former teacher at St George's and now teaches Modern Studies at Edinburgh’s George Watson’s College.

 Sarah Knox commented: “'Sarah and I both love the Garden at Dawyck and have visited with our families over many years.  The opportunity to work in the arboretum, talk to the gardening team and sketch on location, soaking in the atmosphere was irresistible. Our works are a creative response to viewing the world through the Garden. This collaboration is a reflection of this enchanting place.’’ 

The exhibition reflects how the artists immersed themselves making studies of the paths, vistas, hidden corners and trees in the Garden.

 Garden Curator, Graham Stewart said:” The artists have made a wonderful visual representation of the changing light and landscapes through the seasons. Their interpretation in vivid colours brings the Garden to life and takes you on a dynamic journey round the garden and its trees’’. 

 The artists have produced complementary artworks: Sarah Knox works in multi- layered oils and mixed media, and she has also displayed a series of finely drawn and harmonious botanical prints. In contrast, Sarah Robinson has made hand-finished monoprints, lino cuts and acrylic paintings of trees in a heightened palette.


The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)