Kirsty Reid

Kirsty Reid
BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice // DJCAD ‘18

Kirsty’s practice considers process and materiality through the exploration of water-based paints and the potential of painterly marks they can create.

An interest in surfaces influences her use of ceramics, fabrics and various papers. Archival ideas underpin the work, as the imagery is derived from an ever-growing collection of film photographs of landscapes and places she has visited. Making books is a recurring interest of hers which, also archival in nature, allows for the gathering and ordering of material. In developing these ideas she has looked to autochrome photograph archives from the early 1900’s. Working from film photographs bring an element of memory and nostalgia to the work, as she reflects on her time spent in these places whilst painting. This results in invented, fragmented landscapes regenerated in watercolour to form a dreamlike state.

“Carol Rhodes and Cathy Wilkes have inspired my work greatly, particularly during my first couple of years at art school, when I was trying to figure out my practice and how to make it my own. I also discovered watercolour painter Silke Otto-Knapp during this time, whose work showed me how watercolour paintings can have a space in contemporary art. More recently I have been inspired by Poetic Pastel, a project founded by artist Johanna Tagada, which looks at tea culture, nature and slow living through painting and publications. After graduating from art school I spent three months in Seoul, South Korea, where I explored Korean ceramics, painting and tea culture, which had influenced some of my work.

As I work across several disciplines, I’m fascinated by the combinations of, for example, a shiny glazed ceramic surface next to watery brushstrokes of paint on a delicate, almost transparent piece of Japanese paper. My subject matter mostly focuses on landscape, however I have recently started to bring elements of the interior into my work also. I usually begin with colour film photographs I have taken of a place, and as I look for interesting colours or shapes, I consider which medium this would translate best to”.

Kirsty has exhibited her work at the Royal Scottish Academy and Whitespace gallery in Edinburgh – in addition to a number of venues in Dundee, Glasgow, and also in Canada. Following her graduation, she won the Wall Projects New Graduate and Farquhar Reid Trust prizes (2018). Since then, she has undertaken several curatorial and arts education roles. She is currently an editor for Windfall*.

From the Market
Watercolour on paper, on ceramic earthenware tile
9.5 x 14 cm


2014 – 2018
BA (Hons) Contemporary Art Practice, First Class, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, Dundee.

Drawing and Painting, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada.

2013 – 2014
NQ Portfolio Preparation, Glasgow Clyde College.


On the Table, ​Marram Arts.
Uncovered Streets​, Digital Art Project.
Confined Spaces​, Digital Art Project.

May Exhibition​, On The Fringe, Shawlands, Glasgow.

2018 Christmas Fundraising Auction, ​16 Nicholson Street, Glasgow.
Winter Show, ​Wall Projects, Montrose.
RSW 138th Annual Exhibition, ​RSA, Edinburgh.
Keep Making, ​Whitespace Gallery, Edinburgh.
Save the Graduate, ​Dock Street Studios, Dundee.
Degree Show, DJCAD, Dundee.
Zine Library Launch, Matthew Gallery, DJCAD, Dundee.
nobody taught me how to fold, ​The Old Hairdressers, Glasgow.

WOMP, ​Blackness Library, Dundee.
Virtual Reality, ​VRC, Dundee Contemporary Arts.
Members Show, GENERATORprojects, Dundee.

OPOP, ​MCG Open Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto, Ontario.
Duality Part I, Bradshaw Space, Crawford Building, DJCAD, Dundee.
Duality Part II, Matthew Gallery, DJCAD, Dundee.
Members Show, GENERATORprojects, Dundee.

Portrait Exhibition, Level 5, DJCAD, Dundee.


Wall Projects New Graduate Prize 
RSW 138th Open Annual Exhibition Invited Artist
Farquhar Reid Trust Prize

Alastair Hickman Drawing Prize 

Other Experience


Curated Member Showcase, Visual Arts Scotland.

Work Experience

2019 – 2020
Learning & Access Volunteer, Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow.
Curatorial Intern, Royal Collection Trust, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh.
Co-Curator, Doors Open Day Exhibition, Kinning Park Complex, Glasgow.
Curator & Exhibitions Coordinator, Southside Fringe Festival, Glasgow.

Co-founder, DJCAD Zine Library, Dundee.