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Artworks by artist Margot Sandeman, a well-know Arran visitor, are to go on display at an exhibition at Cyril Gerber Fine Art in West Regent Street, Glasgow.

A selection of paintings and drawings gifted to Margot by friend and fellow artist Joan Eardley will also be on display. Margot and Joan, who became lifelong friends while they were both students at Glasgow School of Art, made many painting trips to Corrie which was the Sandeman’s family summer base.

Born in Glasgow Margot was the daughter of Archibald Sandeman 1887-1941, an accomplished artist and Muriel Boyd Sandeman 1887-1981, an internationally famous embroiderer who trained with Jessie Newbery at Glasgow School of Art.

A prolific painter, she continued to work until the end of her life in 2009, aged 87, leaving a substantial number of paintings and drawings in her studio. The exhibition in Cyril Gerber Fine Art is a further selection of some of these idyllic scenes of figures in nature, still life and drawings and includes some previously unseen works.

Cyril Gerber said:  ‘One feels that if Margot Sandeman were not a painter she would have been a poet. For her, the thought, the idea, the atmosphere of beautiful trees, shady lanes, sheep as part of the shape of the landscape, are rare, pure and magical things. For her too, the idea of young people, gentle, thoughtful, learning, is something very special – an idealistic vision of beauty, hope and knowledge being brought to the world. And so we get with her paintings a coalescence of the pure beauty of nature with its light and air and colour, and the young figures romantically symbolical of thought, philosophy and poetry, composed into a total visual idea or experience’.

Winner of the Guthrie Award, 1964; the Anne Redpath Award, 1970; the Scottish Arts Council Award, 1970 and the Laing Competition, 1989, her works are represented in numerous private and public collections in Scotland and further afield, including the BBC, the Scottish Arts Council, Contemporary Art Society and the City Art Centre, Edinburgh.

The exhibition at Cyril Gerber Fine Art will take place from Thursday January 31 to Saturday February 23. Further information can be found at


A work of Margot Sandeman showing a figure in an idyllic nature setting.  No_B03exhibit01