Shirley Kirkcaldy

SWAc Associate Member 

Shirley Kirkcaldy is a contemporary landscape artist living on Dartmoor in the South West, a location that greatly informs her work. She thrives on the solitude of wild and windswept places and, what she sees and feels in the landscape, inspires an explorative and experimental approach to her practice. Colour, light and texture are elements that feature significantly and form the foundation for what she aims to capture on canvas – an ‘intuitive response to a place and time’. Working expressively in a variety of media, images that exist in actuality, are transposed as reflections of the prolific drawings and visual notes she makes on location. In the studio, these combine with materials to explore ideas created and by subtracting or abstracting information, final images move further away from documentary and towards anonymity. Thus, she is inviting the viewer to form their own interpretation whilst always conveying a personal significance. Shirley’s work is represented in private collections in UK, USA and Europe and exhibits regularly throughout the year.

Education / Development

2018 – Printmaking [Monoprinting, Drypoint, Collagraph], Plymouth College of Art

2017 – Printmaking [Etching, Monoprint], Mary Gillett

2016 – Defining Practice [1 year], Newlyn School of Art

2015 – Life Drawing, Plymouth College of Art

2015 – Oils and techniques, Newlyn School of Art

2014 – Pastel Techniques

2014 – Colour and Abstraction, Newlyn School of Art

2013 – Printmaking [Etching, Collagraph, Drypoint, Monotype, Mary Gillett

2013 – PTLLS Adult Teaching Diploma

2011 – Creative Materials, St Ives School of Painting

2008/11 – Various workshops and courses



2016 – ‘Defining View’, Dulwich, London

2014 – Flavel Centre, Dartmouth

2013 – Devon Open Studios, 360 Gallery, Plymouth

2012 – Colour and Light, Art at the Works, Tavistock

2011 – Bistro One, Plymouth

2010 – Devon Open Studios, 360 Gallery, Plymouth


2019 – Devon Artist Network, Harbour House, Kingsbridge – Selected Exhibitor [April]

2019 – Delamore Arts Annual Exhibition, Dartmoor – Selected Exhibitor [May]

2018 – SWAc [The South West Academy]- Selected Exhibitor

2018 – ‘Carn, Cove & Common Ground’, Dulwich, London

2018 – Wildwood Gallery, Landscape Exhibition, Dartmoor

2018 – ‘Carn, Cove & Common Ground’, Salthouse Gallery, St Ives

2018 – Delamore Arts Annual Exhibition, Dartmoor – Selected Exhibitor

2018 – Wildwood Gallery, Spring Exhibition, Dartmoor

2017 – SWAc [The South West Academy] – Selected Exhibitor

2017 – ‘Sea Moor’, Harbour House Gallery, Kingsbridge

2017 – Drawn to the Valley Annual Exhibition, Tavistock

2017 – Defining Boundaries’ -Harbour House Gallery, Kingsbridge

2015 – Salcombe Contemporary Art Fair – Selected Exhibitor

2014 Devon Open Studios, 360 Gallery, Plymouth

2013 – Mariners Gallery, St Ives

2012 – Phoenix Centre, Exeter

2009 Eddystone, South Hams


Wildwood Arts Gallery, Dartmoor

Tidal Gallery, Kingsbridge

Texts and Articles

2019 – Featured artist, ‘Artist’ magazine

2018 – Featured artist ‘Devon Life’ magazine

2017 – Featured artist ‘Dartmoor’ magazine

Nominations / Awards

2014 – Finalist “Up and Coming Artist”, Fine Art Trade Guild.


SWAc Associate Member [South West Academy of Art]

Drawn to the Valley

Devon Artists Network

Pastel Society SAA Professional Member

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