Former Kirklees College student stages homecoming solo exhibition in Huddersfield


Edinburgh-based artist and former Kirklees College student, Olivia Turner, has returned Huddersfield for a solo exhibition, Coalescence.

Having enjoyed a string of successes, exhibitions and awards after graduating from Edinburgh College of Art, Olivia Turner has become a notable and well-established artist in Scotland. She was selected for the prestigious New Contemporaries exhibition at the Royal Scottish Academy and has since continued to develop her practice. She has exhibited worldwide, and is currently the President of the Society of Scottish Artists – the youngest in the organisation’s 130-year history.

She has also been a recipient of several awards including the Royal Scottish Academy’s Latimer Award; RSA Sir William Gillies Bequest Award, and the Open Contemporary Young Artist Award.

Coalescence, at Globe Arts Studio, will show the depth of Turner’s practice and how it has developed over the last few years. It will bring together several avenues which Turner has continued to explore and will include two and three-dimensional outcomes. It will feature a new series of paintings along with some new marquetry work, which emerged during lockdown.

The exhibition is showing until 23 October 2021 at Globe Arts Studio in Slaithwaite on Monday – Thursday from 10am – 3pm. 

Speaking about her exhibition, Olivia Turner said:

“I am delighted to be exhibiting on home soil for the first time. Having been postponed due to Covid-19, it is really nice to finally see the show come to fruition. Jackie Harrowsmith has been extremely supportive of my career, since first teaching me Art at GCSE and I was thrilled when she invited me to exhibit at Globe Arts Studio.”

Jackie Harrowsmith, Director at Globe Arts Studio and Art and Design Lecturer at Kirklees College added:

“I’m so very proud to have known Olivia from the days as her art teacher and form

tutor. You know when you’re around somebody who is going to go far! I’ve followed her creative journey throughout her study at Batley School of Art, her Degree at Edinburgh College of Art, as instigator and director of the DOK artist-run space in Leith, and now as she emerges as a young British artist. It is fabulous that Olivia has agreed to show her new work in her hometown of Huddersfield and I am especially honoured that the exhibition is with us here at Globe Gallery, Globe Arts Studio.”

For more information about Art and Design courses at Kirklees College, visit https://www.kirkleescollege.ac.uk/subjects/art-and-design/.

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