Hamish McLain

Born in London. Lives and works in Cumbria, UK.  

Email: hmclain@hotmail.com


Solo Exhibitions

Striking Out - High Sykeside, Grasmere, Cumbria, September 2015 

There's Always Space to Move - Curators Coffee Gallery, London, February - April 2015

An Extra GrooveCloisters, London, March - June 2014

Up and Ready - The Bohemia Space, Liverpool, September 2012

Cut to the Chase - The Royal Standard, Liverpool, January 2010 

Shifting Persepctives - Cloisters, London, March - June 2009

The Norman Moores Fellowship in Drawing and Painting - Liverpool School of Art and Design, 2006

Fresh Paint - Hope St Gallery, Liverpool School of Art and Design, 2006

Group Exhibitions

(detail) Painting - H Project Space, Bangkok; Transition Gallery, London; Usher Gallery Lincoln -      July 2014 - April 2015

Crash Open 2013 - Charlie Dutton Gallery, London, December 2013

Sunday Salon - Oakley Road Project Space, London, November 2013 

MA Degree Show - Chelsea College of Art, London, September 2013

Honeymoon - Triangle Space, Chelsea College of Art, London, June 2013

MA Interim Show - Chelsea College of Art, London May 2013

To Boldly Go - Cookhouse Gallery, Millbank, London, March 2013

Crash Open 2012 - Charlie Dutton Gallery, London, December 2012

Lead Sheeting - DBH Business cenntre, Liverpool, September 2012

Cave Art Fair - New Bird Street, Liverpool, September 2012 

Favela - The Royal Standard, Liverpool, May 2012 

Love in - Super Collider, Blackpool , October 2011

Space Exchange - Aid & Abet, Cambridge, October 2011 

No Soul for Sale: A Festival of Independents - Tate Modern, London, May 2010

Thinking Outside the Box - The Bluecoat, Liverpool, May 2010. 

Pencil it In - Red Wire, Liverpool, May 2009

Fear and Optimism: Liverpool in the 21st Century -  Workstation Gallery, Sheffield, February 2009

Sale - The Royal Standard, Liverpool, January 2009

Carambolage: Creative Conflict Virtually Grizedale - A Foundation, Liverpool 2006

Haven't You Grown? - The Royal Standard Liverpool 2006

Sefton Open - The Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport.  'Cluster' 2005

Space Limited - 52 Roscoe St, Liverpool 2005
-  Rathausgalerie, Munich 2007

European Heimatabend - Villa Waldberta, Munich 2007

Open-Here: Artist Introductions - Pony Bar, Lothringer13/Laden, Munich 2007

Annual Commercial Exhibition - The Royal Standard, Liverpool 2006

Residencies / Awards

Merzbarn16 (upcoming) - Merzbarn, Cylinders Estate, Langdale, Cumbria, March 2016 

Open Here: Constructions - Conextions - ArtLab Residency, Villa Waldberta, Munich 2007.

The Norman Moores Fellowship in Drawing and Painting
-  Liverpool School of Art and Design, 2005-06

Education / Qualifications

MA Fine Art, Distinction, 2012 - 2013, Chelsea College of Art 

BA (Hons) Fine Art, 1st Class, 2002 - 2005, Liverpool John Moores University.

Foundation Studies in Art and Design, Distinction, 2001 - 2002, Wiltshire College Trowbridge.

Work Experience / Curation

Chelsea College of Art and Design, October - December 2013

I assisted with the delivery of a six week series of seminars for current MA Fine Art Students. Working closely with the Postgraduate Theory Co-ordinator, I generated discussion between the invited speakers and students. As a culmination of the project I delivered my own seminar, titled 'Click off for a second and make something' exploring contemporary approaches to image making and our digital environment.

Thinking Outside the Box. The Bluecoat, Liverpool May 2010.

I initiated a four person exhibition investigating themes of place and how experience affects our reading of environment. Exhibiting alongside Andrew Bracey, Amelia Crouch and Michael lent we explored the relationships between our practices, exploring connections between painting, sculpture, moving image and text.  

Global Studio. The Bluecoat, Liverpool April - June 2010

Co-curated The Royal Standard's contribution to 'Global Studio' at The Bluecoat. Overseeing a programme of  five exhibitions, including 'Turning Scouse' - a group exhibition of artists from The Royal Standard. Took part in a variety of talks and discussions exploring working methods and connections between artists across the world and in Liverpool

BamBamBam. The Royal Standard, January 2010
I co-curated and exhibited in a series of three, week long solo exhibitions by artists at The Royal Standard. Led a group disucussion exploring artistic influences in our practices.

Pretty Deep, The Royal Standard, Liverpool, March - April, 2009
I co-curated an exhibition of recent work by 7 artists from the across the UK and Europe. Investigating how the artists formal explorations within their medium relate to wider issues of history, sarcasam , sincerity and desperation.


The Royal Standard, Liverpool, 2007 - 2010. 

I was the chairman and co-director of an artist-led gallery, group studio and social workspace in Liverpool. Working as part of a team of six directors, I gained experience in curating and installing exhibitions and applying for and managing an Arts Council budget of £25,000, along with organising group crits and liaising with artists around the country. I helped co-curate the exhibition 'Navigator' which opened during the 2008 Liverpool Biennial, as well as The Royal Standards contribution to 'No Sole for Sale' at Tate Modern, London in 2010. The organisation continues to grow with a rotating directorship. For more information visit www.the-royal-standard.com 


Lecturing 2006 - present

I have lecturing experience within Fine Art education from Manchester Metropolitan University, Chelsea College of Art and Liverpool John Moores University, alongside work as a visiting artist at Anglia Ruskin University, Lincoln University, Kingston College and Liverpool Community College. 

I have been responsible for tutor groups, giving one to one tutorials, group discussions, gallery tours. At LJMU I co-planned and delivered a 12 week drawing module at Liverpool john Moores University for first year fine art students, culminating in a final exhibition open to the public. 


Artist Educator 2013 - present

I plan and deliver art workshops for children, young people and adults in a variety of settings. Abstract painting techniques are at the core of my teaching, as I encourage participants to experiment with a variety of techniques and materials, gaining a greater understanding of the expressive potential of painting. Recent organisations include The Tetley, Leeds; Abbot Hall, Kendal; Keswick Museum; The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool and Orleans Park School, Twickenham. 

In May and June 2015 I worked with a class of Year 10 GCSE Art Stduents from Cockburn School, to produce artwork in response to the exhibition 'Painting in Time' at the Tetley Gallery, Leeds. Working both at the school and gallery, the project opened up the world of expanded painting through material experimentation and a final public exhibition curated by the students. 

In September 2015 I taught an abstract painting workshop for adults, in response to the St Ives exhibition 'Taking Flight' at Abbott Hall Gallery. Initial sketches of the gallery gardens gave way to more abstract interpretations and expressive use of materials, building up to a final painting through learning about colour relationships, mark making and composition.  

In August 2014 I planned and delivered a series of three painting workshops at The Walker Art Gallery, based around the 2014 John Moores Painting Prize. Working with children aged 7-12 and their accompanying adult, participants experimented with stencilling, painting and drawing techniques to produce responses to the exhibition.