Art space KUDIRKA to host Lift Others Up with Alison McWhirter



KUDIRKA’s Lift Others Up exhibition will showcase three Scottish artist’s work, including world-renowned painter Alison McWhirter

Lift Others Up is an exhibition of bold, colourful paintings by artists Rowena Comrie, Sarah Kudirka and Alison McWhirter – who are exhibiting together for the first time at KUDIRKA.

The show emerged from discussions between three artists – each with a strong connection to Glasgow – over the last year and is curated by Sarah Kudirka. This distinctive, internationally-resonant collection of artwork aims to bring colour and joy to visitors, using abstract and fluid art styles to engage the passer by – and enchant them at the same time.

This is everything you need to know about the Lift Others Up Exhibition at KUDIRKA.

The artists

Photographed is Alison McWhirter beside her painting in the KUDIRKA art space, titled ‘Love Song. Spoiling the colours of the whole world’
IMAGE | Alison McWhirter

This trio of independent women painters each makes distinctive, internationally-resonant art, exhibiting together for the first time.

Celebrated painter Rowena Comrie SSA brings her inimitable energy to the room with her uplifting paintings that are bursting with colour.

Artist and curator Sarah Kudirka evokes human compassion using subtle shell-like forms, rubbing along and buoying each other up.

Internationally-celebrated colourist Alison McWhirter presents new, ambitious ‘Love Song’ paintings bursting with feeling.


IMAGE | Alison McWhirter. Oil on Canvas painting, titled 'I Lie Here Thinking of You'
IMAGE | Alison McWhirter. Oil on Canvas painting, titled ‘I Lie Here Thinking of You’

This new ‘sometimes’ space for art was launched by artist Sarah Kudirka at the start of June, with an ethos of lifting others up. The space is an elegant big room with ornate, moulded ceiling, based on the ground floor of their home. Other owners might have converted it into a gym or cinema room, but Sarah and her husband Peter chose to fill it with art, music and friends.

The founders see KUDIRKA as Nordic in feel and aim to make new connections with Scandinavian, Baltic and European contemporary arts and music. No funding has been secured to date but the hope is to have it develop slowly over the next five years within modest means and lots of goodwill.

The location

IMAGE | Alison McWhirter. Oil on canvas painting, titled 'Yellow, Yellow, Yellow - It Eats Into the Leaves'. On show in the KUDIRKA art space this June
IMAGE | Alison McWhirter. Oil on canvas painting, titled ‘Yellow, Yellow, Yellow – It Eats Into the Leaves’

Unfunded and independent, KUDIRKA is housed in a North-facing building and will host one exhibition a year – at midsummer when the light is best and longest.

Curated by Sarah Kudirka, this programme is pencilled in for the next three years, initially focusing on unrepresented women artists, Scotland and internationally-based.


22 Cleveden Gardens


G12 0PT

The exhibition will be open from June 1st – June 23rd on an appointment-only basis. Message Sarah Kudirka on 0777 904 3307 to book.

Available open days are Saturday 8th June from 12pm – 4pm and Saturday 15th June from 12pm – 4pm

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Looking for more art events in Scotland? Try out NT Art Month, on for the entire month of June in Edinburgh.

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