Pittenweem Arts Festival

Henderson Bursary Award

Festival 2023 August 5 - 12

2023 Henderson Bursary Award 

Siobhan McLaughlin


y practice combines personal experience with compositional and sustainable devices, such as sewing remnant materials, to create non-traditional landscape paintings. Through drawing, printmaking, painting and installation I explore themes of place, memory, sustainability and ecology

 Lairig Ghru

My paintings start by walking, slowing down to encounter the nuances of the landscape and gathering a spectrum of site-specific colours affected by light, weather and time. 

This has developed a sustainability and care-focused practice centred on material, form and a real drive to capture the total experience and tangibility of landscape. 

I stitch together remnant materials and gather earth and stone from the landscapes I draw to create pigments. By using these colour palettes rooted in place, I’m highlighting often overlooked aspects of the landscape to translate a more sustained experience. 

Newlyn Harbour

The paintings elevate colour: a speck of heather becomes a bulbous form of unusual purple, the pale gray-green of dry lichen moves across the composition or the deep blues of arctic-alpine flora become heavy, grounding the painting. 

The Mountain Pass 

South Sutor from Coalheughs Wells

Grinding Earth Pigments in Cornwall

Recent works have been inspired by time spent on the coasts of Newlyn, Cornwall and the Black Isle Cromarty. Showing some of these harbour paintings in the context of Pittenweem as another coastal town will be very interesting. 

Siobhan is a graduate of Edinburgh University & Edinburgh College of Art. First Class MA (Hons) Fine Art. History of Art and Painting. 

Previous Award Winners

The festival has thousands of visitors and the chance to talk about my work with so many people has given me more confidence and clarity about what I am trying to achieve. Winning the award was a turning point in my career and I cannot recommend enough applying for this opportunity.

Nicola Wiltshire 2017 Bursary Award

Sophie Fields


Sophie Demery 


Sophia Pauley 


Jill Macleod 


Julia Cowie 


Thomas Cameron 


Here’s a selection from past winners:

Sophie Fields: Untitled

Sophie Demery: Isle of May

Sophia Pauley: Kantrida Blocks

Nicola Wiltshire: Sanctuary

Jill Macleod: Chalmers Lighthouse 

Julia Cowie : Vessel

Thomas Cameron: Portrait with Bookcase 

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