Approved: 25.03.2022

Andrea Geile

Artist

Approved: 25.03.2022

Andrea Geile trained in printmaking before studying Art/Sculpture in Hanover, Germany. She has been working from her Edinburgh studio since 1995.

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  • Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
 

Artist Statement

Andrea Geile trained in printmaking before studying Art/Sculpture in Hanover, Germany. She has been working from her Edinburgh studio since 1995.

Andrea Geile’s sculptures and performances condense and interpret nature and ecology. Both her permanent and transient artwork investigate how social processes have shaped and utilized landscapes for our political, economic and immaterial needs. It is observation of nature, environmental concerns and climate change, cultural identity and political and social issues that drive her work.

She collaborates on projects with communities about biodiversity, urban planning and research into rural land use. Meant to question and regenerate her art practice, it allows her to explore and experiment with new materials, thematic and engagement processes.

Her sculptures are mainly made from everlasting corten steel, a weatherproof, clean and no maintenance material. She fabricates all art work in her studio, using plasma hand-cutting and welding to create the intricate patterns. By tracing the shapes of objects, handwriting and plants into metal, she creates sculptures that comment on technology, nature and the human touch.

The art work is often grouped with real plants creating a contemporary version of ‘Gartenkunst’, which challenges existing notions of ‘garden art’ and ‘land sculpture’. Her organic and architectural forms merge with the planting and form a symbiotic relationship.

CV & Education

Andrea Geile  - CV                                                

Born in Bremen. British-German dual national. Lives and works in Edinburgh since 1995.

Gallery representation: The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh. Lemon Street Gallery, Cornwall.

2012-19  Trustee on the Board of Directors, Edinburgh Printmakers

2009-14   Members Representative on the Board of Directors at the Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop

2016        Fellow of the Royal Society of Sculptors   

2016        Professional Member of Society of Scottish Artists     

1986-93   Visual Art/Sculpture. Hochschule fuer Kunst und Design Hannover

1978-81   Certified Screen Printer. Guild Apprenticeship in Bremen, Germany

                                              

SOLO EXHIBITIONS/PERFORMANCES  

2022    How to speak Bird. 201 Art Gallery, Strathkinness Community Trust. March – April

2021-22  Wonder Wander - Andrea Geile. NTS Newhailes Gardens, Musselburgh. Oct – March.

2021    Wonder Wander - Andrea Geile. Scottish Ornithologist Club, Aberlady. June to September.

2017    ByLeavesWeLive. ArtWalk performance. With Fruitmarket Gallery and Engage Scotland, EAF.

2017    Energised Landscape. ArtWalk performance, exhibition and 3month residency with Deveron Pro.

2015    This is your Land. ArtWalk performance with Deveron Projects, part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

2013    Fallow Ground - Andrea Geile. The Briggait, Glasgow.

2011    Subterranea - Andrea Geile. New Town Promenade Exhibition, Edinburgh.

2010    Andrea Geile. Vancouver Arts Centre. Albany, Western Australia.            

2010    Andrea Geile. RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London.          

2009    Andrea Geile. Invited Artist. RHS Flower Show Tatton Park, Manchester.

2008    Andrea Geile. The Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh.

2004    Blossoms - Andrea Geile. Exhibition in the garden of The Hill House NTS, Helensburgh.

1995    Eisen - Andrea Geile. Gallerie Baku. Hanover, Germany.

 

AWARDS

2022    St.Andrews Community Trust Award

2021    Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop Members Short Film Bursary

2019    Artist Development Bursary: Edinburgh. Creative Scotland and City of Edinburgh Council.

2016    Fellowship of the Royal British Society of Sculptors

2016    Professional Membership of Society of Scottish Artists

2012    Invited Artist Award. Visual Artists Scotland VAS.

2010    Award of Merit for Sculpture Exhibition. RHS Chelsea Flower Show.

2008    The Ottillie Helen Wallace Prize for Sculpture. Royal Scottish Academy.

2007    The Hope Scott Trust Grant.

2007    Hosta Vista Garden. Gold Medal Award from The Royal Caledonian Society.

2006    Windings Garden. Gold Medal Award from The Royal Caledonian Society.

1994    Artist Award from the Federal State of Lower Saxony Ministry of Arts.

1993    Visual Arts Grant from Federal State of Lower Saxony Ministry for Women, Germany. 

 

COLLECTIONS

Sustrans UK

Culzean Castle. National Trust for Scotland

Fridhems Musik Folkhogskola, Sweden

Aquarell H Collection. Vienna, Austria

Deveron Projects. Town Collection Huntly

City of Edinburgh Council

Comar, Isle of Mull

The Great Steward of Scotland Dumfries House Trust Collection

University of Edinburgh

University of Stirling Art Collection 

City of Albany, Australia

NHS Tayside

Kingdom Housing     

Work in private collections in Scotland, England, Wales, Germany, France, Japan, Sweden and Australia.                                                                                                   

 

COMMISSIONS (selected)

Since 1994   More than 17 Public Art Commissions and numerous private art commissions. 

2019     Walking among the Greenwoods. Public art in Gilmerton, Edinburgh commissioned by Sustrans.

2017     ByLeavesWeLive. ArtWalking event in collaboration with Fruitmarket Gallery and Engage.

2017     Klorofyllans Flykt. Public art and symposium. Fridhems Musik College. Svaloev, Sweden.

2017     Leaf Clouds. Culzean Castle. Public Art for The National Trust for Scotland and PurcellUK.

2016-17   Energised Landscape project. Public Art and walking project with Deveron Projects.

2015     This is your Land. Public Art. Participatory art walking event with Deveron Projects for EAF.

2015     The Chlorophylls. Public Art Commission. Lettermore Forest, Isle of Mull. Curated by An Tobar.

2014     Tree Tags. Public Art in Pilrig Park, Edinburgh. Funded by Kew Gardens and Grow Wild UK.

2013     Pylon. Public Art Commission for the Archivist Project. Environmental Arts Festival Scotland.

2012     Sub species cellulae. Public Art. Centre for Regenerative Medicine SCRM, Little France.

2011     The Impermanence of Scattered Leaves. Art Commission. Glendoick Estate, Perthshire.

2010     Invited Artist. Public Art Commission for five parks in new housing development in Midlothian.

2008     The Vitis Mound, Catalpa Group and Willow Line for a Sculpture Park in Suffolk, England.

2009     Leaf Cloud. Public Art Commission for Macmillan Palliative Care Unit, Royal Infirmary Perth.

2008     Garden Gallery. Public Art Commission for Big Things on the Beach. Portobello

2008     The Photinia Grove. Public Art Commission for Kingdom Housing in Kelty, Fife.

   The Leith Regatta. Biodiversity Public Art Commission in collaboration with Emma HermanSmith

 

ARTIST RESIDENCIES, PROJECTS and OTHERS (selected)

2022     Kuenstlerhaus Bremen and Acelor Mittal residency, Germany. April - May

2019     Brian Alabaster Bronze Foundry Residency, Suffolk. July

2017     International Sculpture Symposium Svaloev, Sweden. July

2017     Aquarell Happening. Art/Walking residency in Tux, Austria. August

2016-17   Energised Landscape. Artist residency and socially engaged project with Deveron Projects.

2015     FANK. Public engagement, public art, residency and print project. Comar, Isle of Mull.

2014     Balfour's Botany. Public engagement, art and research project, Edinburgh. Grow Wild UK.

2013     Community bulb planting project at the new Edinburgh Sculpture Centre.

2013     Drawing Residency at Dumfries House Trust. Duplex Studio, The Prince’s Drawing School.

2011     Polarcap Art/Ecolab. Artist/Scientist collaborations revolving around the influence of John Muir.

2010     Arts/ Science Research. British Geological Survey. Mrs S A L Wild.

2010     International Artist Residency. Sep-Nov. Vancouver Arts Centre in Albany, Western Australia.                                                                            

2008     3Islands. International Artist Residency, Orkney Islands. TriangleArtsTrust and Pier Arts Centre.

2008     Royal Academy London Foundation Course. Worshipful Company of Founders.

2006     Fluechtig. International Artist Residency and Exhibition at KIK in Hanover, Germany.

2003     Frontiere Invisible. International Artist Residency and Exhibition in Montpellier, France.