Meet the new exhibitors

Inception returns to Dalkeith Palace from 04 to 14 May with an incredible selection of modern and contemporary artists, sculptors, photographers and painters. Now is your chance to meet this years new exhibitors.


The exciting, sales-led contemporary art exhibition has been beautifully curated in the historic setting of Dalkeith Palace. Launched in 2021, this year 35 modern and contemporary artists, sculptors, photographers and painters are invited to ‘take over’ The Palace.

Let’s meet this years new exhibitors…

Danielle Macleod, Photographer

Danielle Macleod | Photographer

Danielle Macleod is a mask maker and photographer based in the Isle of Lewis in Scotland. Her photography draws on traditional Hebridean culture, local stories and her upbringing in the Western Isles.

After graduating from Glasgow School of Art in 2020, Danielle returned to her home island and began her current practice of creating wearable sculptures from foraged and discovered natural materials. These masks and costumes are photographed and become personifications of the outer and inner wild.

Annalisa Merrilees | Painter

Annalisa Merrilees is a painter living and working in Aberdeen, Scotland. She studied BA(Hons) Painting at Gray’s School of Art, where she graduated in 2018 and is now the current Graduate in Residence (2022-23). Her work is hypnotically colourful and aims to evoke an experience for the viewer, emulating her frame of mind while enduring her painting process.

Julia Gardiner | Artist

Julia Gardiner studied printmaking at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, graduating with BA (Hons) Fine Art. Two years postgraduate study at The Royal College of Art in London earned her an MA Printmaking.

Six years later Gardiner returned to Aberdeen where she has lived and worked ever since, exhibiting regularly throughout Scotland, particularly in Open Exhibitions such as the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Glasgow Institute and The Society of Scottish Artists.

Jo Hamilton | Visual Artist

Scottish artist Jo Hamilton moved to Portland, Oregon in the early 1990s, after receiving her BFA from the Glasgow School of Art. Her technique combines years of fine art practice with the craft of crochet which she learned as a child from her Gran, rendering traditional categories (portraiture, landscape, nudes) in a contemporary light.

Her work has been widely shown in the U.S. and Europe as well as in Beijing, Australia and South Korea, and belongs to museums and private collections in the US and worldwide.

Katy Sawrey | Abstract Artist

Katy Sawrey is a mother to 4 children living in Edinburgh. She has a home studio in her garden where she paints large scale abstract art. She uses mainly acrylics on canvas but also uses other mixed media within her work.
Katy is heavily inspired by the Scottish landscape around her interpreting it in to abstract form. Living on the coast in Edinburgh means that she often paints seascapes capturing the changing horizon depending on light and weather conditions.

Jenny Martin

Jenny Martin | Painter

Jenny Martin RSW studied Fine Art at Edinburgh University. She is a painter and printmaker winning several awards in both media. She is an elected member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour and teaches at Leith School of Art, Edinburgh.

Isobel Church

Isobel Church | Sculptor

Isobel Church is a multi-disciplinary sculptor based in the UK. Having studied Anthropology, followed by an MA in Chinese Art History at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, she completed a Masters at the Royal College of Art in 2014 with Distinction. 


She has since exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions in Brussels and Rome, and recent UK exhibitions have included the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London and the Royal Scottish Academy Annual. Church is a member of the Royal Society of Sculptors, and her works are included in collections such as the Luciano Benetton collection, Galila’s P.O.C and the Otazu Foundation.  

Samuel Clarke

Samuel Clarke | Painter

Samuel Clarke is an Irish artist based in the UK. He has studied at the Florence Academy of Art and Trinity College Dublin. He is currently completing his studies at the Glasgow Academy of Fine Art. His current work focuses on exploring landscape and portraiture in an expressive style derived from and inspired by the classical tradition. He is committed to the careful observation of nature and his work aims to capture the essence of person and place that can be achieved only through working directly from life.

All landscapes exhibited here are painted en plein air. Clarke’s plein air painting has been covered by the Daily Telegraph, The Mirror and the New York Times. This is his first time exhibiting at Dalkeith Palace.

Olivia Turner | Artist

Olivia Turner is an Edinburgh-based artist whose work focuses on manipulating spaces through two/three dimensional outcomes. In 2015 she co-founded DOK Artist Space, a grass-roots contemporary exhibition and studio space in Edinburgh, where she ran an acclaimed Exhibition programme until 2018. During this period Turner worked closely with a wide range of emerging and established artists.

In 2018 she was invited to co-produce the Architecture Fringe Festival across Scotland. In 2020 she became the President of the Society of Scottish Artists.

Phoebe Cope | Painter

Phoebe Cope  is a painter from Ireland now living in the Scottish Borders who trained at the Ruskin School of Art, The Royal Drawing School, the Haumea Ecoversity and has exhibited widely in the RA, RSA, RHA, RSPP, Lynn Painter Stainers, at the Ruth Borchard and the Gordon W Smith awards.

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