Patricia Cain is a Dumfriesshire-based artist whose practice (drawing, painting, sculpture and public art) is intimately connected to her interest in skill-lead art-making processes.


Originally from the Lake District, she studied at Central St. Martins but left after her first year thinking she wasn’t artist material. After qualifying and practicing as a lawyer in both England and Scotland, she finally returned to art full-time after completing a PhD through the practice of drawing at Glasgow School of Art in 2008. Through this she developed an interest in the value of art-making processes as First Person research methodologies and the importance of teaching and encouraging skill in this era of concept-led Art Education. Her book entitled Drawing: The Enactive Evolution of the Practitioner is about the relationship between thinking and drawing.


In 2010 she won both the Threadneedle Prize and the Aspect Prize for work which responded to the regeneration of the Clyde landscape. Her recently acclaimed major Drawing (on) Riverside exhibition at Kelvingrove, exposed the nature of practitioner knowledge to a wider lay audience through the observation and response to the construction of Glasgow’s new Riverside Museum and has subsequently been likened to Dewey’s study of the nature of method.


She is a recent recipient of the Royal Scottish Academy Kinross Scholarship, the Royal Scottish Watercolour Society Hospitalfield Residency, and the regional prize for Scotland in the 2011 Discerning Eye exhibition. She exhibits widely is a member of the Drawing Research Network.




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