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Joan Eardley: A Centenary of Lives and Landscapes

28th October, 2021 to 12th February, 2022

January Flow Tide (1961) by Joan Eardley, EU0070 © University of Edinburgh Art Collection/Estate of Joan Eardley

Joan Eardley (1921-1963) was one of Scotland’s most expressive twentieth century artists and is a firm favourite of Glasgow Women’s Library. To celebrate the centenary of Joan’s birth we’re thrilled to exhibit five striking artworks on loan from the University of Edinburgh Art Collection.

Joan Eardley: A Centenary of Lives and Landscapes, Thursday 28th October 2021 – Saturday 12th February 2022, visit during GWL opening hours


January Flow Tide (1961) by Joan Eardley, EU0070 © University of Edinburgh Art Collection/Estate of Joan Eardley

These five pieces vividly capture Joan’s attraction to the raw power and realism of people and place. Woman in St Marks (1949) was inspired by her time in Italy, while Girl and Baby and Back Street Bookie (1952) paint a picture of the people of Glasgow’s east end, where Joan became a familiar face, finding community and renting a studio. In contrast, January Flow Tide (1961) and Cornfield (1963) evoke the ever-changing land and seascapes of Catterline on the north-east coast, where Joan painted until her untimely death.

Look out for our Joan Eardley Creative Writing Workshops as well as our Story Café Special 

To find out more details about Eardley 100 events nationwide visit https://joaneardley.com


This exhibition is open to all, free to attend and there is no need to book. Visit during GWL opening hours which can be found here. The number of people in the exhibition spaces at any one time will be managed in line with GWL’s Covid-19 guidelines.


Glasgow Women’s Library is wheelchair accessible, with lifts to the first floor and the Mezzanine Floor. We have accessible toilets and all the bathrooms are individual closed stalls and are gender neutral. Our larger Events Space is fitted with an induction loop. A portable induction loop is also available.

Find more information on Accessibility at GWL or contact us and we will be very happy to offer assistance.



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Glasgow Women’s Library
0141 550 2267
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0141 550 2267