Arts Festival

August 4th - 12th 2018

A celebration of the visual arts taking place in galleries homes studios and other venues throughout Pittenweem

Bursary Award: Sophia Pauley


The shapes, lines and composition of Sophia's work stem from environments that are closely associated with water, especially swimming pools, lakes and the sea.




Her work was inspired initially by her dedication to and love of swimming and water sports: competitively for thirteen years and more recently for fitness and enjoyment.

Kantrida Blocks

Umhlanga Seafront

A bright colour palette accentuates the climactic perspective, the light and shadows of different environments. Examples are the extraordinary backdrop of Kantrida Swimming Pools in Rijeka and the colours and architecture of coastal Durban.





She looks in particular at the architecture surrounding these watery spaces, as well as the imagery created from the moving water and reflections.


Perspective Play

Currently, Sophia is focussing on the beauty of the natural and urban environment on her doorstep, responding to it to create work that enhances a specific place and space. The conversation between different media and imagery within her drawing and making has initiated a more three dimensional approach.







She still wants the simplicity and beauty of the paint to be recognised and has paid particular attention to the quality and precision of the painted surface. This has enabled her to create complex three dimensional work with a dramatic resonating impact on the viewer.







Sophia graduates this year from Edinburgh College of Art.