Andrew Marr has had an effective and distinguished career as a journalist, BBC presenter, writer and historian. He has spent his life engaged, at the highest level, with politics as interpreted through the lens of written and broadcast journalism. He is a communicator of rare and decided skill whose talent with regard to the written and spoken word is exceptional.
He is also committed to the visual arts, in particular to the skills of drawing and painting about which he has written two notable books – A Short Book about Drawing  and A Short Book about Painting .
Andrew Marr’s paintings are concerned with the passing of time, the intensity of the moment, with the natural world in all its diversity and beauty, in particular that embodied in the landscape of the Western Highlands. He is an artist who responds to the presence of the natural world and seeks to capture its fleeting beauty by marks on canvas.
For him, it is the reality of the Western Highlands and the opportunity to participate in, and respond to, the truths embodied in light, shade, water and earth that enables him to cope with the exigencies of the world of politics and journalism. His paintings are, in their very different way, as eloquent as his writing and his work in the television studio.
Aurélie Fontan has been working at the Ascus Art & Science Lab for two years, researching and practicing biodesign with slime mould and kombucha, applied to fashion artefacts. Tensegrity demonstrates the positive combination of craft and technology, essentially based on science imagery and disciplines.
Emerging from the social, geo-political and environmental uncertainty of the ‘Anthropocene’ – Fraɡˈmɛnt (Terra non-firma) brings together two recent recipients of Lateral Lab’s Robert Callender International Residency for Young Artists, Russell Beard and Stephen Kavanagh.
Works in film, installation and participatory performance reimagine the myth of Pandora for the biotechnological era, tracing a path through Mackenzie’s personal and subjective experience of genetically modifying E. coli bacteria to store a thought within their bodies.