Meet the Artists Event in Conjunction with JCI Edinburgh

We are very excited to be collaborating with JCI Edinburgh on an upcoming event. Join us for an evening of informative talks from our current exhibiting artists Mick Manning and Brita Granström and have the opportunity to network with Edinburgh based young professionals. Event taking place on 23 May from 6-8pm. Book online at

This will be the first time JCI Edinburgh has hosted a Meet the Artists Event. It's also a fantastic opportunity to find out a bit more about JCI Edinburgh, and how you can get involved! Come along for a glass of wine and some nibbles and hear more from these talented artists and view their current exhibitions. Further information is also available about the Open Eye Gallery and its exhibition and events programme.

The event is free for JCI Edinburgh members and £10 + EventBrite Booking Fee for non members. Members please use promotional code when booking. If you haven't received this, please contact JCI directly.

About Mick Manning

Mick Manning works from life in both Sweden and the Scottish Borders where wildlife encounters, fishing trips and chance finds inform his work. Manning is known for a variation of animal forms printed onto assorted papers using the pochoir stencil painting technique. The assorted papers range from Second World War military forms rescued from a Lapland hunter’s cabin, to old maps, all blending the narrative and factual influences in his work. Manning has recently illustrated an ABC book for all ages called Near The Bear North, copies are available to buy from the gallery.

Mick Manning was born in 1959, grew up in Yorkshire and studied Art at Bradford and then Newcastle before an MA at the Royal College of Art. In 1990 he moved to Scotland to become Course Leader in Illustration at The Glasgow School of Art where his alumni have included Mark Hearld, Helen Stephens and Ross Collins. Mick gave up teaching in 1998 to concentrate on his own work as an established artist and illustrator.

About Brita Granström

Brita Granström was born in Sweden in 1969 and has lived in the UK since 1992. She studied in Stockholm and her Nordic roots are evident in paintings which are made on location both indoors and outdoors in all weathers. Granström’s paintings can at times be playful, nevertheless, at times her work can reveal a pensive, perhaps haunting quality that touches on something beyond the narrative nature of the images.

As well as exhibiting at the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh Brita exhibits with galleries in London and Aldeburgh. Her work is in public and private collections worldwide including the Ruth Borchard Collection and the Hiroshima Peace Park.

About JCI Edinburgh

JCI has been operating in Edinburgh since 1946. They offer self-development opportunities for people in their twenties and thirties without the pressures that can come from a work environment. Through attending their training events and activities, this provides attendees with the opportunity to develop their business communication, presenting, leadership, project management, networking and business skills.

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Pictured: Brita Granström, Looking for Crabs, mixed media on canvas, 100 x 120 cm