As a compliment to our auction schedule all three Lyon & Turnbull locations also host a range of art and design exhibitions throughout the year. Working in partnership with curators, historians, private collectors and institutions has produced a varied and thought-provoking series of exhibitions on subjects from Britain's first female artists to the sustainable future of precious metals.
Recent highlights have included: "Bright Souls" The Forgotten Story of Britain's First Female Artists, curated by Dr Bendor Grosvenor; Design Exhibition Scotland, curated by Susanna Beaumont; Sculpted | The Art of the Object, curated by Philip Smith; Perspectives | Creating Jewellery for a Fairer Future, curated by the Incorporation of Goldsmiths in partnership with Fair Luxury; Scottish Venacular Furniture, curated by Bernard Cotton and Oceania | Across the Pacific, curated by Alexander Tweedy.
Lyon & Turnbull's team of auctioneers have been delighted to assist a great many charities over the years with their auction events. The team pride themselves on using their years of experience to get the best from an audience on the evening – really making a spectacle of the event and keeping everyone enraptured, and in a generous mood, throughout the auction.
From the South-East of England to the North of Scotland, the Lyon & Turnbull team have assisted a great number of charities raise both their profile and funds through antiques valuation days. By offering “Antiques Roadshow” style valuations in return for a donation, considerable funds can be raised in just one afternoon or evening. Our events team are also happy to work alongside the host charity to maximise the impact of the valuations event, from promotional ideas to accompanying activities, making it a memorable and successful day for all.
From the lives of the Scottish Colourists to the ecology of design, our main saleroom has played host to a huge range of speakers on a vast range of subjects. Recent speakers have included National Galleries curator Alice Strang; master engraver Malcolm Appleby; BBC Antiques Roadshow star Judith Miller; Scottish art historian Christopher Andreae and leading Dutch designer Piet Hein Eek.
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Launched in 2014, Elements brings the UK’s finest jewellers and silversmiths to our historic Edinburgh saleroom for a selling fair, exhibition, and events programme. Elements is a partnership event run inconjunction with The Incorporation of Goldmsiths. The fifth edition of Elements will take place from 8th -10th November 2019.
Design Exhibition Scotland, curated by Susanna Beaumont, is a pioneering project powered by a desire to champion design excellence and exploration. Launched in 2018, Design Exhibition Scotland makes visible the energetic brilliance of the many contemporary designers working across Scotland today.
Focusing on functional objects for the everyday, such as tables, chairs and lights, Design Exhibition Scotland curates an annual showcase of contemporary design with the expressed aim of introducing outstanding design to a wide public audience.
In 2019 Lyon & Turnbull London team worked with art historian Dr Bendor Grosvenor to bring together an exhibition on the work of the first British female artists. “Bright Souls”: The Forgotten Story of Britain’s First Female Artists, featured works kindly loaned from both museums and private collections that showed how the 17th Century artists Joan Carlile, Mary Beale and Anne Killigrew managed to achieve success in an age when women had few career options, and even fewer rights. The exhibition, the first ever devoted to Britain’s pioneering female artists included self-portraits of all three artists.
Previously, the stories of Carlile, Beale and Killigrew have faded from view in British art history, not least because many of their works were later attributed to male artists such as Sir Peter Lely. But all three artists were well known to contemporaries: Carlile as the first professional female British artist; Beale as the most successful; and Killigrew, dying of smallpox at the age of just 25, as the most tragic.
Killigrew’s death prompted the then Poet Laureate John Dryden to hope that her legacy would nevertheless live on, writing, "Still with a greater blaze she shone, And her bright soul broke out on ev'ry side.”
Contrasting diverse works from the Post-War years onwards, this 2018 London exhibition demonstrated the diversity and quality of the sculptural form both within its normal tenets of abstract and figuration, but also outside the normally conceived sphere of what is considered sculpture.
This loan exhibition, featuring selected works from the Jerwood Collection amongst others, will be the celebration of sculpture as an art form. Featured artists included Lynn Chadwick, Henry Moore, Elizabeth Frink, Paul Mount, Michael Ayrton, Martin Jennings, Danny Lane, Terry New, Halima Cassell, Bernard Leach, Lucie Rie, John Ward, Sam Herman, Stuart Devlin, Gerald Benney, Gillian Packard, Andrew Grima and Wendy Ramshaw.
Lyon & Turnbull Edinburgh were proud to host The Byrne Supper in June 2019. A celebration of the remarkable life and work of one of John Byrne, one of Scotland’s most distinctive and respected artists and playwrights, the evening raised £100,000 for Scottish charity The Iris Initiative. As a relefection of John Byrne's many talents the evening music, theatre and art, including extracts from Byrne’s classic drama Tutti Frutti will be performed on stage by Still Game star Gavin Mitchell and actor Clare Waugh.