Our gallery is open again, come visit the show!

It’s In the Detail

11 June – 24 July


 Nils McDiarmid     Leslie Thompson      Robin_Wise

with select audio descriptions by Sally Hirst



The selection of work below has been audio described by Sally Hirst as well as featured in the printed exhibition catalogue.

Nils McDiarmid


Leslie Thompson


Robin Wise


The gallery of images below showcases all of the artwork in the exhibtion, along with a selection of images of the gallery.

Visiting the exhibition

Opening hours: 11am – 5pm, Wednesday – Saturday; exhibition closes on 24th July

The gallery has a reduced capacity with 10 visitors at a time, and we do require people to:

  • Wear a face mask (if possible)
  • Keep two meters distance from other parties
  • Move round the gallery in a clockwise direction


The It’s In the Detail  price list is available to download here 



NILS MCDIARMID (b. 1980 in Edinburgh, Scotland) lives and works in Edinburgh, Scotland. McDiarmid has a distinctive style and is a prolific artist, working endlessly at home and in the studio. He has drawn compulsively since childhood. His ability to create space and form through line is fascinating and leads to his instantly recognisable work.  McDiarmid has attended the support studio Garvald in Edinburgh since 2006, He works in the art studio one day a week and the Puppetry studio one day a week. Most recently, McDiarmid’s illustrative work depicts rappers and musicians of the hip hop and R and B scene.  Group exhibitions include: Music and Pop, Style and Money (revisited), Hidden Door Festival, Leith Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland (2019) A Stitch and Line, Summerhall, Edinburgh, Scotland (2018) Music and Pop, Style and Money, Hidden Door Festival, Leith Theatre, Edinburgh, Scotland (2018) Making Moving, Well Café, Edinburgh, Scotland (2016) Judge for Yourself, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh (2010)


LESLIE THOMPSON (b. 1970 in Manchester, England) lives and works in Manchester, England Thompson has been an artist at Venture Arts support studios in Manchester for over twenty years. Through this time he has been able to extend his innate illustrative gift into stitch, animation and printmaking. He often depicts scenes from television and film from 1970 -1990. His drawings are punctuated with fascinating anecdotes from film, music and TV. Thompson found success when he sold all of his vitrine series on the opening day at the OutsiderXchanges project booth at The Manchester Contemporary in 2016. He has documented several events and conferences through live drawing; something he enjoys very much.  Solo exhibitions include: Age of Creativity, The Whitworth, Manchester, England (2019) Social Works: Live, Live drawing, Manchester Metropolitan University and Axisweb,Manchester, England (2019) Leslie Thompson, The Superstar Artist Drawer, Project Ability, Glasgow, Scotland (2017)  Group exhibitions include: Perspectives, Fred Aldous, Manchester, England (2018) Para Art, Tokyo, Japan (2018) Hubub Theatre, Derby, England (2018) Spilling Out, The Manchester Contemporary, Manchester, England (2018) OutsiderXchanges Exhibition, Quay Gallery, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England (2016) OutsiderXchanges, The Manchester Contemporary, Old Granada Studios, Manchester, England (2016) International Summit for Learning Disabled Artists, Project Ability, Glasgow, Scotland (2015) MADE, Venture Arts Studio Show, People’s History Museum, Manchester, England (2015) The Art of Nature, Venture Arts Studio Show, The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester, England (2014) Articulate, Venture Arts Studio Show, The Lowry, Salford Quays, Manchester, England (2013) https://venturearts.org/artists/leslie-thompson/


ROBIN WISE (b. 1962 -2021 Stirling, Scotland) lived and worked in Aberdeen, Scotland. Wise said one of his favourite things to capture in his black and white artwork is everyday life at Newton Dee in Bieldside, where he lived since 1991. The village of Newton Dee provides a place for adults with additional support needs, like Wise, to live and work together with volunteers in a mutually supportive environment. Since he was a young boy Wise has always expressed himself through drawing. These drawings are a beautiful depiction of his life and his environment, through his unique perspective. “I like to draw pictures of things in Aberdeen, like hills, landscapes and trees. Drawing makes me feel relaxed and happy..”  Solo exhibition: Robin Wise, Story Café, Aberdeen, Scotland (2019). Wise very sadly passed away shortly before this exhibition. He leaves behind a beautiful body of work, full of magic and charm; to inspire, delight and bring a sense of peace to the viewer.


Simon McAuley has written a thoughtful, inspiring and unique exhibition text which can be read here, on the art et al website.


We look forward to welcoming our visitors back into the gallery for this exhibition, all welcome!