Derek McGuire


11/7 Newhaven Place, Edinburgh EH6 4TW                                   Tel: 07753761380

Wasps Studio 206 Patriothall Edinburgh


A  practising artist with over twenty years teaching experience within a number of differing fine art contexts both at home and abroad; Edinburgh College of Art, EKA Estonia, Art residences, Schools, Edinburgh sketching club, Howden Park Centre, Livingston 

A strong visible profile as a working artist with a proven track record of success with exhibitions and awards; RSA, Salvesen Award to Australia, Yale University

An excellent communicator with a breadth of knowledge of art history and contemporary practice; BBC film, Gallery talks and lectures at ECA and Union Gallery, Course development and programme and modular development at ECA and IDI, Portfolio selection and interview at ECA

I have managed my self employed painting practice continually at WASPS, Patriothall, Edinburgh for over 25 years.


Teaching and related


2011 – Present Practising Artist and Self Employed Tutor


2015 Visiting Artist to Dunbar Primary School

Working with groups of P6 pupils


2012 -13 Interactive Design Institute, BA (Hons) Validation Development Tutor

Developing a Fine Art distance learning programme for the University of Hertfordshire


In February 2013 I made a short film with the BBC about my work which is shown in this programme


Examples of my work can be found on the BBC Your Paintings website


I have an interest in Scottish Gaelic and, with the help of my two young bilingual daughters and the Ulpan learning programme, I am now a confident speaker. I consider this to be one of my biggest achievements.





1982-1987            Edinburgh College of Art

BA (Hons) First Class in Drawing and Painting

Post Graduate Diploma in Drawing and Painting with Distinction


1985                       Yale University Summer School


1976-1982            Beath High School, Cowdenbeath

Lecturer Edinburgh College of Art 1991-2011


1991 – 2011 Lecturer Centre for Continuing Studies

I have taught both Painting and Drawing on the BA Degree in Combined Studies Evening Class, Summer School and Weekend Courses at ECA and for many years was involved with the development and organisation of these programmes.


1991 – 2004 Lecturer School of Drawing and Painting


1996 -2000 Masters Fine Art Personal Tutor


2001 – 2004 Final Year BA (Hons) Painting Tutor


1995- 2004 3rd Year BA (Hons) Painting Tutor

1991-2004 3rd Year BA (Hons) Drawing Tutor

1992- 1995 2nd Year BA (Hons) Painting Tutor

1991- 2002 Head Life Drawing including Anatomy

1994- 2001 First Year Foundation Course Painting Tutor


1994-1995 Architecture Drawing Tutor


2002-2004 Masters Landscape Architecture Drawing Tutor


2008 – 2010Visiting Lecturer Estonian Academy of Arts Tallinn

I first visited Tallinn on an Erasmus programme to teach on their Summer School and was invited back to teach a further Summer School. I was also invited to take a two day staff development course with the EAA Fine Art Staff. 

1989-1991     Part-time Lecturer HNC, HND Clackmannan College Alloa

1988                       Installation Assistant Fruitmarket Gallery. Edinburgh

1986-1987            Gallery Assistant Royal Scottish Academy




2011                       RSA Maude Gemmell Hutchison Prize

1998                       Major Prizewinner Royal Over-Seas League15th Annual Open

1991                       The Alastair Salvesen Art Scholarship to travel throughout Australia

1987                       George Jackson Hutchison Memorial Prize

1986                       Andrew Grant Major Award

1985                       Ellen Battell Stoeckel Scholarship to Yale University


Solo Exhibitions


2014                       Paw Tracks, Howden Park Gallery Livingston

2013                       Gifts of Rain, Patriothall Gallery Edinburgh

2012                       Fire in the Garden, Union Gallery Edinburgh

2011                       Where do you Aim? , Drinkies Edinburgh

2010                       Ella Novo Loco, Union Gallery Edinburgh

2009                       Conversations with Jessie, Patriothall Gallery Edinburgh

2000                       Royal Overseas League St James’s St London

1999                       Landings Gallery Edinburgh

1997                       Patriothall Gallery Edinburgh


1994                       Wasps Studio Gallery Edinburgh

1991                       The Alastair Salvesen Art Scholarship

                                Black and White Room, Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh

1990                       Paintings Collective Gallery Edinburgh


Selected Group Exhibitions


2010 -15                                RSA Open Edinburgh 1 or 2 works selected each year

2015                       London Art Fair with Arusha Gallery Edinburgh

I dream of painting 2 person show Patriothall Gallery Edinburgh

2014                       It’s just a quick walk to the future from here Arusha Gallery Edinburgh

2011                       Or What You Will, Stranraer Museum

2010                       Plight of the Bumblebee, Union Gallery Edinburgh

2009                       RSA Spring Open Edinburgh

20 years Alistair Salvesen Scholarship Dovecot Gallery Edinburgh

Albany Lane Gallery Edinburgh

Union Gallery Edinburgh

2006                       Patriothall Gallery Edinburgh

2005                       Cornucopia Attic Salt Gallery Edinburgh

2003                       If I Could Go Anywhere Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh

2001                       University of Kansas, USA Exchange Exhibition

2000                       Artists Choice Flowers East Gallery London

1999                       In the Summertime Talbot Rice Gallery Edinburgh

Connections Royal Scottish Academy Festival Exhibition

1998                       Fifteenth Annual Open Overseas League traveling to London, Manchester and Edinburgh

Art in the Lounge British Midland Executive Lounge,

Edinburgh Airport

Horse Stroud House Gallery Stroud Gloucester

1997                       Artery Gallery London

Patriothall Gallery Edinburgh

1996                       The Noble Grossart Painting Exhibition Edinburgh and Glasgow

10 Years of Wasps venues throughout Edinburgh

1995                       ECA Staff Show Castillo de Soutomaior, Pontevedra, Spain

Scottish Art 95 Festival Exhibition ESU Edinburgh

Compass Gallery Glasgow

1994                       Prints Aberdeen Art Gallery

Scottish Art Festival Exhibition English Speaking Union Edinburgh

Drawings and Prints Invitation Exhibition East Kilbride Arts Centre

Art Exposure Gallery Glasgow

Royal Scottish Academy Annual Exhibition Edinburgh

Collective Gallery Edinburgh

1993                       Temporary Stop 4 Artists Andrew Grant Gallery ECA Edinburgh

Compass Gallery Glasgow

1992                       Society of Scottish Artists Annual Exhibition Edinburgh

Collective Gallery Edinburgh

RSW Annual Exhibition Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh

1991                       Compass Gallery Glasgow

1990                       Inverclyde Biennial Greenock

1988                       The Peoples Prize City Art Centre Edinburgh

Filmhouse Gallery Edinburgh

1985                       Yale University Summer School, Norfolk Ct USA


Aberdeen Art Gallery Royal Scottish Academy Edinburgh College of Art Heriot Watt University Paintings in Hospitals (Scotland) Edinburgh City Art Centre Alastair Salvesen



I am PVG registered for working with children and have worked with groups of children in various primary and secondary schools


I appeared on C4’s art history programme ‘Gallery’ in the late 80’s