Dara – Tree of Life exhibition

‘Dara – Tree of Life’ now showing

The Derbyshire stone walls of The Old Lock Up Gallery are now hung with beautiful art celebrating trees and our relationships with them. Gallerist Rachael Pinks has taken a bold step in a new direction for her gallery, curating this themed exhibition through an open call to draw in new creative talent. I’m very happy to have been one of the 32 artists selected.

an oil painting of a large old tree by Tansy Lee Moir
‘Turning towards the light’ oil on wooden panel

I have 5 works on show, 4 paintings from my ‘Grounded’ series and one of my ‘Rivers of Oak’ charcoals.

The gallery is open 25th June – 5th August, open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 10am – 5pm and there are a series of related events planned -check the website or Instagram for details.

I recently did a short residency in this lovely gallery space which you can see more about here.


Reflections on The Old Lock Up residency

Old Lock Up Gallery residency interior Tansy Lee MoirI spent the first week in May on a residency at The Old Lock Up Gallery in my native Derbyshire. I moved to Scotland almost 30 years ago but still feel a pull to the trees and rocks of my childhood landscapes. It was good to be back.

drawing of an ancient oak in charcoal

Oak trees in charcoal

Before I travelled to Cromford, I gave myself a particular focus for the work and some practical constraints. I’ve learned that I’m most productive and creative when