Arabella Hope


I was born in Scotland in 1982. I received a Ba(Hons) in Painting and Printmaking from Glasgow School of Art in 2007. I have been living between Scotland and Berlin for the last 4 years.

My current exploration and experiments concern an exploration of landscape and migration. Landscape is something that travels with you, which lives within you. Borders are imagined, sliced and cut on maps. Barriers are made. Fences are built. The world is constructed for some as if they are looking through a veil.

My paintings are perverted landscapes, understood in the context of a rapidly changing ecology. The loneliness and melancholy that can be encapsulated in narratives of home have been lasting themes. My current work is a conversation about landscape, and the dissection of viewpoints. My work is constructed using finished paintings. These paintings are the imagined landscape realised.


Solo Exhibitions

2018: pending- Taipei Botanical Gardens Gallery, Taiwan

2017: pending- Wolfson College, Oxford University, Oxford

2016: Where You Lay Your Head, Keith Gallery, Berlin

Land of the Lost, Art Spot Korin, Kyoto, Japan

2014: Arabella Hope, Flight or Flight Contemporary Art Space Osaka, (CASO), Osaka, Japan

2013: The Lonely Mountain Das Gift Giftraum, Berlin

2012: Arabella Hope New Works Fettes College, Edinburgh

2011: The Selected Highlights Fettes College, Edinburgh

Inside/Outside Fettes College, Edinburgh

2008: Arabella Hope Gimpel Fils Gallery, Mayfair, London


Selected Group Exhibitions

2016: pending- 3, exhibition after 3 month residency, Galerie 102, Berlin

Royal Glasgow International, Mitchell Library, Glasgow

Everyday Formalism, Keith Gallery, Berlin

Grabowsee Art Festival Installation, Berlin

Silence comes from the hardest working in town Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin

Annuale Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh

Does Every Name Already Have A Sound? Kreuzberg Pavillon, Berlin

2015: With Compliments, Oh Pamela, Berlin

Lass Los Anothersidewalk Gallery, Berlin

Career Woman Holz Kocken Hocks, Berlin

2014: Unknown Country. Kottie Paloma, Arabella Hope, Tom Kobilalka Kreuzberg Pavillion, Berlin

2013: Visual Art Scotland Annual Show, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Scottish Society of Arts Annual Show, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Paintings from Berlin. Arabella Hope, Silas Parry, Duncan Passmore – Curated and Exhibited, WASPS Patriothall Gallery, Edinburgh

2012: Curated Bridging Cultures Through Arts, an exhibition of Takaya Fujii and Yoshihito Kawabata. The exhibition also included an Artist’s Talk and a series of workshops for students at Fettes College, and a live feed of a Japanese Tea Ceremony.

2010: RSA, Annual Exhibition, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Paper View The Forgotten Bar, Berlin

Colour is the Keyboard Gimpel Fils Gallery, Mayfair, London

Downstairs Review Gimpel Fils Gallery, Mayfair, London


Continuity Gimpel Fils Gallery, Mayfair, London

Scottish Society of Artists 2009 Vision Building, Dundee


BraveArt, Emerging Scottish Talent as part of Tent London, Atlantis Gallery, London

Terra Nova IV, Highlights from the Degree Show Mackintosh Gallery, Glasgow

Residencies and Awards

Wolfson College, Oxford University and Madgelen Studios Artist in Residence 2016

Funding from the Hope Scott Trust for the Kyoto Solo Show

Winner of the Duff Memorial Prize for Painting, Visual Arts Scotland 2013

Fettes College Artist in Residence 2010-2012



Ba Hons Glasgow School of Art, Painting and Printmaking

Leith School of Art One Year Course