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Tess Glen is an artist based in Edinburgh. Since gaining her first class BA from Edinburgh College of Art in 2017, she has studied on the Postgraduate programme at The Royal Drawing School, exhibited in the Royal Scottish Academy and Christies and completed residencies at the Moritz-Heyman estate in Tuscany and Dumfries House in Scotland. In 2021, she was invited to have her first solo show at Six Foot Gallery and organised a group show at Saltspace Gallery, both in Glasgow. She is a tutor on the Young Artists programme with The Royal Drawing School and at Birchwood Art studios.


 Working across painting, drawing, writing and bookmaking, Tess draws from both inward and outward subjects exploring the psychological atmospheres we find in everyday situations, often with humour and absurdism. 

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2018 - 2019, The Royal Drawing School, Postgraduate Diploma.

2015, Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Erasmus Exchange.

2013 - 2017, Edinburgh College of Art, Painting, BA HONS  (first class).



2022, 2023  -  VACMA Edinburgh Emerging Artist Award

2021 - Moth Art Prize Commended Artist.

2018 & 2019 - The Cross Trust Award.

2017 - James Cumming Award for Draughtsmanship (RSA).  

2015 & 2016 - Principal’s Go Abroad Fund from The University of Edinburgh.

Selected Exhibitions 

31 March – 25 April Beyond the Glens: Recent work Pete and Tess Glen, Harbour
Café, Tayport, 10 Broad St, Tayport DD6 9AJ
17- 29 September 2023, Opening, group show, A_Place Gallery, 209 Bath St, Glasgow
G2 4HZ
17-18 September 2023 Colony Kid, Colony of Artists Open Studios, Edinburgh
9 - 18 June 2022 Vincent Inch, Hidden Door Festival, Visual Artist Programme,
Edinburgh.20 - 26 Nov 2021, Vagueness of Heart, recent work by Tess Glen and Andrea Christodoulides, Saltspace Gallery, Glasgow.

14 - 27 May 2021, Worship in the Neighbours House, A Solo Show by Tess Glen, Six Foot Gallery, Glasgow,

29 November 2019 - 15 January 20, The Drawing Year End of Year Exhibition 2019, The Royal Drawing School, London.

8 - 12 November 2019, Best of The Drawing Year 18-19, Christie’s, London.

7 July - 3 August 2019, The Greek Street Art Show, Gallery Maison Bertaux, London.

25 May - 3 June 2018, Hidden Door Festival, Selected Artist Programme, Edinburgh.

24 March - 18 April 2018, RSA: New Contemporaries, The Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.

2023-Present -Painting and Drawing Tutor at Birchwood Art Studio
2021-Present Tutor on Young Artist Programme, The Royal Drawing School.

2021 - Present, Drawing Teacher/Facilitator, get2gether,.



St John's College Art Collection, Oxford University

The Royal Collection



2023,  Forest Art Residency, Sett Studios, Edinburgh
2022, Dumfries House Residency, Scotland

2019, Moritz-Heyman Residency at Pignano

Community Art Commissions

2020 - Music For Mental Health, Album Cover for Health in Mind, Edinburgh

2016 - Garden Mural in Dementia Ward, Tippethill House Hospital, West Lothian  

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