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Exhibition: Near and Far. Art and stories by Marie-Alice Harel.

From 6 November 17:30 to 28 November 19:00


Gathered together for the first time, the Institut français d’Écosse is delighted to present more than 20 original illustrations from the books Omoiyari and Hortari by Edinburgh based artist and author Marie-Alice Harel.

Omoiyari takes you into an imaginary ancient Japan, and asks the question "where do stories come from?".

Hortari is a collection of 15 illustrated short stories about unlikely adventurers and seekers.

Both books were translated and published in France this year.

About Marie-Alice Harel
Marie-Alice Harel is a French author and illustrator based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was a Geosciences PhD and researcher before becoming a full time illustrator in 2016. She hasn’t looked back since and now dedicates her time and energy to develop ideas and challenge herself with new projects. Her watercolours can be found in books, picture books, galleries and magazines. She also creates artist books, another playful way to combine images and stories. Her self-published work is signed MÄ Harel. Marie-Alice joined the Edinburgh Drawing School in 2018, where she currently teaches life drawing and illustration. She also loves to work with museums and galleries to design workshops around exhibitions or permanent collections. Recent workshop at the Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh, for the exhibition ‘Charles II: Art & Power’ (Feb 2019).

Follow her on Instagram to see what she’s up to.

Event details

Exhibition: Near and Far. Art and stories by Marie-Alice Harel.
Thursday 6 - Thursday 28 November 2019 | 10am - 5pm
Free & Open to all
Salles Boulez 1 & 2

Institut français d’Ecosse
Salles Boulez 1 & 2 (1st floor)
West Parliament Square
Edinburgh EH1 1RF

Access Details
The Institut français d’Ecosse and the Salles Boulez 1 & 2 are accessible with step-free access available at West Parliament Square and George IV Bridge.

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