Gillian Swaile Art

Artist & Printmaker

Originally from Carnoustie in Angus, I have lived in rural Northumberland since 2003. I live in the hamlet of Lanehead in Tarset with my husband Chris, and our dog George. We are fortunate enough to be surrounded by stunning landscapes and abundant wildlife, all underneath the dark skies of Northumberland National Park. This is the inspiration for my work.

In early 2020 I decided to change my life, probably not the wisest thing to do during a pandemic, but in May I left my job to pursue my dream to become a self employed artist. I have no formal training, but during my high school years I would spend Saturdays on courses at Duncan of Jordonstone College of Art & Design, Dundee. I attended Analytical Drawing evening classes at Fraserburgh College, and studied Photography levels 1 & 2 in Northumberland.

I enjoy working with different media, mainly creating linocut prints and cyanotypes. I aim to experiment with drypoint etching and monotypes In 2022.

I have designed and supplied bespoke cards and prints to independent businesses in Scotland and England.

I also sell to trade and currently have a small number of stockists in Northumberland.

Latest blog post: 1st April 2022…. 

I thought Spring had sprung, but the snow is back! 
I have recently finished an exciting project, collaborating with an award winning author. More will be revealed in the summer…
I am slowly but surely getting ready for this year’s fairs, I have booked more dates and am venturing slightly further afield! I am enjoying working in my new ”studio” space in the shed, and George the dog enjoys snoozing beside me while I work. 
I have also booked in for a drypoint etching workshop this month at the Rheged Centre. This technique will be new to me and I am looking forward to learning from the expert Jemma Gunning!

  •  03/06/2022 08:00 AM - 03/06/2022 06:00 PM
  •   Bywell, Stocksfield NE43 7AB, UK

A huge date in the Northumberland diary, the County Show will be held on the bank holiday Friday for the Queen’s Jubilee. Am looking forward to my first time trading at this prestigious show.

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  •  25/06/2022 10:30 AM - 26/06/2022 04:00 PM
  •   Eyemouth TD14 5RD, UK

This is a Tin Shed event, held for the first time in the magnificent Scottish baronial mansion of Ayton Castle. A two day event in the borders, we will be situated inside this historic building.

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  •  01/07/2022 09:00 AM - 03/07/2022 05:00 PM
  •   Scone Palace, Perth, PH2 6BD

The GWCT Scottish Game Fair is a 3 day event set in the picturesque grounds of Scone Palace, Perth. I will be exhibiting in the 3d2d Events Art, Craft & Design marquee, along with many other artists/makers.

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  •  13/07/2022 10:30 AM - 13/07/2022 04:00 PM
  •   Etal, Cornhill-on-Tweed TD12 4TL, UK

This will be my first time at Etal village hall for this summer fair. Held monthly by The Tin Shed, lots of interesting art and crafts will be available. Looking forward to visiting this lovely village.

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  •  23/07/2022 11:00 AM - 23/07/2022 02:00 PM
  •   Bellingham, Hexham NE48 2AA, UK

Local artists and crafters will be attending this summer fair in Bellingham Town Hall, come and support our independent small businesses.

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  •  10/08/2022 10:30 AM - 10/08/2022 04:00 PM
  •   Etal, Cornhill-on-Tweed TD12 4TL, UK

I am looking forward to joining other artisans at this Tin Shed event in the beautiful village of Etal.

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  •  10/09/2022 10:00 AM - 11/09/2022 05:00 PM
  •   Dalkeith EH22 1ST, UK

Find me in the Creative Crafts Association marquee at the Great British Food Festival in Dalkeith Country Park. Stunning scenery, lovely food and drink and lots of arts and crafts to browse through in our marquee. This will be my second year at this event.

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  •  03/12/2022 10:30 AM - 04/12/2022 05:00 PM
  •   Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh, UK

I will be joining around 120 artists, designers & makers in the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh for this 2 day Christmas Fair. Perfect for buying A special Christmas present or treating yourself! A 3d2d Event

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  •  07/12/2022 05:00 PM - 07/12/2022 07:30 PM
  •   Bellingham, Hexham NE48 2AA, UK

Perfect opportunity for Christmas shopping and supporting local artisans. This evening Christmas Market is in Bellingham Town Hall. Merry Christmas!

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  •  08/05/2022 10:00 AM - 08/05/2022 04:00 PM
  •   Preston PR5 0AG, UK

A Creative Crafts Association event, this fair is being held inside Brockholes Nature Reserve, the Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Merseyside. Beautiful setting for this indoor art and craft fair. Please note this nature reserve is a dog free zone, so do not bring your dog for the day (too hot to stay in the car!)

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  •  03/05/2022 05:27 PM
  •  30/04/2022 10:00 AM - 30/04/2022 02:00 PM
  •   Saint Helen's Street, Corbridge NE45 5BE, UK

Located in the picturesque and historic town of Corbridge this is a monthly indoor market in the Parish Hall. I will be attending on Saturday 30th April, come and say hello!

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  •  10/04/2022 10:00 AM - 10/04/2022 04:00 PM
  •   The Biscuit Factory, Stoddart Street, Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne NE2 1AN, UK

A Spring Makers market, I will be joining lots of talented local artisans on Sunday 10th April at The Biscuit Factory Gallery. Entry is £2, a percentage of which will be donated to the relief fund for Ukraine.

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Olive & Myrtle

Homeware, Jewellery & Gifts

Olive & Myrtle is a gorgeous gift shop in Bellingham, Northumberland. Emily stocks handmade, fair trade and artisan goods, and supports local crafters and artists. I am delighted to have my work in her shop.

Matthias Winter


I am proud to have selected cards available to buy from Matthias Winter, Hallstile Bank, Hexham. Please pop in to this fabulous shop, or visit their website.

Falstone Tearooms

Tearooms & Gift Shop

Falstone Tearooms is situated in the Victorian Old School in the picturesque village of Falstone. Aimee and the team serve delicious food and beverages, my dog George and I regularly pop in for refreshments after walking in nearby Kielder forest. You will find my cards and a selection of framed prints in the gift shop section.

Celtic Crafts Holy Island

Jewellery & Craft Shop

A family run business situated in a 400 year old cottage on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. A beautiful shop full of gifts, supporting local creatives and crafters. Celtic Crafts exclusively stock my bespoke cards and prints.

Celtic Crafts Holy Island of Lindisfarne

Design Commission - cards & giclee prints

I was asked to create bespoke cards and prints that would be exclusively stocked by Celtic Crafts, an established family business situated in a 400 year old cottage on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne. The designs feature the wildlife and natural beauty of this historic island just off the Northumbrian coast, which can be accessed daily via the causeway.

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Black Alpaca

Private Commission

My friend’s family breed award winning alpacas near Hexham, Nero Black Alpaca. This alpaca print was commissioned for a family gift. It is a mixed media artwork print, combining my original linocut print with digital art. Presented as a Giclée Print, expertly double mounted and conservation backed by FSC certified printers who are members of the Fine Arts Guild.

Midnight at Longknowe

Private Commission - Linocut Print

I was asked to create a linocut print of a holiday home in the Cheviot Hills. It was to be a night time scene showing where the property was nestled in the vast valley.It sits beneath the hills with the glorious dark skies above. When I visited the property to get a sense of the place I could clearly see that some badgers had been foraging in the garden!

Orchard House Veterinary Centres Ltd

DesIgn Commission - Pet Sympathy Cards

Orchard House Vets are based in Northumberland and like to “treat your pets as if they are our pets”. When a client’s beloved pet sadly passes away, a card of condolence is sent. I designed a bespoke sympathy card for Orchard House incorporating their company logo on the back.

Conanvet Veterinary Surgeons

Design commission - Pet condolence cards

Conanvet is a long established independent veterinary practice in the picturesque Scottish Highlands, with branches in Conon Bridge, Gairloch, Ullapool and Fortrose. They are a mixed practice who care for animals large and small, and I was pleased to design and supply their bespoke small animal condolence cards.

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  • Tigh Na Bruach, Lanehead, Tarset, Hexham, Northumberland
  • NE48 1NT