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For Bill Jacklin RA, who hung Gallery II with Gus Cummins RA, the space an artist opens up within a painting is incredibly important. It sets the stage upon which the narrative of the work is played out, creating atmosphere and depth and guiding our gaze. Looking around the works in this gallery, it’s clear that space is as much a character as the things it holds. Flying with the birds through the swirling reds of Barbara Rae CBE RA’s Red Sea, there is no ground or horizon, just limitless air and freedom. This feeling of weightlessness is also created by the deep black cosmos that holds Jock McFadyen RA’s moon.

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