Catterline is a small coastal village on the Aberdeenshire coast of the North Sea. During a 1951 exhibition of her work, artist Joan Eardley contracted the mumps. While she was recovering a close friend took her on a drive to Catterline, where they discovered a remote two-room building on a cliff top for sale. This was the Watchie, a simple space that became Eardley’s studio in 1952. For the rest of her life Eardley returned to Catterline often, buying a cottage of her own in 1955. In this film, local Catterline resident Ron Stephen, and former Curator Fiona Pearson discuss Eardley’s relationship with the village.
Directed by Marissa Keating
Cinematography by Michael Thomas Jones
Commissioned and produced for the National Galleries of Scotland by Becky Manson