Eileen Lawrence RSA was born in Leith and studied at Edinburgh College of Art (1963 – 1968). Her first solo exhibition was held at the 57 Gallery, Edinburgh, in 1969. Significant early exhibitions included participation in the 1977 Paris Biennale and the seminal touring exhibition, Inscape, organised by the Scottish Arts Council around the same period. In 1978 Lawrence secured her first major solo exhibition, held at the Arnolfini, Bristol. These exhibitions cemented Lawrence’s reputation and acquisitions by the Tate and the National Galleries of Scotland followed. In 1992 the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh, held a retrospective of Lawrence’s practice and this toured to the Usher Gallery, Lincoln. Since then, major exhibitions have been held at Drumcroon,Wigan; Worcester City Art Gallery; the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney; and the Mead Gallery, Warwick.