“My subject matter is landscape/seascape, always with the presence of the observer.
It took me some time to realise that I am present as that observer.


This has led me to Inscape and Observers, in the form of figurative sculptures. Two further themes, Headscapes and Handscapes , supported with works on paper are related to Inscape.”

Ainslie Yule trained as a painter at Edinburgh College of Art where he received several major awards including the Andrew Grant junior scholarship, major scholarship and travelling scholarship to New York.

He began making sculpture in the late 1960s and rapidly established a reputation at the cutting edge of Scottish art. He was Gregory Fellow in Sculpture at Leeds University from 1973-74. Other awards include a Scottish Arts Council Bursary, a residency at Editions Alecto, London, the Rainbow Wood Scholarship in Hiroshima, Japan. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors.

From 1982-2006 he was Head of Sculpture and Reader at Kingston University.

He has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally and internationally, and his sculpture and drawings are represented in national and international collections. He now lives and works in Norfolk.


From 1978 - Present

Front cover of the Sculptures and Drawings - The Fruit Market - Scottish Arts Council - 1978 publication

Ainslie Yule - Sculptures and Drawings

The Fruit Market Gallery


Front cover of the Art Machine Three Score Years and Ten publication

Ainslie Yule - Art Machine

Three Score Years and Ten


Front cover of the Takamiya publication


Hiroshima, Japan


Front cover of the Talbot Rice Gallery and Ulster Museum publication

Ainslie Yule

Talbot Rice Gallery Edinburgh / Ulster Museum Belfast

1999 / 2001

Front cover of the 10 Dialogues publication

10 Dialogues

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh







Click on the images below for more photos from the exhibitions and for a full list of all the exhibitions go to the Biography page.

Photo in the Royal Scottish Academy of one of the sculpture displays

Royal Scottish Academy

27th November 2010 - 9th January 2011 “10 Dialogues: Richard Demarco, Scotland and the European Avant Garde” Download catalogue publication >


Ulster Museum

Ainslie Yule: Wall Sculptures

Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh University December 1999 Ulster Museum 2001
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Photo of one of the Three score and Ten pieces of work

Three Score & Ten

Art Machine, McLellan Galleries, Glasgow
Art Machine, Nikolaj Gallery, Copenhagen
Villa Foscarini – Rossi, Stra, Venice Biennale
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Photo inside the Fruitmarket gallery

Fruitmarket Gallery

Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburg, Third Eye Centre, Glasgow, Aberdeen Art Gallery, Ulster Museum, Belfast, Forebank Studios, Dundee,
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