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Friday 30th March - Saturday 19th May
Ebb and Flow by Clare Yarrington
Preview Friday 30th March
Clare is a professional visual artist who has been visiting Gairloch regularly for more than 20 years. Over this time the landscape and seascape around Gairloch has been a continual source of inspiration for her work. This exhibition is a selection of artworks in which she has focused on the theme of boundaries and edges, reflecting the richly varied landscape and history of Wester Ross. Drawings, prints and mixed media works explore the shifting relationships between land and sea, between past and present, and between natural forms and man-made structures. Clare explores these fluid and dynamic boundaries as the most distinctive characteristic of Gairloch’s uniquely beautiful and intriguing landscape.
Now based in central Scotland, Clare studied archaeology at the University of Edinburgh (MA Hons) and was later awarded a BA (Hons) in Fine Art by Sheffield Hallam University. Since leaving archaeology to pursue a full-time career as a visual artist she has exhibited nationally and internationally, winning several awards, including the JD Fergusson Art Award (2009), and the Derbyshire Trophy in Buxton (2006). Recent exhibitions have included ‘Remains in the Landscape’ a two-person exhibition that was shown in five venues in Scotland during 2016-7. Her exhibition ‘Making History’ is currently showing at the Cambridge Museum of Classical Archaeology. Clare is also involved in Washi-Umi O Koete: Paper from Across the Sea, a collaboration between Fife (Dunfermline) Print Workshop and Mino Art papermakers in Japan, which has been exhibited in Japan, Edinburgh and Glasgow and will be shown in Dunfermline in Autumn 2018. Also of note are her community art projects for Historic Scotland, her work teaching life-drawing and printing and mixed media techniques, and her past roles as Exhibition Curator for Fife (Dunfermline) Print Workshop (FDPW) and as Chairperson of Perth and Kinross Visual Arts Forum.
Saturday 26th May - Saturday 7th July
Surface • Pattern • Print
an exhibition of screenprinting
by Emma Noble
Preview: Friday 25th May 7.30pm
Emma Noble is an artist/printmaker working from a studio in her hometown of Kyle of Lochalsh. Taking inspiration from places she has visited, Emma examines the way that nature weathers built structures and softens their harsh edges. Driven by process and working often spontaneously with printing techniques, she creates complex and multi-layered artworks which explore the colour, shape and pattern of these worn and sun-bleached buildings.
Emma also combines traditional screenprint processes with her own contemporary designs to create a range of luxury silk accessories. Each item is hand dyed and individually printed to create truly one-off pieces of wearable art which can be tied/wrapped to show off the printed detail in a variety of ways.
This exhibition of Emma’s work will showcase a combination of framed art prints as well as her printed silks.
Saturday 14th July - Saturday 1st September
Peat Light - Landscapes of Assynt and Beyond by Joy Grindrod
Preview: Friday 13th July 7.30pm
Joy Grindrod was introduced to the hills at a very early age. She has spent a lifetime walking among the hills of Scotland and her native Lake District. Coming from Coniston, in the Central Lakes, the immediate landscape of rough hillside and rock started out as a key influence for her work. These influences quickly gained momentum after spending a winter in the Cairngorms, sketching in the harsh, arctic-like conditions. The wild spaces of Scotland’s Northern Lands have a special quality of light that can only be seen in weather conditions that change by the minute. Not only does it evoke feelings of exposure to the elements, there is a feeling of well-being at the same time. The moments that inspire Joy do not always emerge from a plan, rather from her direct experience of the landscape and weather.
“Taking lightweight kit, I sketch quickly to translate the essence of what made me stop and get my sketchbook out. The speed at which the weather changes compels the eye to be selective and only include what is important. The enjoyment and sense of well-being whilst in the hills is an essential part of developing a painting. I would find it quite hard to portray something without experiencing and loving it.”
Saturday 8th Sep - Wednesday 31st Oct
A Land Fit for Heroes?
by Gairloch U3A Local History Group
Preview: Friday 7th September 7.30pm
In November 2018, the centenary of the end of the 1st World War will be celebrated. One hundred years earlier, fighting ceased and service personnel began returning home. The Prime Minister, Lloyd George, pledged that the land to which they returned must be ‘fit for heroes’. But was it?
This exhibition which will explore what life was like in Gairloch parish in the aftermath of The Great War. At least one soldier was given a hero’s welcome. Alexander Mackenzie from Poolewe was 22 years old when war broke out. He returned as a Company Sergeant Major in the 4th Bn. Seaforth Highlanders with the award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal for bravery. A celebration was held in the old drill hall in Poolewe. But what of all the other local heroes?
Find out how peace was commemorated, how life had changed since they went away, how they managed to find work and what their options were as regards staying in Gairloch or leaving, sometimes for good. Taking Alexander as everyman the exhibition questions whether life in Gairloch parish in the 1920s met Lloyd George’s promise of A Land Fit for Heroes.