Memory of Place [a walk in time]

by Sheila Mortlock

Ends on 15th Aug

Scottish artist in stitched textiles Sheila Mortlock takes inspiration from the land around Altgrishan and Melvaig and the personal memories the area evokes to create the work for this exhibition. Family holidays spent in the area from a young age, and over many years, were all about feeding pet lambs, walking along the foreshore to the beach and playing rounders in the evening amongst the bog cotton. During those formative years Sheila developed a love of the flora and fauna of these areas and the ‘wildness’ of the landscape. The history of crofting and land use around Gairloch has helped inform the development of this new work which reflect Sheila’s creative interests. This body of work is a very personal response to the place and its history.

Sheila Mortlock studied printed textiles and embroidery at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and  taught art and textiles in Dundee F.E. College and as a self-employed C&G tutor. A member of two prestigious national art textile groups, she has exhibited widely throughout the UK and regularly tutors workshops for textile groups. Colour and texture are the continuous threads running through her work; mark making and the use of interpretive stitch to embellish the surface are features of her work which are all based on personal observation. 


Near and Far

by Sarah Milteer

19th Aug - 12th Sep

In this exhibition, Sarah Milteer uses her collection of historic postcards, vintage photographs, family pictures and her own photographic sources to create paintings that combine personal and family history with her continuing experience exploring the Gairloch area’s distinct landscape.


Sarah Milteer (b.1969) spent her childhood in Badachro and Gairloch and was taught art by Pat Gulliver at Gairloch High School for 12 years. In her last year of secondary school, she spent a year in Edinburgh learning from Mark Cheverton, who founded the Leith School of Art in Edinburgh.  Sarah then attended Glasgow School of Art and graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Fine Art with Honours Degree, specialising in photography. Sarah has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions and her work is in many private collections.  Sarah's acrylic, oil and watercolour paintings relate to her love of Wester Ross landscapes and people. 


Landscape and Memory

by Kittie Jones

16th Sep - 31st Oct

This exhibition, by award winning artist Kittie Jones, explores the artist’s continuing love for and relationship with the sea. 


Kittie’s focus is on the wildlife she encounters whilst out and about in the natural world.  The majority of her dynamic, mixed media drawings are made outdoors.  She works with expressive marks, using charcoal, pastel, ink and gouache to capture light and movement in the landscape.  Kittie is also an experienced printmaker, creating screen prints and unique monotype prints in response to ideas around sense of place and the natural world.

For this exhibition, Kttie will explore ideas around landscape and memory.  Work made in coastal locations around Scotland and during a sailing trip to St Kilda will explore the experience and physical memory of landscape and the creatures that inhabit it.  Part of Kittie’s drive is to document and celebrate the overlooked; she regularly seeks places where she can view the dynamic natural environment without being noticed.


Kittie Jones completed her degree in Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University, graduating in 2008. Her practice covers the disciplines of drawing, painting and printmaking.  The ideas in her work derive from time spent outdoors where she aims to capture the intensity of directly experiencing the natural world. Kittie exhibits work throughout the UK and is a professional member of the Society of Wildlife Artists and Visual Arts Scotland. She has taught across the UK, currently she teaches at Bridge House Art in Ullapool and for the National Galleries of Scotland.

Gairloch Museum, Gairloch, Ross-shire, IV21 2BH

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