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Spirit of Beyond: The Shiant Isles
by Alison Dunlop
July & August 2021
“ The ultimate poem to the islands. A really deep and heartfelt thing of great power, beauty and elegance.” Adam Nicolson
Alison Dunlop has created a “poem to the Shiant Isles” with a masterwork of drawings, watercolours and photographs. Two years in the making, her moving paean to these enchanted isles of the Outer Hebrides is collected together in the exhibition Spirit of Beyond : The Shiant Isles, in Scotland’s own UK Museum of the Year 2020, Gairloch Museum.
Alison has also worked with writers, poets, naturalists and Gaelic speakers to bring their perspectives to bear in this celebration of this special place. The exhibition features Gaelic folklore and song inspired by the islands, as well as poems by Brian Hill and an essay by author and geoscientist Annie O’Garra Worsley.
A book, with a foreword by Adam Nicolson, has been produced to accompany the exhibition and comprises the entire collection of work inspired by the Isles - the drawings, watercolours and photographs, only a selection of which can feature in the exhibition. The book will be available from the museum shop and can be pre-ordered by emailing email@example.com.
Temporary Online Exhibition
Highland Heritage Museums
Gairloch Museum and 13 neighbouring museums from across the Highlands are taking part in Highland Threads. The virtual exhibition showcases a treasured costume from each museum's collection alongside stories of the people who made the cloth, who wore the clothes and where they were produced.
Exploring the history of the people in the north of Scotland, the innovative online exhibition includes fascinating items; our famous Gairloch Pattern Stockings, Bonnie Prince Charlie’s jacket, a dress embellished with the elytra of the jewel beetle and a fisherman's Gansey.
Highland Threads can be found at www.highlandthreads.co.uk and on social media via #HighlandThreads
The project is produced by Museums and Heritage Highland, a charity formed in 2019 to promote collaborative working and provide a supportive voice for the Highlands' heritage sector. A successful bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund allowed the charity to develop the exhibition.
Nicola Henderson, Museums and Heritage Highlands Digital Innovation and Network Manager said:
"The idea for Highland Threads was conceived at a Highland Heritage Cafe, a regular online meet-up for people working in heritage. We saw an opportunity to support each other while our museums struggle through temporary closure due to Covid-19 restrictions."
You can visit the virtual exhibition now and come see the Gairloch Pattern display in our gallery when we reopen.
Gairloch Pattern Socks Highland Threads Exhibition
Photo credit: Jim Dunn
Roseanne has lived in Mellon Charles, Aultbea since the late sixties and now has her own studio. She returned to study as a mature student,completing a BA (Hons) Painting degree with The Open College of The Arts and The University for the Creative Arts in 2018.
Roseanne is a member of An Talla Solais Visual Arts in Ullapool as well as the Society of Scottish Artists. For further information, visit Roseanne's website here.
Passing Places by Roseanne Wiseman
September & October 2021
The inspiration for Roseanne’s exhibition comes from the landscape and coastline round Gairloch and Aultbea where she lives. On her daily travels by car or on foot, she’ll catch a glimpse while “Passing Places” and then work from sketches and memory, using a combination of mixed media, creating layers and texture, evoking the atmosphere and sense of place.
In Rubha nan Sasan, Lucy Barlow brings together a selection of drawings and sculptures made from observing the smallest details at ground level; from near the tip of Loch Ewe at Rubha nan Sasan, along the coast, to Camus Mor. Studying lichens, grasses, peat, seaweeds, sand and water Lucy uses this information to consider the topographical nature of dispersal and retention.
Lucy Barlow FRSA studied at Glasgow School of Art and Middlesex University and is a member of the Scottish Contemporary Art Network and the Society of Scottish Artists. Her recent works addressing climate change were selected for inclusion in the Royal Society of Sculptors Summer Exhibition by Robert and Nicky Wilson/ Artland Jupiter in 2020, and Sigrid Kirk, Curator in 2021. In 2019 Lucy was awarded a residency at Hospitalfield House in Arbroath, and was also a finalist for the 1st Plinth Award from the Royal Society of Sculptors.
For the past twenty years Lucy has walked, photographed and drawn the landscape of Loch Ewe from Inverasdale to Camus Mor. For further information, visit Lucy's website here.
Rubha nan Sasan Point of Difficulty by Lucy Barlow
September & October 2021