Memory of Place [a walk in time]

by Sheila Mortlock

7th Mar - 25th Apr

Preview Fri 6th Mar 7.30pm

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. 

Sheila will be running a workshop during her exhibition on the techniques she uses to create her artworks.  See the Classes at the Museum section of our Events page for further information.


Bird Photographer of the Year

Sat 28th Mar - Sat 23rd May

Preview and talk by Rob Read of Bird Photographer of the Year   

Fri 27th Mar 7.30pm

Gairloch Museum is delighted to bring the Bird Photographer of the Year exhibition to Scotland for the first time.The competition is an annual, global photographic competition celebrating avian beauty and diversity. Attracting over 15,000 images from photographers based in over 60 countries around the world, the competition has grown rapidly over a short space of time.


The amazing images received by the competition are testament to its popularity and represent some of the world’s very best bird photography.The Bird Photographer of the Year exhibition comprises over 30 of the winning images from the 2019 competition, celebrating birds and photographers from all around the globe. Each photograph includes the story behind the image and the camera techniques and settings employed by the photographer to capture it.


To accompany the exhibition, over 200 of the best images from the competition are displayed in a lavish coffee table book published by HarperCollins.


Rubha nan Sasan

by Lucy Barlow

2nd May - 27th June

Preview Fri 1st May 7.30pm

Lucy Barlow’s work considers the topographical nature of dispersal at Rubha nan Sasan (translated from Gaelic as ‘point of difficulty’), a remote peninsula on Loch Ewe on the north-west coast of Scotland.  A strategic base for the Artic Convoys during WW11, Loch Ewe’s peaty, lichen infested landscape consists of some of the world’s oldest geological formations (formed from Lewisian gneiss and Torridonian sandstone), along with important archaeological evidence of historic human habitation, including many ruined roundhouses. These structures, both natural and made, co-exist spanning large timeframes, and present a unique opportunity to create an interplay of time and scale.

‘Every mark, no matter how tentative, is a thought, a building and layering process. To consider buildings as delicate as drawings; collecting and storing their contents. Their structure maintains and defines a constellation of materials. A condition of thoughtfulness, within a natural landscape left to its own devices. Allowing a layering of special relationships to be formed that span many years’.

Lucy Barlow FRSA studied at Glasgow School of Art BA(Hons) Fine Art Sculpture 1993-1996, and Middlesex University BA(Hons) 3D Design 1991-1993.  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.


The Munro Legacy 

by The Munro Society

1st June - 27th June

March 2019 marked the centenary of the death of Sir Hugh Munro, author of Munro's Tables, which listed the Scottish mountains of 3000 feet or more. In the last 100 years, climbing the 282 'Munros' has become a remarkably popular activity. Within 15 miles of Gairloch there are 17 Munros, including some of the finest such as An Teallach, Liathach, Beinn Alligin, A' Mhaighdean and Slioch.


To mark the anniversary of Sir Hugh Munro’s death, the Munro Society has produced an exhibition about the story of the Munro phenomenon. This exhibition has been exhibited around Scotland, including in the Scottish Parliament.  We are delighted to have secured the exhibition for Gairloch Museum during June 2020.


Near and Far

by Sarah Milteer

4th Jul - 22nd Aug

Preview Fri 3rd Jul 7.30pm

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

29th Aug - 24th Oct

Preview Fri 28th Aug 7.30pm

This exhibition, by award winning artist Kittie Jones, reflects a number of trips she has made along the West Coast in the past twelve months. The places which have inspired this body of work include St Kilda, the Shiant Islands, Colonsay and the island of Handa.  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 landscapes she encounters.

In the exhibition, Kittie explores ideas around landscape and memory. Work made on location is shown alongside work exploring 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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