Winter Showcase 2022
During November and December our Upper and Lower Galleries are exhibiting artwork, photography and craft inspired by the Highlands and Islands.
Sarah Milteer is a painter, photographer, and writer based in Edinburgh, Scotland. She grew up on Dry Island, Badachro near Gairloch and attended Glasgow School of Art, graduating with a Bachelor of Art with Honours in Fine Art, specialising in photography in 1992. Sarah lived and worked in the United States from 1993 until 2015 when she returned to Scotland with her family. Sarah's art has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Scotland and the United States.
Blake Milteer has worked for more than 30 years as an artist, curator and educator. His creative practise began at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Texas. He holds a BFA in fine art and photography from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and an MA in art history/museum studies from the University of Denver. Milteer lives in Edinburgh where he was most recently Curator of the MacKinnon Collection for the National Galleries of Scotland and the National Library of Scotland.
Rosanne Wiseman graduated from the Open College of the Arts and the University for the Creative Arts in 2018. Working from sketches in her studio in Mellon Charles, Aultbea, her main subject matter is the coast and surrounding landscape, though she also creates some intuitive abstract work, concentrating on colour shape and texture. She is currently engaged as Artists for the Aultbea Stories Community Project.
Fiona Mackenzie was born in Inverness and spent her childhood in the Highlands. She engages with the spirit of the place by walking, swimming in the sea, and often sitting watching the dramatic and constantly changing light on the sea and mountains. This closeness to nature allows her to sketch directly from her surroundings in paint, inks, or pencil.
Mhairi Law, Island Darkroom
Mhairi Law (b. Scottish Borders 1991), lives and works on the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Working primarily in medium format photography and alt-processes, her work explores landscapes and senses of place with projects spanning from the Faroe Islands, Chilean Patagonia and Lewis itself.
Mhairi operates a gallery and studio space on the Isle of Lewis, Island Darkroom, featuring photographic exhibitions and holding workshops in traditional analogue processes.
Julie Rutter, Black Isle Yarns
Julie has always have a love for the outdoors and developed a keen interest in natural dye techniques. Aware how little farmers received for their fleeces and at the same time struggling to source undyed British wool, Julie began to investigate the options for having local wool spun. And so Black Isle Yarns was born, creating custom spun yarns from fleeces hand selected from local farms and small holdings on the Black Isle.
Sientje, Highland Sea Ceramics
Sientje rained as a potter in Germany and moved to the Isle of Skye in 2001 to work in a Uig pottery. She creates hand-thrown, small batch pieces from stoneware clay and, as a result, each piece is unique and varied. Her glazes mirror the colours of the Scottish landscape from blues and greens of the sea to the upper and heather hues found in the Highland mountains.