Forthcoming Exhibition

Highlands & Islands Artists and Makers' Winter Showcase

November and December 2021

From November 6th, our new exhibitions will be on display. In our gallery downstairs there will be a range of ceramic, wood and other craft work by Highland makers. We’ll be featuring chopping boards and lamps by Jim Pennie, lampshades by Lucy Wagtail, some beautiful ceramics by Julia Smith, photography by Eoghain Maclean and some new items from Red Ruby Rose.
All the items will be for sale, and we hope might prove interesting and attractive options for Christmas gift-giving. 


Local artist Viveca Port has been busy creating pencil portraits of some familiar local faces (a project which begun during lockdown) which will also be on display downstairs. Do come in to see whose bonnie faces are gracing the walls of our downstairs gallery. 


Upstairs, we’ll be exhibiting a range of different artwork by some local artists as well as artists who have previously exhibited with us. The exhibition will feature work by Lynn Bennett Mackenzie, Fiona Mackenzie, Fiona Macintyre, Sheena Graham, Alison Dunlop, Sarah Dowse, Rosanne Wiseman, Jennifer Henderson, Sarah Milteer, Jill Holmes, Lisa Fenton, Viveca Port and Lys Stevens. 

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Highland Threads 

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 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