An Talla Solais need your help. The strain of the pandemic has been made all the harder with the resulting loss of our Gallery - a space where we brought world class art to the rural Highlands, and held community events, talks and workshops.
The benefits of creativity on mental health are well known and many of you have reached out to tell us of the positive impact our digital creative workshops had on you over lockdown. We believe these services are vital in a small, rural community like ours and want to continue offering them.
Community is at the heart of An Talla Solais, but without a physical space to bring people together we have found ourselves at a crucial point, and we need your help.
We are seeking new and innovative ways to continue to share and show art in person alongside our series of hybrid online exhibitions and community workshops. To do this we need to cover not only our core costs but also develop a physical place to deliver our activities. We have a vision for how our current office space on Market Street could look: a creative hub in which people can connect, create and engage with art and, through it, with each other. However, the building as it stands needs significant refurbishment to be used in this way.
The initial £10,000 of this campaign will cover the necessary refurbishments needed to create a multi-purpose community arts hub, but in order to create a dedicated space for exhibitions - or even (dare we dream?!) to secure a stand alone gallery in the future - we need to go further. We hope that we can with your help.
Some of you have reached out with wonderful ideas for how we might create such a space in the future and we want to harness these ideas alongside creating our creative community hub on Market Street. We hope that you'll join us in realising this vision and help to secure the future of An Talla Solais at this critical point.
The Rewards - Donations of any size are hugely appreciated. We want to use this opportunity to give something back to our community, so in return for your donations we have put together a collection of limited edition rewards. We are so grateful to the artists who have supported us in these and hope that you love them as much as we do...
- Exhibition Posters: Limited edition A4 posters, printed on premium matte paper, are available in five designs from different exhibitions in the Gallery. Choose from 'Stillness and Flow' by local artists Peter Davis and Susan Macintosh, 'As Coastline is to Ocean' by the brilliant David Cass, Robert Callender and Joseph Calleja, 'Murmur', where five artists reflected on climate change, our 'Members Exhibition' in 2019 with a beautiful image from local artist Karen Beattie, and finally the beautiful 'Memorial' by Peter White.
- Limited Edition Print: This is a unique opportunity to own a piece of work by recent graduate Kris Sahlholdt. Kris was the winner of the Royal Scottish Academy graduate prize in 2020, when she came to An Talla Solais for a months residency. This limited edition A4 photographic print, 'Leckmelm Lump', was taken during her time in Ullapool. Printed in Scotland on Ultrasmooth Photo Rag 305gsm acid free paper. Only 5 available.
Limited Edition Print: Local photographer Neil Gerrard originally trained in Photographic Science before exploring photography in a creative and experimental way. A member of ATS, Neil's beautiful prints regularly sell out at our Members Exhibitions. This limited edition A3 photographic print is of Loch Broom. Printed on Epson Traditional paper with a soft gloss traditional finish, each print measures 46.3 x 30.9cm. Signed and numbered, there will only be ten of these available.
- Original Paintings: Three original paintings by local artist Karen Beattie. Karen graduated from Alberta College of Art and Design in Canada in 2013, but now lives and works in the north west of Scotland, right here in Ullapool. Her work explores 'what it feels like to live now, amidst the excesses of 21st Century consumption and commodification, information and misinformation.' Amongst her primary influences she includes The World Wide Web and the Rococo, a combination that combined with Karen's skillful and expressive use of colour and shape, results in a truly unique body of work.
Acrylic on canvas mounted on MDF panel, this painting measures 18 x 20cm.
- Earthenware vessel: A Raku fired earthenware vessel by Patricia Shone, who has lived and worked on the Isle of Skye for 25 years. Her work is informed and inspired by this powerful landscape. Of her practice she says:
'I can’t separate the experience of living here and the way my work has developed. It feels like it’s a journey towards understanding and accepting a path through life and the events that brought me here.'
This piece is made by hand-building, texturing, stretching and carving. Colours are achieved most of all by the firing processes. The soft earthenware blacks and greys of raku firing; wood firing for warm earth tones and glazed stoneware; charcoal saggar firing within the wood kiln for dark greys and matt glazes. This results in a wide range of textures and densities of surface and body, reflecting the varied geology of the land.
Patricia has exhibited across the world across prestigious galleries including the Saatchi Gallery in London as part of Collect, and Hauser & Wirth owned 'Make' in Somerset. She has collections in the Victoria & Albert Museum alongside several private collections worldwide. We are honoured to have her work available here today.
Coire Contour bowl, raku fired earthenware, unglazed. 6cm high x 15cm wide. £120
*The rewards below have now been purchased. Thank you for your support!*
- Sets of Exhibition Postcards: We have two sets of ten beautiful postcards, celebrating some of the exhibitions over the last six years in the Gallery. Each card is titled with the artist and exhibition, and has space on the back for an address if you'd like to write a note and send to a loved one. Choose your favourite set or collect both!
- Mindful Photography workshop: Local photographer Justine Ritchie will lead an introductory workshop into mindful photography, which takes a contemplative and intuitive, as opposed to purely technical, approach to photography.
A way to relieve stress and tension, mindful photography encourages you to slow down and connect to the landscape. Aimed at both experienced and entry level photographers, all you need is a camera, whether that be your phone or a DSLR. The workshop will take place on the beautiful shores of Lochbroom, Ullapool.
A brief introduction will be followed by a short mindfulness activity and a series of exercises to help develop your own way of seeing. In a small group, you’ll spend time outdoors in nature, exploring colour, texture, form, light, and reflection. Tea, coffee and cake will be included to enjoy afterwards at our Market Street studios!
- Stoneware Vessel: A beautiful stoneware vessel by Jenny Mackenzie Ross, who was part of our Northbound | Nordgående exhibition in 2018 which went on to travel from Ullapool to Caithness, Shetland and finally Norway.
This piece was born from two threads of thought.
The 'Moon Jar' is a traditional form that has deep roots in Japanese and Korean pottery. The form is thrown with the furthest extent of swelling at the belly of the shape, mimicking the moon at its fullest. It is a form that Jenny finds herself returning to again and again.
Jenny finds inspiration from her local beaches in Caithness, formed from a multitude of large, almost-round pebbles. These pebbles are all different in their geological origins: from pumice and porous calcareous stones to sandstone and granite. With this piece Jenny seeks to create that same generous rounded vessel that invites touch.
Moon Jar by Jenny Mackenzie Ross is a one off creation that measures 23cm by 15cm.
- Original Painting: Two original paintings by Ullapool artist Peter White. Known for beautifully textured paintings of everyday objects, Peter elevates simple, ubiquitous items to a powerful and emotional status. Using a mixture of oil, acrylic and wax, Peter's works vary from monumental in size to miniature - each holding the same beauty and depth as the other.
We have had the joy of exhibiting Peter's works over the years, including in our exhibition Memorial. Outside of Ullapool Peter has exhibited in over twenty solo shows, numerous group exhibitions and has won a series of accolades and awards over the years. We are honoured to have two of his works available as part of our Crowdfunding campaign.
Bowl - 9 x 10cm - Acrylic, wax.
Bottle - 10 x 9cm - Acrylic, wax.
- Original Painting: An original painting by Ullapool's own Joanna Wright! Many of you will know Joanna from her time at An Talla Solais (our very first member of staff!) whose creativity and leadership we were lucky enough to have for 12 years. However many of you will also know Joanna for her beautiful still-life paintings. We are delighted to have one of Joanna's works available as part of our Crowdfunding campaign. 'Spanish Bowl with Pots and 2 Panels', mixed media on boards, 20cm x 30 cm, box framed, 4cm deep.
- Original Drawing: An original A3 drawing by local artist Susan Brown. Susan has exhibited several works over the years in the An Talla Solais Members Show and every year, without fail, her pieces get snapped up! We're delighted to offer one of Susan's mixed media drawings here, titled 'Spiral in the Darkest Light'
- Original Sculpture: An original artwork by Highland-based artist, Lar MacGregor, from her most recent series of organic and abstracted sculptures, 'Sussurus'. The series focuses on experiences of dementia, loss and separation and explores the shared experiences that have come to dominate our lives in a time of Covid-19. Lar’s work - largely inspired from her walking and created from found and recycled materials - has been exhibited in our Gallery in recent years and she also hosted several very popular workshops with us during lockdown.
Lar MacGregor 'Memory Keeper' (Walnut, Copper, Tinted graphite acrylic; Box measures 6 x 6 x 12.5cm and contains 20 + 1 copper leaves)
- Original Painting: An original watercolour painting by Aberdeenshire artist and ATS member, Susan Macintosh. We've had the honour of showing Susan's beautiful work in exhibitions over the years, including her 2019 joint show with Peter Davis, Stillness and Flow. Sue’s work is influenced by the weather, light and geological foundations of the Scottish landscape and we are delighted to have this incredible piece available to purchase as part of our Crowdfunder.
Susan Macintosh 'Peatlands, Lewis' 62.5 x 73cm