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Help secure the future of An Talla Solais

by An Talla Solais in Ullapool, Scotland, United Kingdom

Help secure the future of An Talla Solais
We did it
On 7th December 2021 we successfully raised £21,185 ( + est. £4280.00 Gift Aid ) with 228 supporters in 42 days

After the loss of our Gallery, An Talla Solais' future is under threat. Please stand with us to secure our visual arts and community work.

by An Talla Solais in Ullapool, Scotland, United Kingdom

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. 

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. 

Community is at the heart of An Talla Solais, but without a physical space to bring people to geter we have found ourselves at a crucial point, and we need your help.

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...

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.


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  • Embroidered Leatherwork: Born and raised in the Highlands of Scotland, Iseabal Hendry is inspired by the traditional craft skills that she grew up with, from basket-weaving to boatbuilding to roof-thatching. 

An embroidery graduate from the Glasgow School of Art, Iseabal’s practice originated from a desire for zero-waste. By weaving together thin strips of leather with cotton, she makes use of the entire hide with almost no wastage. Sourcing her materials as locally as possible, the tannery Iseabal works with makes the world's lowest carbon intensity leather in the world, while the cotton is woven in Scotland. 

Iseabal’s work weaves together environmental values, a modern aesthetic based on time-honoured techniques and materials, with the landscape that continually inspires her to make.

Both pieces are framed locally in ash and stained to bring out the variation of colour in the hand-dyed leather. Due to weight local collection is preferred if possible. 

'Liath' £350, Scottish leather of traceable origin, cotton, dye, 56cm x 66cm x 3cm (light weave)

'Dorcha' £400, Scottish leather of traceable origin, cotton, dye, 60cm x 69cm x 3cm (dark weave)


*The rewards below have now been purchased. Thank you for your support!* 

  • Sets of Exhibition Postcards
  • Mindful Photography workshop
  • Original Paintings by Karen Beattie 
  • Earthenware vessel by Patricia Shone
  • Stoneware Vessel by Jenny Mackenzie Ross
  • Original Painting by Peter White 
  • Original Painting by Jude Edgar
  • Original Painting by Joanna Wright 
  • Original Drawing by Susan Brown 
  • Original Sculpture by Lar MacGregor
  • Original Painting by Susan Macintosh

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Donate £10 or more to be named as a supporter on a dedicated page on our website

£30 or more

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Limited Edition Poster

Donate £30 or more for a limited edition A4 poster from your favourite exhibition at An Talla Solais. Four different prints available in limited numbers (see page for options). All prints are numbered and come unframed in premium matte paper. Price includes delivery.

£15 or more

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Set of ten cards

Donate £15 or more for a pack of ten postcards with a selection of images from different exhibitions shown over the years at the Gallery! Choose your favourite set or collect the full series! Price includes delivery.

£15 or more

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Set of ten cards - Set 1

Donate £15 or more for a pack of ten postcards with a selection of images from different exhibitions shown over the years at the Gallery! Choose your favourite set or collect the full series! Price includes delivery.

£15 or more

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Set of ten cards - Set 2

Donate £15 or more for a pack of ten postcards with a selection of images from different exhibitions shown over the years at the Gallery! Choose your favourite set or collect the full series! Price includes delivery.

£50 or more

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Mindful Photography Workshop

Donate £50 or more to join photographer and artist Justine Ritchie in a workshop on Mindful Photography. The workshop will take place outdoors in Lochbroom in January 2021 (date tbc) and will last 2.5 - 3 hours. The only equipment you need is a camera of your choice, whether that be your phone or a DSLR camera! Tea, coffee and homemade cake will be included after the workshop in our Market Street studios in Ullapool.

£70 or more

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Limited Edition print by Kris Sahlholdt

Donate £70 or more for a limited edition A4 photographic print, 'Leckmelm Lump', by artist Kris Sahlholdt, taken during her Royal Scottish Academy residency at An Talla Solais. Printed in Scotland on Ultrasmooth Photo Rag 305gsm acid free paper. Only 5 available. Price includes delivery.

£80 or more

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Original Paintings by Karen Beattie

Choose one of three original paintings by local artist Karen Beattie. Her work explores 'what it feels like to live now, amidst the excesses of 21st Century consumption and commodification, information and misinformation.' 'Cool August I-III' (in order displayed) are available to buy individually or as a set of three. Acrylic on canvas mounted on MDF panel, each painting measures 18 x 20cm. Price includes delivery.

£80 or more

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Original Painting by Karen Beattie

Donate £80 or more for an original painting by local artist Karen Beattie. Her work explores 'what it feels like to live now, amidst the excesses of 21st Century consumption and commodification, information and misinformation.' Cool August II (centre image). Acrylic on canvas mounted on MDF panel, each painting measures 18 x 20cm. Price includes delivery.

£95 or more

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Limited Edition Print by Neil Gerrard

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 in a limited run of 10.

£100 or more

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Original Drawing by Susan Brown

Donate £100 or more for an original A3 drawing by local artist Susan Brown. Susan has exhibited several works over the years at the An Talla Solais Members Show and every year, without fail, her pieces get snapped up! We're delighted to be able to offer one of her original unframed mixed media drawings here, titled 'Spiral in the Darkest Light'. Price includes delivery.

£120 or more

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Earthenware Vessel by Patricia Shone

A Raku fired earthenware vessel by Patricia Shone, whose work is informed and inspired by her local landscape on the Isle of Skye. This piece is made by hand-building, texturing, stretching and carving. Patricia has exhibited across the world in prestigious galleries and has a collection in the Victoria & Albert Museum London. We are honoured to have her work here today. Coire Contour bowl, raku fired earthenware, unglazed. 6cm x 15cm

£160 or more

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Original painting by Peter White, 'Bowl'

Donate £160 or more for an original painting 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. 'Bowl' measures 9x10cm, acrylic and wax, unframed.

£160 or more

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Original Painting by Peter White, 'Bottle'

Donate £160 or more for an original painting 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. 'Bottle' measures 10x9cm, acrylic and wax, unframed.

£200 or more

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Original Painting by Joanna Wright

Donate £200 or more for 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!) but also for her beautiful still-life paintings. We are delighted to have one of Joanna's works available here. 'Spanish Bowl with Pots and 2 Panels', mixed media on boards, 20cm x 30 cm, box framed, 4cm deep.

£200 or more

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Stoneware Vessel by Jenny Mackenzie Ross

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 Norway. Moon Jar was inspired by traditional forms that have deep roots in Japanese and Korean pottery, but also by Jenny's local landscape and its geological formations and variations in Caithness. Moon Jar is a one off piece that measures 15cm by 23cm.

£200 or more

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Original Painting by Jude Edgar

Donate £200 or more for an original painting by Jude Edgar. Jude works mainly with acrylic and watercolour, creating landscapes and seascapes that aim to evoke the experience of a place. “Slate Sky” is inspired by the view from her studio in North East Scotland, on a day when slate-grey skies swept across the golden fields of barley. Acrylic on wooden panel, with cold wax finish. Unframed. 20cm x 20cm. Price includes postage.

£300 or more

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Original Sculpture: Lar MacGregor 'Memory Keeper'

Donate £300 or more for an original artwork by Highland artist, Lar MacGregor, from her 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 during the pandemic. 'Memory Keeper' - Walnut, Copper, Tinted graphite acrylic. Box measures 6 x 6 x 12.5cm and contains 20 + 1 copper leaves. Price includes delivery.

£350 or more

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Leatherwork by Iseabal Hendry, 'Liath'

Born and raised in Wester Ross, Iseabal Hendry is inspired by the traditional craft skills that she grew up with, from basket-weaving to boatbuilding to roof-thatching. Iseabal’s work weaves together environmental values, a modern aesthetic based on time-honoured techniques and materials, with the landscape that continually inspires her to make. 'Liath' is made from traceable Scottish Leather and cotton. 56x66x3cm. Locally framed in stained ash.

£400 or more

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Original Painting by Susan Macintosh

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 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. 'Peatlands, Lewis', 50cm x 40cm (size unframed). Price includes delivery.

£400 or more

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Leatherwork by Iseabal Hendry, 'Dorcha'

Born and raised in Wester Ross, Iseabal Hendry is inspired by the traditional craft skills that she grew up with, from basket-weaving to boatbuilding to roof-thatching. Iseabal’s work weaves together environmental values, a modern aesthetic based on time-honoured techniques and materials, with the landscape that continually inspires her to make. 'Dorcha' is made from traceable Scottish Leather and cotton. 60x69x3cm. Locally framed in stained ash.

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