These are our past exhibitions since the website was created plus current year workshop reports:
As part of Kingussie’s successful food on film festival we look forward to hosting the opening night at the Iona Gallery, with the film “Queen of the Sun” on Thursday 4th February at 7pm. The Art Exhibtion runs from Friday 5th – Sunday 7th of February. Art work by school pupils and members of the Strathspey & Badenoch Society of Artists.
3 October – 1 Nov – tbc – Will Maclean A Fiaradh gu’n Iar: Veering Westerly
Open: 1.30 – 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday / 10.30am – 5pm Saturday / Closed Wednesday
A new exhibition containing new and retrospective work from Will Maclean, developed in association with Art First, London and An Lanntair, Stornoway.
This powerful and lyrical exhibition of work from the ‘artist laureate’ of the Highlands and Islands, comprises of drawings, constructions, assemblages, free standing sculptures, as well as the poetic collaboration with John Burnside, The Catechism of the Laws of Storms – a publication of poems written in response to Maclean’s collaged images.
Maclean is internationally recognised as a foremost exponent of box construction art. Using found objects which he deconstructs and reconstructs in a display of visual thinking that is compelling, he has developed a unique visual and poetic language. Reductive and honed, his metaphorical art is based on the histories and mythologies of those who live and work by the sea. His deep interest in Highland culture reaches out to universal themes of navigation, emigration, whaling and fishing, and global exploration.
Will Maclean was born in Inverness in 1941. He was a midshipman (1957-59) before attending Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen (1961-65). In 1981 he was appointed lecturer at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, where he remained for fifteen fruitful years becoming Professor of Fine Art. He was elected Royal Scottish Academician in 1991, awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of St Andrews in 1999 and an MBE for services to Education and the Arts in 2005. He currently lives and works in Tayport, Fife.
29 August – 27 Sept Landscapes from the Western Front, Peter Cattrell
Open: 1.30 – 5pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday / 10.30am – 5pm Saturday / Closed Wednesday
To mark the Centenary of the First World War this exhibition of photographic work by Scottish photographer Peter Cattrell includes quiet, reflective landscapes from the Somme.
Cattrell’s interest in the Somme was sparked upon the discovery of a photograph of his great uncle, William Wyatt Bagshawe, with three of his companions from the Sheffield ‘Pals’ Battalion. The four members of the Battalion had enlisted in response to Lord Kitcheners’ calls for volunteers, and had died in the first onslaught of the Somme on 1 July 1916. Cattrell went on to find Bagshawe’s name on the war memorial at Thiepval, Belgium during a visit in 1989 and a selection of Cattrell’s archive material is on display.
Maize Cutting, Serre, Somme
The photographs Cattrell has taken of the battlefield form a compelling and extensive body of work. The landscape captured by Cattrell is a contradictory one: both a lasting witness to the horrors of the war and a tranquil countryside, softened by the constant renewal of nature.
Lines of Stubble
Peter Cattrell was born in Glasgow in 1959. He studied at St Andrews University from 1977-8, then from 1979-82 he studied photography at The London College of Printing. Cattrell is a landscape photographer, concentrating particularly on man’s impact on his surroundings, he also lectures on BA Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins, London. Recent exhibition include Remember the Great War at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (2014-16) and Traces of War: Landscapes of the Western Front at The Fleming Collection, London (2014).
Photographic images Courtesy of Peter Cattrell
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we are celebrating our 20th Anniversary with over 50 members exhibiting
new talent and old favourites
exhibition on until Sunday 23rd August
In the Spacing is a solo exhibition of new work by Glasgow-based artist Ben Skea. Utilising a multi-faceted approach, incorporating moving image, sound, digital printmaking and sculpture, Skea explores the metaphysical connection between earth and visitor.
Skea presents a sensory experience at The Iona Gallery, Kingussie – an installation that engages the earth as a living medium. Themes of mass extinction or biotic crisis and the crucial role it can play in the evolution of life were reinforced by visits to the two locations that form the basis for the exhibition (Green Loch / Lochan Uaine, Cairngorms, Scotland; Volcanic Green Lake, El Golfo, Lanzarote). Through the eyes of the digital lens, Skea attempts to connect what he sees as ‘the shrine-like quality’ present at both locations with concepts of human fragility and geological endurance.
In the Spacing | Iona Gallery | Duke Street | Kingussie | UK
23 July – 05 August | 2015
Open | Tuesday – Sunday | 11 – 5
Beneath the Surface
New paintings by Angus Grant
Iona Gallery July 10-19
A love of fishing and hill-walking has inspired Beneath the Surface, the new show by local artist Angus Grant.
Visitors will be taken on a walk through beautiful areas of the Cairngorms National Park and find out exactly what lies in the waters of the region’s best known lochs. The event will be the Grantown man’s first solo exhibition in the Iona Gallery. He previously exhibited work at the Badenoch venue alongside other artists during the Kingussie Food on Film Festival earlier this year.
Many of his new paintings focus on underwater scenes, including studies of the fish living there.
He has also been hard at work mastering new techniques in printing, including relief and mezzotint, for a series of limited edition works, he has returned to his favourite theme. And with his series of Rynettin paintings, Grant leads the viewer through the picturesque scenery of Abernethy, acting as an informal walking guide. He has also produced a small illustrated leaflet, showing the walk and pinpointing the sights portrayed in his landscapes.
Grant, an art teacher at Grantown Grammar School, said: “I am delighted to bring my work back to Kingussie and the Iona Gallery. “The new works have been a pleasure to paint. I like the play of light on the water, creating almost abstract shapes and forms.”
He added: “I have been fishing since I was young. Some of my earliest memories are fishing with my dad on Lochindorb and catching lots of little trout. I have loved it ever since and take every opportunity to go and paddle on the loch.”
“I love painting the Cairngorms. They look different every day and even on short walks, the view seems to change every minute.”
Beneath the Surface will be at the Iona Gallery, Kingussie, from July 10-19, open every day 10.30am-5pm. A preview of work is available at www.angusgrantart.com
SBSA WORKSHOP – EXPRESS YOURSELF IN WATERCOLOURS
Report by Val Emmett
Tutor and founder member of the SBSA, Anisa Caine led a stimulating and enjoyable workshop for seven other members of the SBSA on the 4th July.
Most of us are familiar with Anisa’s works that vary from bold abstracts that make you think about their meaning, to delicate watercolours of more recognisable objects and landscapes. So we all knew we were in for a good day.
We came along equipped with our watercolour paper, paints and brushes large and small, not knowing quite what to expect except that we would be invited to think about what we choose to paint, how we paint and what are the barriers to painting when faced with a blank sheet of paper or a canvas.
For some of us watercolour is not usually the medium of first choice and so working in watercolour was the first challenge, for others the challenge was to explore very different approaches to our work. We knew we would be invited to try different techniques and for some of us we’d be out of our comfort zones for at least part of the day!
For our first challenge Anisa presented us with a black, white and shades of grey copy of an abstract pattern painting, artist not identified. We each had to repaint the picture using colours of our choosing, and the results were varied. (I chose different shades of blues.) Anisa then provided a colour version of the work, which was by Paul Klee and principally in shades of yellows and orange! A lively discussion ensued about our choice of colours and our interpretations of the original. Our second task was to try to reproduce the Klee painting as accurately as we could and this kept us busy as we looked carefully and measured out the different sizes of the varied shapes and then tried to mix colours he had used.
Finally we were given a free rein to paint an abstract of our choice that had a personal meaning, and once again the results were very varied. Along the way we listened to well-chosen background music and in our lively conversations and interchanges we learned about Anisa’s own art training and her experiences of working alongside other well-known international artists.
It will be interesting to see if the excellent experience we had at our workshop, what we learned and tried out will be evident in any works we exhibit in future SBSA exhibitions. I, for one, came away with several ideas, all very far removed from my usual topics and styles of painting. Whether they materialise or not you’ll have to wait and see! Not this year though, my three entries are already waiting to be hung in the Iona Gallery next month.
30 May – 5 July Scottish Scenic Routes – A High Life Highland Exhibition
23 April – 24 May Lay of Land – A High Life Highland Exhibition.
16 May – Creative Machine Embroidery Workshop with Morag Gray at the Highland Folk Museum. Booked via the CLP https://www.clp-online.net/courses/sbsa-art-and-craft-courses
Ann Vastano, a new collection of paintings, drawings and prints
4 April to 12 April
Book launch on Saturdays 4 and 11.
Ann lives and paints in Aviemore and the Cairngorms and is a very talented and well known local artist, also a director of the gallery. Recently her painting has been seen on the walls of the Scottish Parliament.
Kingussie Food on Film Festival
OPENING NIGHT – Thursday 5th February Exhibition 5th – 9th February
We’ll be kicking off the Kingussie Food on Film Festival with an amazing opening night at The Iona Gallery screening the delightful film “ Kiss the Water “ produced by local lady Kate Swan who will be doing the honours of officially opening the Kingussie Food On Film Festival 2015. There will be a flamboyant display of fascinators and hats, We’d love you to join in by sporting your own creations!
An exhibition of young local artists from Kingussie High School and Grantown Grammar School in particular the very talented Angus Grant will be gracing the walls of the Iona Gallery. Not to be missed!
Poster design by Kingussie High School pupil Flossie Keegan
Homecoming Textiles 2014 Exhibition
October 18 to 31, open daily 11 – 4pm
Two artists living and working in the Cairngorms National Park are inspired by nature. Both artists are fascinated by myth and folklore, and how human existence is intrinsically linked to the movements and rhythms in nature.
Philippa Mitchell has studied how human beings view one particular migrating species, the distinctive black, white and grey barnacle goose. A creature of myth and curiosity, this bird is now the subject of conflict between nature lovers, conservationists and farmers. Philippa gathers opinions and through her work expresses many thoughts and stories in her paintings in this SNH and Creative Scotland project for Imagining Natural Scotland with her project: Barnacles, Fish or Fowl?
Liz Hall explores themes of migration and displacement in fairy tale-like paintings, where characters move and relate with birds from around the world – their seasonal paths linking cultures, and their dreams narrating magical stories. Swallows feature heavily as creatures surrounded in myth and legend, with whom we have a natural affinity.
Bud to Bloom
19 July to 10 August 2014. A Crafts Council touring exhibition.
A jolly weekend of art, kids printing and pottery, teas, cakes and coffees, mulled wine and craft sales.
Local Artists’ exhibition: Lynny Cairney and Bryn Thomas 23 August – 30 August
The stunning tapestry, which is the world’s longest, is actually an embroidery. Many came to admire the millions of stitches that took 25000 hours to create by 200 volunteers.
Sound Matters 1 June – 30 June 2013
This exhibition investigates the connections between craft and sound, immersing visitors in environments where these distinct practices, with differing histories and aesthetics, collide. This is a Crafts Council Touring Exhibition consisting of seven selected contemporary works that ask to seen as well as heard.
Pieces include Scanner and Ismini Samanidou’s Weave Waves, a jacquard weaving of the sound of a breath and Polyphony, made of aluminium by Studio Weave, in which you have to stand to hear your surroundings amplified.
This exhibition is unusual and intriguing and needs to be experienced!
British Wildlife Photographer Awards 2012 4 May – 26 May 2013
Truly stunning winning photographs carried on our wildlife theme.
Wildlife in Art 13 to 28 April 2013
An ambitious programme of events was organised in conjunction with RSPB Futurescapes, and part funded by Scottish Natural Heritage:
Blues Night, Saturday 13 April – An evening of live blues music with Derek Smith, frontman from Main Street Blues, one of Scotland’s top blues bands. 1920s Speakeasy themed night. Gangsters, flappers and bootleggers enjoyed the great music, cocktails and dancing.
Sunday 14 April – Afternoon with the Artist – Artist-in-Residence, Darren Rees gave a talk and painting demonstration, with tea and cakes.
Saturday 20 April – Wildlife Art Attacks for primary and secondary aged children and young people.
Sunday 21 April: A talk on nature and landscape scale conservation by RSPB Futurescapes.
Faces and Figures 22 March – 7 April
We had the opportunity to see some magnificent works from the Scottish figurative tradition drawn from the Highland Collection of the Highland Council. Georgina Coburn wrote in Northings 16 Jan 2013:
“the collection reflects acquisitions from temporary touring exhibitions from the 1980’s and 1990’s, supplemented by part of the Scottish Arts Council Collection Bequest when the SAC’s permanent collection was dismantled in 2001. Featured artists include Joyce W Cairns, Ken Currie, Adrian Wisniewski, Heather Wade, Andrew Walker, David Donaldson, Patricia Douthwaite, Margaret Hunter, Calum Colvin and Peter Howson”.
1 – 8 December with a preview on 30 November. Another successful exhibition which this year ran for a whole week long. We were very pleased with the number of visitors and the craft items sold particularly well.
Kingussie High School Exhibition
24 and 25 November with the gallery opening 11am to 4pm just for this exhibition.
There will be an opening event 5 – 6.30pm on Friday 23 November.
6 to 28 October 2012. Escher’s fascinating and puzzling graphic illustrations appeal to all ages. With a mathematician’s mind, he explored themes of reflection and tessellation in his designs. These 16 images are museum grade facsimile prints.
7 to 30 September 2012. This was a very popular exhibition and we were very happy to have so much of the artist’s work on display. Several people called in and told us of their memories of being taught by Sylvia Wishart, including some of art members.
8 September to 21 September. An Exhibition of woodwork, including furniture and sculpture.
“I strive to create work that reveals wood as a material of great variety and beauty”
27 August to 2 September.
John Walters and Elrine Jarrett presented artwork inspired by their surroundings here in the national park.
A Century of Linen and Lace
19 August to 26 August. A beautiful display of textiles with Elma on hand to tell her customers all about them. This was a very popular exhibition with over 400 people visiting. The exhibition included hundreds of exquisite examples of handworked lace and embroidered linens from all around the world. Rare antique and vintage wall hangings, tableware, bed linen and baby gowns.
SBSA Summer Exhibition 2012
4 August to 18 August with a preview on 3 August. The group of Society of Badenoch and Strathspey Artists who all live and work in the Cairngorm National Park, number professional and amateur painters, ceramicists, jewelers and textile artists to name but a few.
Exhibitions, Workshops and Events
Wilhelmina Barns Graham
14 July to 29 July. Wilhelmina Barns Graham, known as Willie (1912 – 2004), painter, printmaker and draughtsman, was born in St Andrews, Fife on 8 June 1912.
2 June to 8 July
Today the letterform is more widely used as part of the everyday life than it ever has been. Technology has liberated how, where and by whom it can be placed in the world and, most importantly, the relationshiop between the hand, the pen, and paper has been interrupted in favour of the virtual.
Sound, gesture and space are the three principles at the heart of this exhibition: the field it covers is therefore broad, and encompasses the traditional (or recognisable) calligraphic techniques, albeit in unfamiliar contexts, as well as virtual typography, street art and body type. This in turn encourages the visitor to broaden their understanding of the letterform, its context and its use. Some of the exhibits are fragile but others are interactive.
The Making of Longbird – Will Anderson and Tobias Feltus
28 April – 27 May
The Making of Longbird seems to be a documentary, unveiling archive footage of a Russian animated film from 1911 about a master animator, a work of art and a terrible fire… Award winning Highland film-maker Will Anderson takes up the challenge of reclaiming the lost legacy of the Longbird, blurring the boundaries between fact and fiction and making us believe the unbelievable. In his exploration of the character of the captivation Longbird we realise that he is not all he seems. This is a study of a bird but hardly an ornithological one! This touching funny film by one of our most promising young animators is the centrepiece of an exhibition which has a full supporting programme of film-makers, past and present, from Edinburgh College of Art.
Matisse: Drawing with Scissors
Late Works 1950 – 1954
24 March – 22 April 2012, 23 March, 7pm SBSA Members and Friends of The Iona Gallery Preview evening with a talk from local artist Anisa Caine.
Matisse Art Attacks for children, fun art sessions for primary aged children, £2 each on 31 March 2-3pm and 14 April 11am-12noon. To book a place email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01540 670191
The French painter, sculptor and designer, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. His vibrant works are celebrated for their extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour. Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, features 35 lithographic prints of the famous cut-outs, produced in the last four years of his life, when the artist was confined to his bed, and includes many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes. Matisse continued creating highly original works well into his eighties. For his cut-outs he used paper that had been hand-painted with gouache, laid down in abstract or figurative patterns: ‘the paper cut-out allows me to draw in the colour… Instead of drawing the outline and putting the colour inside it… I draw straight into the colour’. The colours he used were so strong that he was advised by his doctor to wear dark glasses.
Kingussie Food on Film Festival “Grow Your Own”
Opening night was on 2 February 7pm including our members artwork on a food and growing theme and refreshments from local food producers. Over 90 people turned out for the event. A short SBSA AGM was held at 7.30pm in the small gallery, followed by the film “The Garden” at 8pm, as part of the Food on Film Festival.
SBSA Christmas Markets 2011
26 – 27 November and 3 – 4 December 2011 special opening times: 10am – 4pm
Artists and craft-makers’ work from around the Cairngorm National Park will be shown over these two weekends prior to Christmas this year. We have paintings, textiles and crafts sold by the SBSA and artists themselves. Come along to find unique gifts, enjoy a glass of mulled wine and be inspired.
Kingussie High School’s First Exhibition at The Iona Gallery: HIGH ART
We are very pleased to say that our local High School had a very successful first art exhibition in The Iona Gallery.
Private view was on Friday 18th November 5.30 – 6.30pm, with refreshments from the school’s hospitality department.
It was open to the public Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th 11am – 4pm.
All of the pieces featured in the exhibition have been completed in the last year, with examples of class work from S1 to S6 including some folios submitted to the exam board in 2011. Pupils have also been invited to submit work of their own choice done in their own time! A wide variety of mediums , approaches and subject matter was on show; pencil, paint, collage, polyprint, linocut, paper construction, batik, jewellery, headwear, still life, landscape and portraiture.
This was a great opportunity for pupils to see their work in a professional setting.
The Iona Gallery is a fantastic facility for the school to have so close at hand.
An exhibition of work by SBSA members based on dance, as part of the Strathspe Away festival. This was well attended with over 120 visitors – most of them dancing too!
More than Floral
15 October – 6 November 2011
A selection of beautiful items by various artists and designers all inspired by plants and the natural world.
Alex Hamilton, Stromata
15 September – 9 October 2011
Early in his career, Alex Hamilton spent 6 months on an island on the northern coast of the Scottish mainland, between Orkney and Caithness, where he created photogram images for the first time. This was his starting point for a 40 year exploration of plants and landscape.
What is a photogram? One of the earliest types of photography, a photogram is similar to a photographic print but it’s made without film or the use of a camera. Objects are placed directly onto a photosensitive material and cast ‘shadows’ to form the image.
Park Life Exhibition – Ann Vastano
4 – 9 September 2011.
A collection of art work in various mediums evoking personal experience, memories and interpretation of life within the Cairngorm National Park. From the dilapidated old houses and farm buildings – monuments to those who have gone before – to capturing the character of the Highland landmass and weather fronts, which effortlessly change the mood of the landscape and its inhabitants.
Wild Land – SBSA Exhibition 21 – 27 August 2011
Mixed media exploration of the natural elements and landscape in our wild highlands. Looking at earth, rock, water and weather, and how these affect one another and us. An informal exhibition of work created, and members’ new work on this theme, ran from 21 to 27 August.
SBSA Summer Exhibition 2011
30 July – 14 August
Our annual exhibition attracts many local as well as visiting members of the public. There are always works inspired by the beautiful landscape in which we live as well as a host of other artwork both sculpture, painting and design.
Rachel Everitt 11 June – 24 July 2011
Rachel, a tutor in the animation department at Edinburgh College of Art, who uses illustration and printmaking as well as animation in her work.
Lizzie Farey 7 May – 5 June 2011
A basketmaker creating sculptural work using Scottish willow, birch, heather, bog myrtle and other locally found wood.
Highland Quilters – “From Bed to Wall”
2 April – 1 May 2011
The Highland Quilters exhibited intricate quilts based on many themes and traditions. The delicate embroidery and careful selection of fabrics showed great variety and make a very interesting exhibition. Comments from visitors included: “Miracles of patience and artistry” and: “Incredible patience required to produce such beautiful and elegant works of art”