Fèis Rois seeking craft makers for event

The annual Daffodil Tea will take place on Saturday 21st April from 1:30pm – 4:30pm at Foulis Castle, Evanton.  This year Fèis Rois are the charity organising the event.

They are looking for crafts people who would like to have a stall.  Please contact Catriona at [email protected] by Monday 9th April if you are interested.

Stall providers will be asked to provide a donation towards Fèis Rois on the day of the event

Craft Scotland Conference 2018- New Ways of Seeing, early bird tickets available

Join makers, curators and those interested in contemporary craft in Edinburgh this June  for the international Craft Scotland conference – New Ways of Seeing. Guest curated by Rose Watban, her programme will shine a light on makers and their innovative practice.

Early bird tickets are available until Friday 27th April.

Find out more here:


Scottish Sculpture Workshop Lumsden Summer Residency now open for applications

SSW’s Summer Residency programme is specifically formatted for artists wishing to spend a month working on the development of their practice – whether this is for production, research or experimentation. The programme runs between May and August, with each group residency lasting four weeks.

To find out more and to apply please click on the link



Apply for Handmade at Kew, deadline 30th March


The dates of this year’s Handmade at Kew, from Thursday 4 – Sunday 7 October 2018, with tickets on sale in spring.The organisers are now accepting applications for designer-makers interested in exhibiting at the event. The deadline for applications is Friday 30 March 2018, 6pm.



A Fine Line opens at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

This exhibition features work by four contemporary artists based in Scotland – Lizzie Farey, Angie Lewin, Frances Priest and Bronwen Sleigh. The exhibition explores the fine line between art and craft in two and three dimensions, bringing together a diverse range of disciplines including printmaking, drawing, collage, sculpture and ceramics.

Working with different media but united by detailed observation and strong draughtsmanship, these artists experiment with linear mark-making and drawing in its widest sense. Each artist produces works inspired by places and spaces in either the natural or man-made environment.

6 March – 12 May: Main Art Gallery


Design Brief: A New Loch Ness Monster!

The purpose of this brief is to obtain expressions of interest in designing a new and unique representation of the Loch Ness Monster, suitable for translating into 3-D, 2-D and 1-D applications for retail product.

This is a unique opportunity for artists from the Highlands and Islands to create an image of the Loch Ness Monster that draws on the rich history and cultural significance of the Loch and legend.

Key objectives:

  • Evoke the mystery of Loch Ness and the Monster legend in an authentic, tasteful and visually appealing manner
  • Create a representation of the Loch Ness Monster (whether implicit or explicit) which can be replicated or interpreted for a wide range of applications, and especially for retail merchandise
  • Origination
  • Cost of original artwork
  • Provision of artwork for retail products
    • Origination
    • Cost of original artwork
    • Provision of artwork for retail productsSupply the original artwork for display, together with appropriate versions for the above applications

      Background:Loch Ness by Jacobite (LNBJ) is developing an inspirational & unique, retail & catering offer in the Hall at Dochgarroch Lock: one of LNBJ’s key boarding points for its award-winning Jacobite Cruises.

      The new concept (currently referred to as Project Scone) – planned to open in Autumn 2018/Spring 2019 – will be a standalone offer although a by-product will be to improve the Jacobite passenger experience at Dochgarroch. The cruise passenger market is a primary market for the project, however it will be vital to grow the local/domestic and FIT markets in order to sustain a year-round business.

      The venue will comprise four Killer USPs:

      1. The best curation of Highland food
      2. Exclusive retail collections telling stories of Loch Ness and the area
      3. THE Christmas Experience in the area
      4. Pop-up themed Experiences

      Design Requirements:The design concept/s should reflect as much of the brand story as possible, as relevant to the Loch Ness Monster legend.For artists and makers, this is the opportunity to create imagery that reflects an artistic approach to the subject, and is worthy of the quality of the landscape, the cultural significance of Loch Ness, and the Project Scone Brand Values expressed elsewhere in this brief.

      The original artwork may be in the artist’s preferred (visual) medium e.g.

      • Graphic Image
      • Sculpture

      The proposal should, however show how the concept/s would translate into a range of products and accessories (further discussion is welcomed). Examples of products are as follows:

      • Clothing
      • Home décor
      • Home accessories
      • Food/whisky
      • Artisan products e.g. wood, slate, textiles

      The proposal should provide costs as follows:

      • Origination
      • Cost of original artwork
      • Provision of artwork for retail products
    Please provide a response i.e. outline timeline plus any questions, by Wednesday 28th February 2018

    Design concept/s required by Wednesday 22nd March 2018 (subject to negotiation)

    Finished artwork required by late spring 2018 (TBC)

    Contact for questions, further information and to submit your brief:

    Stephen Spencer [email protected] tel:07921 812253

Orkney College Fine Art students curate an exhibition at the Pier Arts Centre

Orkney College 3rd year Fine Art students curate an exhibition at the Pier Arts Centre.

A new exhibition opens at the Pier Arts Centre on Saturday 17 February.
A Window into their Worlds
is a collection of drawings by Sylvia Wishart, Barbara Hepworth and Wilhelmina Barns-Graham selected from the Pier Arts Centre’s Permanent Collection. Curated by third year fine art students at Orkney College UHI: Kelly Marwick, Ruth Tait and Sarah Wylie, this exhibition continues the Pier Arts Centre’s role in supporting Orkney’s emerging artists.

As part of their professional practice, the students were asked to curate an exhibition based on their interpretation of what defines a drawing. They chose to look at three women artists because their work has been particularly inspirational to their own art. In putting this exhibition together, the students hope to illustrate the artists’ very personal engagement with the landscape.