Pottery courses with Steve Paterson
May
15
Jun 30

Pottery courses with Steve Paterson

New six-week pottery courses (one evening per week) with ceramicist Steve Paterson at An Talla Solais, running from late May to June in the first instance.  Dates and times will be organised according to what suits prospective participants.

Please contact Steve for more information or to sign up: phone 07746107544 or email ceramics@antallasolais.org.

£90 per person for 6 classes (2 hours each week) including materials and kiln firing.  These sessions will be suitable for beginners as well as those with all levels of experience.  Future courses will also be run according to demand, so you can keep developing your skills.

Layers of landscape: a pair of painting workshops
Jul
1
Jul 29

Layers of landscape: a pair of painting workshops

A two-day workshop with a month to develop your work in between!  Ullapool artist Beth Robertson Fiddes will be exhibiting her exquisite paintings made up of layers of collage and mixed media at ATS in July.  This double-workshop is a chance to explore the techniques she uses.

Day 1: Saturday 1st July.  You will start in the gallery and then move to the ATS Studio to explore some of the techniques, materials and sources that Beth uses in her work, looking at texture, mark making and layering through demonstrations and trials.  Using these ideas you will then be able to work on your own piece or pieces over the following month in your own time, with advice on offer if needed.

Day 2: Saturday 29th July. You will bring together the pieces you have been working on to draw them to a conclusion with Beth's guidance.

Participants must be able to come to both days.  £100 for both days / £90 for ATS Members.  Places will be limited so booking is essential: please contact joanna@antallasolais.org.

Wild sketch
Jul
13
2:00 pm14:00

Wild sketch

A wandering art workshop out and about at Ullapool's riverside.

Walk with local artist Jenny Grant, identifying, gathering and drawing local plants to create a mini botanical journal.  All materials will be provided, including a sketchbook which you will keep.

Suitable for all ages over 12, including beginners and experienced artists.  Children should be accompanied by an adult.

Cost £8.50 per person (10% off if you are an ATS member) including materials.

Please book in advance as places will be limited: email joanna@antallasolais.org.  This workshop will happen indoors if the weather is bad.

Talk by Will Maclean: People and Places of Skye and Lochbroom
Aug
18
7:30 pm19:30

Talk by Will Maclean: People and Places of Skye and Lochbroom

Alongside his exhibition at An Talla Solais in August, Will Maclean RSA will talk about the many individuals and communities that feature in his work, from Tanera Mor to Skye, including Polbain, Ullapool and Lochbroom.

This will be a unique opportunity to fathom the character of people and landscape that form the bedrock of Will's work.  The talk will be illustrated with images of that work as well as the places and people whose stories inspire it. 

Venue: Ceilidh Place Venue, opposite the Ceilidh Place on West Argyle Street, Ullapool.  Tickets £4 / free for students.  Please book in advance: contact joanna@antallasolais.org


Workshop: mixed media landscape with Kirstie Cohen
Jun
4
10:00 am10:00

Workshop: mixed media landscape with Kirstie Cohen

A one-day workshop with landscape painter Kirstie Cohen, whose work will be exhibited in the Room from 13th May to 18th June Suitable for those with experience as well as beginners.
Working in a series of small scale panels, participants will create a wide variety of images in mixed media with an emphasis on colour and mark making.  Kirstie will demonstrate the components that create a successful artwork and different ways of making dramatic and effective statements.
The workshop will be an absorbing and fun-filled experience, creating images (from the imagination as well as direct sources of reference) which can be enjoyed and built upon.
£56 per person / £50 for ATS Members.  Booking is essential: please email joanna@antallasolais.org.
Clay workshop: tiny terracotta army
May
27
10:00 am10:00

Clay workshop: tiny terracotta army

A free workshop to help make tiny terracotta warriors! 

Inspired by Ullapool High School's life-size terracotta soldier ATS is going to make an army to exhibit as its summer fundraising project.  Using moulds please come and make a soldier or two or three - we need as many as we can muster!

Join Steve Paterson for either drop-in session, 10-1 or 2-4.  This is an all-age event.  No experience needed.  Children should be accompanied by an adult.  The army will be on display in the ATS Gallery in July.

Walk through Deep Time (Isle Martin)
May
20
10:00 am10:00

Walk through Deep Time (Isle Martin)

As part of the Isle Martin Festival walk with artist Julia Barton along the strandline of the island's Back Beach, collecting pebbles to build a cairn to Deep Time (past and future).

The walk will last for approximately 45 minutes.  For timing and access to Isle Martin please see the Festival publicity in local media.

A taste of pottery at Ullapool's Wellbeing Day
May
13
May 14

A taste of pottery at Ullapool's Wellbeing Day

Join ceramicist Steve Paterson in Ullapool's Macphail Centre for a pottery demonstration and to find out about how to get involved in ceramics at ATS.

Ullapool's Health and Wellbeing Day is a regular event run by the Macphail Centre to enable people to have a go at a wide range of activities - from beach cleaning to fiddle playing to martial arts.  Go along and try something new!

Provisional pottery demo times: 10.30 and 3pm.  Please see local publicity for the full programme and confirmed times. 

NEO Terra: exhibition opening
May
12
6:00 pm18:00

NEO Terra: exhibition opening

Join us to launch the opening of Julia Barton's exhibition NEO Terra in the An Talla Solais gallery.  The show investigates plastic pollution along the coast of the northwest highlands so that visitors can take a new look at the scale, nature and consequences of this environmental issue.

This is a free event - all welcome.  Drinks will be available from the bar at the Caledonian Hotel.

The exhibition will run fro 13th May to 18th June, open daily from 10am to 5pm.

Ceramics workshops: Winter Warmth
Nov
19
10:00 am10:00

Ceramics workshops: Winter Warmth

Short and long ceramics tasters with Allison Weightman

in partnership with the Macphail Centre's Health and Wellbeing Day

Option 1
Glaze and fire a raku bowl
10 - 11am (come and pick it up from 4.30pm)
£6 per person

Option 2
An introduction to raku

11.30 - 4.30pm

Glaze a raku tea bowl and follow it through to firing
Introductory session on making for raku, and pit firing
Make a tile using the technique of ceramic inlay
£25 per person / £22.50 for ATS Members

Places will be limited so advance booking is essential.  Please contact Geraldine on marketing@antallasolais.org

Under the Bed sale
Nov
19
10:00 am10:00

Under the Bed sale

Come and snap up hidden masterpieces and unframed works of art.  ATS's fabulous Under the Bed sale is back, bringing you work from artists near and far. 

Details for artists to follow but for now, please put the date in your diary.  The sale will take place in our gallery on West Argyle Street.

 

Loopallu art tent
Sep
30
Oct 1

Loopallu art tent

An Talla Solais's art tent at the Loopallu Festival this year will celebrate exquisite bodies with a range of activities for children and adults, led by our wonderful volunteers.  If you are a Loopallu ticket holder, come and join us for Surrealist games, self-made selfie outfits, face painting and felting.


£3 for face painting; all other activities free.

Workshop: Body Matters
Sep
24
7:30 pm19:30

Workshop: Body Matters

An evening led by Hazel Pepper (myofascial release practitioner and mindfulness tutor) exploring a brief history of how the body has become separated from the mind in western thought, and how with exploration of our own bodies we might be able to bring mind, body and soul back together.


Booking essential.  £4 per person (free for students).  Please email joanna@antallasolais.org.  The workshop will be held in the gallery, West Argyle Street.

Painting workshop: Bones of the Land
Sep
24
9:30 am09:30

Painting workshop: Bones of the Land

A one day painting workshop led by landscape artist Diana Hope as part of our Exquisite Bodies season.

The day will start with observational drawing out in the landscape.  Back in the studio participants will strip back the landscape to its essential form through a series of compositional and colour studies, refining out all non essential details in a process of abstraction to get to the lie of the land, the bones of the landscape.

By the end of the day you will have created a mixed media final work hopefully on a large scale, but tailored to each individual participant.

Booking essential.  £50 for the day (£45 for ATS Members), with a £30 deposit.  Please email joanna@antallasolais.org.  The workshop will be held at ATS Studios on Market Street, Ullapool IV26 2XE (next to the Village Hall).

 

 

Drawing class: Anatomy and life (those with experience)
Aug
26
6:30 pm18:30

Drawing class: Anatomy and life (those with experience)

Exploring anatomy in the context of life drawing, with Veronica Vossen Wood.  A rare chance to get under the skin of life drawing! A brief illustrated talk will set the scene for this class that will encourage drawing from life with an awareness of how the body is built.  This session is designed for those with some experience of life drawing.
£20 for the evening (£18 for ATS Members).  Places are limited so please book in advance: joanna@antallasolais.org.

Drawing class: Anatomy and life (beginners)
Aug
25
6:30 pm18:30

Drawing class: Anatomy and life (beginners)

As part of our Exquisite Bodies season this class is a rare opportunity to try life drawing guided by Veronica Vossen Wood.  The evening will start with a brief illustrated overview of anatomy and its representation in western art, before working on a series of drawings from a life model.  An excellent introduction to this very traditional practice.
£20 for the evening (£18 for ATS Members).  Places are limited so please book in advance: joanna@antallasolais.org.  This class will take place at An Talla Solais's Studios on Market Street.

Exquisite Bodies: silent auction and sale
Aug
19
Oct 2

Exquisite Bodies: silent auction and sale

This year's fundraising 'small squares' project is all about Exquisite Bodies.  A silent auction runs from 19th August to 12th September, and a sale for all pieces not auctioned off will run from 13th September to 2nd October.

Come and admire the miniature artwork on show, made by over 100 artists, make your own exquisite body with our surrealist body parts and bid on your favourite pieces.  Open in the gallery 10am - 5pm daily.

 

Workshop: clay tiles for Exquisite Bodies - sponge printing and slip trailing
Jul
30
2:00 pm14:00

Workshop: clay tiles for Exquisite Bodies - sponge printing and slip trailing

A free drop-in workshop for all ages.  As part of An Talla Solais’s annual ‘small squares’ exhibition we are inviting people to come and decorate clay tiles.  We will exhibit and auction off the tiles later this summer in the gallery as part of our Exquisite Bodies fundraising project.

Working with ceramicist Ursina McLellan you will learn two clay decoration techniques: sponge printing and slip trailing.  You can use each technique to make a tile for ATS and if you like you can also make one to take home (after firing).

This is a free workshop at the ATS Studios on Market Street (next to the Village Hall).  Under-16s should be accompanied by an adult.    Please wear clothes that can get dirty.

Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail: music in the gallery
Jul
18
2:00 pm14:00

Feis Rois Ceilidh Trail: music in the gallery

A live performance of traditional music by some of Scotland's most outstanding young musicians.  This will be an informal session: feel fee to come and go or to browse the exhibition as you listen.


A free event courtesy of the Feis Rois: donations will be warmly welcomed.

Workshop: clay tiles for Exquisite Bodies - sgraffito and printmaking
Jul
16
2:00 pm14:00

Workshop: clay tiles for Exquisite Bodies - sgraffito and printmaking

A free drop-in workshop for all ages.  As part of An Talla Solais’s annual ‘small squares’ exhibition we are inviting people to come and decorate clay tiles.  We will exhibit and auction off the tiles later this summer in the gallery as part of our Exquisite Bodies fundraising project.

Working with ceramicist Ursina McLellan you will learn two clay decoration techniques: printing with natural forms (pressing objects into clay) and sgraffito (writing into the clay).  You can use each technique to make a tile for ATS and if you like you can also make one to take home (after firing).

This is a free workshop at the ATS Studios on Market Street (next to the Village Hall).  Under-16s should be accompanied by an adult.    Please wear clothes that can get dirty, and bring plants or leaves you would like to print with.

Artists' After-Hours Gathering
Jul
2
5:30 pm17:30

Artists' After-Hours Gathering

A social event for Members and friends of An Talla Solais and the Scottish Society of Artists.  An informal chance to meet with other practitioners and see the SSA's exhibition after hours.  This event is free; the Caledonian Hotel bar will be open for drinks.

Artists' Talk: Intranquility
Jun
24
6:30 pm18:30

Artists' Talk: Intranquility

As part of Intranquility's opening event, its participating artists will talk about the work on show.  This is a free event, taking place in the An Talla Solais gallery on West Argyle Street.  Drinks will be available from the Caledonian Hotel bar.

Talk: Jon Schueler - Light, Land and Sea
Jun
1
7:00 pm19:00

Talk: Jon Schueler - Light, Land and Sea

Magda Salvesen, Curator of the late Jon Shueler's estate, will give an illustrated talk about the work of this revered landscape painter.  Much influenced by Scotland's west coast, Schueler's work emphasises looking out from the land towards water and weather. 

The talk will take place in An Talla Solais's Gallery surrounded by Schueler's paintings (which will be on show in Ullapool and at Rhue Art from 7th May to 19th June).

Seats will be limited: please book in advance in the Gallery or by emailing Geraldine: marketing@antallasolais.org.  Tickets are £3 per person (students are free but still need to book).  Complimentary drinks will be served before the talk, which will last for around an hour, including time for questions.  Please arrive at 7pm for a 7.15 start.

Workshop: Land light and sea
May
7
9:30 am09:30

Workshop: Land light and sea

A one day mixed media workshop with tutor Eleanor White inspired by painter Jon Schueler. 

Starting by viewing Jon Schueler's expansive work on show at the An Talla Solais gallery in Ullapool, you will work with sketchbooks gathering images in Ullapool and then develop larger work with paint (outdoors if weather permits).

This is the first in a series of landscape-inspired workshops An Talla Solais will run this summer.  Fee: £60 per person (10% discount for ATS Members).

Places will be limited so this workshop must be booked in advance.  Please contact joanna@antallasolais.org / 01854 612310. 

 

 

Workshop: Papercut Portraits
Apr
30
10:00 am10:00

Workshop: Papercut Portraits

A brilliant chance to learn how to make and compile papercuts to form a stencilled portrait. 

Taught by Gregor Henderson, whose intricate papercuts and stencils are currently on show at An Talla Solais, this workshop will introduce you to working with multi-layered stencils using handcut images. 

Starting with a photo which you bring, you will build up layers to make a unique portrait.  This workshop is for people 16 and over.  Beginners are very welcome.

Fee: £15 per person (£10 for students).  This workshop is supported by the Gordon and Ena Baxter Foundation. 

Places are limited - please book in advance: joanna@antallasolais.org / 01854 612310

Dementia awareness session
Apr
12
2:00 pm14:00

Dementia awareness session

A short introduction to dementia with Joe Taylor from Alzheimer Scotland.  An informal session, ideal for people who would like to know more about this condition and how to support people who develop it.  Everyone is welcome.

The session will take place at the Macphail Centre in Ullapool.  It will be helpful to know numbers in advance: to book a place please email joanna@antallasolais.org / 01854612310.

This is a free session supported by An Talla Solais as part of a project exploring how art can support people with a dementia.

Workshop: Stained Glass Windows
Mar
12
Mar 17

Workshop: Stained Glass Windows

Diyanne Ross's next Stained Glass Workshop will run from the Sat 12th to Thurs 17th March with varying options within this (see below).  10am to 6pm daily with a lunch break between 1pm & 2pm.

The last workshops were 2 x 2 day workshops over the course of 5 days with a work in progress day midway, giving the option of a longer 5 day w/shop for those who wanted to make a larger window panel.

This was the first w/shop I ran using both the stained glass techniques, so experimental.   As it turned out, many of the designs were too intricate to complete in a 2 day workshop and needed a further day .   Stained glass work is not difficult but it is very labour intensive so the more intricate the design the longer it will take.

In the week/s before the next group of workshop I will go over your design with you and discuss its requirements re. w/shop days, you can then either book the amount of workshop days needed or trim your design to fit however many w/shop days you want to do.  W/shops cost £75 per day, all materials included (although there will be an extra glass cost for anyone tackling a large window panel over the 5 - 6 days w/shop).

Two day workshops will be copper foil technique only, 3 or more day workshops will incorporate both copper foil and lead came technique.

There is no need of previous experience in stained glass (or in art) for any of the workshops.

If you're keen to take part during that week, contact me diyanne@hotmail.co.uk or Tel. 01854 622420 and we can discuss a suitable workshop for what you want to do.  You can also see some of what goes on in the workshops by visiting my fb page Art & Glass Work Diyanne Ross.  Please note that booking is essential for these workshops and should be done directly with Diyanne, not via An Talla Solais.

Workshop: Mad March Hares 2
Mar
8
Mar 10

Workshop: Mad March Hares 2

Make a March hare from clay with sculptor Paul Szeiler. 

A short course to make a clay sculpture from start to finish with ceramicist Paul Szeiler.  Suitable for beginners or those with some clay experience.  Paul will work with you to create the figure of a hare, from preparing the clay right through to glazing and firing it. 

This course will be an excellent introduction to the breadth of processes used in creating ceramics.

Dates: evenings of Tuesday 8th, Wednesday 9th and Thursday 10th March from 7.30 to 9pm each evening, followed by a glaze session later in March (date to be agreed).

Cost: £45 course fee (comprising the 4 sessions detailed above) to be paid when booking (10% discount for An Talla Solais Members), plus £10 for materials and £10 for the cost of the kiln firing to be paid when the classes start (ie a total of £65, or £60.50 for Members).  Please book for this course or find out more by emailing joanna@antallasolais.org or calling 01854 612310.

Workshop: Mad March Hares
Feb
29
Mar 2

Workshop: Mad March Hares

Make a March hare from clay with sculptor Paul Szeiler. 

A short course to make a clay sculpture from start to finish with ceramicist Paul Szeiler.  Suitable for beginners or those with some clay experience.  Paul will work with you to create the figure of a hare, from preparing the clay right through to glazing and firing it. 

This course will be an excellent introduction to the breadth of processes used in creating ceramics.

Dates: evenings of Monday 29th Feb, Tuesday 1st and Wednesday 2nd March from 7.30 to 9pm each evening, followed by a glaze session later in March (date to be agreed).

Cost: £45 course fee (comprising the 4 sessions detailed above) to be paid when booking (10% discount for An Talla Solais Members), plus £10 for materials and £10 for the cost of the kiln firing to be paid when the classes start (ie a total of £65, or £60.50 for Members).  Please book for this course or find out more by emailing joanna@antallasolais.org or calling 01854 612310.

Christmas carols in the gallery
Dec
12
3:00 pm15:00

Christmas carols in the gallery

'Three Sheets to the Wind' - Ullapool's community choir - will be filling the gallery with festive cheer and carols. Everyone is welcome to join us for mulled wine, song and the chance to do a little shopping from our exhibition and gallery shop, Cabinet.  

Meet Your Maker: Euphrosyne Andrews, Rachel Blair and Merlin Planterose
Dec
5
11:00 am11:00

Meet Your Maker: Euphrosyne Andrews, Rachel Blair and Merlin Planterose

As part of our West Coast Open exhibition - with a focus on showcasing craft - this is a chance to come along and see three artists in action, talk to them about their work and try techniques for yourself.

Euphrosyne Andrews (printer), Rachel Blair (jeweller) and Merlin Planterose (jeweller) will all be in our gallery demonstrating skills used in their craft from paper-dyeing, screen-printing and working with silver. 

Our friends Ceard - along from us in West Argyle Street - are also holding Meet Your Maker events this weekend so Ullapool will be a crafts destination. 

Meet Your Maker is supported by Craft Scotland. Look here for more details. 

Workshop: stained glass
Dec
5
Dec 6

Workshop: stained glass

Saturday and Sunday 5th and 6th December, 10am - 6pm both days, ATS Studios
Taught by Diyanne Ross this workshop will cover both stained glass techniques: lead came and copper foil. During the two days you will make an inner panel using the copper foil technique then frame it using the lead came technique, building yourself a small stained glass window/panel. 
Cost £135  per person including all materials.  Please book by calling Diyanne directly on 01854 622420 or email diyanne@hotmail.co.uk.

Make a ceramic spoon: drop-in workshop
Nov
27
7:00 pm19:00

Make a ceramic spoon: drop-in workshop

Jam? Mustard? Marshmallows for your hot chocolate? Whichever is for you, come and make a special spoon with Lisa MacDonald. Perfect as a unique gift. Suitable for beginners: drop in to our studios on Market Street and have a go! £5 per spoon.