Workshop: Patterned tiles with Frances Priest
Apr
6
to Apr 7

Workshop: Patterned tiles with Frances Priest

A ceramics weekend workshop using An Talla Solais’s botanical exhibition (from the Collection of the Royal Scottish Academy)* to explore patterns and create tiles with ceramicist Frances Priest.

This workshop is a taster of different techniques for decorating tiles. Using drawing and collage you will work with the Collection in the Gallery to develop a series of surface pattern designs. Over the weekend you will go on to work with these drawings to explore the processes of Majolica painting and impressed and incised ceramics to create a collection of patterned tiles.

Tiles will be fired after the workshop and will need to be collected on a later date (or arrangements can be made to post them where necessary). Beginners and experienced artists are both welcome to this workshop.

Fee: £130 per person for the weekend (£115 for ATS Members) plus £30 per person for materials and firing. Places are limited so please book: joanna@antallasolais.org. A deposit will be payable.

The workshop will take place in ATS’s Clay Studio on Market Street, Ullapool IV26 2XE. *Proceeds from this course will help us cover costs of bringing the RSA’s botanical works to Ullapool: many thanks for your support!

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Workshop: Experimental flower drawing with Eleanor White
Apr
27
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop: Experimental flower drawing with Eleanor White

A special one-day course with tutor Eleanor White, complementing our exhibition of the Royal Scottish Academy’s botanical works on show in the Gallery*.

The workshop will involve experimental drawing from flowers and natural forms. You will work on a large scale from small and exquisite plant forms, being guided through the creative process of drawing with a variety of media.

Cost £70 per person (£63 for Members of ATS). Places are limited so please book in advance by emailing joanna@antallasolais.org. A deposit will be payable.

*Proceeds from this workshop will help us cover the costs of bringing the RSA’s botanical collection to Ullapool. Your support is very much appreciated!

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Workshop: Botanical watercolours with Jana Emburey
May
5
10:00 AM10:00

Workshop: Botanical watercolours with Jana Emburey

A day’s course inspired by An Talla Solais’s exhibition of botanical art*. Led by artist Jana Emburey, participants will work through several watercolour techniques and approaches and have time to experiment.

You will be drawing from real plants and flowers and you are very welcome to bring your choice of plants to the studio to work from. You will start by visiting the work on show in the Gallery to gather inspiration, and will then head to the studio to make small studies and one larger piece.

Some materials will be available but you are recommended to bring brushes that you like working with, your own watercolour paints, masking fluid, and watercolour paper. Please let us know if you can’t bring materials.

The workshop is aimed at those with some watercolour experience who would like to take their painting to the next level. However beginners are also welcome: if unsure, please ask!

Fee: £70 per person (£63 for ATS Members). Places are limited so booking is essential: please contact joanna@antallasolais.org. The workshop will take place in the studios at An Talla Solais, Market Street (next to the Village Hall), Ullapool IV26 2XE.

*Proceeds from this workshop will help us cover the costs of bringing the RSA’s botanical collection to Ullapool. Your support is very much appreciated!

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Weekend workshop: Explorers of Clay
Jan
26
to Jan 27

Weekend workshop: Explorers of Clay

A special weekend workshop with ceramicist Jenny Mackenzie Ross (Northshore Pottery, who exhibited in our Northbound | Nordgaende exhibition this summer), exploring techniques that include combining different clays and natural materials, and building with slabs. 

Inspired by the shoreline you will explore how clay can be textured, shaped and fused to create sculptural and abstract forms.  The sessions will be experimental and a great opportunity to learn by trying. 

Cost: £100 per person (£90 to ATS Members) plus £30 per person for materials and firing.  Suitable for beginners and experienced ceramicists.

Booking is essential: please contact Joanna on joanna@antallasolais.org.  Thanks.

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How to apply for funding
Jan
18
4:00 PM16:00

How to apply for funding

With the deadline fast approaching for the Highland / Moray Visual Artist and Craft Makers Award, this is a session to help you give your application for funds the best chance!

Kirsten Body who manages the Award will explain what makes a strong application, and Joanna Wright will talk about her experience in applying for the fund. This will be an informal session with a chance for participants to ask questions and sound out their own ideas for projects, if they would like to.

This is a free workshop, from 4-5pm. Venue: the An Talla Solais Gallery on West Argyle Street. Please let us know if you’re coming: joanna@antallasolais.org

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Workshop: glaze your decorations
Dec
8
1:00 PM13:00

Workshop: glaze your decorations

For everyone who made clay decorations at our workshop on 24th November: please come back and glaze them if you’d like to!

Please drop in: no need to book.

Cost: £5 per person to include firing. Please leave contact info with us, and we will let you know when your pieces are reasdy to pick up later in December.

An Talla Solais Clay Studio, Market Street (next to the Village Hall), Ullapool

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Workshop: Landscape art
Aug
30
9:00 AM09:00

Workshop: Landscape art

Join artist Ellis O'Connor for this one-day workshop exploring mixed media techniques in landscape art.

The workshop will be based in An Talla Solais's studios with the aim of being outdoors as much as weather allows.  You will learn new and expressive ways of mark-making using mixed media, directly inspired by the landscape surrounding Ullapool.

This workshop is designed for adults but no experience is necessary - just a willingness to try something new!

Please bring a packed lunch, and dress for the outdoors.  Bring a sketchbook if you have one but all other materials will be provided.  The workshop costs £60 (£54 for ATS Members).  Places are limited so advance booking is essential: please email joanna@antallasolais.org.

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Clay workshops: glaze your boat
Aug
16
to Aug 18

Clay workshops: glaze your boat

For everyone who recently made a clay boat as part of our summer fundraiser, Fleet: please come back and glaze it!

There is a choice of two workshops, which will be run by ceramic artist Steve Paterson.  All ages and abilities are very welcome. No need to book; please just drop in.

Thursday 16th August from 5 to 8pm

Saturday 18th August from 10am to 2pm

You'll find us in the ceramics studio at the ATS Studios on Market Street in Ullapool (next to the Village Hall) IV26 2XE.  The finished boats will be displayed for sale in the Gallery from 15th September.

 

 

 

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Weekend workshop: Zen and the Art of Clay
Aug
10
to Aug 11

Weekend workshop: Zen and the Art of Clay

Join ceramicist Kathleen Madigan for an alternative approach to clay at the ATS Pottery Studio.

The weekend workshop will involve quiet reflection and meditative exploration of being in nature.  It will use clay to ground your experience of seeing, touching and hearing in a simple and direct way.

You will work with stoneware clay and learn simple techniques of slip and sgraffito decoration. 

The weekend will run on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October from 10 to 4pm on both days.  Complete beginners are welcome.  You should bring your own lunch (or there will be time to visit a local cafe).  The workshop costs £130 (£117 for ATS Members) including clay, glaze and kiln firing.  Places are limited: please book by emailing joanna@antallasolais.org.  A deposit of £50 should be paid in advance to secure your place.

Please note that the clay will be bisque fired after the workshop and a transparent glaze applied; pieces will be ready to collect by the end of October.

Kathleen Madigan is a ceramic artist, retired psychotherapist and meditation teacher.

 

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Artist's talk: Peter White
Aug
9
6:00 PM18:00

Artist's talk: Peter White

Artist Peter White will lead us around his new exhibition Memorial for an informal discussion about the work on show, and the ideas behind the exhibition.

This is a free event (donations will be welcome).  The doors will open at 6pm so you have the option of picking up a drink from the bar of the Caledonian Hotel and having a look at the show in advance of the talk.  The talk will start at 6.30pm.

Places will be limited so please book in advance by emailing joanna@antallasolais.org.

Please be aware that this is not a seated event although some seats will be available for those who need them.

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Music in the gallery: Ceilidh Trail
Jul
26
1:00 PM13:00

Music in the gallery: Ceilidh Trail

Some of Scotland's most exciting up and coming musicians will be playing in the Gallery from 1 to 3pm as part of this year's Ceilidh Trail with the Feis Rois.

This is a free event (donations will be welcome).  Please drop in and visit our exhibition Memorial by Peter White surrounded by music and song!

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Clay workshops: a fleet of tiny boats
Jul
21
to Jul 29

Clay workshops: a fleet of tiny boats

All hands on deck!  Come and make a tiny boat or a mini flotilla for An Talla Solais.

This year's summer fundraiser for ATS is Fleet, a collection of tiny clay boats made by anyone who wants to help, to be sold in the gallery in September to raise funds for the art centre. 

We are hosting three free drop-in workshops over the last week of July: please come along and build some boats!  The workshops will be run by ceramic artist Steve Paterson.  All ages and abilities are very welcome. No need to book.

Saturday 21st July from 10am to 2pm

Wednesday 25th July from 5 to 8pm

Sunday 29th July from 2 to 6pm

We will also run sessions with local care homes and other groups.

Glazing sessions will be scheduled for August.

Come to one of the sessions or all of them; we'll be delighted to see you.  You'll find us in the ceramics studio at the ATS Studios on Market Street in Ullapool (next to the Village Hall) IV26 2XE.

 

 

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Fish for sale... silver darlings
Jul
14
10:00 AM10:00

Fish for sale... silver darlings

Please visit the Dolphin Group's stall at the Round the Pier Day!  The group, which creatively supports people living with dementia in Ullapool, has been making two hundred fabric herrings for sale to support its work.

The silver darlings are beautifully handcrafted by members of the Dolphin Group as well as local Brownies, care homes, Nursery children and community members.

There are also cards and canvas bags for sale.  Please come and say hello and take yourself home a silver darling!  All sales will help the Dolphin Group's creative activities continue.

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Old Wives' Tea & Cakes
Jul
7
4:30 PM16:30

Old Wives' Tea & Cakes

Join Northbound artist Rebecca Brown, whose work is often inspired by old wives' tales, for a cuppa and a chance to share and hear local superstitions and tall tales.

This is a free event.  Suitably for a tea party it will take place in the Ceilidh Place parlour (on West Argyle Street, Ullapool).  Booking is not essential but please help us with catering by dropping us a line if you plan to come: joanna@antallasolais.org: thank you.

This event is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation

 

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Ceramics workshops: Gone to Pot
Jul
7
to Jul 8

Ceramics workshops: Gone to Pot

Two afternoons in which you will be immersed in a fast and reactive ceramics class making collaborative and unpredictable artworks!

The sessions will run on the afternoon of Saturday 7th July and Sunday 8th July, from 1 to 4pm.  You will work with artist Kjersti Sletteland to make lots of spontaneous component pieces which you will add to some growing pieces of artwork, so that the group makes several items between them over the weekend.  You don't have to come to both sessions, but you might find it particularly enjoyable if you do!

This will be a fun and stimulating pair of workshops.  We hope to have a mix of ages involved (although children should be 12 or over and accompanied by a participating adult).  Finished pieces will be displayed in the gallery later this year.

These are free workshops thanks to support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.  Places are limited so booking is essential: please contact joanna@antallasolais.org.

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Drawing workshop: making stories out of objects
Jul
7
10:00 AM10:00

Drawing workshop: making stories out of objects

Ceramicist and illustrator Rebecca Brown will lead this workshop as part of our Northbound events season. 

Come along for some lighthearted drawing practice and a chance to discuss how an object might inspire a story.  Looking at examples of artist's books and zines which show narratives unfolding, you will have a chance to spin your own story from objects around you.  Beginners are very welcome, although please note that this workshop is designed for adults.

This is a free workshop.  Booking is essential: please contact joanna@antallasolais.org.  The workshop will take place in the Big Art Room at An Talla Solais Studios on Market Street (next to the Village Hall) in Ullapool, IV26 2XE.  There will be a one-hour lunchbreak; please bring your own lunch or pop out to a local cafe. 

This workshop is kindly supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation

 

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Artists' talk: Northbound | Nordgaende
Jul
6
6:00 PM18:00

Artists' talk: Northbound | Nordgaende

Artists Rebecca Brown and Kjersti Sletteland will talk about their work and An Talla Solais's exhibition Northbound | Nordgaende which shows contemporary ceramics from Norway and Scotland.

This is a free event; all are welcome.  Please be aware that seating might be limited.  The event will start at 6.30 but doors will open at 6pm so you can look at the exhibition or buy drinks from the Caledonian Hotel bar.

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Artist's talk for children
Jul
6
2:00 PM14:00

Artist's talk for children

As part of our Northbound events programme, artist Kjersti Sletteland will lead a short session about the ceramics on show in the gallery for primary school aged children.

This session is expected to run in partnership with the Ullapool After School Club.  For more information please contact joanna@antallasolais.org.

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Drop-in session: make a silver darling
Jul
1
11:00 AM11:00

Drop-in session: make a silver darling

Come and help Ullapool's Dolphin Project make a shoal of mini herrings for a fundraising project to support their work with people living with dementia.

Join the challenge and support the Dolphin Project!

Making a Shoal of Silver Darlings

An invitation to people of all ages to join us in our Creative Age Challenge to create a shoal of 200 textile fish for sale.

Working with paint, ink, print, thread, buttons and beads, each participant will create a unique three-dimensional textile fish to add to the shoal.

The shoal will be on display and individual fish for sale at the Round the Pier event on July 14th and all proceeds will go to support the long-term sustainability of the Dolphin Project. This workshop will take place in the Macphail Centre at Ullapool High School.  All ages and abilities are welcome - no experience necessary!

The Dolphin Project group meet every week for creative activity inspired by art and poetry.  Activities stimulate ideas, generate curiosity and conversation. We learn new skills and share moments of achievement, celebration and pleasure.

Creatively supporting people living with dementia in Ullapool

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Visit to Lotte Glob's studios
Jun
30
11:00 AM11:00

Visit to Lotte Glob's studios

An invitation to visit the workshops of Sutherland-based ceramicist Lotte Glob.

You will see Lotte's working studios and kilns and she will explain her ways of working, including glazing, making ceramic books, throwing 'floating stones' and firing the kiln.  After lunch there will be time to explore her sculpture croft on the shores of Loch Eriboll and to hear about Lotte's installation work on the croft and in the landscape.

Participants will be responsible for their own transport (although please ask if you'd like a lift as there will be a few cars travelling).  Please take your own lunch, and dress suitably for the outdoors.

All ages are welcome though children should be accompanied by an adult.  Places are limited so booking is necessary: please email joanna@antallasolais.org. 

An admin fee of £10 per person (£9 for ATS Members) is payable in advance to An Talla Solais.  Instead of a full fee there will be a donations box on site for donations towards the work of Lotte's sculpture croft.

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Exhibition preview: Northbound | Nordgaende
May
25
6:00 PM18:00

Exhibition preview: Northbound | Nordgaende

Please join An Talla Solais for the preview of our new exhibition Northbound | Nordgaende, contemporary ceramics, drawing and performance by artists from Scotland and Norway: BIOSENARIO (Tone Boska and Kjersti Sletteland), Ingeborg Blom Andersskog, Jenny Mackenzie Ross, Kjersti Sletteland, Rebecca Brown and Siri Brekke.

This is a free event: all are welcome.  Drinks will be available from the bar at the Caledonian Hotel (next door to the gallery) on West Argyle Street.

 

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Music in the gallery: Gordon Gunn and Margaret Robinson
May
6
1:00 PM13:00

Music in the gallery: Gordon Gunn and Margaret Robinson

A free concert in the gallery in partnership with Feis Rois.

Gordon Gunn, founding member of Session A9, will team up with renowned Shetland pianist Margaret Robinson.  This creative musical pairing echoes the collaborative spirit that will pervade the gallery during our current exhibition Lomax Lomax.

All are welcome but please note that the gallery will be busy and there will be very limited seating: please be prepared to stand if possible.

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Workshops: Speedcrafting
May
5
3:00 PM15:00

Workshops: Speedcrafting

Join art students from Inverness College for a series of mini-workshops in the gallery as diverse as the work on show in our current exhibition Lomax Lomax.  In the spirit of collaboration, let your head be turned by something unexpected and have a go at something new.

This is a free drop-in event suitable for everyone aged 7 and over, but children should be accompanied by an adult.

This event is possible thanks to support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation through An Talla Solais's Curatorial 2 project.

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Music in the gallery: Chloe Steele and Jordan Neil
May
5
1:00 PM13:00

Music in the gallery: Chloe Steele and Jordan Neil

A free concert courtesy of Feis Rois. 

Chloe and Jordan are a newly formed traditional musical duo based on South Uist and Benbecula, meeting while studying at Lews Castle College where they were immersed in the piping and song traditions of the islands.

All are welcome but please be aware that the gallery will be busy and there will be very limited seating: please be prepared to stand if possible.

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Vocation desk
Apr
20
4:00 PM16:00

Vocation desk

An opportunity for anyone (young or old) interested in art college or in pursuing art as a career to meet with artist Mark Lomax to talk informally about what is entailed in further art study and what questions you should be considering.

Mark is a lecturer at Inverness College and leads UHI's programme of Contemporary Art Practice.

No booking is necessary: please drop in.  this event will take place in the ATS Gallery.

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In conversation with Mark Lomax
Apr
20
2:00 PM14:00

In conversation with Mark Lomax

Artist Mark Lomax will be leading a discursive tour of the gallery to discuss works from his current exhibition Lomax Lomax.  Please feel free to join this conversational event in the gallery.

No booking is necessary.  This event is possible thanks to support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation as part of An Talla Solais's Curatorial 2 project.

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Dance: the NELKEN-Line
Apr
16
to May 17

Dance: the NELKEN-Line

Join us and Ullapool Dance to learn and perform the NELKEN*-Line by choreographer Pina Bausch, accompanied by Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five.  Groups around the world are learning the dance and filming it in their own contexts to add to the Line so that 'many new versions will spring up... as numerous, colourful and different as humanity itself.'

Alice Wilkins of Ullapool Dance will lead the workshops in the ATS Gallery in recognition of the cross-artform emphasis of our current show Lomax Lomax. Sessions will be:

Intro and first workshop: Monday 16th April from 6.30-7.30pm.  Come and see what it's about, bring your friends and try the dance.  No experience necessary! We'd love a mix of ages and abilities (though you should be over the age of 12, and every child should be accompanied by a dancing adult).

Rehearsals: 6-7pm on Monday 30th April, Monday 7th May and Monday 14th May.

Performance for filming: Thursday 17th May (probably 6pm but to be confirmed).

More info on the NELKEN-Line is here.  *Nelken means carnation; in the dance's original form the stage was covered with pink carnations.

This is a free event thanks to support from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Ullapool Dance.  Please come along on Monday 16th April for our first rehearsal and join the Line! (Please note that if numbers on 16th are too few we might decide not to go ahead with this project.  Help us make it happen!)

 

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Artist's Talk: Mark Lomax
Apr
13
6:00 PM18:00

Artist's Talk: Mark Lomax

Artist Mark Lomax will talk about the nature of his collaboration with the other Mark Lomax (come along to be demystified).  He will explain how ideas and artwork in An Talla Solais's current exhibition - which includes quilts, jazz and sculpture - have been generated.

The talk will start at 6.30 but please come along from 6pm if you'd like to have a look at the show beforehand or pick up a drink from the bar at the Caledonian Hotel.

This is a free event.  Booking is not necessary.  However it would be helpful to know if you plan to come: please drop a brief email to joanna@antallasolais.org if you can: thank you.  Please note that there will be limited seating at this event.

This event has been made possible thanks to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation through An Talla Solais's Curatorial 2 project.

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Processions banner workshops
Mar
8
to May 10

Processions banner workshops

An Talla Solais is one of a hundred groups nationwide making a celebratory banner as part of a mass participation artwork to mark 100 years of votes for women. A series of workshops are being led by textile artist Lizzie McDougall and run on Thursday evenings until 10th May.  Places are fully subscribed.

Our finished banner, which will celebrate the spirit, strength and talent of women living in the highlands, will join a mass procession in Edinburgh on 10th June to create a living portrait of women in the 21st century.

'Processions' is commissioned by 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary and produced by Artichoke. With support from the National Lottery and from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. 

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WORKSHOP: DEEP TIME DRAWING WITH ELLIS O'CONNOR
Aug
26
10:00 AM10:00

WORKSHOP: DEEP TIME DRAWING WITH ELLIS O'CONNOR

An immersive day of drawing and hiking through the incredibly rich and varied landscape of Knockan Crag with painter Ellis O'Connor. 

In this inspiring landscape, professionals and first time painters alike are invited to explore their practices through the learning of varied techniques.

We will be walking to different locations in the area exploring the panoramic views and qualities of texture, light and perspective. At each location we will learn a new approach to working with the landscape by using mixed medium with the materials of the earth, working with acrylics, charcoal and inks whilst portraying the light, lines, texture and depth at each place. It will be a chance to learn many techniques and then go forward with a chosen one for a final piece. This workshop will be taught through group discussion and one-to-one tutorials. 

Charcoal, pencils and paper will be provided but please bring a sketchbook, suitable outdoor clothing, hiking boots, a packed lunch, water, and midge repellent!

£10 per person (£9 for ATS Members), or £5 concessions.  Places will be limited so please book in advance by contacting Geraldine on marketing@antallasolais.org

Where: Meeting in North West Highlands Geopark car park (Knockan Crag) at 10am.  Please let us know if you'd like a lift or have space in your car to offer to others.

This workshop will run as part of our Murmur exhibition, showing at the gallery in August and September.

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