AN TALLA SOLAIS GALLERY
Our gallery in situated in the centre of Ullapool in West Argyle Street and, aside from periods of closure during exhibition installation, is generally open seven days a week from the end of March through December.
Each year, we create an exhibition programme of five or six shows for the Main Gallery featuring a wide variety of exciting and thought-provoking, contemporary artworks that can include painting, sculpture, ceramics, installation, drawing, sound and film works, and performance. The programme is developed by a group of An Talla Solais staff and directors and can include shows from both invited artists as well as from proposals submitted to An Talla Solais by individual artists, artist groups and other arts organisations. Details of exhibitions in the current programme, as well as exhibitions from previous years' programmes, are available in the menu above.
Over the year, our small gallery - The Room - is generally used to exhibit a selection of paintings and sculpture from some of Scotland's leading contemporary artists and work is changed on a regular basis to complement our main exhibition programme. The work on show in this space is always for sale and, by exhibiting in The Room, artists are supporting our work as a visual arts charity as the gallery’s sales commission contributes to our fundraising.
The Main Gallery is broadly L-shaped with approximately 40 linear metres of wall space including two internal partition walls. The wall facing onto West Argyle Street has six windows and each has a deep recess window sill with uplighting and blinds. Windows can be blocked off individually with fitted boards, allowing up to 7.5 linear metres of further wall space. This also allows the entire gallery space to be blacked out, if necessary. The main walls are 2.4 metres high and the two partition walls are 2.1 metres high. Walls are largely fibreboard, although one 5 metre length is solid blockwork. A hanging system with metal hanging rods is installed on all walls. Artworks can also be hung directly onto walls using ‘drill and fill’. As you enter the gallery, the floor is linoleum up to the midway point, and dark carpet beyond. Access is through the main entrance on West Argyle Street at street level, although access for larger artworks can be arranged via the fire exit, which is to the rear-right of the gallery.
Lighting is on a fixed track throughout with spotlights, and there are two floor-level double power sockets, one at the midway point and one at the far end of the gallery. A ceiling point onto which our projector can be fixed has been installed at the rear of the gallery for film and sound installations. A number of plinths are available for use by artists and details of these, and other resources including monitors/video screens and small audio speakers, are available on request.