And she sails!

The sgoth Jubilee is spending a week in Ullapool for the Travelling Light project.  The weather is becoming kinder and this morning she has taken out her first crew, 7 students from Ullapool High School who will be out on the water hosted by Ian Stephen and Christine Morrison, learning some basics of sgoth sailing, hearing stories of the Jubilee and making art in response.

Also last night at ATS another box building workshop with boatbuilder John McIntyre - the boxes have been taken home for final touches but should be on display at ATS by the weekend if you want to see how creative you can be with a Japanese saw, some sandpaper, and of course some wonderful offcuts of wood...

Growing gallery

The Travelling Light project has been producing new artworks for our community gallery.  In the last fortnight there have been workshops making luggage labels, boxes and bottles of travelling memories, as well as a harbour sketchbook walk in the badly-timed rain and last night's excellent showing of short films of highland seafaring, hosted at the ferry terminal, a building that is cut out to be an occasional cinema! Pictures below.

Still to come: a final box fling on Tuesday 14th (6-9pm, £10) and sailing expeditions on the beautiful sgoth Jubilee later this week.  Come and see the fruits of everyone's work at ATS in the community gallery.

Boxes and bottles

The community art gallery is filling up with the artwork made in the Travelling Light workshops so far... boxes, bags and bottles (containing the essence of places travelled to), postcards from far-flung places - including the past - and luggage labels, beautifully printed and evoking destinations all over the world.  There are a handful of more art sessions in the week ahead: come and join in if you can!

Travelling Light art activities

Gallery 4 is filling up with some lovely works created in the workshops we're running alongside the Travelling Light exhibition. Lochbroom House took some elderly residents to make postcards at an Eleanor White workshop...

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Whilst children from Achiltibuie Primary School enjoyed a workshop with Sheila Robertson where they did drawings of messages in bottles. This is by Millie, age 6...

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Events over the next few weeks include a sketchbook walk around Ullapool Harbour and an evening of short films about Scotland's ports. You can find out more and book online here.

Travelling Light activities

ATS is very excited about its new project Travelling Light, sponsored by Creative Scotland.  The project is inspired by the idea of the sailor's ditty box, the handful of belongings a sailor would have taken to sea. The full list of art activities now has a page of its own (in the Courses section) - have a look for opportunities to learn to sail, pick up some carpentry tips, hear traditional island poetry and lots of other wonderful things.  Drop us a line to book any of the sessions.

The art made during the project will create part of the exhibition, which opens on 18th April and runs for a month.  The main exhibition will be showing work by David Cass, John Cumming, Will Maclean, Christine Morrison and Ian Stephen, Frances Pelly, Peter White and poet Jon Miller.  Watch this space for more updates.

Do Undo Redo

We are really looking forward to our first exhibition of the season. An Talla Solais has hosted Bridge House Art's portfolio course over the winter and the place has been a hotbed of creativity! Do Undo Redo is curated by the students. It's really inspiring to see the quality of work achieved by these young artists at the start of their careers.


A new kiln

ATS is very excited that we have been awarded 2 significant grants to help us to install a kiln and get it up and running. The Sylvia Waddilove Foundation and Creative Scotland have both contributed to this long-awaited project. We hope to start the installation in the spring, and will keep you in touch with opportunities to learn about and use our beautiful new kiln.

New website!

Welcome to An Talla Solais's new website! We've done a redesign which hopefully makes the website easier to use. We'll have all the newest information about our classes and exhibitions here so come back regularly to see what's new.