Twelve artist in all are attending the residency, plus one for a weekend. One of these will be here for the first week only. While one of the artists is getting here under their own steam, five will be arriving in Inverness on the 8th September, and will be picked up all together in the minibus. There will be extra seats if anyone extra would like to join us. The minibus will be retained for the following two days for showing the artists around the area so that they can select a place to work.
Several different forms of promotion and communication have been set up:
There will be an ‘Art Spot’ every day for the fortnight on Two Lochs Radio. This will include daily updates and interviews with the artists which will be collated to create a series of shows which will be broadcast at a later date.
Posters and banners have been produced and will be put out and about in the days leading up to the residency. Everyone at the meeting took copies to display in different areas and banners will be hung at Garve, Braemore, Ullapool, Achnasheen, Lochcarron and the airport as well as at local venues.
The GALE Centre will be used as a contact point for people to gather daily information .
The High School morning bulletin will be used to get information to the pupils.
More information will be conveyed in the next copy of the Gairloch and District Times, including details about the ‘Open Studio’ in the Drill Hall and the times of the artists’ presentations which will be staged at the fire station.
Everything will kick off with a family Ceilidh in Gairloch Community hall on 8th September, which is also to raise money for the Highland Hospice. More prizes for the raffle would be gratefully recieved.
On the 9th September the artists are going to be taken in the minibus to visit Poolewe, Inverewe, and Flowerdale. . It should also be an interesting day down at the pier as the Boat Club Regatta will be on.
On the 10th, the artists will visit The Museum, where it is hoped that they will meet representatives of the archaeological group and also chat and meet some local people. There may also be the chance to take the artists to see the roundhouses at Achtercairn. They will go on to Badachro, where some of the old boats may be of interest, and then they will drive down to Beinn Eighe.
From the 11th onwards, the artists will be starting on their works. They will have breakfast at their host houses and then pick up their packed lunches at Lynn’s. Evening meals will be served about 6.00pm, either at the fire station or at individual’s houses.
On the 12th, there will be an public opening at the GALE Centre of the Glenfiddich ‘Forward Thinking’ exhibition. This will be between 7.00 and 9.00 pm.
On Friday 14th, a BBQ on the beach at Big Sands is planned, weather permitting.(Saturday will be the back-up date.) Food will be provided by Ceangal for the artists but the event will be open to the public and people will be encouraged to bring more food. It is also hoped that some folk will bring instruments and it will become a musical evening. Details will be announced on the radio.
From the 20th, artists will be pulling their work together for the final exhibition.
The opening of the exhibition will take place on the 22nd, between 11.00 and 5.00pm.
More people with an interest in photography would be welcome to help needed to document the event. Although artists will record the progress of their own work, it would be nice to have other recording an ‘all-over’ view. Anyone wishing to assist with this please contact us.
Now we eagerly await everyone arriving and are hoping for good weather!