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2016 Exhibition at Lyth Arts Centre Sees William Wilson Retire after 40 Years

5th July 2016

Photograph of 2016 Exhibition at Lyth Arts Centre Sees William Wilson Retire after 40 Years

This year Lyth Arts Centre is presenting three exhibitions which in various ways mark this 40th year in a broader context.

1st July - 31st August 2016

Open daily 12 - 5pm

Adults: £3
OAPs: £2
Children, Students, Unwaged: £1

Kilmorack Gallery Showcase
An exhibition of work by some of the best artists working in Scotland, curated by Tony Davidson whose gallery near Beauly shares our taste and ambition to celebrate quality.

Since 1997, at the Kilmorack Gallery, Tony Davidson has made an inestimable contribution to the visual arts in the north by showing the work of dozens of the best artists working in Scotland, many living in the Highlands. His operation is housed in a B-listed 1786 church which he has skilfully converted with a light touch into an art gallery of great character. His benchmark is always quality rather than any other consideration and as a result the work he shows could not be of a greater variety, both in terms of style and subject matter. Lyth Arts Centre is pleased to acknowledge Tony's assistance in curating this showcase of the Kilmorack Gallery's work.

Calum Colvin Photographs

A second showing of an historic 1988 Lyth exhibition from our archives. At that time Colvin had just emerged on the art world with his innovative photography - now he is a Professor of Fine Art Photography in Dundee.

During its 40-year history, Lyth Arts Centre has pioneered the idea of bringing exciting contemporary work to the north. Here is an example dating from 1988 - ten striking images by Calum Colvin which the centre showed and then toured around the Highlands. Colvin was then setting out on a highly successful career with exhibitions both in the UK and abroad. Now he is Professor of Fine Art Photography at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. His work combines photography, painting, and installation, and often deals with issues of Scottish identity and culture and with the history of art.


William Wilson bows out after 40 years as director and returns to watercolour and piano presented as an audio visual installation and soundscape attempting to capture the scale and spaciousness of Caithness landscape.

William Wilson is a graduate of both Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art. After a brief career in the film and television industry he returned, aged 30, to his native Caithness to concentrate on painting. A few years later in 1977 he founded Lyth Arts Centre and gave up painting for arts administration. This installation sees him, now aged 73, retiring from running the centre after 40 years, returning to painting and combining this with his own piano accompaniment in a tribute to Caithness landscape which has always been the central theme in his work.

Picture by William Wilson from the exhibition.


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