2016 Exhibition at Lyth Arts Centre Sees William Wilson Retire after 40 Years
5th July 2016
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
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.
*** Note this event takes place in Tempest Cafe Thurso ***South African born singer songwriter Tim De Graaw began his career as a blues guitarist while harbouring a passion for songwriting. After leaving high school in England, he was accepted into the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston and after graduating, he seized an opportunity to move to Los Angeles to work as a professional musician.
A good chance for families and their youngsters to spend Saturday afternoon sharing the fun of hearing live music indoors and, if it's not too cold, running around in a safe outdoor space. Birlinn Jiarg was founded by multi-instrumentalist Beccy Hurst and performs the traditional Manx music she grew up with plus new compositions.
As part of The Portskerra Storytelling International Festival, local storyteller Alexandria Patience presents "Stories from here and there" - a mix of traditional Scottish stories given an extra twist with live original music by Donald McNeill. They are joined by Mexican storyteller Ruben Corbett who has performed at some of the most prestigious arts festivals across Latin America as well as Europe and brings us some storytelling warmth (narrated in English) all the way from Mexico to Lyth Arts Centre.
South African born singer songwriter Tim De Graaw began his career as a blues guitarist while harbouring a passion for songwriting. After leaving high school in England, he was accepted into the world renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston and after graduating, he seized an opportunity to move to Los Angeles to work as a professional musician.
*** Note this event is in Thurso High School ***Donizetti's sunny comedy takes to the road, touring 17 smaller venues around Scotland. Dynamic young British director Oliver Platt and designer Oliver Townsend (Rodelinda 2013) take their inspiration from the world of P.G.
RANT is the meeting of four of Scotland's finest fiddle players who have joined forces to create a rich sound that's both vibrant and evocative of Scotland's exciting new musical landscape which brings classical and traditional worlds together. Using just their fiddles and performing acoustically, they weave a tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds.
Straight from her acclaimed run at Edinburgh Fringe Mairi Campbell brings her show Pulse to Lyth Arts Centre. A homecoming in viola, voice, movement, animation and storytelling, Pulse is the story of award-winning musician Mairi Campbell's quest to heal cultural wounds.
Combining soulful melodies with incredibly catchy lyrics, Alex Wayt showcases his American-inspired songwriting with a joyous ode to living life to the full. With an impressive and seemingly endless list of shows under his belt, including tours in the USA and live performances at Murrayfield Stadium, this well-seasoned artist always promises to entertain.
An evening of Scottish music featuring composer Ronald Stevenson We welcome a return visit to Lyth by Christopher Guild, a young Scottish pianist, graduate of the Royal College of Music, London and champion of Scottish composer Ronald Stevenson. Ronald Stevenson is probably the last truly great pianist and composer of his generation.
Originally formed as an offshoot of all-star swing combo the Loveboat Big Band, the Bevvys simultaneously channel the heritage of such classic sister-acts as the Beverleys, the Andrews and the Boswells, while their own diverse backgrounds and collective song writing skills reinvent the female trio formula. "...highly seductive vocal harmonies with their trademark mix of sweetness and sass..." (Netrhythms magazine).
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