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Swanson Gallery, Thurso exhibits work of acclaimed American artist Ed Ruscha - Major works from Four Decades ARTIST ROOMS on Tour with the Art Fund supported by The Scottish Government Major drawings by Ed Ruscha, one of the most influential and pioneering American artists of the past half-century, will be opening at the Swanson Gallery, Thurso Library on Saturday 15th January until 26th February as part of ARTIST ROOMS, the important new public collection of international post-war and contemporary art that independent charity the Art Fund is helping to tour across the UK. ARTIST ROOMS is jointly owned and managed by National Galleries of Scotland and Tate on behalf of the nation.
3rd June - to 27the June 2009 Swanson Gallery, Davidson's Lane, Thurso Matisse: Drawing with Scissors The French painter, sculptor and designer, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) was one of the 20th century's most influential artists. His vibrant works are celebrated for their extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour.
Swanson Gallery, Thurso 14 Feb to 14 Mar ~ Precious Cargo 2009 is Scotland's Year of Homecoming and the calendar's theme of migration, boats and the sea reflects this. The exhibition has been designed by Brodie Nairn and Nicky Burns from Glasstorm in Tain as an innovative installation of closed Cargo boxes, one of which opens every day over the festive period to reveal a new object or contemporary 'souvenir' of the Highlands which travellers to lands across the sea might have cherished to remind them of 'home'.
North Lands Creative Glass Lybster http://www.northlandsglass.com/ Thurs 5th March Intensive Kiln Casting 6 week evening class AP Studio £120, 7pm - 9pm Every Thurs for 6 weeks Sat 4th & Sun 5th April Engraving & Sandblasting weekend £75, 10am - 4.30pm Sat 23rd & Sun 24th May 2009 May Family Weekend £5 per piece, 12 noon - 4pm 25th - 28th June Glass Week - 2 day Bullseye Box Casting £120 2 day Introduction to Kiln Forming £120 2 day Engraving with a difference £75 10am - 4pm 6th & 7th August 2009 Kids Kilnforming - 2 days Paperweight Making 19th & 20th September www.northlandsglass.com info[AT]northlandsglass.com 01593 721229.
Description Master Class Programme: 'Sources of Inspiration' Session 1: 5 - 13 July: 'Duo in Still Life', Bullseye Master Class with Deborah Horrell and Mel George. This class will use various mould making techniques, glass bodies (powders, frits, billets etc) and packing techniques to allow for both hollow ans solid cast vessels.
Exhibition at The Swanson Gallery, Thurso From Sat 19 Jan to Sat 16 Feb 2008 M, T, W - 1 to 5.30pm Fr - 1 to 8pm Sat - 10am to 1pm Closed Thurs and Sun Admission Free City of the Immortals by Michelle Lord The City of the Immortals is based upon the Jorges Luis Borges short story 'The Immortal'. In a narrative series of photographic images, the fictional city Borges describes is reconstructed for the camera to represent an unbuilt, literary environment Presented by The Highland Council Swanson Gallery 01847 896357 Area Cultural Officer 01349 885114 (NB No Exhibition at St Fergus Gallery, Wick in January due to staff absence.
Evening Classes - Tutor: Patricia Niemann *The new evening classes, 'Glass Fusing and Design', will give you an overview of different kilnforming techniques. You will learn how to cut glass and assemble pieces to be fired in a kiln.
North Lands Creative Glass runs a range of glass courses throughout the year and in rencent times has extended to have residencies with some of the top up and coming glass artists in the world. Tucked away in the north of Scotland in the small fishing village of Lybster this glass centre is fast building world-wide reputation.
CELEBRATING THE LIFE OF GEORGE BAIN - THE `FATHER' OF MODERN CELTIC ART Groam House, the award-winning museum in Rosemarkie, is embarking on an ambitious exhibition project as part of Highland 2007, Scotland's year of Highland Culture. The project will focus on the outstanding work of Highland artist George Bain, who devoted much of his life to the study of the techniques of the ancient Celtic and Pictish artists.
Anatomy Acts is an exploration of the human body, inside and out. After its successful opening at the City Art Centre, Edinburgh, (5 stars - Scotsman, 'richest, most challenging historic exhibition...in recent years' - Herald) an adapted version of Anatomy Acts is touring to venues across Scotland, coming to the Highlands in January 2007.
The Society of Caithness Artists are holding their 71st annual exhibition this summer. But with the closure of the Thurso Town Hall for renovation work, they were faced with the task of finding another venue in the town to display their paintings.
The depth of talented glass artists that now make their way to Lybster is astonishing. In a few short years Northlands Creative Glass has established a number of residency placements throughout the year in addition to series of master classes run by some of the world's most renowned glass artists and teachers.
"FaceNorth" visual arts residency run by Northlands Glass and Lyth Arts Centre is now up and running and going from strength to strength. The residency, funded by the Scottish Arts Council and Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise agency, offers the opportunity for local community groups with little or no arts skills to engage with professional artists Kate Williams, Shelagh Swanson and Alistair Pender over the coming months.
Drawn from the Scottish Arts Council Bequest Collection, this exhibition shows the variety of techniques and styles that some of the country's most influential artists have employed. You can see works by Ken Currie, John Bellany, Patricia Douthwaite and Victoria Crowe, among others.
3RD-4TH SEPTEMBER 2005 For the ninth successive year it's the season when artists and professionals from all over the world converge on The Alastair Pilkington Studio in Lybster for a series of masterclasses and a weekend conference that is now a must in the contemporary glass calendar. This year the theme is 'The Design Element', a topic which features strongly in 21st century life everywhere from sports equipment to home decoration and of course glass.
Glass artists from seven countries yesterday concluded the first of a summer programme of master classes at North Lands Creative Glass in the village of Lybster led by Klaus Moje, one of the key figures in contemporary studio glass. The class - "Finding New Horizons" - explored kilnforming with techniques such as fusing, bending and mold-making and also extensive use of cold-working methods.