Photographs by Ian Collins
1st - 11th July 2018
The title of this exhibition is borrowed from the poet GM Hopkins who coined the term inscape to describe the unique and essential nature of an object or experience ; perhaps as revealed by close or prolonged observation at a particular moment. Most of the photographs are from Orkney or mainland Scotland. The images are presented ‘as seen’ and have not been subjected to digital enhancement.
Several of the photographs were shown in the solo exhibition Transient and Unexpected Beauty at the MacRobert Arts Centre, University of Stirling during March and April 2018.
A photographic essay about the remains of the WWII communication centre of HMS Proserpine at Lyness were also on display.
Nature, Myth & Stories
Drawings by Howard Hardiman
Remarkable drawings, some of which were made using Manga Studio computer software and an electronic stylus.
15th - 27th June 2018
Howard Hardiman is an artist who lives on Sanday. He moved to Orkney a year ago, coming from the Isle of Wight, where he collaborated with astronomers and classicists to make drawings that interpret classical mythology. Howard has exhibited in London and locally, where he undertook a residency in a Roman Villa.
Since living in Orkney, Howard has made a comic book, Badger & Vole, which follows a long summer's day in the life of his garden on Sanday.
There is a review of his work here: https://theorkneynews.scot/2018/06/22/here-be-bears/
Sands and Strands
An aesthetic documentation of some beaches on South Ronaldsay and Burray by Robinson RR
Each artwork in this series is comprised of the sand and beach-found items of a particular beach.
1st - 14th June 2018
Beaches include: Weddell Bay, Pool of Cletts, Newark Bay, Burray Village beach, Sidewall Bay, Sand of Wright and Sandwick Bay.
A Bojagi for Betty
An installation by Barbara Rowell
Printed and stitched textiles with indigo, madder, cochineal and beeswax. Japanese Mokuhanga, digital prints and mixed media.
21st - 29th May 2018
A Bojagi for Betty is a site-specific installation dedicated to Betty Corrigal, which honours strong mothers everywhere.
Robert's Bedroom Wall
Another poster collection that has resurfaced after 30 years
Featuring Iron Maiden, Led Zeppelin, Jim Morrison, Adam Ant and some Russian posters from a school trip in 1985.
11th - 17th May 2018
The exhibition is a collection of 23 posters that were on Robert Leslie's bedroom wall some 30 years ago. None of them are individually extraordinary - pictures of bands, pop stars, heroes, cars - but collectively they repay looking at. They show a world where war is celebrated and violence is played at; where both the past and the future are fantasy; where both the posters and the people and events depicted are commercial products designed to be eye catching.
The boy who collected pictures that appealed to him and put them up in his personal space made for himself a play-world that inevitably reflected the contradictions and self-delusions we live with in the everyday. The distance produced by the time that has elapsed enables us to recognise some of them in his collection.