From now until March 2011, discover how Highland art relates to Gaelic language and culture. Through beautiful historic and contemporary sculptures, artistry and paintings, the exhibition Window to the West: The Rediscovery of Highland Art at the City Art Centre explores the Highland’s unique cultural history and contributions to the Scottish and British art scenes. See how this region’s artists responded to geographical and cultural changes and represented history and their own memories.
The exhibition is free and is open Monday-Saturday from 10am-5pm and Sundays from noon-5pm. In addition, the City Art Centre is offering a series of corresponding events. All are free, but you must book in advance.
- This Saturday, Jan 22: Make fantastic jewellery inspired by the Scottish seasons. Learn to knit with wires incorporating little beads and sequins.
- Friday, Feb. 11: Attend a full day seminar on the significance of Gàidhealtachd (Scottish Gaelic culture of the highlands and islands) art.
- Saturday, Feb. 12: Be inspired by the traditional textiles of Scotland, and make beautiful contemporary corsages, hair pieces or brooches that reflect Scottish dress through the ages.
- Saturday, Feb. 19 and Saturday, Feb 26: Make stunning wall hangings inspired by the willow sculpture in Window to the West and Lizzie Farey’s exhibition Spirit of Air.
- Saturday, March 5: Make fabulous clay flowers taking inspiration from the unique flora and fauna of the Scottish Highlands.
[All images courtesy of City Art Centre, Edinburgh Museums and Galleries]