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Collective action puts Ross-shire artists in frame to reach a wider audience


By Hector MacKenzie

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Some of the artists in the new Bridge Art Collective which features several members from various parts of Ross-shire.
Some of the artists in the new Bridge Art Collective which features several members from various parts of Ross-shire.

A group of artists in Lochalsh, Skye and Wester Ross have formed a collective with the aim of promoting their work, encouraging one another in their careers and reaching out to the community. The artists are at various stages of their professional careers, ranging from newly graduated to almost retired.

The one thing that unites them is their passion to create work which is thoughtful, deeply felt and rooted in this region.

The newly formed Bridge Art Collective are holding an inaugural exhibition of work at the Steadings Gallery at Balmacara.

The title of the exhibition is First Impressions, to reflect that this is a 'first' for the group.

The work includes paintings, drawings, prints, photography and sculpture.

The ten artists are Irene Blair, Rupert Copping, Susan Dawson, Simon Larson, and Philippa Thomas from Skye; Greg Dobson, Tatjana Fraser, Sarah Longley, and Meg Miller from Lochalsh; and Aileen Grant from Wester Ross.

Many work in the community in educational and other roles. It is an exciting time for these artists who hope eventually to have a space of their own to promote and encourage art more widely in the community.

In the meantime, they plan to host a series of pop-up exhibitions and look forward to engaging with a wider audience.

The First Impressions exhibition will run until June 14 at Steadings Gallery, Balmacara Square and will open 10am to 5pm daily.

For more details, see Facebook Page @BridgeArtCollective



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