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5 Feb 2019

Showcasing Inverewe’s creativity in 2019

Written by Jacky Brookes
Inverewe House
Inverewe House in the centre of Inverewe Garden
Inspired by the unusual plants and trees around this garden paradise, the exhibitions this year offer visitors the opportunity to meet and interact with artists.

Inverewe, an award-winning garden, is facilitating a creative environment that will bring together a diverse group of artists. To showcase our ongoing creative achievements, Inverewe’s 2019 season of five exhibitions has been announced. Centred around the recently opened Sawyer Gallery, named after Mairi Sawyer who gave the garden to the Trust over 60 years ago, the line-up is impressive.

The exhibitions run between 6 April–31 October, with launch events to meet the artists at the start of each exhibition.

The sign for the Sawyer Gallery, featuring white text on a slate background with a leaf silhouette.

The first, entitled Mixed Art and Performance – Six Artists, opens on Saturday 6 April and runs until Thursday 9 May. It features examples of all six resident artists’ work, with skills ranging from music, storytelling and poetry to painting, drawing, sculpture and textile art, and will include a live performance. This promises to be an exciting residency.

A Sheltered Place is the second exhibition, opening on Saturday 11 May and running until Thursday 20 June. Created by Mike Dodd, this exhibition provides a fascinating artistic ‘fingerprint’ of the tree species at Inverewe. Mike will exhibit the works he created during his 2017 residency. Fascinated by the combined impact of the shelterbelt and the effects of the Gulf Stream on the trees growing at Inverewe, he made a wide variety of bark rubbings. He also made two ‘root rubbings’ and two large pencil drawings of the eucalyptus trees, accompanied by a video of his ‘beehive shieling’.

Mike Dodd making a tree rubbing
Mike Dodd

The next exhibition, entitled Leafpoems, opens on Saturday 22 June and runs until Thursday 1 August. India Flint will showcase the fruit of her brief residency at Inverewe Garden, where the benign climate has allowed eucalyptuses to flourish far from their southern home. Having discovered the potential for contact printing from eucalyptus leaves, India will exhibit textiles coloured with dyes from leaves of the eucalyptus trees at Inverewe. India has created works that are represented in private collections and museums across the world, as well as the costume collections of a number of dance companies.

India Flint standing on a sandy beach and looking out to sea
India Flint

Evolving Impressions is the name of David Sandum’s exhibition, which runs from Saturday 3 August until Thursday 12 September. This innovative exhibition will begin with blank walls; as his residency progresses, the walls will fill with his work. He’ll paint in the garden or in public areas wherever possible, encouraging interaction with visitors and staff.

David will host a launch event partway through his residency, on Saturday 17 August at the Sawyer Gallery. This will include live painting and drawing and will showcase his limited edition Inverewe-inspired etchings. David’s work is ‘driven by the moment’, making strong use of colour to express his emotions as he paints. As a result, it’s difficult to predict what he’ll produce from day-to-day, whether he’s working with oils, watercolours, ink, charcoal or writing.

David Sandum standing at an easel, painting. He wears a paint-covered apron.
David Sandum

Our ‘melting pot’ of resident artists will culminate in an exhibition that launches on Saturday 14 September and runs to Thursday 31 October,  entitled Unexpected Art. The artists will have spent 20 days together during the season – who knows what they’ll have created during that time. You can be sure it’ll be unique and unexpected!

As well as exhibitions in the Sawyer Gallery, there’ll be additional opportunities to experience creative talent in the visitor centre and Osgood’s. The Visitor Centre Gallery will present three exhibitions this year, each containing works inspired by the garden and the north-west Highlands. Various artists will present work from painting to sculpture, print and artist blank cards. The Café Gallery @ Osgood’s will also display the work of local artists in a series of exhibitions throughout the year. Artworks will be available to purchase in the shop and café.

Operations Manager Kevin Frediani believes this season will offer visitors a sense of enquiry, wonder and a unique experience of wellbeing throughout this ‘unexpected garden’ – inspirational Inverewe at its best! 

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