Resipole Studios

Resipole Studios Resipole Studios is an award-winning fine art gallery located on the scenic west coast of Scotland.
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www.resipolestudios.co.uk Tel No: 01967 431506 A multi-faceted artspace with an extensive exhibition programme, full framing service, large format printing and studio rental.

A trio of beautifully crafted oak burr vessels by Morvern based woodturner John Hodgson. It's always a joy to see visito...
22/04/2024

A trio of beautifully crafted oak burr vessels by Morvern based woodturner John Hodgson. It's always a joy to see visitors to the gallery instinctively reach out to touch and hold these wonderfully tactile pieces.
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View more of John's woodturning: https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/john-hodgson
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'The Only Way Is Up' - a recent textile & collage work by Caithness based artist Debbie Lee, currently on display in our...
20/04/2024

'The Only Way Is Up' - a recent textile & collage work by Caithness based artist Debbie Lee, currently on display in our white gallery space. Debbie's honed a fascinating technique through many years of experience in working with textiles. After making initial sketches out in the field, she begins by painting, where the colours of the piece are defined, before layering up a collage of fabric and paper. Finally, machine and hand embroidery is added to give an intricate finish to each unique, multilayered piece.
View more by the artist: https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/debbie-lee

Our ceramicist in focus today is Iain Campbell, whose captivating sculptural forms are currently on display alongside wo...
19/04/2024

Our ceramicist in focus today is Iain Campbell, whose captivating sculptural forms are currently on display alongside work by 11 fellow members of The Scottish Potters Association in 'Roots & Wings'.
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Iain Campbell is a Scottish ceramicist who lives in Forres, Moray. After moving to the area from Glasgow twenty years ago, he fell in love with the big skies, woodlands, beaches and hills that would become the inspiration behind his work in clay. Iain creates beautiful and unique sculptural ceramics that have been smoke, raku or pit fired to create unpredictable surfaces, and he is drawn to simple shapes inspired by human, animal and natural forms. Pieces are often created to be in conversation with each other, tangled together or to stand quietly in companionable silence. Drawn to soft, smudgy overlapping colours, his works will sometimes have a silky finish using terra sigillata, and at other times have a rougher finish using washes or patina glazes. Exploration and surprise is at the heart of all of Iain’s work, whether that be in the colours achieved or the way pieces interact with each other.
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Each of the works on display in this exhibition takes its title from a Scots name for a type of wind: Shak, Swivvle, Swiff & Westlin'
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View more by this artist via our website:
https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/iain-campbell
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image credit: Shannon Tofts

We're thrilled to be hosting a talk by RSPB warden Izzy Baker followed by a concert by the Maxwell Quartet on Thursday 2...
18/04/2024

We're thrilled to be hosting a talk by RSPB warden Izzy Baker followed by a concert by the Maxwell Quartet on Thursday 2nd May as part of The Loch Shiel Festival. Further details about the event and a link to buy tickets can be found below. 🎻

MAXWELL QUARTET AT RESIPOLE STUDIOS | Thursday 2 May

The Maxwell Quartet are at the heart and soul of our festival, and this year they dive in to some collaborations with long time friends, as well as standalone offerings!

On Thursday 2nd May, the quartet host an evening of discussion and music at Resipole Studios centred around the woodland theme, the artistic process and its relationship to the natural world. We welcome Izzy Baker, the Woodland Manager at RSPB owned Glencripesdale Nature Reserve, who will talk about her work in the woodlands there; and local artists will join the quartet for a discussion about their work and the parallels between the artforms of music and the visual arts. The quartet will then perform music by Haydn and Mendelssohn to close the evening.

Seating is limited, so we recommend you book early:

www.lochshielfestival.com/programme

'Sunrise II' by Andrew Sinclair. A painting of the stunning first glimpses of light over Loch Sunart. Just one of a fant...
17/04/2024

'Sunrise II' by Andrew Sinclair. A painting of the stunning first glimpses of light over Loch Sunart. Just one of a fantastic new collection of works currently on display in the artist's solo show 'An Seo'.
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View more: https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/andrew-sinclair-an-seo
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Image:
Sunrise II
by Andrew Sinclair
oil on board
20 x 25 cm
33 x 38 cm (framed size)
£400
or 10 interest free instalments of £40 via Own Art
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Who doesn't love a red squirrel with their tufty little ears. They're just a bit more refined than their grey counterpar...
16/04/2024

Who doesn't love a red squirrel with their tufty little ears. They're just a bit more refined than their grey counterparts, aren't they? Here's a wonderful new pencil drawing of the cute creatures by Argyll based artist Coin Woolf. Currently on display and available to purchase from the gallery.
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View more: https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/colin-woolf
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Image:
Squirrels - Meeting
by Colin Woolf
Pencil drawing
17 x 26 cm
35 x 43 cm (framed size)
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Today's ceramicist in focus is Helen Michie. Some of you who have been following the gallery for some time will be famil...
13/04/2024

Today's ceramicist in focus is Helen Michie. Some of you who have been following the gallery for some time will be familiar with Helen's wonderful and unique raku fired wall pieces. Several of these are currently on display as part of Roots & Wings: a group exhibition celebrating 50 years of The Scottish Potters Association. Only two of Helen's works haven't yet been snapped up, so get your skates on if you're hoping to buy one.
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Born in Edinburgh, Helen studied Ceramics at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen, specialising in Sculptural and Architectural Ceramics. After working as an Architectural model maker, Town Artist and Arts Coordinator throughout the country, she now lives with her husband and daughter in west Lochaber where her Ceramic wall pieces, bowls, sculpture and paintings are inspired by the stunning natural environment of the area. Helen uses different hand building and decorating techniques to create her Ceramics and a range of clays including stoneware, porcelain and Raku clays. Her wall pieces are made with local impressed leaves, plants and seaweed, then Raku fired to create the glazed design and smoked decoration. The work is fired in a kiln outside with the west coast elements influencing the final result and helping to create each unique Ceramic piece. Helen is currently working on a collection of sculptural and wall based pieces for a solo show at the gallery later in the year.
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You can view more of Helen's work at www.resipolestudios.co.uk/helen-michie
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Seven new paintings were delivered by Isle of Skye based artist David Deamer on Wednesday, including this absolute stunn...
12/04/2024

Seven new paintings were delivered by Isle of Skye based artist David Deamer on Wednesday, including this absolute stunner! David predominantly works en plein air, favouring oils for both practical (the ability to withstand west coast rain) and aesthetic reasons, enjoying the sculptural finish the medium brings to his work. He finds there is no substitute for working from life and being out in the landscape; working from photography as a landscape artist is no replacement for immersing oneself in the subject.
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Pictured:
'Ardvaser'
oil on board
21.5 x 43.5 cm
£550
(available to purchase at time of posting)
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View more by the artist online and via the gallery website: https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/david-deamer
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'Red Resipole' by Andrew Sinclair. Oil on board, 30 x 30 cm. Currently on display in the artist's solo show in our red g...
11/04/2024

'Red Resipole' by Andrew Sinclair. Oil on board, 30 x 30 cm. Currently on display in the artist's solo show in our red gallery space. The title of the exhibition, 'an seo' is Scots Gaelic for 'in this place'. An apt title, considering that Andrew's family has called Resipole home for three generations. It's no surprise, therefore, that his work draws deep inspiration from the surrounding landscape, culture, and community of the area. On a clear day, you can glimpse the peak of Beinn Resipol from just outside the gallery entrance.
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View more: https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/andrew-sinclair-an-seo
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Today's ceramicist in focus is Frances Clark. -Frances Clark is based in West Kilbride. Having studied sculpture as a ma...
09/04/2024

Today's ceramicist in focus is Frances Clark.
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Frances Clark is based in West Kilbride. Having studied sculpture as a mature student at Glasgow School of Art, she established her own studio from where she creates deeply personal pieces of ceramic sculpture. Her work moves between representations of the human figure and animals. It’s the natural details that she finds herself most drawn to, whether that be patterns in the sand, textures on rocks, barnacles, limpets or seaweed. Sculpting initially in clay, the finished piece will either be ceramic or resin, sometimes a mixture of both. Much of the inspiration behind her work comes from walking the rural coastal and countryside regions of Scotland. This is particularly evident in her ‘Goddesses’ series of works.
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A selection of Frances' work is currently on display as part of 'Roots & Wings', a group show by selected members of the Scottish Potters Association. View her work, and more from the exhibition at: https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/roots-and-wings
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Ise Stumpff 1957-2024  With deep sadness, we share the passing of Ise Stumpff, a talented artist, friend of the gallery ...
07/04/2024

Ise Stumpff 1957-2024

With deep sadness, we share the passing of Ise Stumpff, a talented artist, friend of the gallery and wonderful human being who we were fortunate to know and show work by. We wanted to pay tribute to her by sharing some images of her work, as well a little about her life.

Ise was a Lochaber based artist and environmental activist who designed and made stained and painted glass panels using traditional and medieval techniques. She began working with stained glass in 1977, soon developing great skill as a maker/artist, teacher and restorer/ conservator. From 1991 until 2016 she was employed at the Burrell Collection in Glasgow, where she worked on the conservation of their medieval stained-glass collection. Many of the panels that Ise played a part in restoring and conserving can be seen on display in the recently reopened museum.

Born in Göttingen, Germany, her love for Scotland was sparked through frequent visits to stay with her aunt, who lived on the west coast. Eventually, she would come to make the Highlands her home, moving to a small hamlet on the edge of Loch Eil. This would be a place that she would come to regard as her spiritual home and from where she would draw much of the inspiration for her work. Fascinated by the textures and colours of the plants and wildlife, she challenged herself to translate these into stained and painted glass. The resulting pieces reflected her deep connection with the landscape and environment of Scotland, as well as a huge concern for the natural world and the impact of climate change.

Ise’s work was admired by all who visited the gallery, and we feel extremely privileged to have been able to exhibit her beautiful stained-glass panels.

Our deep condolences go to Ise’s partner Andrew, and her wider family and friends.

Donations can be made in Ise’s memory to MND Scotland, who were of great support to both Andrew and Ise throughout her illness. https://mndscotland.org.uk/donate/

What an incredibly stormy day it's been here today. If you'd been by the coast, no doubt you'd have seen waves like thes...
06/04/2024

What an incredibly stormy day it's been here today. If you'd been by the coast, no doubt you'd have seen waves like these painted by the incredible artist Colin Woolf. You can almost feel the salty sea spray on your face.
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This work forms part of a collection of newly arrived works by the artist, which include pencil drawings, watercolours and, as with this painting, oils. Each piece is intricate and detailed in its own breathtaking way.
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You can view all of the pieces framed and in more detail at: www.resipolestudios.co.uk/colin-woolf
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What a fantastic turn out we had to launch two brand new exhibitions at the gallery at the weekend! A big thank to every...
04/04/2024

What a fantastic turn out we had to launch two brand new exhibitions at the gallery at the weekend! A big thank to everyone who was able to join us, including the five ceramicists who came from all around Scotland to be there for the opening of Roots & Wings. Here they are, pictured alongside resident artist Andrew Sinclair, whose solo show 'An Seo' also opened in our red gallery space on Sunday. From left to right: Shona Jack, Helen Michie, Rona Slevin, Fiona Duckett and Andrew Sinclair. Both exhibitions will be on display until Friday 10th May and you can also view all the works online at: www.resipolestudios.co.uk/exhibition

Ceramicist spotlight. Throughout the duration of the exhibition 'Roots & Wings', celebrating 50 years of the Scottish Po...
01/04/2024

Ceramicist spotlight. Throughout the duration of the exhibition 'Roots & Wings', celebrating 50 years of the Scottish Potters Association, we'll be shining a light on each of the 12 featured ceramicists. Today its the turn of the Aberdeenshire based artist Fiona Duckett, who makes stunning ceramics with a captivating iridescent glaze.
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Fiona Duckett is a contemporary Scottish ceramicist based in Aberdeenshire who has been creating beautiful iridescent forms for more than twenty-five years. Using a unique technique called ‘In Glaze Reduction Lustre’, she aims to catch all the colours of the rainbow in just one glaze. Her distinctive works are immediately arresting and captivating. Fiona’s creative journey started with textiles, however, after being introduced to a potters wheel she was hooked. As a result, Fiona honed her craft by working for two separate potters in St Andrews. She went on to study for a Degree in ceramics at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee and, later, for a Masters at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen. In 2003 she established her own pottery - Watergaw Ceramics - in an old Methodist church in Banff.
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View more of Fiona's work via our website:
https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/fiona-duckett
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photographs by Shannon Tofts

Andrew Sinclair's solo show 'An Seo' opens here at the gallery tomorrow alongside 'Roots & Wings'. Works on display draw...
30/03/2024

Andrew Sinclair's solo show 'An Seo' opens here at the gallery tomorrow alongside 'Roots & Wings'. Works on display draw deep inspiration from the surrounding landscape, culture, and community of Resipole: home to Andrew's family for three generations.
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Preview the entire exhibition online:
https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/andrew-sinclair-an-seo

Opening on Sunday 31st March, Roots & Wings celebrates the dynamic world of contemporary Scottish ceramics through an ex...
29/03/2024

Opening on Sunday 31st March, Roots & Wings celebrates the dynamic world of contemporary Scottish ceramics through an exciting collection of works by twelve members of the Scottish Potters Association: Fiona Duckett, Frances Clark, Helen Michie, Iain Campbell, Jill Houghton Slyte, Kathryn Stevens, Kerstin Gren, Michelle Lowe, Moyra Stewart, Patricia Shone, Rona Slevin, and Shona Jack. Each artist brings their own unique perspective to the medium of clay, pushing its boundaries to create both functional and sculptural pieces, as well as innovative decorative forms.


Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, The Scottish Potters Association (SPA) is a member-run organization founded in 1974 to promote all aspects of handmade pottery and ceramics in Scotland. They offer support to potters of all experience levels, from beginners to professionals. Through workshops, events, and an online network, the SPA connects Scotland’s geographically dispersed potters and provides them with a valuable source of information and advice on everything related to working with clay.

https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/roots-and-wings

We're just adding the finishing touches to two new exhibitions - Roots & Wings and Andrew Sinclair: An Seo, which open t...
27/03/2024

We're just adding the finishing touches to two new exhibitions - Roots & Wings and Andrew Sinclair: An Seo, which open this coming Sunday. Guests from the Hebridean Princess will be enjoying a preview on Friday morning, but you can also take a look at what will be on display by heading to our website: https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/exhibitions

Roots & Wings: a group exhibition celebrating 50 years of the Scottish Potters Association opens here at the gallery on ...
24/03/2024

Roots & Wings: a group exhibition celebrating 50 years of the Scottish Potters Association opens here at the gallery on Sunday 31st March. Featuring the work of 12 different ceramicists, the show celebrates the diverse breadth of approaches to contemporary ceramics. You can now preview the show online at: https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/roots-and-wings

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Image:
Three Rainsong vessels
by Moyra Stewart
naked raku
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Photo credit: Shannon Tofts

'What Key?'... a brand new figurative painting by Andrew Sinclair that forms part of the artist's upcoming solo show her...
22/03/2024

'What Key?'... a brand new figurative painting by Andrew Sinclair that forms part of the artist's upcoming solo show here at Resipole Studios, opening on Sunday 31st March. This fabulous painting will be on display alongside other intimate portraits, local landscapes and still life scenes.

Four newly arrived ceramics by Peter Humpherson, whose work reflects a deep interest in the colours and textures found o...
18/03/2024

Four newly arrived ceramics by Peter Humpherson, whose work reflects a deep interest in the colours and textures found on the Ardnamurchan peninsula - a place that he has been visiting regularly for more than 40 years. His background in research has led Peter to develop the effects of glazes on different clay bodies, giving him a range of muted colours and textures that mirror the landscape.
View the entire selection in more detail:
https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/peter-humpherson

Caithness based artist Debbie Lee has developed a truly unique approach to representing the Highland landscape through t...
16/03/2024

Caithness based artist Debbie Lee has developed a truly unique approach to representing the Highland landscape through textile & collage. Drawing forms the primary step to each of her pieces, using black biro in sketchbooks to capture a sense of place. Her final works begin with paint, reflecting the initial sketch and defining colour, before collaged layers are built up using fabric and paper. Finally, machine and hand embroidery is applied to complete each captivating piece. The artist delivered 6 new pieces to the gallery last week and they've just been put up in our white gallery space and online.
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Pictured:
'Gateway to the Glen'
by Debbie Lee
textile & collage
55 x 55cm
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View more: https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/debbie-lee

Three new expressive paintings have just been delivered by rural Aberdeen-shire based artist Stephen Redpath. Originally...
14/03/2024

Three new expressive paintings have just been delivered by rural Aberdeen-shire based artist Stephen Redpath. Originally from Wales, Stephen developed an affinity with the natural world from a young age. Having studied wildlife and landscape as an ecologist for 30 years, he turned to painting full time in 2019. Created in the medium of watercolour, Stephen's paintings are beautifully restrained, yet their visual impact is incredibly powerful. We'll be holding a solo of Stephen's work later this year, but for now take a look at the three new works we currently have available to purchase via our website at: https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/stephen-redpath

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Pictured
'Approaching the Island'
by Stephen Redpath
watercolour
50 x 63 cm
£1200

Four sumptuous new ceramics have just arrived from the studio of Peter Humpherson, pictured here below a wonderfully med...
09/03/2024

Four sumptuous new ceramics have just arrived from the studio of Peter Humpherson, pictured here below a wonderfully meditative painting, 'Boundless', by Jane Rushton. These ceramics are not yet on our website but will be going online next week, so keep your eyes peeled.
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And if ceramics are your thing, then you'll love what's up first in our programme for this year: 'Roots & Wings', an exciting group exhibition of contemporary ceramics by selected members of the Scottish Potters Association. Opens Sunday 31st March.
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06/03/2024

'Polanach', a beautiful wood and resin sculpture by Isle of Lismore based artist Greig Gilchrist. Lovingly crafted from brown oak burr, which has the most gorgeous grain, and a blue resin encasing found seashore treasures from the west coast of Scotland.
View by this artist at https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/greig-gilchrist

Three stunning landscape paintings featuring Ardnamurchan and the surrounding area have just arrived from Scottish artis...
02/03/2024

Three stunning landscape paintings featuring Ardnamurchan and the surrounding area have just arrived from Scottish artist Niall Logan. With a precise hand and meticulous attention to detail, Niall's love for this part of the world shines through his work. In his own words "The objective is to capture a scene that is unmistakably Scottish. It is hoped that the viewer will not only see what it was like to be there, but – perhaps – to hear it and smell it too?"
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Pictured:
'Ardnamurchan Beach'
oil on linen
30 x 40 cm
42 x 52 cm (framed size)
£650
or
10 interest free payments of £65 through Own Art
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View more: https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/niall-logan

A very happy   to our Welsh followers far and wide. To celebrate, here is a vibrant painting by the wonderful artist Jan...
01/03/2024

A very happy to our Welsh followers far and wide. To celebrate, here is a vibrant painting by the wonderful artist Jan Gardner. Based in North Wales, Jan has a long held affinity with the west coast of Scotland, in particular Ardnamurchan and the surrounding area. On regular visits to the area, she creates stunning paintings in response to the landscape and we're delighted to show the resulting works.
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Pictured:
Hidden Glen
by Jan Gardner
acrylic on linen
92 x 92 cm
100 x 100 cm (framed size)
£2225
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View more by the artist: https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/jan-gardner
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A follower picked out the fish painting on display in our red gallery space from the reel I posted recently and so I tho...
16/02/2024

A follower picked out the fish painting on display in our red gallery space from the reel I posted recently and so I thought I'd spotlight it in today's post. 'Once Bitten' is by the Edinburgh based artist Donald Provan. Oil on panel, 26 x 69 cm (unframed size) and 40 x 53 cm (framed). What isn't conveyed through photographs alone is the captivating, iridescent quality to the background of this painting, adding to depth and the illusion of water. Spectacular! Incidentally, the winter landscape to the right is by the same artist - a looser approach and cooler in pallette, but still themed around water.
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View more of this artist's work: https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/donald-provan
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Seeing as it's Valentines Day and all, here's a wonderful piece by Argyll based sculptor Lucy Gray called 'Marry Me' fro...
14/02/2024

Seeing as it's Valentines Day and all, here's a wonderful piece by Argyll based sculptor Lucy Gray called 'Marry Me' from a recent series of works exploring relationships. It is a gilded shell form & nishiji sculpture which measures 14 x 13 cm. You can see this piece in detail and more by the artist here: https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/lucy-gray

A selection of lovingly crafted woodturnings have just been delivered by Morvern based artisan and master woodturner Joh...
08/02/2024

A selection of lovingly crafted woodturnings have just been delivered by Morvern based artisan and master woodturner John Hodgson. Using wood from fallen trees from around the Morvern peninsula, the featured pieces are turned from either oak burr or wych elm. John and I discussed the beautiful grain of oak burr and how he particularly enjoys working with wood of this nature, as well as wych elm. Predominantly, the elm is turned whilst still wet. As it then dries out in his workshop, the wood changes and shifts in unexpected ways, creating asymmetry and interest in each form.
See the full selection in detail and more:
https://www.resipolestudios.co.uk/john-hodgson

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Resipole, Argyll
Acharacle
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Opening Hours

Tuesday 11am - 5pm
Wednesday 11am - 5pm
Thursday 11am - 5pm
Friday 11am - 5pm
Saturday 11am - 5pm
Sunday 11am - 4pm

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www.resipolestudios.co.uk Resipole Studios is one of Scotland’s leading contemporary art venues and is located in one of the most remote and breathtaking parts of the UK. The award-winning fine art gallery, with its on-site artist studios, is sat on the Ardnamurchan peninsula in the far-flung Highlands of Scotland. In the foothills of Beinn Resipol on the edge of Loch Sunart,the converted 19th century barn and now gallery is surrounded by ancient oakwoods, remnants of the prehistoric rainforests that once carpeted the Atlantic coastline from Norway to Spain.

Since its launch in 2004, Resipole Studios has gained merit both for its roster of award-winning artists and high-calibre contemporary Scottish art, as well as its wild and beautiful setting. The venue’s secluded lochside spot has been significant in it becoming a sought out destination. The Hebridean Princess cruise ship is now making chartered visits up Loch Sunart for guests visiting the gallery, and private seaplanes have even been known to make special pit-stops for the latest exhibition. Art lovers from London travel overnight with the Caledonian Sleeper, in all its splendour, to Fort William and rent a car for the last leg of the journey. With excellent roads, ferry links to Mull, and awe-inspiring scenery the journey itself is just as much a part of the Highland experience as the destination.

The broad range of places to stay in the area has also contributed to Resipole Studios’ ever-growing clientel. The variety of award winning hotels, country house b&bs, self-catering properties, luxury accommodation and even castles, draws those from all walks of life. Glamping is even on offer at Resipole Farm Holiday Park, only a hop, skip and a jump from the studios.

The surrounding beauty gives Resipole Studios its U.S.P. but its impressive programme of exhibitions and workshops is what defines it as one of the leading contemporary galleries that Scotland has to offer!Learn more about the gallery, its artists and forthcoming shows via the website www.resipolestudios.co.uk.


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