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The Bridge Art Collective will be staging an exhibition of exciting new work at the end of August in the Old Bakehouse Gallery in Kyle of Lochalsh. The title of the show is 'New Dimensions', and all nine members are responding to this in their own ways with work that includes photography, painting, printmaking, ceramics, sculpture and other 3D work.

Simon Larson explores an alternative 'new dimension' on the theme of identity, turning his camera inwards and, with a nod to his medical photography roots, he has produced a striking series of large-scale ‘clinical’ images celebrating the repair of his heart and other key organs that keep him alive – following a recent medical scare.

Aileen Grant and Irene Blair are responding to the large space in the gallery by producing larger pieces of art. Aileen has a 1.8m-high vertical acrylic painting on linen, plus other works including monotypes on the theme of woodlands and grasslands, while Irene has several large pieces, some framed and some using recycled materials.

Sarah Longley is also showing a large piece – a charcoal drawing of a special place she went to during lockdown. She will also have a number of small ink drawings – illustrations from a column written by local naturalist James Merryweather.

Fiona Byrne-Sutton has created several free-standing ceramic assemblages on her theme of 'The Angel’s Share'. These distil her experience of architecture, painting and decorative art, informed by early Italian Renaissance painting.

Susan Dawson will exhibit a series of seasonal studies based on plein air painting sessions at High Pasture Cave near Torrin, taking full advantage of the larger space in the gallery to exhibit a full collection of works in mixed media.

Rupert Copping's paintings seek to capture something of the drama and strong shifts of light always present in the Highland landscape. A certain creative restlessness drives him to explore more abstract modes of representation, in oil and watercolour.

Greg Dobson will exhibit several of his popular cut-metal sculptures, including a few larger works.The starting point for these is the natural world, past and present, woven with thoughts of biodiversity and extinction.

Steve Hall's figurative ceramics explore ancient and modern themes, ranging from the origins of Scotland to our seemingly relaxed approach to war and nuclear armageddon.


The new show aims to cater to a wide range of interests and will include smaller and unframed pieces – original art at affordable prices. This is the Bridge Art Collective's annual show. Its members are based in Lochalsh, Skye and Wester Ross. Their recently published book featuring examples of their work (including reproductions of some of the work in the show) will also be on sale at the show.“New Dimensions” is on in the Old Bakehouse Gallery, Kyle of Lochalsh IV40 8AE

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