VOYAGE: a journey in tiny steps & Andrew Mackenzie

11 Jun 2013 in Highland, Visual Arts & Crafts

VOYAGE: a journey in tiny steps & Andrew Mackenzie: Approaching The Verge

22nd June – 21st July 2012

(including silent auction for VOYAGE 22nd – 24th June)

Open 10am – 4pm daily

Free entry

An Talla Solais, Ullapool Visual Arts is launching VOYAGE: a journey in tiny steps alongside its major solo show this year, Approaching The Verge by Andrew Mackenzie.

VOYAGE is an exhibition of over 100 miniature works of art with the theme of journeying and travel. Artists and An Talla Solais members across Scotland were sent a 10 x 10cm square of wood to transform in any way they chose to fit this theme.

The squares have been transformed into paintings, sculptures and even books, representing myriad journeys from a barrel over the Niagara Falls, the voyage of the spinning moon and the final journey of them all, over the River Styx of Greek mythology into the great unknown. Exhibiting artists include Marian Leven, Will Maclean, Jan Miller, Peter White and Susie Reade, as well as dozens of others including people working with artist Frances Fogg in a community workshop in Ullapool in early June.

The VOYAGE exhibition is a fundraising project for An Talla Solais, the community-run art centre in Ullapool. As a charitable organisation without core funding, ATS is much in need of funds to continue its work enabling local communities to get involved in art through classes, events and exhibitions. The miniature artworks will be for sale throughout the exhibition, starting with a 3-day silent auction from Saturday 22nd – Monday 24th June (10am – 4pm daily) at which people can bid for their favourite pieces.

Andrew Mackenzie: Approaching the Verge

Andrew Mackenzie was born in Banff, north east Scotland, and graduated with an MFA from Edinburgh College of Art in 1993. He lives and works in the Scottish Borders.

His work has been exhibited extensively. His most recent solo exhibition was “Silver Between the Falls” with Sarah Myerscough Fine Art in London in October 2012, accompanied by an essay by Robert Macfarlane.

Other solo exhibitions include “Still Surfacing” with Sarah Myerscough in 2010, “Delicate Ground” with Amber Roome Contemporary Art, part of the 2006 Edinburgh International Festival; “Sunlight on Grey-painted Steel, Watching Water Rise” at The Talbot Rice Gallery Round Room, Edinburgh, 2003, and “New work”, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Leeds, 2002.

Group shows include “Wider Than a Postcard”, Breeze Block Gallery, Portland, Oregon, 2013; “Drawn Away Together” at the Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh, 2013; “A Parliament of Lines”, Pier Art Centre, Stromness, 2012 (including David Shrigley, Callum Innes, Graeme Todd, Moyna Flannigan, Charles Avery and Paul Chiappe, and touring to RMIT, Melbourne); “Evaluation of Space”, Rochester Art Gallery, 2012; “The Secret Confession”, Edinburgh College of Art, 2010; RSA Annual, Edinburgh, 2011 (invited artist); Fleming Collection Summer Show, London, 2011; ”New Commissions from Edinburgh Printmakers” at Edinburgh Printmakers Workshop, 2009; “The Birthday Party”, The Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, 2004; “Viewpoint”, National Galleries of Scotland, Banff, 2005; “ArtFutures”, The Contemporary Art Society, London, 2003, and “Past Standing” at The Changing Room, Stirling, 2003.

He has also shown his work in many international art fairs, including fairs in New York, Toronto, London, Chicago and Paris.

Awards include several Scottish Arts Council awards, a Hope Scott Trust Award and an Arts Trust Scotland Award. In 2011 he completed a major commission for Crown House, a new office building on Kingsway in London.

He is curating his first exhibition this year, opening in August 2013, called “paper planes”, in Stow in the Scottish Borders, showing work on paper by Callum Innes, James Lumsden, Alan Shipway, Graeme Todd, Philip Reeves, Mary Morrison and Bronwen Sleigh, among others.

Collections include Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow; The Fleming Collection, London; Royal Academy, London; Edinburgh City Art Centre; Bank of Scotland; Bank of America and Mayer Brown Global Law Firm.

Opening event Friday 21st June 6-8pm

An Talla Solais is next to the Village Hall on Market Street, Ullapool IV26 2XE

01854 612310

Source: An Talla Solais