3rd Annual Art Exhibition at Auchtertyre

Part time Students exhibit at West Highland College UHI Auchtertyre

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Art Exhibition

Following a highly successful exhibition in Portree in May, it was the turn of some of West Highland College UHI’s part time art students to hold their 3rd annual exhibition in Auchtertyre this week, showcasing their work throughout the last year from the NPA Drawing Skills course with additional units in Textiles including felt making, batik, rust dyeing and embroidery.

Art Lecturer Susan MacInnes commented “The students’ work this year is derived mostly from the local natural environment and their own personal themes, concentrating primarily on drawing skills which was developed into a creative textile project exploring felt-making, rust dying, batik and embroidery. We have also taken part in field trips, practical workshops and talks such as felt-making from our frequent and popular felt-maker Ann Ross and charcoal drawing by local artist Sarah Longley to ensure a wide range of experiences for our students. We also made our annual trip to Ullapool to visit the Bridge House Art portfolio student’s exhibition at An Talla Solais which is such an experience for our students to see other students art work.’

Sarah Bruce, Curriculum Area Lead for Creative Arts at the college said “Yet again, our students have created a stunning visual display of drawing skills and textiles, demonstrating a wide range and an extremely high level of talent.  It’s particularly lovely this year to see the inclusion of so much textile work which enhances the exhibition and provides another opportunity to show how talent such as this contributes to the entrepreneurial culture and economic profile of our region.”

Courses at West Highland College UHI offer the opportunity not just to engage and develop a passion for art but to progress to further study. 

For example part time courses are offered in a variety of subjects and on a rotational basis from year to year to give anyone who wants simply to try out something new or to extend their personal skills the opportunity to do so without having to commit to a full time course.  Next year’s NPA Painting course in Auchtertyre is already proving extremely popular and we also have full and part time courses running in Portree and Fort William.

Sarah continued: “We are keen to ensure that students are given the chance to explore their passion for art in a friendly and sociable way whilst also developing their talents to a professional level.  For some students this is also an opportunity to start developing a portfolio which can be completed on our full time NC Art and Design course in Portree.  Several students have also gone on to study in Glasgow School of Art and other art colleges.”

The college also offers Photography at Higher and HNC levels led by lecturer and local photographer Simon Larson who runs various taster courses throughout the year.  In Fort William, there are also part time art and photography courses and the opportunity to study Fashion and Textiles courses up to HNC level.


8th – 12th June. Open 10-4pm except Monday 3-6pm. Closed Sunday


For further information about any of our courses go to whc.uhi.uk/courses or call us on 01397 874000.