Exhibition of Student art and photography at West Highland College UHI - Portree

Last Monday evening saw a large crowd attend another annual showcase of work from full and part-time Art and Design students and Higher Photography students which filled every possible space at West Highland College UHI – Portree this week.

This is now a regular event in the college calendar and gives a flavour of the range and vibrancy of work produced by all the students. Principal and Chief Executive Lydia Rohmer opened the exhibition and thanked the lecturers and Centre Manager Maggie MacDonald and her team for the support they had shown the students throughout the year and for the warm welcome that their visitors had received. She congratulated the students on the high standard of work on show: “It’s obvious that your talent is being nurtured in Portree so I not only congratulate you but ask you not to hold back – be sure to take advantage of all the opportunities given to you both now and in the future to let your talents grow.”

NC Art and Design Lecturer Claire Flyn commented: “Our NC Students this year have been looking at the ever changing shoreline and sea around Skye in their painting projects as well as looking at more traditional still life drawing skills. The year started with a sculptural jewellery project with visiting jeweller Gilly Langton. All students thoroughly enjoyed the print making module and this year where they were able to experiment with lino, collograph and mono printing. Some of our students are staying with us to progress their learning and have found that this is a great course if you are thinking of developing your experience of different media and techniques or creating a portfolio for application to art college. For 2020, we are hoping to introduce an HNC Contemporary Art Practice which will allow even more opportunities for local aspiring artists.”

Students from the part time (one day a week) NPA Art and Design course also exhibited their work having explored a number of themes during the year including Decay, Light and Line Drawing. Next year, the course will focus on Print Making and Illustration.

Also on display were some images from the Higher Photography students from both Portree and Broadford college centres. The students had chosen a number of different themes to produce in their coursework including landscape, documentary, macro, street photography and portraiture. Lecturer Simon Larson said “As always our students have produced a great variety of work to a very high standard. This is the fourth year of the Higher course and it’s such a delight to see an incredible range of high class photography.”

The exhibition is open to the public all week from 10-4pm and there will be further exhibitions of work in both Auchtertyre and An Crùbh. Much of the work is for sale and applications for all courses are now open so call 01397 874000 for more information or visit the West Highland College UHI website.

For more information, contact

Cheryl MacRae 01397 874521 cheryl.macrae.whc@uhi.ac.uk

Maggie MacDonald 01397 874500 maggie.macdonald.whc@uhi.ac.uk


West Highland College UHI comprises 10 college centres throughout Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross, offering a wide range of further and higher qualifications from access to degree and postgraduate levels across all of its sites. It’s highly successful School of Adventure Studies has its home primarily in Fort William – the Outdoor Capital of the UK – with a further base in Broadford, Isle of Skye. The College is led by Principal and Chief Executive Lydia Rohmer. West Highland College UHI is one of 13 academic partners of the University of the Highlands and Islands. For further information please visit the college’s website.