Student Showcase of Creative Arts at UHI West Highland

This year’s visual arts students on a variety of courses are showcasing their work at exhibitions in Fort William, Portree and Auchtertyre for a Creative Arts fortnight at UHI West Highland starting next week and are looking forward to welcoming friends, family and members of the public to see their work.

In Fort William, the exhibition will encompass Fine Art, Photography, Fashion and Textiles. There will be something for everyone to enjoy and the college is particularly keen to welcome visitors back after 2 years when public exhibitions have not been possible.

Fashion and Design students recently had the opportunity to have their work photographed by one of our HNC Photography students at a photoshoot staged in the college and some of these images will also be on display in Fort William where there’ll also be music from our Music Department and canapes prepared by Professional Cookery students for guests to enjoy.

Laila Sutherland, Course Leader for Visual and Creative Arts said:

“We are once again excited to be celebrating and sharing the range of work produced by our very talented students.  We are so impressed with their hard work and the diverse range of styles they have produced. Each student has developed a body of work that encapsulates their own personal interests and the exhibition shows just how passionate each student is about their chosen subject.”

In Portree, the Creative Arts lecturing teams are also excited to be showcasing their students’ work from the HNC Contemporary Art Practice course for the first time, along with the part time courses in Sculpture, Painting and the HNC Photography students. In Auchtertyre the part time class will exhibit their skills in Drawing and Textiles at the start of June where Artist Susan MacInnes has been developing a number of differing textile techniques with the students. Most excitingly, our good friends in the CREATE gallery in Kyle of Lochalsh are supporting us in showcasing a selection of the students’ work in an Exhibition there from Friday June 10-12th. 

Lecturer Claire Flyn has said she is impressed with the hard work of all the HNC students over the past two years and is pleased with the diverse range of work these students have produced.  

“Each student has developed a body of work that encapsulates their own personal interests and area within Contemporary Art. The exhibition shows work in varying forms from Printmaking to Video to Sculptural works. It is encouraging to see such a strong group at our HNC level in Art and Photography here at UHI West Highland. It is encouraging to see so many people interested in the Higher-level courses that we now offer. “

Susan MacInnes, Art and Design lecturer at Auchtertyre added  

"I am once again so incredibly impressed with the high quality of work by the NPA Drawing Skills students this year at Auchtertyre. They investigated their own environment for their drawings which includes themes such as 'Debris', 'Drift', local historical themes and recycling. We also added an extra Surface Decoration unit that enabled them to develop their drawings into textured paper making and decorative textiles.” 

At all the events lecturers will also be available to talk about courses from National 4 right through to HND level, some of them part time, and with a variety of entry points and specialist disciplines within the Arts available to study at location across UHI West Highland.  

Following the exhibitions, there will be an online display of the students work available to view throughout the summer on the college website. 

Exhibition Details:


Opening Night Monday May 23, 5pm-7pm

Weekdays up to and including Monday May 30, 9am-5pm

Fort William

Opening Night Tuesday May 24, 5pm-7pm 

Wednesday May 25 to Friday 27, 9am-8pm


Saturday June 4, 11am-4pm

Monday June 6, 11am-6pm

“Create” – Kyle of Lochalsh

Friday June 10 to Sunday June 12, 10am-4pm