Fishing, Forecasts and the Future: ‘Murmur’ and Will Maclean at An Talla Solais Gallery

A new exhibition exploring climate change through the work of five artists is now on at An Talla Solais in Ullapool.

For Murmur: Artists Reflect on Climate Change, Sarah Gittins, Chloe Lewis, Ellis O’Connor, Meg Rodger and Saule Zuk use drawing, printmaking, sculpture, photography, performance and jewellery to reflect on issues of climate change including sustainability, the future of Ullapool and what challenges the community might face in the future.

References and themes of the exhibition include shipping forecast patterns for this area, the deep time of geology at Knockan Crag or the relationship between humans and habitat, including our local fishermen and the sea that surrounds us.

Meg Rodger, an artist living on Berneray, said: “My work is not political, it is not a call to protest. However, so much of contemporary life is caught up in work, sitting in cars or at desks, taken up with a digital lifestyle. I guess my work is simply a call for us to spend more time outdoors. To breathe the air, to sit quietly and listen, watch, smell and touch and to be.”

Recent work by renowned Scottish artist Will Maclean RSA will also be exhibited alongside the main gallery. Described by the critic Duncan Macmillan as “one of the outstanding artists of his generation in Scotland”, Maclean’s work is rooted in his knowledge of the Highlands, its people and history.

Maclean, Emeritus Professor at University of Dundee and a Royal Scottish Academician, said of the work, “They have in common references to the sea, fishing and the narratives of fishermen and women in the north west of Scotland.”

References in the work will be the focus of ‘People and Places of Skye and Lochbroom’, an illustrated talk by the artist on August 18 at the Ceilidh Place Venue. Maclean will speak about the individuals and communities that feature from Tanera Mor to Skye, including Polbain, Ullapool and Lochbroom.

Murmur and Will Maclean RSA are open daily until September 16th at An Talla Solais Gallery, The Caledonian Hotel (West Argyle Street entrance), Ullapool IV26 2UG.

Chloe Lewis

Feature Image: Ellis O’Connor, Shifting Land

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