Stables Studio Artists
We have a number of permanent users of the Stables facilities, including local artists who occupy the downstairs studios, the local arts society who rent the gallery space for events and the Cromarty Group who hold their annual exhibition in August each year.
Early in 2002 the Cromarty Arts Trust were wondering how best to take the future of the stables forward. Following a visit from an inspirational octogenarian sculptor with a “just do it” attitude, they took a leap in the dark and adapted the stalls area in the Stables to become individual studio spaces for local artists: a rare commodity in the Highlands of Scotland. We then advertised the spaces for a contribution towards the running costs of the building, and held our breath wondering if the initiative would take off. Six people immediately applied, and the Stables Studios were born!Since then we have made room for a seventh artist, and over the years, 10 local artists have been given the space to work, at an affordable cost to help bridge the gap between semi-professional to professional status. Our seventh 'bay' space is mostly kept clear for those taking Residencies with us or others seeking a very temporary working space at short notice, for instance.
Many of the artists have collaborated on exhibitions both here, elsewhere in the Highlands, Scotland and the UK (and some overseas). The Studio Artists also benefit from our visiting Artists in Residence, who in turn have appreciated the presence and camaraderie of the Studio Artists.
Find out more about the current Stables Studio artists:
In 2001 Pat moved to the Highlands from Canada. In 2004 she settled in Cromarty where she took a studio in the Stables and has never looked back! Her work is mainly in oils and mostly inspired by the landscape that surrounds her in Cromarty. The hills, the sea and the sky keep her coming back to the canvas. She goes back and forth between abstract landscapes and work that she likes to call 'abstracted from landscapes'. Sometimes even the rigs have inspired her.
Thomas Keyes is a Fine Art parchmenter and Celtic manuscript illuminator based on the Black Isle. With a background in graffiti writing and foraging the artist has found the graphic style of insular art and the lengths the monks went too to make use of the materials from their surroundings an inspiration. Recently he has collaborated with Glasgow School of Art in partnership with An Lanntair to produce a contemporary illuminated manuscript for the Stornoway-Uig corridor, with Groam House Museum to produce Celtic work in response to the George Bain Collection and next aims to create Celtic themed graffiti murals throughout the Highlands and an Illumination with the National Library of Scotland.