Above the Isle of Skye Baking Company in Portree, you will find Skyeworks Gallery, a central and expansive creative hub.
Follow the stairs up to the first floor of the old converted woollen mill and you will find a huge, light-filled space showcasing carefully curated arts and crafts, beautiful clothing, hand crafted jewellery and reclaimed oak furniture.
An important part of Skyeworks’ ethos centres on its relationship with artists, and it is eager to celebrate the works of a wide variety of creative people, be it the paintings of a renowned local artist or ceramic work produce by an emerging talent.
Indeed, the gallery displays pieces from every corner of the island; from Kat Lenz’s ceramics hand-sculpted in the south, to wirework brooches made by Marion Boddy-Evans in the north. Art work and gifts are inspired by the island itself and the scenery of the West Coast.
The artists exhibiting at the gallery are well-known both locally and further afield. Helena Emmans has recently had her work featured in Country Life magazine, whilst Freddy Theys’ classic etchings are included in the National Portrait Gallery collections.
Other artwork shown at the gallery ranges from pastel wildlife scenes to large-scale abstract paintings and dramatic photography. There really is something to suit all tastes.
One of the artists with whom the gallery has established a close and successful relationship since its inception back in 2012, is Marion Boddy-Evans.
Marion, who lives and works on Skye, has cultivated a thriving reputation, not only on the island but nationally for her paintings depicting the fluid and ever-evolving environment around her. She uses powerful colour and expressive technique to create artworks that capture Skye in moments ranging from tranquil to stormy; revealing the island’s dramatic shifts of temperament. Marion exhibits new work annually– however she is always adding to her permanent collection in order to satisfy the increasing demand for her paintings and other works. This year her solo exhibition, Interlude, explores a change of subject and pace.
Interlude opens on 4 July.
Skyeworks Gallery holds an annual charity exhibition for a local community organisation. In the past the funds generated by the exhibition have supported the Row St. Kilda project and Skye Mountain Rescue.
The fundraising takes the form of an ever-popular anonymous exhibition. All the canvasses entered into the exhibition are sized and priced the same but displayed anonymously until purchased, creating a sense of mystery and providing buyers with an opportunity to acquire a piece, which could be by one of Skye’s more renowned artists, work by an emerging artist or even a one-off by someone unexpected.
Allow a little browsing time along with cake and coffee downstairs.
There is free parking and the gallery is child friendly. You may be going home with a ball of Scottish heritage wool, or a large-scale painting of Skye in all her glory!