Alex Ogilvie spoke on behalf of the Highland Society of London to say: “The quality and diversity of artworks in the Highland Art Prize grows year-by-year, and Ishbel had an unenviable job in picking a shortlist. Her selection underlines the fantastic range of work that continues to be produced in the Highlands and Islands, good luck to all of them in next week’s prize-giving.”
Crofts at South Dell/Croitean aig Dail bho Dheas by David Greenall (An Lanntair)
Digging For Bait (Thurso Beach)/A cladhach airson biathadh by Jackie Newton (Society of Caithness Artists)
571186degrees Wind Drawing/Dealbh Gaoith by Bronwyn Mackenzie (An Lanntair)
Flying to Bass by Kittie Jones (An Talla Solais)
Lady Of The Flowers by Leah Davis (Society of Caithness Artists)
Locheport, North Uist/Loch Euphort, Uibhist a Tuath by Margaret Fenton/ Mairead Fiannacta (Uist Arts Association/ Chomann Ealain Uibhist)
Napoleon Bay, Shieldaig by Sheila Garden (Perthshire Art Association)
North Beach, Iona/An tràigh a tuath, Ì by Robert Kelsey (Paisley Art Institute)
North Uist Beach/Tràigh Uibhist a Tuath by Alan B Hayman (Resipole Studios)
Ruthven Barracks by Bob Kinnaird (Society of Badenoch and Strathspey Artists)
Summer Oaks – Ardnamurchan by Liz Green (Art Society of Inverness)
The Ouse, Westray, Orkney by Amy Marshall (Resipole Studios)
The prize-giving is free for all to attend and will be hosted in conjunction with the Royal National Mòd, Wasps Studios, Renfrewshire Council and Bòrd na Gàidhlig. The winning artist will receive £1,000 (to be shared with their local art organisation), plus an exhibition opportunity at the Briggait in Glasgow, courtesy of Wasps Studios, the charity that provides studio spaces to artists and creators across Scotland.
Many thanks to Ishbel Murray for choosing her shortlist from the 74 wonderful artworks in the exhibition, which is now open every day 9.30am-5.30pm until Saturday 21 October at The Briggait.