Remote West Highland Art Gallery Nominated for Rural Business Award

Posted on 06/07/18 by Resipole Studios

Resipole Studios and Fine Art Gallery is thrilled to have been shortlisted as finalists in the North’s Best Rural Creative or Media Based Business category of the Rural Business Awards 2018/19. The awards, founded in 2015 by countryside based business-women, Jemma Clifford and Anna Price, are backed by the CLA and Amazon, and judged by an independent panel, drawn from the rural business sector, rural public sector agencies and rural charitable organisations. Its primary aim being to recognise the achievements of rural businesses across a variety of sectors. Resipole studios learned of their nomination in the middle of June but the winners will not be announced until an awards ceremony on Tuesday 9th October 2018 at the Last Drop Village in Bolton.
The nomination serves as well-deserved recognition for the hard work and vision of artist and director Andrew Sinclair who, identifying a need for a dedicated space to showcase high-quality art in this remote but much visited location, lovingly restored a crumbling byre on his family farm to construct the impressive building as it stands today. Located on the shores of Loch Sunart in the remote West Highlands, the gallery, which employs a small team of staff, now boasts four unique exhibition spaces, with artist studios and a bespoke framing workshop. Since its inception to the present day, it has built a reputation as being one of Scotland’s leading contemporary art spaces, with buyers and collectors travelling regularly from across the UK to pay a visit.
Striving to always move forward and develop, plans are underway to create further artist studios and develop a residency program. This year also saw the opening of the gallery’s fourth exhibition space: an impressive upper gallery, which not only provides additional display space for the work of regular artists, but also provides a fantastic alternate viewpoint of the Main Exhibition space below. Visitors to the gallery often comment on the quality of the work, how well it is presented, and the uniqueness of the space.
Establish West Highland based artist and educator Jane Rushton sums up perfectly why the Gallery is well-deserving of its nomination:
“What Resipole Studios provides for both artists and art buyers is unique and invaluable in this area; a beautiful gallery, well connected, amazing range of art practices and a warm, yet highly professional service.”
The gallery’s Summer show runs from Saturday 7th July 2018 until Friday 24th August and features solo exhibitions from Helen Fryer and Ellis O’Connor.

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