Inverewe Gardens (a National Trust for Scotland property) opened its first gallery, the Sawyer Gallery, in 2016. Set beside the newly renovated Inverewe house, this gallery successfully complements the gardens, themselves a work of art. This new space has been very successful in its first 2 years, exhibiting works from established Highland, national and international artists.
The gallery has a clear remit; works exhibited must be inspired by Inverewe itself and/or the culture, people and landscape of the north west Highlands. The Gallery Curator, Adrian Hollister, has encouraged works from a range of genres; from painting to poetry, sculpture to storytelling, photography to music, and also facilitated artists of different genres working together to produce bodies of work for the Gallery. The Gallery has held a number of residencies to date, including Nature Art, Poetry, and Photography.
In 2019 Sawyer Gallery is presenting several exhibitions, as well as hosting an innovative residency which will bring six artists from different disciplines to work together with the aim of producing a cohesive body of work for the final exhibition of the year. Other exhibitions this year include works from India Flint, an Australian artist, who will be exhibiting textiles coloured with dyes from the leaves of eucalyptus trees at Inverewe. David Sandum, a Swedish artist, will be painting within the garden and exhibiting works as he creates them, and Mike Dodd will be exhibiting tree rubbings and pencil drawings of the barks of trees within the Garden created during and following his residency at Inverewe in 2017.
Following on from the success of the Sawyer Gallery, this year Inverewe is opening two new Gallery spaces; a Café Gallery which will exhibit the works of west Highland artists, and a Gallery within the main Visitor Centre which will sell works from various artists who are either local or who have been in residence and exhibited at Inverewe. These will both be open by the end of May, and will further embed the arts and exhibition spaces at Inverewe alongside a growing group of artists who visit regularly and use the garden for inspiration and as a meeting space, and within the wider creative art network of the Highlands.
For enquiries about the exhibition spaces at Inverewe, please contact Lynn Bennett-Mackenzie on 01445 712389