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The Loft Gallery

 

The Loft Gallery provides a much sought after exhibition space for Orcadian and Scottish artists.  There are monthly exhibitions from March to December in the small airy gallery, pictured here with an exhibition in 2022 by Ruth Holt.

 

June-July 2022

There is still plenty of time to see the wonderful Debbie Lee exhibition which continues at the Loft Gallery until 26th July. Debbie's amazing works are a collage of Paint, Fabric and Paper with a mix of Machine and Hand stitching.

The Loft Gallery is open from 10am until 5pm Tuesdays to Saturdays.

 

May-June 2022

We would love to welcome you to visit the Loft Gallery where we have an exhibition by Weaver and Textile Artist Ruth Holt.

Ruth now works with silk and with wool yarns, sourcing wools from rare British breeds and dyeing silk warps using simple ikat methods to achieve shifting nuances of colour. She loves the complex weave structures made easy by her 24 shaft loom but often returns to plain and twill weave structures to find an elegant simplicity that highlights yarn qualities and colour. Ruth’s designs grow from a response to her surroundings, Suffolk landscapes and gardens in the changing seasons offer a kaleidoscope of colour, other sources include the wilder landscapes of Orkney with their deep sense of narrative and history. 

The exhibition runs from 21st May until the 21st June. The Gallery is open 10am until 5pm Tuesday to Saturday. 

April 2022

We are looking forward to the opening of our new exhibition on 16th April and running until 17th May.

We have a wonderful selection of paintings, prints and sculpture by Robinson RR. The Gallery will be open from 10am until 5pm on Tuesday through to Saturday, except on Easter Monday when we will be opening for an extra day. The Workshop will also be open at the above times.

 

March 2022

Our exhibition of Jean Malone's work Lace, Silk and Bone is ready to open tomorrow, March 11th, at 10am. Here is just a small taster of her intricate, unique art works.

The exhibition runs until 12th April so come along and see it. Opening times are 10am until 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday. The Workshop is also open during these times.

Covid levels are still very high in Orkney at the moment so please wear a face covering and use the hand sanitiser provided. Social distancing in the shop and Gallery will be in operation.

 

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March 2022

We are all looking forward to first exhibition of 2022 in The Loft Gallery. Jean Malone's Lace, Silk and Bone begins on 12th March and runs until 12th April. Opening Times are Tuesday to Saturday 10am until 5pm.

Please use a face covering. Hand sanitiser will be available. Please observe Social Distancing as much as is practicable during your visit while Covid is still prevalent in the County.

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February 2022

The Loft Gallery will open on the 12th March with its first exhibition for 2022, a show of Jean Malone’s Embroidered Photographs. Opening hours will be Tuesday to Saturday from 10am  until 5pm.

We will post more information about the exhibition when we have it.

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December 13th 2021

Our Twelve Artists for Christmas Exhibition in the Loft Gallery ends this Saturday at 5pm, opening hours and full details in the post below. So you still have this week to come and see it.

Some exciting news is a sneak preview of our provisional Exhibition Calendar for next year.

12 March - 12 April Jean Malone, Embroidered Photographs

16 April - 17 May Robinson RR, Paintings and Assemblages

21 May - 21 June Ruth Holt, Scarves and Wallhangings

25 June - 26 July Debbie Lee, Pictorial Textiles

30 July - 23 August Paolo Doyle, Paintings

27 August - 27 Sept. Iulia Fisher, Felt ‘Paintings’

1 Oct - 1 November Robert Andrews, Recycled Metal Sculptures

TBC. Christmas Group Exhibition

In these strange times not everything goes according to plan so any changes will be posted here and on our Facebook Page.

 

November 8th 2021

Here at the Workshop we are very much looking forward to the opening of our Christmas Exhibition at The Loft Gallery on Tuesday 16th November.

This exhibition features works from twelve of Orkney's brilliant artists, see picture for details including opening hours. All these artists live locally so this will be the ideal opportunity to pick up that unique Christmas gift and help support our thriving Artist and Craft communities here in the South Islands.

Covid safety procedures will be in place. Masks must be worn, unless exempt, and hand sanitiser used. Please use sanitiser as often as you can while moving between the shop and gallery.

Only two people, or a family bubble, will be allowed in the gallery at any one time so we do apologise if you have to wait a little before viewing the exhibition.

If you would prefer to book a specific time for your visit please call Sue on 01856 831406 to book a time slot.

 

August 28th 2021

We are delighted to be showing the award winning artist Martin Laird in the Loft Gallery from Saturday 28th August to 28th September 2021.

Martin’s brand-new animation art will offer us all something completely different to feast our eyes on and we welcome everyone to come and see it!

 Opening times are Tuesday mornings 10am until 1pm. Wednesday to Saturday inclusive, 10am until 5pm.

We will be organising a flexible, 15 minute appointment system for entry to the gallery. To avoid disappointment, email for an appointment to info@workshopandloftgallery.co.uk 24 hours in advance.

Please include the times and dates you are able to visit and the number of people in your party. You will receive a confirmation of your booking by email. Alternatively phone Sue on 831406.

If you would like to take a chance on just turning up, you will be very welcome to view the exhibition if the gallery has not been booked in advance at that time.

Covid safety procedures will be in place. Masks must be worn, unless exempt, and hand sanitiser used. Please use sanitiser as often as you can while moving between the shop and gallery.

Only two people, or a family bubble, will be allowed in the gallery at any one time.

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August 2021

Here are some more images from the Monique Sliedrecht exhibition which is on at the Gallery until 24th August. 

If you would like to visit you will be very welcome. Book an appointment or just come along. Full information can be found in the post below this one.

A Winter's Voyage

The Sea Road.

Further information about Monique and her work is included in this edition of Art North Magazine.

 

July 18th 2021

 

Here at the Workshop we are looking forward to our first exhibition in the Loft Gallery since the start of the first lockdown.

The exhibition is by Monique Sliedrecht, opening on Saturday 31st July and running until Tues 24th August. Opening times are Tuesday mornings 10am until 1pm. Wednesday to Saturday inclusive, 10am until 5pm.

 

We will be organising a flexible, 15 minute appointment system for entry to the gallery. To avoid disappointment, email for an appointment to info@workshopandloftgallery.co.uk 24 hours in advance.

Please include the times and dates you are able to visit and the number of people in your party. You will receive a confirmation of your booking by email. Alternatively phone Sue on 831406.

If you would like to take a chance on just turning up, you will be very welcome to view the exhibition if the gallery has not been booked in advance at that time.

Covid safety procedures will be in place. Masks must be worn, unless exempt, and hand sanitiser used. Please use sanitiser as often as you can while moving between the shop and gallery.

Only two people, or a family bubble, will be allowed in the gallery at any one time.

Later exhibitions at the Loft Gallery for 2021 are:

 

Martin Laird from Saturday 28th August until Tuesday 28th September.

 

Clare Gee from Saturday 2nd October until Saturday 2nd November.

 

Christmas exhibition of invited local artists.

 

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We are very sad that the Gallery has been closed and Ruth Holt's wonderfull textile exhibition inspired by the Orkney landscape cannot be visited.

However,her work can be seen on her website and we urge you to have a look!

www.textileweaver.co.uk

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Corona Virus, Latest News for The Loft Gallery.

7th July 2020.

To our much appreciated Loft Gallery exhibitors and visitors.

Due to particular circumstances of the lay-out of the Loft Gallery within The Workshop, we are unable to ensure the safety of visitors according to Government guidelines as regards coronavirus restrictions.

It is with great regret that we have had to postpone all scheduled exhibitions for this year. We hope to reopen the Loft Gallery from mid March 2021, in the assumption that a gradual and further easing of restrictions due to Covid-19 will have taken place by then!

We have offered all artists who were scheduled to exhibit this year a similar exhibition opportunity in 2021 and we are very pleased and grateful to all exhibitors for accepting our offer, despite the unfortunate and disappointing cancellation of their exhibitions in this current year. Thank you all!

The full, expected, programme of exhibitions for 2021 will be added to the St Margaret's Hope Workshop and Loft Gallery's website in the near future and we can't wait to welcome you all back to exciting new art work in our small, but beautiful gallery.

In the meantime, we hope you all keep well and safe!

If you would be interested in exhibiting in The Loft in the future, please get in touch via the Contact Us  page.

 

 

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