A Woman In The Arctic…. More Good Things From Kilmorack Gallery…‘Trespass For Trees’….

by Bernie Bell - 10:21 on 12 April 2023


A Woman In The Arctic….

This is a series of Tweets – deserves to be presented as an entire  piece - I hope it will be – somewhere….


Like she says - the canary in the coalmine.


More Good Things From Kilmorack Gallery…

 I can’t work out how to include the pictures!  If you sign up to receive the Newsletter – you can see them in all their glory!

"It's now the final week of Lotte Glob's 'Eriboll Creature' exhibition, so you'll have to be quick to catch it before its final day on Saturday. It includes almost one-hundred creatures as well as paintings and etchings by this well-known artists. You can also explore it virtually in our 3d tour.

We also have more news from The Highland Book Prize. CONFESSIONS OF A HIGHLAND ART DEALER is now on the shortlist and the final winner will be announced in May. They have put together a video of me in conversation with Kirsteen Bell.

The next exhibition in the gallery is a short show to celebrate the release of work by Liz Knox, James Newton Adams and Peter White. “

Tony Davidson, Gallery Director

Solo exhibition

“Lotte Glob is one of Europe's most exciting ceramic artists with a career that stretches from Denmark to the north of Scotland.

Her latest exhibition, 'Eriboll Creatures,' brings a lifetime of skill and imagination to the fore. According to Duncan MacMillan ‘The integration of form and surface is the mark of great ceramics and we certainly see that here.’ He’s right, ceramics is a skilled joining of rock and imagination and Lotte Glob takes it to new places.”

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Liz Knox | four new paintings

18th April - 2nd May

“Coming soon, new work by Liz Knox. Knox's control and compositions are always worth a deeper look. These four paintings are inspired by memories of European adventures, and they pop with their playful use of still-life elements, architecture and colour. They are paintings that stay with you even when you look elsewhere. “

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Peter White | three small paintings

18th April - 2nd May

“A flower, a landscape and a bottle - simple things that hold so much. A flower is transient, a bottle holds something precious, and a landscape is more fragile than it seems. Peter White's wax, acrylic and oil paintings also hold what is of value.”

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James Newton Adams

18th April - 2nd May

“There are few artists who capture moments in life as well as James Newton Adams; whether it is a winter fair, families on a west coast beach or a fisherman at work. His work, which at first glance appears naive, proves to be sophisticated in its compositions and colours and knife-sharp in what is seen through Newton Adams' keen eyes.”

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Confessions of a Highland Art Dealer

“We have just received further good news about CONFESSION OF A HIGHLAND ART DEALER. It has now made it onto the Highland Book Prize shortlist.

The final result will be announced in May.

The Highland Book prize has also released a short video of Tony Davidson in conversation with the Book Prize's Kirsteen Bell (video.)”

- Buy 'Confessions' here -

3d walkaround

“Can't make it? This is the next best thing. Explore the gallery virtually. “

Shortlist video

“As part of the Highland Book Prize, Kirsteen Bell came to the gallery to ask Tony Davidson a few questions. Here is the video.”

3 Questions

What would you ask Lotte? Here are three of Geogina Coburn's questions. “

Kilmorack Gallery, by Beauly, Inverness-shire IV4 7AL
+44 (0) 1463 783 230

Always open by appointment. Full opening times online.

Exhibitions & Arrivals
Gallery Artists



 ‘Trespass For Trees’….

 I received this from ‘Right to Roam’….. https://www.righttoroam.org.uk/

"Trespass for Trees

Dear Roamers,

Change is in the air, spring has sprung and the trespass season has begun!

We’ve got loads of local and national events planned over the coming months to make sure access stays high on the political agenda. 

Read on for what April has in store and the latest news on the Dartmoor wild camping appeal.

April Treespass 

No, you didn’t read that wrong. 

For Earth Day 2023 (Saturday 22nd April) we’re calling on our supporters to join us in a Trespass for Trees, in collaboration with our friends at Trash Free Trails

All over the country we’re seeing many of our beautiful mature trees and hedgerows cut down by councils, developers, landowners and cost-cutting contractors. Sadly, our trees have limited protections: some bus shelters have more rights than our ancient trees.

Many trees are lost on private land because it can happen out of sight, where there’s nobody to fight for them. 

However, there is one tool in the tree-lovers arsenal: a Tree Preservation Order. These ensure that written consent is achieved from a Local Authority before any cutting or felling takes place. It can apply to notable individual trees, collections of trees, or entire woodlands depending on the circumstances. 

Crucially, anyone can apply to have a tree listed, regardless of who owns the land on which it’s growing. 

So we’re asking people to find, befriend and apply to protect a local tree of their choosing, on land where the public are normally prevented from having any relationship. 

And, in the spirit of Trash Free Trails, take a litter picker with you as you go: leave the world more beautiful than you found it! 

To get involved: 

·        Join one of our local groups or find friends and family to come with you sometime this April, just as our trees burst into flower. 

·        Find a local tree using the Woodland Trust Ancient Tree Inventory - you can learn which trees are on public and private land. Or, add a significant undocumented tree to their map. 

·        Visit and celebrate your chosen tree through picnics, music, art, poetry, meditation, prayer: whatever helps you connect. Bring your litter pickers and bin bags to clear up any trash you find (follow Trash Free Trails for ways to do this in a group.)

·        Help protect the tree(s): find out if there is already a Tree Protection Order by contacting your local council. If there isn’t, apply for a TPO using this guide from Friends of the Earth. Without this, there is no legal protection from developers.

·        Let us know! We believe connection leads to care. So let’s shout about it. Share your day with us using #treespass, tagging us on social media, or emailing us at righttoroam2020@gmail.com with details and pictures (so long as you’re happy for us to post about it!)

For a further guide on the tools available to land justice campaigners, check out this detailed breakdown from Right to Roam’s own Jon Moses, published in The Lead: Ten Tools for Land Justice.

You can see and share our video promoting the event here.

Kinder Swim Trespass 

To celebrate the anniversary of the Kinder Mass Trespass, Outdoor Swimming Society, Sheffield Right to Roam & Sheffield Outdoor Plungers are teaming up for another mass swim trespass

The event will take place at Kinder Reservoir, 12 Noon on April 23rd

There will be an online webinar in advance of the event, on April 18th, featuring our very own Nick Hayes & Amy-Jane Beer. You can sign up here

The event will cover:-

·        Common myths used by landowners and water companies e.g. permanent ‘blue algae’ signs

·        Why trespass is a civil and not a criminal offence – along with our panel’s favourite swim experiences that involved trespassing

·        What rights swimmers in other countries have and if there any systems that could work in England and Wales

·        How to defuse frosty encounters with landowners

You can see and share our video promoting the event here

Dartmoor Appeal 

This week we got the news that the Dartmoor National Park Authority have been given leave to appeal the ruling prohibiting wild camping across Dartmoor.

Since the ruling, serious questions have been raised about the logic of the verdict, which hinges on a very narrow definition of what constitutes ‘open-air recreation’ and appears to ignore well-established customary freedoms on the moor. 

The Dartmoor Preservation Association continue to fundraise to support the DNPA’s appeal and have already achieved half of their target amount of £100,000. If you’re in a position to contribute to the case, you can donate to the appeal here

We’ll be in touch again soon to let you know what we’ve been up to on the policy front, feedback on our recent meetings with farmers and landowners, and update on the exciting stuff we’ve got coming up over summer. 

Spring blessings,

Team Right to Roam 

Take me to the Right to Roam website



On the subject of trees…. I previously told of how we collected some sycamore keys from beneath the big tree at Cottascarth……


I potted them up and of the 8 potted, 7 have their first leaves. We’re keeping one for the garden, and will give the rest to Andrew (Appleby), possibly to be planted at Clestrain.

I also sent some of the keys to friends Wendy & David in Eday as they hope to have trees near their croft – not just their ‘Exploratree’….


Growing and conserving trees is A GOOD THING.



 Here’s one I made earlier….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2020/12/23/lost-kingdoms-of-the-amazon-rock-paintings/


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