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Taynish Art Trail 2017

Taynish Art Trail 2017

Artmap Argyll artists – Kirsty Brady;   Melanie Chimelewska;   Margaret Ker;  Kate MacDonald & Alexander  Hamilton;  Louise Oppenheimer;   Jane Smith;  Jane Walker – were joined by invited Glasgow  artists Tom Allan & Pauline Muir to create art installations at the SNH Taynish Nature Reserve at Tayvallich, Argyll.     This is the 40th anniversary year for this well-loved National Nature Reserve.   Coincidentally, Artmap celebrates 10 years since inception.

This is a lively collection of art work with a diverse use of materials & media, & showcases a full repertoire of many skills & talents.

The craft of the weaver, printmaker, painter, sculptor, ceramicist, textile & glass artist mix with conceptual, imaginative works set within a spatial, historical & expressive context.  Many themes & objectives are applied. The dynamics of fire, science, water, energy, movement, texture & technology with sound are considered.  Some of the artwork is animated by references to poetry & folklore of the area.  At the site of the old mill, Jane Smith exhibits a collection of reproduction prints which illustrates the work she made during her time as Taynish Artist in Residence 2016-2017.

Most of the work is site specific, some of it is interactive.  Lay in a hammock – listen to a thrush tapping ‘the anvil’ – stand in a doorway – leave your thoughts in a notebook – walk the labyrinth.

The art trail is in place from 24th May until 30th September 2017. It is cost free & open to public with all ability & easy walking access to & from the mill. There is information by way of a map at the start of the walk adjacent to the car park.

The art work is for sale, open to commission or priced on application to the artist.



More artworks and more fireworks! Here is the programme for Artmap Engage’s IGNITE WALKING EXHIBITION in Lochgilphead on the 5th & 6th November. Artmap Engage together with the Templar Arts and Leisure Centre will show artworks created by young people from Tarbert and Lochgilphead.
TALC. WILL RUN A FREE BUS SERVICE from talc. Tarbert to Lochgilphead, Community Centre on the 5th November (departing in Tarbert at 5pm, departing in Lochgilphead (Stag Car park), at 8:30pm after the fireworks.
Please book in advance: or phone: 01880 820135. You can download the programme as a pdf on talc.’s website:
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E-textiles Immersion Weekend 18-19 June @Talc, Tarbert



Argyll Youth Arts – Free Immersion Weekend workshop
Chance to work with Artists Karen Liversedge and Nicole Heidke to create headgear inspired by and using computer generated patterns, laser cutting, micro controllers and/or LED lights.

The final 2 day Immersion event in Artmap Argyll’s – Argyll Youth Arts collaboration is not to be missed.

to book a place for ages 12-25yrs e-mail

Conductive Painting Immersion Weekend


2nd & 3rd April 10am – 4pm

For ages 12 – 25yrs

Create interactive paintings that invite you to touch them.

2 day workshop using acrylic paint and sound or light along with laser cut techology and microcontrollers to make responsive artworks.

Booking advised – 1 day workshop possible but 2 days advised to complete all elements.

With artists Nicole Heidtke, Stefan Baumberger and Sian MacQueen

At Templar Arts and Leisure Centre (talc)

Harbour St Tarbert, Argyll

Supported by Argyll Youth Arts


Kinetic Light & Sculpture

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The fantastic opportunity for young people aged 12 – 25 in Argyll to get the chance to immerse themselves in light, movement and form for a whole free weekend with two of Artmap’s finest artists. Stefan Baumberger and Jane Walker have come together to bring traditional lantern making and kinetic movement into a whole new form of art exploration. Supported by Argyll Youth Arts and funded through Creative Scotland’s Time to shine program the workshops are taking place in Lochgilphead’s – Mid Argyll Youth Development Services (MAYDS) at 50a Union St. For any young people interested please contact


Also find out about more Argyll Youth Arts events here:Argyll Youth Events

Sculpture and Weaving for Argyll Youth Arts


The fantastic opportunity for young people aged 14 – 25 in Argyll to get the chance to immerse themselves in a traditional art form for a whole free weekend with two of Artmap’s finest artists. Louise Oppenheimer and Melanie Chmielewska will be teaching their unique styles of hand loom weaving and stone carving to a lucky bunch of Argyll’s young people. Supported by Argyll Youth Arts and funded through Creative Scotland’s Time to shine program the workshops are taking place in Tarbert’s Templar Arts and Leisure Centre otherwise known as talc. For any young people interested please contact


Also find out about more Argyll Youth Arts events here:Argyll Youth Events

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Finally the programme for our collaboration with talc. (Creative Digital Media) through Argyll youth Arts Time to shine has started. For the full programme watch this space and follow the link

Open Studios 2015

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8th Annual Open Studios
Artmap artists welcome new visitors and old friends into their
studios for another red dot trail, along many roads from Dalmally
to Campbeltown and across to Jura, Luing and Mull over this
fantastic four day event.
Spend a day of discovery, traveling through beautiful landscape,
following red dots to the studios of your choice, bring friends
and family to collect red dot stickers for an opportunity to be
entered into the prize draw and feast your eyes on the wealth of
talent thriving in Argyll today.
Many of the artists welcome visitors throughout the year but this
event allows for a lovely , informal atmosphere where people
can come together, visitors and artists alike, to celebrate all that
inspires our human need for creativity.
Whether you are keen to buy or to learn more of the processes
involved in making, painting, printmaking, glass fusing, working
with wood, wool or willow to name a few of our chosen mediums,
you are sure to find much to please so step through those
doors and indulge your curiosity!
Please note: Many artists do not have card facilities should you wish to make a

Colouring for All Ages – Natures Paradise Vol 1

Argyll – Nature’s Paradise has been an inspiration to artists since ancient times with some of the most prolific ancient rock art in Europe found in and around Kilmartin Glen.  To celebrate this legacy and the rich creative talent living and working in Argyll & the Isles today, we have commissioned 8 illustrations from 8 different Artists.

The artists illustrated locations from across Nature’s Paradise that have provided a deep source of inspiration and which are accessible to all.

So as you travel Argyll and colour in the illustrations why not visit our special places for a little extra inspiration. These are wonderful to explore and can readily be combined with studio visits as a great day out.  You can wander through the gardens and enjoy our unique blend of peace and tranquillity. Or for the more energetic there are woodland paths and cycle trails leading to spectacular view points and beaches with endless opportunities to spot wildlife and explore castles, duns and the ruins of abandoned townships.

To order a copy for colouring or copies to sell contact

Or look out for one at cultural centres and events across Argyll


Art at the Mill

Artmap Argyll – Art at the Mill

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This summer, Taynish NNR will host a free, outdoor, art trail along the all ability Mill path, all the way down to the shore.   Nine Artmap Argyll artists have made artworks especially for this event that is open from Tuesday 26 May. SNH Art at the Mill is No 34 on the Red Dot Studio trail during the annual Open Studios weekend 28th to 31st August 2015


This is a special opportunity to experience the extraordinary natural habitats, sea shore and landscape at NNR Taynish and see how 10 artists have interpreted stone, ceramic, glass, concrete, willow, textiles, mirror and print to sit in their chosen settings. You can have a Close Encounter with Jane Walker’s stag, see Sian MacQueen’s concrete prayer flags melt into birch trees; Louise Oppenheimer’s Passing Flow wool weavings are cleverly installed into the Mill building itself beside reproduction print images of Jane Smith’s Frogs & Toads. There is plenty to discover around water with Lucinda Hopkinson’s ephemeral Frozen in Time and Dragonfly; Lesley Burr’s series of 3 colourful mosaic Rainbow fish are heading upstream; Kirsty Brady’s stained glass birds suspended over the pond and then Margaret Ker’s spider web sparkles in the ancient oak and Mill Stone bench with a fantastic view and William Blake poem to ponder; Melanie Chmielewska’s dreamy Dog Angel is a quiet companion as you look out over Lock Sween and finally the well known sculptor Rob Mulholland shows two mirror male and female figures that reflect back changing aspects of the landscape.

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The artworks are for sale.

* For sales enquiries please contact Lesley or call / text 07917567268


Artist Title £

1 Sian MacQueen . Inhabit . £1500

2 Jane Walker Close . Encounter . £750

3 Lucinda Hopkinson . Dragonfly . P.O.A.

4 Kirsty Brady Freedom flight . Small £150 . Med £180 . Lge £220

5 Lucinda Hopkinson . Frozen in Time . P.O.A.

6 Louise Oppenheimer . Passing Flow . Each £950 . Pair £1800

7 Jane Smith . Frogs & Toads -5 works . Each £85

8 Lesley Burr . Rainbow Trout with blue . NFS

9 Lesley Burr . Summer Trout . £325

10 Margaret Ker . Indra’s Pearls’ . £800

11 Melanie Chmielewska . Dog Angel . £500

12 Margaret Ker & Gordon Campbell . Mill Seat . NFS

13 Lesley Burr . Two Rainbows . £325

* For sales inquiries please contact Lesley

or call / text