Comments from the November Exhibitions

18 Dec 2015 - 18:46

Almost 500 people attended the two photographic exhibitions during November, one by the Galloway Photographic Collective and the other by the Royal Photographic Society. While over the weekend of 14th and 15th November they were be joined by five local artists exhibiting jewellery, ceramics, painting and photography.

Organised by the newly created Shambellie House Trust as part of their work to establish a sustainable future for Shambellie House following its closure as the National Museum of Costume.

Chair of the Trust Gordon Mann said

“We have identified a number of potential uses and partners for this fabulous building and now we have to work through the details of a business plan and costings to be able to convince the funders that this can be sustainable in the long term.  Part of that is understanding the building and what can be done within it.  We are now recruiting a Project Organiser to take this work on to the next stage”

The exhibition has been organised by local photographer Laura Hudson Mackay who added

“Bringing the RPS Scottish Members’ Print exhibition back to Dumfries and Galloway after a long absence was wonderful but to add in the work of the Galloway Photographic Collective, who feature very different styles of images made this a must see exhibition”

Local award winning photographer Tom Langlands and member of the Galloway Photographic Collective commented

“We were delighted to be part of the first exhibition organised by the Trust.  It is a great venue and allows our members’ work to be seen at its best.  Roger’s large contemporary wildlife images with film of gannets from the Bass Rock accompanied by atmospheric music contrasts with David’s arresting images and Giles’ black and white landscapes.  Holly and Kim continue to experiment with thought provoking images while Allan’s landscapes and my own wildlife images remind us how beautiful this region is”.

New Abbey ceramics artist Archie McCall who exhibited on the weekend of the 14th and 15th said

“The five artists doing the pop up exhibition for the weekend all exhibited during Spring Fling so this was a chance to see them all in one place.  Michael Pell showed his jewellery alongside my ceramics in the upper gallery while painters Val Macadam, Ailsa Black and photographer Laura Hudson Mackay were be in the former reception area.  We are all delighted to be part of this initiative’

Below are a few of the comments made by visitors to the November Exhibition:-

“Great selection of different images.  Superb show!”

“Terrific exhibition.  Keep Shambellie going!”

“Fabulous exhibition in a fabulous house”

“Thoroughly enjoyed the excellence of the photography.  Thank you”

“Wonderful exhibition – v. talented people”

“Very pleased to see the House inside”

“Excellent photos and installation in a beautiful setting”

“Amazing talent and great location for display”

“Wonderful to see the House in good use”