Heriot Toun in summer

What's Happening Now?

 

Hi everyone!

We miss you all: your creativity, your sounds, your images, your presence. All those who have been here know how safe the studio is at a time like this. In fact it’s the perfect place to be for the lockdown. We also want it to be safe for you when the doors re-open so we’ll be taking our re-opening very seriously.

We've listened to Nicola Sturgeon's announcement on lockdown restrictions and assessed our studio strategy. It's been a long road and we still have a distance to go. We won't be opening the studio doors until phase three is firmly established and even then there will be restrictions in place to ensure the safety of our visitors, ourselves and our local community. Included in the plan ( as we envisage it at this point in time) will be self service check-in, enhanced cleaning, and restrictions on numbers of visitors at any one time as well as increased time between lets. We want to make sure that our way out of covid is sustainable so we're taking a slow but sure approach. The measures we take will be fluid and liable to change but we want to assure you that when we do open our doors again we will be doing our best to keep everyone safe from the dreaded lurgy.
 
In the meantime we’ll be showing lockdown projects on the Cairn at the Bottom of the Track which you can see on our Facebook or website pages.
 
Please check the studio website and Facebook page for updates or drop us a line if you have any questions. We hope it’s not too long till we see you again.
 
Until then, sending love!
 
Pat and Andy


 

Lullaby for Troubled Times

Lullaby for Troubled Times

The Cairn at the Bottom of the Track - our new space for showing collaborative work. Lullaby for Troubled Times (music from Kirsty Law, film by Pat Law) has just come down and new work will be installed soon.
We hope that some of the numerous walkers going past the track will pause for a look and even a seat (we'll be putting out two chairs and a wee table beside the Cairn - two metres apart of course). There will be a bowl of water for the dogs.
Message to our visitors.

Message to our visitors.

We want to say that Heriot Toun has always and will always welcome people of every nationality, colour, creed, gender - we value every one of you.  Regardless of what  governments are saying or doing or how crazy the world seems to be, let's not forget the good stuff and the good people, of which there are many.

Heriot Toun Studio welcomes you - Scotland welcomes you!

Art North

Art North

A new quarterly and online magazine to connect, inform and promote the art and artists of Scotland and the far north.

"Art North has been founded precisely to act as a point of contact via which a range of artistic and critical voices can come together and be heard, thus serving as a meaninful conduit for the outward flow of information about all that there is to celebrate about our arts from 'the margins'.
To achieve the broadest coverage of the arts and crafts that we report on, our team of writers and critics (located in twelve countries) has been assembled to fully represent even the remotest of locations - from Fair Isle to Faroe islands, Tromsø to Tiree."

You can subscribe here: https://artnorth-magazine.com/magazine/

Plastic water bottles

Plastic water bottles

Recently we've had visitors bring bottled water with them, thinking for some reason that the water might be sub-standard in the studio. We'd like to assure everyone that the water comes straight from the mains and is perfectly good to drink. Please don't bring any with you, we're trying to reduce the amount of plastic in the studio. Thanks

Books, books, books...

Books, books, books...

The long awaited follow up to Arctic Dreams. We love it.

"Magnificent, a contemporary epic" (Robert Macfarlane)

"Barry Lopez brings the world alive like no other writer" (Sir Ranulph Fiennes) "A visionary masterpiece" (Neil Ansell)

We agree with all of that!

 

Kirsty: boat news

Kirsty: boat news

We're often asked about our old gaff ketch, 'Kirsty' who, amongst other things is the hub of many of Pat's projects. So we've given her some space here for all the nerds who are interested in paint, varnish and general boaty stuff. For everyone else, look away now.

Kirsty was built in 1921 which means not long until we celebrate her 100th birthday in 2021. We have a fair bit of information on her but are always looking for more, be it photgraphs, past owners - anything of historical interest. If you think you have anything of value then please get in touch.

Photos of Kirsty can also be found on our Instagram account  #kirstylochfyneskiff

Pat Law - Current and Past Work

Pat Law - Current and Past Work

Current and past work of Heriot Toun's permanent resident: Studio Log .

Heriot Book Hut

Heriot Book Hut

Our village of Heriot now has a wee book hut where folk can come and borrow, swap, buy (for a small amount) or donate a book. Initiated by friend, writer and Heriot neighbour, Stuart Kelly, the hut is sited in the grounds of the church. It will be based here until it goes to its new home at the village hall where there will eventually be a new extension.

The book hut will be open Friday afternoons 2-4.30pm and Saturday mornings 10am-1pm. All welcome.

Pathhead Music Collective

Local events featuring Pathhead Music Collective musicians

This energetic lot of musicians over the hill always have loads going on, so much so that we can't do it justice here, so visit their websites to see what they're up to - links below:

PMC Facebook page: here

PMC website here

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