Kilmorack Gallery

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Kilmorack Gallery - July 2015 showing the work of painter Alan MacDonald and sculptor Eoghan Bridge

Kilmorack Gallery reuses a converted church building for its exhibitions, in a rural location near Beauly in Inverness-shire, Scotland.[1] It was established as a commercial gallery in 1997 after the building was purchased by art dealer Tony Davidson, believing that inspirational art could sit in an inspirational building just as well as in a white cube. By putting on consistently ambitious solo and mixed shows of some of the country’s finest artists and sculptors, Kilmorack Gallery has established itself as one of Scotland’s leading contemporary art galleries. The success of non-urban, destination galleries like Kilmorack 'has made "remote" more than ever a relative term', wrote art critic Duncan Macmillan of the Scotsman.[1] Davidson and art critic Jan Patience featured on The Janice Forsyth Show in May 2013, speaking about the gallery and the works on exhibition.[2]

Artists showcased include established and emerging Scottish painters and sculptors. These include Eduard Bersudsky,[3] Helen Denerley,[4] Sharmanka Kinetic Gallery, Eoghan Bridge, Laurence Broderick,[5] Joyce W. Cairns, Kirstie Cohen, Helen Denerley, Steve Dilworth,[6] Lotte Glob, Janette Kerr, Alan Macdonald, Peter White and George Wyllie.

On the fifteenth anniversary of Kilmorack Gallery, the art writer Georgina Coburn wrote: 'Kilmorack continues to be one of the most astute galleries in the country in the presentation of new work. It continues to show dynamic and powerful work which successfully challenges expectation.[7]

The Church of Scotland kirk building was built in 1786, recast in 1835 and became a B listed building in 1971.[8] The building had not been fitted with an organ.[9] The building had lain empty for twenty-fire years before changes were made for it to be used as an art gallery. This reuse is cited as one of the more fitting church adaptation.[10] Since 1998 an iconic scrap metal lizard sculpture by Helen Denerley has been displayed on the outside of the gallery.[11]


  1. ^ a b "Art review: Winter exhibition at Kilmorack Gallery". The Scotsman. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  2. ^ "The Janice Forsyth Show". BBC Radio Scotland. 21 May 2013. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  3. ^ Kassabova, Kapka (17 May 2013). "Shadow plays". Aeon. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  4. ^ "The best regional art galleries in Britain". Country Life. 12 May 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  5. ^ Cameron, Willie (22 August 2009). "My Inverness-shire". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Sam Cartman, Steve Dilworth and Patricia Cain". 10 May 2015. Retrieved 5 July 2015.
  7. ^ Coburn, Georgina (27 March 2012). "Henry Fraser and David Cook". Northings. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  8. ^ "Listed buildings: Kilmorack Old Parish Church and burial ground LB7122". Historic Environment Scotland. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Casual Column". The Glasgow Herald. 27 June 1924. p. 8. Retrieved 22 July 2015.
  10. ^ "New Uses for Former Church Buildings" (PDF). Scottish Civic Trust. December 2006. p. 13. ISBN 0-9540540-5-9.
  11. ^ Davidson, John (17 August 2014). "Steep learning curve on familiar climb". Ross-shire Journal. Retrieved 5 July 2015.

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Coordinates: 57°27′51″N 4°30′42″W / 57.4642°N 4.5118°W / 57.4642; -4.5118