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18 Dec 2019 – 7 January 2020

‘From Alba to Arabia’ is an exhibition of contemporary art from Scotland. The exhibition, by Highland Print Studio from Inverness in Scotland, will be on display at Stal Gallery from 18 Dec 2019 – 7 January 2020.

Highland Print Studio is a printmaking and digital imaging artists workshop based in the picturesque Scottish Highlands, just north of Loch Ness. The studio has facilities for traditional printmaking techniques such as etching, silkscreen, woodcut and lithography, alongside a digital imaging suite. Highland Print Studio runs classes where people, from professional artists to complete beginners, can learn these techniques and continue to use the studio to create their own artwork.

Printmaking encompasses a range of techniques that can create images of great richness and diversity. This encourages many artists choose to specialise in printmaking and use it as their main medium for creative expression. The work on show is by artists like this; printmaking experts who work or teach at Highland Print Studio. The exhibition also includes work made during Highland Print Studio’s publications programme, where we collaborate with artists from other disciplines and support them to create new artworks using printmaking.

Highland Print Studio will be giving a presentation on their work and providing printmaking workshops for those wishing to try some of the techniques used in the exhibition. Please contact Stal Gallery for more information on these.

This exhibition has been generously supported by the British Council, DCMS and GREAT through the UK-Gulf Culture and Sport programme.

“I am so delighted to be a part of this cultural link between Scotland and Oman. Two beautiful countries. I would like to thank Stal Gallery and the British Council for making this opportunity possible. I hope people enjoying this exhibition of work from Scotland and we are looking forward to sharing some of our techniques with those participating in our printmaking workshops”. - Alison McMenemy, Director, Highland Print Studio.

Waseem Kotoub, Senior Programme Manager, Culture and Sport Programme, British Council Gulf said: “The UK-Gulf Exhibition Programme aims to build cultural bridges and create opportunities for museums and galleries in both the UK and the Gulf. We hope that this programme will develop strong relationships and leave a lasting legacy.”

About Highland Print Studio:

Highland Print Studio is a visual arts organisation specialising in printmaking and digital imaging. The organisation consists of a professional grade workshop space with specialist staff who provide tuition, advice and support to studio users, who range from complete beginners to professional artists and include local, national and international visitors.

Highland Print Studio believes that art is for everyone to enjoy and encourages participation by those new to visual art and those who need additional support due to disability. It has an annual education programme that works with children and adults from across the Highlands.

About the British Council:

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities. We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. Using the UK’s cultural resources we make a positive contribution to the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust.

We work with over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society. Each year we directly reach over 65 million people and more than 660 million people via broadcasts and publications.

Founded in 1934, we are a UK charity governed by Royal Charter and a UK public body. The majority of our income is raised delivering a range of projects and contracts in English teaching and examinations, education and development contracts and from partnerships with public and private organisations. Fifteen per cent of our funding is received from the UK government.



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