What’s On At Caithness Horizons: November/December 2013
29th November 2013
Meg Telfer & Rhona Graham
Until the end of November these two local artists will be exhibiting their work in the Gallery Cafe.
Throughout the whole of December an exhibition of small works by local artists will be on show. A fantastic opportunity to buy original art work for Christmas gifts!
A Northerly Land by George Gunn - book launch
Tuesday 3rd December
‘A Northerly Land’ is a new volume by Caithness poet, George Gunn. Playwright as well as poet, George Gunn’s work is lyrical and politically switched on, a distinct voice that speaks for the Highlands and his native Caithness, but refuses to be contained by geography. People are George Gunn’s concern, whether in Caithness or Crete, and love the driving force behind his pen. Caithness itself shimmers in these poems, with imagery of land, light and sea.
This book emerged from a recent creative collaboration with musician Iain Copeland. In January, George and Iain will perform some of these poems set to new music, live at the Celtic Connections festival in Glasgow.
Come and see our ‘Northerly Land’ through George Gunn’s creative eye.
We’re delighted to welcome Gordon Gunn to this event adding his own distinct musical genius to the evening.
Copies of ‘A Northerly Land’ will be on sale, and George will be happy to sign them on the night.
Santa’s Grotto – organised by Thurso Town Improvements Association
Saturday 7th & Saturday 14th December
10.30am – 1.30pm & 2pm – 4.30pm
Santa is coming! On two Saturdays in December Santa will be here in his Grotto with his helpers from 10.30am to 1.30pm and 2pm to 4.30pm. I hope you have your Christmas lists at the ready!
In the Gallery
Saturday 7th December
10am – 5pm
On Saturday 7th December our Gallery will once again be transformed into a bustling Christmas Market. This a year we have a huge range of fantastic locally made items for sale and some wonderful ideas for Christmas gifts.
11th December – 24th December
This year we will be extending your opportunity to purchase local art and craft by showcasing locally made items in the Gallery along with an exhibition of local paintings. All items and paintings will be for sale from the 11th December throughout the Christmas period.
Peter’s Christmas Workshop!
Saturday 30th November
2pm – 4pm
Our Peter’s Pals Christmas event will be open to all children who would like to come along and have a go at printing a Christmas card or making a snowflake decoration. Just pop down to Caithness Horizons between 2pm & 4pm and join in with the festivities!
This December Caithness Horizons will be 5 years old! Where has the time gone? We will be celebrating our 5th birthday with a one off publication which will be available from 18th December and of course....lots of cake!
With the announcement of the closure of Caithness Horizons is it time to reflection whether there is longer life in volunteers running these places. The fact that grants have been a big part of the running has always put it at risk if as now grant funding is being seriously cut back as part of government austerity measures.
Scotland welcomes the world for the Year of Homecoming 2014. Homecoming Scotland 2014 offers a year-long programme of events celebrating the very best of Scotland’s food and drink, our fantastic active and natural resources as well as our creativity, culture and ancestral heritage.
Petr's Pals Curators Club for youngsters is getting popular and priority is given to them for events. Book early for your children if you want them to attend.
Exhibitions Sue Jane Taylor “Beatrice Works” Exhibition Temporary Exhibition Gallery Until 22nd August The “Beatrice Works” exhibition is open until 22nd August so if you haven’t already been to see it make sure you don’t miss your chance! Thurso Gala: Children’s Art Competition Exhibition Cafe Throughout August Throughout August the Thurso Gala children’s art competition entries will be brightening up our Cafe walls. Do come and have a look at the fantastic work that is on display.
MUSEUM PROJECTS TO RECEIVE Ł300K INVESTMENT ANNOUNCED. A new roof, Homecoming 2014 events, collection redisplays, enhanced security and marketing training and support are some of the benefits to come from Museums Galleries Scotland’s new Strategic Investment Fund.
“Inaugural Meeting of the Great Guild of Museologists” Museums at Night is Culture24's UK-wide festival of inspiring after hours cultural events in Museums and Galleries. It runs from Thursday 16th May until Saturday 18th May 2013.
We’re planning an ambitious programme of events to complement this Summer’s major exhibition in our Gallery. During May and June, Sutherland based artist Sue Jane Taylor will be joined by Caithness STEM Ambassadors to work with young people from Caithness and North Sutherland schools, exploring how current developments in renewable technology are making an impact locally as well as nationally and internationally.
Stroma Visit - Saturday 10th August 2013 Last year we organised a visit to Stroma, prompted by interest from the Islands Book Trust, and readers of their book Stroma, published in 2010. Taking the abandoned island as its subject, the book features photos by Roddie Ritchie, with poetry by Caithness writer George Gunn.
April Exhibition of paintings inspired by the Caithness landscape by local artist Tom Newton. 21st April—Peter’s Pals session on Museum Pests with fibre artist Joanne B Kaar.
On 19th and 20th January Caithness Horizons will be launching a new initiative called "Peter's Pals" a Young Curators Club for children aged between 8 and 12 years old. Led by “Peter” the Museum’s mascot who is a Little Penguin (scientific name: Eudyptula minor) and the Museum Curator “Peter’s Pal’s” will meet regularly (once a month apart from at Christmas and during the summer holidays) to investigate the Museum Collection; participate in workshops to learn new skills relating to the Museum’s Collection.