Exploring the Craft of Hunting

Wild boar trophy by Shauna Richardson
Wild boar trophy by Shauna Richardson

Hunting for Lost Crafts at Inverness Museum and Art Gallery showcases crafts connected with the pursuits of hunting, shooting and fishing in the Highlands.

Once essential life skills they are now recreational sports, and these historic techniques and materials have been transformed by contemporary makers, including fly-tying, taxidermy and trophy fish carving.

Objects from the collections at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, the Highland Folk Museum and Timespan with photographs from the Highland Photographic Archive are complemented by newly-commissioned artwork from makers within and outwith the Highlands illustrating how the crafts have developed today. Artists include Kate MccGwire, Shauna Richardson, Laura West, Lizzie Farey, Nora Fok, Alison Weightman, Roger Brookes, Angus Ross and Patricia Niemann.

The exhibition is a tribute to the skills and ingenuity of craft makers and artists responding to the necessity, functionality, beauty and brutality of the chase through the ages.

Writing desk by Angus Ross
Writing desk by Angus Ross

Six newly-commissioned films of interviews with key people, including a falconer, an estate owner, a fly-tier, jeweller, ceramicist and weavers, can be viewed on the exhibition website at http://lostcraft.highlifehighland.com.

See: Hunting for Lost Crafts
Until 25 October 2014
Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Wynd, Inverness IV2 3EB
Open: Tues – Sat 10am-5pm (between 1 April – 31 Oct)

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