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Fortingall Art 2023

Updated: Jul 19, 2023

In their own words, Fortingall Art Exhibition is ‘an inspiring exhibition in a glorious setting’, and we couldn’t agree more. Opening on Saturday 22 July and running for 2 weeks, this annual gem of an exhibition is open daily from 10am-6pm and free to enjoy. It’s lovely to see several of the Perthshire Artisans on the exhibitors list, some are seasoned Fortingall exhibitors and for others 2023 is their inaugural year.

Whilst this exhibition of curated artwork and handmade pieces including jewellery and ceramics, is always a delightful opportunity to explore and discover local artists work, the village of Fortingall itself is both charming and full of unexpected historical finds. There’s some evidence the village and surrounding area has been inhabited for 5000 years and is home to what is thought to be Europe’s longest living tree, although it’s exact age is unknown, the famous yew tree can be found in the church yard, and the Molteno Hall, home to the Fortingall Art exhibition is an unusual example of Arts and Crafts design in Perthshire.

Molteno Hall, Fortingall. Image credit:

The Artisans enjoy being part of this unique event for a variety of reasons.

Ceramicist Jenny Charles says: “The event is always a great experience and, because we all take turns in manning the event, it’s a great social occasion too, often where future links are made. It’s also an extremely beautiful hall and location, well attended by appreciative buyers, with a high standard of work and diversity. I feel able to exhibit more experimental pieces at Fortingall.”

Vintage art photographer Dave Hunt, known for his analogue photography techniques is also exhibiting new work at Fortingall, and we’re excited to see what he’s been working on: “I took time out last year so looking forward to getting back. This year I will be exhibiting new work in other mediums alongside my photography work.”

Whilst this is their first year at Fortingall, pastel wildlife artists Lynsey Isles and printmaker Sheila Roberts are both looking forward to exhibiting larger original pieces and being part of the event.

Perthshire Artisans exhibiting at Fortingall Art Exhibition 2023. Image credit

From Lynsey: “I’m really excited for my first time exhibiting at Fortingall, I’ve heard so many good things and I’m looking forward to meeting more Artisans there.”

And Fortingall has inspired Sheila to: “Make a few new larger prints, with the plates taking weeks to make, I’ve started early to ensure they are ready in time. I’m hoping to reach a new audience through this exhibition and looking forward to seeing them framed and exhibited alongside my smaller prints.”

This year it’s also an opportunity to see the work of two new Artisans, soon to join the platform, Lynn Shilp and Sabrin Miller.

Perthshire Artisans exhibiting at Fortingall Art Exhibition 2023. Image credit

Glassmaker Lynn Shilp has been exhibiting at Fortingall since 2017 and says: “The exhibition attracts a really diverse audience with a wonderful opportunity to meet and chat to other makers and artists.”

Wildlife painter, Sabrin Miller is both excited and apprehensive about this new opportunity, although we’re sure that her engaging monochrome style oil paintings of various animals and Scottish wildlife will be much enjoyed.

Derek Allan is also exhibiting once again, showcasing his unusual jewellery collection using silver and semi-precious stones, inspired by both Scottish and Scandinavian history.

If you’re heading to Fortingall Art Exhibition, enjoy both the art exhibition and all the area has to offer. You can read more about some of the fascinating things you can see while visiting the village, and enjoy some sumptuous photos, in this article in the June issue of The Perthshire Magazine.

Fortingall Village. Image credit:

Fortingall Art Exhibition runs from Saturday 22 July until Sunday 6 August, open daily from 10am - 6pm at the Molteno Hall, Fortingall, Perthshire PH15 2LW.

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