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AIRD OLD CHURCH GALLERY

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Hello.

Welcome to

Aird Old Church Gallery

featuring Watercolours and Graphics by Peter McDermott and Contemporary Jewellery by Heather McDermott

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Wishing to purchase

If you can't make it to the gallery then there are a few options available to make a purchase. If you see an original watercolour on this website you'd like to purchase simply phone the gallery on 01471 844362 and speak to Jane. For limited edition watercolour prints we have an Etsy shop where these can be purchased (simply click the Etsy logo below), and for Heather's contemporary jewellery visit her online shop here

 

For all other enquiries either phone or use the contact form below.

 

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About us

IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR...

 

We've been running a gallery here at Aird Old Church for over 20 years, originally housed

in a ramshackle shed used by the previous owners as their main dwelling while the

church was being converted, the gallery now is situated in it's own purpose built structure

affording not only breathtaking views across the Sound of Sleat but also providing

the perfect space to exhibit Peter's watercolours and Heather's contemporary jewellery, all managed

and curated by your's truly Jane (and Holly the dog!).

 


about peter

I WAS ALWAYS GOOD AT DRAWING...

 

This was probably due to the lack of televison as a child, and the fact that I had an uncle in Czechoslovakia, Ladia, that painted. Now I need to say at this point that my childhood wasn't the most normal; my Father being Scots and my mother Czech meant that much of what surrounded and influenced me was from countries other than the one I was born in, namely England. Parcels from Czechoslovakia bore an air of mystery and contained things unfamiliar to an English child, even the postage stamps had a romantic look about them. If that wasn't enough, hanging on the walls were paintings by my uncle Ladia, scenes of villages, ponds, mountains, rivers and snow-clad trees, a constant delight to my mother, and something that had a great influence on me. Then there was the Scottish connection, apparently my Father spoke with a broad accent, I never noticed; in fact both his and mum's Czech accents sounded more normal than the voices outside the front door. In much the same way as the parcels from overseas, visits from folk 'north of the border' always created a sense of wonder and anticipation in our home, photographs of aunties on the shores of Loch Lomond, or tales of cars breaking down on the 'rest and be thankful' engendered a love for everything that dear old England wasn't.

 

So, perhaps that was the reason why at the tender age of sixteen I entered the West Surrey College of Art & Design. After 5 years formal training, the last three specialising in graphic design (this to allay my parents fears that all artists are paupers!), I entered the world of commercial art. First in a design studio then rising through various positions to eventually become Creative Director in one of London's best Marketing agencies. All during that time I never lost my love of drawing, but like so many, the opportunity to paint was relegated to things one did on holiday, frustrating at best, soul destroying at worst, it was frankly better to leave the paints at home instead of going through the stress of trying to create something decent. Only when my wife started a morning watercolour class did things get going. Accompanying her on weekends I found, that which others struggled with, came easily to me; and after attending a week's course at Phillips House, I determined one day that I would take the plunge. That day came sooner than I had anticipated, when after a set of strange circumstances, we found ourselves as a family considering a move to the Isle of Skye, literally burning all bridges behind us and starting a new life and career painting, all from an old church, at what sometimes feels located at the end of the world!

 

Now again at this point I need to say, I believe God has been at the centre of everything I've ever done, and so making the move wasn't quite as daunting as it could have been. Twenty years on from that day of decision His hand has guided and provided in many wonderful ways (including appearing on Channel 4's Watercolour Challenge). So, what can I say, it's a privilege to be able to create paintings which people love, and those paintings literally going all over the world. Thanks to all who support and take an interest in my work.

 


about heather

I LOVE THE SHORELINE OF SKYE...

 

Growing up on Skye the shoreline below my home in Aird always fascinated me and has become the primary inspiration for my range of contemporary Scottish jewellery.

 

Along this unique tideline a treasure trove of objects discarded from the urban environment and deposited by the power of the Hebridean swell can be found. Here rope, wood and plastic take on a subtler identity as wind and wave shape, and re-shape form and colour.

 

These 'finds' are translated in my work by re-imagining and developing their shapes and colours. Unconventional in size and structure, each piece is an expression of sculptural form and is designed to create a statement. The continually changing shoreline is my constant source of inspiration and my current collection ‘tidal surge’ is the contemporary interpretation of these surroundings.

 

The industrial feel of the stainless steel I use is hand formed into soft geometric shapes mimicking fishing nets and lobster pots. Repetition creates chaotic chain which is then embellished with simple vivid discs of colour inspired by washed up buoys.

 

I hope you enjoy viewing and purchasing my work at our family gallery.

 

We all look forward

to welcoming you soon...

AIRD OLD CHURCH GALLERY

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Aird of Sleat, Ardvarsar, Isle of Skye IV458R

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