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18 June, 2014

Artist in Residence says thank you and farewell at ‘Wee Gathering’

Artist Rachel Mimiec will mark the end of her nine-month residency in the Ben Nevis and Glen Coe National Scenic Area (NSA) with a ‘Wee Gathering’ at Glencoe Village Hall on Monday (23rd June).

Rachel is organising the event to show the results of her residency work locally and to say thank you to the people who supported her during her stay in Glencoe.

The NSA artist residency was organised and supported by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and Creative Scotland as part of the Year of Natural Scotland 2013 celebrations.

Scotland has 40 NSAs but Rachel was captivated by, and so chose to focus on the Ben Nevis & Glencoe area. Rachel said:

“This residency allowed me to walk in some of Scotland’s most unique and stunning landscapes while sharing the experience with people who are passionate about the place they live.

“The project relied on the generosity of people giving up their time to act as my guide and share their knowledge of the local landscape. The ‘Wee Gathering’ gives me the opportunity to say thank you to the people who were my guides and present them with an artwork which they helped inspire.”

Rachel’s artworks take the form of maps and are part of a box set of twelve abstract prints responding to the landscapes she was introduced to, by the people she met.

Rachel said: “It’s been an amazing experience! I walked with many people during my stay, including a mountaineer, a deer stalker, ramblers, geologists, and conservationists. Over pack lunches and flasks of tea, each shared with me their passion for the landscape in which they live.

Rachel’s Wee Gathering starts at 7pm at Glencoe Village Hall. You can read all about Rachel’s residency at Glencoe & Ben Nevis NSA on SNH’s Scotland’s Nature blog.


Notes to editors

Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. We enable people and organisations to work in

and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For

further information about Creative Scotland please visit Follow us @creativescots and

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Mountain blue by Rachel Mimiec: Mountain blue by Rachel Mimiec

Mountain blue by Rachel Mimiec

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