Visit to the Iona Gallery


Art and Design students have recently been making the most of the opportunity to see some real art up close, first hand, locally and for free. The Iona Gallery in Kingussie is currently showing “Object: Subject”; a Highland Council touring exhibition. Here we can see a bunch of our Senior Phase pupils honing their “critical evaluation skills”!

Art Department receive a gift from Em Cooper

The Art Department received a very exciting delivery last week from Kate Swan, the producer of the film ‘Kiss the Water’ which is showing at the Iona Gallery on the 5th February to launch the Kingussie Food on Film Festival this year.

She has sent us some of the animation slides used in the movie created by Em Cooper.

The S3 Design students have been working hard to finish their hat designs for the evenings exhibition which will be on display alongside work from Grantown Grammar, artist Angus Grant as well as other local artists and crafts-people. Get your tickets quick from the Caberfeidh Bookshop.

Senior Phase Art Trip

Art Group

Recently KHS had a magnificent trip to Edinburgh with all of the S4, S5 and S6 Art, Design and Photography. As part of the trip the group visited the National Gallery where they had a tour of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection before being able to explore some of the other famous artworks. The group were then lucky enough to be the first school in Scotland to get to use the contemporary jewellery handling box at the National Museum where we were able to handle and try on some of the designs and technical samples. Finally, the group even managed to squeeze in a quick trip to the Portrait Gallery to see this years BP Portrait Award before collapsing onto the train back home.

Art Teacher Katy Thomson said, “As part of the course pupils have been studying Still Life and Jewellery Design and the trip to Edinburgh was a great way to see some real life examples of the artists and designers that the students had been studying in class. I was really impressed by the enthusiasm and maturity of everyone throughout the day.”

Kingussie High School ‘High Art’ Exhibition a Great Success

Nearly 500 people packed into the Iona Community Gallery for the week long Kingussie High School ‘High Art’ Exhibition last week. Exhibition curators Mr Davie Douglas (Head of Art at KHS) and Miss Katie Thompson (Art Teacher) were absolutely delighted with the turn out and community support.

“Putting on an exhibition is a lot of hard work,” said Miss Thompson, “but the opportunity to showcase the talent that we have at the school within the local community gallery and the individual pupil reward of having the work on display is well worth it.”

Siobhan Keegan’s Advanced Higher Work titled ‘The Selkee’ seemed to be particularly popular with the visitors. Siobhan graduated from the high School in June 2014 and is now studying illustration at Aberdeen University. Other advanced Higher work on display included Jessica Convery and Jessie McFadyen who have both also gone on to study art related degrees. Lauren Gunning (a current Advanced Higher Student at the school) also had some of her recently developed abstract portrait paintings on display.

But it wasn’t just senior pupils who had their work exhibited and there was a wide variety and amount of work from all year groups within the school. The quirky ‘Highland Coows’ made by the current S2 Students were also very popular with visitors as was their paper Jewelry.

New to the exhibition for this year was also a dedicated area showcasing the work of the schools photography students. Rona Stewart’s photograph taken in Malawi received a lot of very positive comments as did James Finlayson’s ‘Night Sky’ photograph.

“The photography course is a new part of our school curriculum,” said head of Art Mr Davie Douglas, “but we have been really pleased by the quality of the work of all of our photography students and it is great to be able to include them in the exhibition this year.”

Speaking about the event Headteacher Ollie Bray Said, “It was super to see so many people and such community support at the opening night of our ‘High Art’ Exhibition. Our Hospitality students also did a great job of keeping the guests fed and watered as they had a chance to look at the work from over 70 of our most artistically talented Students. We really believe in the importance of providing students with authentic audience at Kingussie High School and this collaboration with the Iona Community Galley has allowed us to do this in truly spectacular way.”

Over 70 pupils exhibit work at The Iona Gallery this weekend

Over 70 of our pupils are exhibiting their Art and Photography work at The Iona Gallery over the weekend. Free Entry and doors open Saturday (29th) and Sunday (30th) November 11am – 4pm. Full list of pupils who have work on display here:

We took Art Classes along to see the exhibition today and everyone seemed to be pretty impressed with the quality and variety of work on display. Well done to all involved and if you are short of something to do at the weekend please pop along!

KHS takes over the Iona Gallery

Photography students Lee Anne Menzies, Jade Jacob, Eilidh Anderson, and Shannin Cooke have been getting to grips with selecting work for Kingussie High School’s forthcoming exhibition of Art and Design, and Photography work, at the Iona Gallery, Kingussie.

Headteacher Ollie Bray said, “We are so pleased with the high quality of the work that is going to go on display in the Iona Gallery. Our Art Department and lots of our pupils have worked really hard to get the exhibition ready and it would be great to see as much local support as possible for such a talented bunch of young artists.”

The show, which features work from across all year groups, previews TODAY, Thursday 27th November 5-7p.m. It is then open  on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th from 11am to 4pm.


HIGH ART poster