Welcome to the Brochtober Art Exhibition

in association with Lyth Arts Centre

possibly the first ever art exhibition inspired by and celebrating brochs!

These pieces were imagined and created by 42 artists (and 1 poet!), each with their own vision and ideas inspired by the brief we gave them: to create a piece of work based on brochs, their place in the landscape, the finds from within them, and their shape. We also offered the artists the opportunity to base their work on the art and life of John Nicolson, a local farmer who assisted in a number of early excavations of brochs in Caithness, as well as being a self-taught painter and carver.

The Project cannot thank all of the artists who contributed enough. They have all done this as a gift to Caithness Broch Project, and their support has made this possible. Fergus Mather took photos of the artwork and so made this online exhibition and auction possible.

As well as being an exhibition, this has been a charity auction, with proceeds going to support the Project, to help us further our ambitions to promote and develop the archaeological landscape of Caithness.

Auction is over - all artworks sold

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Alastair Sinclair

I was born in Caithness and am currently studying architecture at the University of Edinburgh. In my art, I often draw inspiration from historical forms and precedents.

Brochitecture: Art Deco

Pen on paper

Frame size

33 x 45 cm

sizes approx., not all frames shown in photos

Art size

29 x 42 cm

One of my main interests in architecture is learning from vernacular building types to find area-specific design solutions. I have had a particular focus on the broch, and find that their design can still have relevance to contemporary architecture (in Caithness, at least). This project, Brochitecture, is intended as a fun off-shoot of my architectural interest. Where previously I have reimagined Caithness landmarks as brochs, I have now decided to play with different architectural styles.

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