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Beach Gallery
art exhibitions & creative classes next to the beach : inspired by ocean, wildlife & landscape : explore your creativity on the stunningly beautiful Island of Hoy, Orkney 

NEWS !!  New exhibition of original watercolour shoreline birds from March to September

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Testimonials

Carolyn is a gentle & encouraging leader in these very varied & interesting sessions. In her art room just yards from the sea it's not hard to find inspiration or spend time just gazing at the ever changing light on the water. Absolute beginners will feel comfortable & the more advanced have space to do their own thing. Fantastic range of materials provided & the flapjacks are legendary.

Highly recommend these sessions, great fun & I find them very therapeutic.

Mary Harris

My goodness what a stunning location! Calm & inspiring & what gorgeous artwork.

Jane Bedford

I would never have considered going to an art class, but I thoroughly enjoyed myself.  I’ve been to a number of workshops now & I’ve learnt something new each time & I have managed to achieve more than I thought possible!  Beach Gallery is a lovely studio with beautiful views over Kirk Hope & Carolyn is an excellent teacher with bags of experience & oodles of patience.

I’d definitely recommend booking a class. In fact my next one is on Saturday!

Vicky Law

My four year old said the best thing about his holiday in Orkney was painting puffins at Beach Gallery!

Karen Reid

The day was bright sunshine with the warmest gentle breeze when we arrived at Beach Gallery welcomed with a cuppa!  Carolyn Shepherd, our tutor was amazing, thank you Carolyn. We all had a wonderful day & we will be back.  My very first effort was a Puffin I am so proud of it!

The day flew by but the memory will last forever.

Margareth van den Heuval

Really enjoyed the several classes I have done with Carolyn. Found her style of getting ideas over very good & there is always lots of materials available. Very relaxed, informal & fun. 

I would recommend to anyone.

Trish Avis

Really enjoyed the classes, Carolyn is very organised,  pleasant & explains things very well.

I would certainly recommend these classes to others.

Stephanie Hardcastle

Carolyn is a wonderful, natural facilitator. I felt encouraged & supported, both as a beginning painter & a whole person ...
Thank you.

Wiesia Anna Kratuik

Current Exhibition

Shoreline Birds exhibition of paintings by Adele Pound

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Current Art Classes

Series of 6 art classes based on Adele Pound’s exhibition of paintings of Shoreline Birds.  You can book each class separately, or attend all six. In each class you will focus on producing sketches & paintings based on these beautiful birds. This is an opportunity to experiment & play with tools & materials & to explore mixed media & watercolour paint. It's ideal for beginners, so don't worry if you're new to it all, but if you have experience, then this will inspire you to produce some lovely work.  There's also time to take in the incredible view from the gallery in which you will be working, right next to the beach overlooking chatty oystercatchers & eider ducks in a quiet sheltered bay. The sessions run from 11 till 3, so please bring something for a working lunch which we will take in the gallery overlooking the bay.  If you'd like to take a short scenic walk while you're here, then the beach is just outside & there is an easy coastal walk along the lane towards the lighthouse at Cantick Head.  All tools & materials are provided. Tea, coffee & smiles are available all day!  

Dates are: June 5th Little Egret, June 19th Herring Gull, July 3, Black Tailed Godwits, July 17 Golden Plover, July 31 Brent Goose, August 14 Lapwing.  Places are limited to 4 participants.  

Tutor: Carolyn Shepherd.  Cost £15 per session.

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Summer Drawing & Painting Class

Summer art classes inspired by Shoreline Birds in the exhibition of paintings by Adele Pound.  Series of 6 art classes based on Adele Pound’s exhibition of paintings of Shoreline Birds.  You can book each class separately, or attend all six. In each class you will focus on producing sketches & paintings based on these beautiful birds. This is an opportunity to experiment & play with tools & materials & to explore mixed media & watercolour paint. It's ideal for beginners, so don't worry if you're new to it all, but if you have experience, then this will inspire you to produce some lovely work.  There's also time to take in the incredible view from the gallery in which you will be working, right next to the beach overlooking chatty oystercatchers & eider ducks in a quiet sheltered bay. The sessions run from 11 till 3, so please bring something for a working lunch which we will take in the gallery overlooking the bay.  If you'd like to take a short scenic walk while you're here, then the beach is just outside & there is an easy coastal walk along the lane towards the lighthouse at Cantick Head.  All tools & materials are provided. Tea, coffee & smiles are available all day!  Dates are: June 5th Little Egret, June 19th Herring Gull, July 3, Black Tailed Godwits, July 17 Golden Plover, July 31 Brent Goose, August 14 Lapwing.  Places are limited to 4 participants.  Tutor: Carolyn Shepherd.  Cost £15 per session.

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Exhibition & Shop

Next to the art room we have a small display area showing the work of artists & makers with beach themed handmade crafts & cards for sale. The online shop has most of these items for sale by mail order.

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Wellbeing Treatments

Also available to book is a range of relaxing body treatments - reiki, back & shoulder massage & podiatry with new spa treatments planned for later in the season

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Volunteer with us

If you’d like to spend an odd hour or two here now & then in this idyllic location, then why not join in as a volunteer?  

You might like to sit in the gallery with a coffee & look out over the bay, greeting any visitors that pop in.  

Or you might like to help out by winding our yarns into neat balls using the wool winding gadget.  

Or if you like DIY there might be a small wood shelf to make to display pottery.  

When there is an art class running, you might like to assist with setting out the materials, organising the refreshments and greeting the class participants.  

If you have art or craft skills you might like to run a class yourself for which you will be paid at tutor rates.

At the start of a new exhibition you might like to help plan and hang the artwork, writing out title cards and making price lists.

We are always grateful for anyone who can assist with putting up posters, distributing leaflets or helping with social media marketing. 

If you’d like to consider helping out just get in touch!

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Arts qualification courses for young people

Young people aged from 5 to 25 can study with us to achieve an Arts Award qualification. This is a nationally recognised arts qualification. It is built around their personal choice of visual arts, theatre & music. Work plans are tailored to each person. Get in touch to find out more.

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