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The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool  

19th August - 30 October 2022

I am excited to tell you that the Earthworks exhibition at The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, is now underway and I understand that there have been a few sales already!  Quite often the buyers of work at this venue are passing through on a long trip around Scotland, so sometimes just take the work with them.  So, I thought that it would be good idea to make a slideshow of all thirty eight works and put it on my web site, in case by the time you go to see the exhibition, a few pieces have already flown the coop.  And if you are interested to see the work but cannot come to Ullapool in person, then at least you can take a virtual tour from the comfort of your own home.  Just click here to see the show.

I want to thank Ricky Frew for taking so many lovely photographs (I had to photograph some late-finished pieces myself, but I expect you'll be able to spot the ones taken by the amateur!); Chelsea Frew for designing the poster for the exhbition and Brian Davidson for making the slideshow (which is well beyond my capablitlies).

Everything comes from the earth and returns to the earth. It is the larder that provides for all living beings. And, in one form or another, eventually holds all our secrets and memories. This is an exhibition of textile works drawn from the earth, in terms of methods, materials and imagery.  In fact, some of the cloth has even lain buried in the peat for months on end!  If you'd like to see and read more about the journey towards the finished work, have a look at my Earthworks page.

The show of thirty eight new pieces of work will take place at the Ceilidh Place, Ullapool, between August 19th and October 30th 2022.The larger works will be on display in the Green Room (dining room towards the rear of the cafe), whilst smaller works can be seen in the cafe and bar areas.

Please contact the Ceilidh Place if you are interested in buying any of the work. To read an informative review of this exhibition please click here. To purchase a high quality print of this poster click here. To see the full range of finished work from the exhibition click here.



Trees Meet Sea

oak homepage2I spent some time over the winter of 2021/2022 making this large textile panel of an ancient oak tree, in response to a poem by Mandy Haggith.




eggcups propping up the pastry sky


now you're gone


there's nothing

to prevent

the clouds caving in


nothing to stop the fields flapping


This work is a bit of a departure for me, in that I used only recycled wool blankets, which had been bound up with leaves, boiled up in a huge pot over the bonfire and then overstitched.  I enhanced the dye marks on the tree surface by using a soldering iron.

This mighty oak panel stands at 1.5 metres by 1.5 metres and will be on display, along with work by other artists using a wide range of mediums, at Inverewe Gardens in the spring of 2022, and then at Dundee Botanics in the summer.  For more information, go to the Inverewe Gallery website page.


The Moving BoundaryCrossing Borders: Breaking Boundaries    

The fine art and craft of five textile artists    

10th - 15th September  2019      Nairn Court House

I am delighted to join four other textile artists: Suzie Alexander, Becs Boyd, June Hyndman and Alison King, in presenting an exhibition of contemporary textile art as part of the annual Nairn Book and Arts Festival which, this year, features a lecture by Clare Hunter, who will talk about her celebrated  book, 'Threads of Life', on Sunday 15th September.  Clare is also facilitating a community textile project in the course of the festival and the results will be on display alongside the exhibition.







exhibitions poster3 The Fabric of the Land        28th August - 4th October 2018

"Fabric of the Land” is a thrilling collection of landscape-inspired work by North West Highland artists Jan Kilpatrick and Mairearad Green.

The raw wilderness of Assynt is a recurring theme in the rich textiles hand-printed and stitched by Jan Kilpatrick. This new work has an increased emphasis on the primitive print marks to be made using indigenous plants and minerals, making for imagery powerfully rooted in her sense of place. Mairearad says: “Jan has created a unique language of the land through her use of experimental textile techniques. I find layer upon layer of meaning in her work, which maps the journey of this land through deep time all the way to the present.”

Mairearad Green is an artist who embraces a range of creative mediums and this collection of paintings marks her emergence as a spirited and accomplished visual artist. Her West Coast heritage calls loud from these energetic, yet sensitive depictions of Coigach, Assynt and beyond. Jan says: “Mairearad’s intimate relationship with this rugged land, its moody seas and the huge windblown skies above makes for work that is full of expression and movement that both quicken and gladden the eye.”

This isn’t the first time that the two have collaborated – some of the songs on Mairearad’s “Summer Isles” album were co-written – and it certainly won’t be the last. 2019 will see them exhibit together again, alongside acclaimed Glasgow mural artist Chelsea Frew, in response to a residency at world-renowned Inverewe Gardens.

“Fabric of the Land” is on show at the Ceilidh Place, Ullapool (café and the Green Room) between the 28th of August and the 4th of October 2018.

www.jankilpatrick.co.uk                                        www.mairearadgreen.co.uk



exhibitions posterDecember 2016   Under the Arbour

(Joint Exhibition)

Small embroidered textiles. Also showing is a selection of small handcrafted furniture by David Young.


The Macphail Centre, Ullapool

 25th November to 23rd December 2016

Admission Free.







marine poster homeAutumn 2016   Marine

(Joint Exhibition) 

Large embroidered textiles on the theme of the sea. Also showing, drawings by Mural Artist Chelsea Frew.


20th September - 5th November. Open all day every day. Admission free.

The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool 














exhibitions1December 2015 Enchanted Wood

(Joint Exhibition)

Small embroidered textiles. Also showing is a selection of small handcrafted furniture by David Young.

The Macphail Centre, Ullapool 





Assynt SutrasSept 2015 Assynt Sutras

(Solo Exhibition)

Large embroidered textiles and small framed images of the Assynt landscape.

The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool 





 The Spirit of TreesDec 2014  The Spirit of Trees

(Joint Exhibition)

Small embroidered textiles. Also showing is a selection of small handcrafted furniture by David Young.

The Macphail Centre, Ullapool



Outreach ExhibitionJuly - Aug 2014 Outreach Exhibition 

Sat July 19th - Sun Aug 31st 2014 

(An Talla Solais Members' Show)

The Ceilidh Place, Ullapool






In the Garden with FriendsApril 2014  In the Garden with Friends

(Group Exhibition)

The Bield, Perthshire  



SmallscapesDec 2013  Smallscapes

(Solo Exhibition)

The Macphail Centre, Ullapool



Sing a Song of StitchesDec 2012  Sing a Song of Stitches

(Solo Exhibition)

The Macphail Centre, Ullapool  





Email : info@jankilpatrick.co.uk    Tel : 01854 666279,   Postal Address : Jan Kilpatrick, Cul Mor, Elphin, By Lairg, Sutherland, IV274HH.

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