Bute artist in Gigha exhibition

Artists Sandra Ratcliffe, Gillian Park and Bridget Hunter, holding works inspired by Gigha.
Artists Sandra Ratcliffe, Gillian Park and Bridget Hunter, holding works inspired by Gigha.

A former island resident will be joining three Ayrshire artists in an exhibition of their work on the island of Gigha next month.

Sandra Ratcliffe, who is a former pupil of Rothesay Academy and was a junior reporter for The Buteman, spent a week last summer painting on the tiny island off the Mull of Kintyre, and her work will be on display at the two month exhibition on which launches on August 6.

Sandra has had two previous successful solo exhibitions on the island, although this time she is joined by artists Gillian Park, Bridget Hunter and Irene Walker. All four ladies are members of Ayr Sketch Club, the oldest art club in Ayr.

Sandra said: “I love Gigha and have painted there for several years. I raved about it so much to the others that we decided to go and paint as a group last summer.

“We were lucky with the weather and the island is so inspirational.”

Sandra has also held solo exhibitions in Spain and - two years ago - in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates to raise funds for Syrian refugees in memory of her brother James Ratcliffe who tragically died after being a hostage as part of Saddam Husseih’s infamous ‘human shield’ in 1990.

More recently she exhibited at Open Studios Ayrshire weekend for the last two years, at Rozelle House and regularly has works in The Maclaurin Gallery in Ayr.

The ‘Gigha Girls’ exhibition opens on August 6 at 2pm at The Gigha Gallery.