Luminate Workshops & Victoria Hall of Fame Exhibition

Highland Print Studio hosted an exhibition of poignant portraits showing nine Cromarty residents who were teenagers in the Ross-shire coastal town during the Second World War. The images, created by artist and HPS Studio Manager, John McNaught, show contemporary portraits of the octogenarians interwoven with photographs and artifacts depicting their lives and loved ones from the 1940s.

The exhibition, named Victoria Hall of Fame, was part of the groundbreaking Luminate festival, Scotland’s first national arts festival for older people. The exhibition took place from 3rd – 31st October 2012 at Highland Print Studio.

Workshops for Older People

To complement the exhibition, Highland Print Studio provided workshops to 3 local older people’s groups. In keeping with the reminiscence theme of the exhibition, participants brought along an object or photograph that had special significance to them and took portraits of each other with their cherished possession. They then exposed the images onto etching plates, inked them up and printed them using a traditional etching press. The result was their own hand-printed portrait that had the richness and quality of a traditional photogravure.