Corporate Art Commission - Isle of Raasay Distillery

I am delighted to be able to share with you a series of artworks I was commissioned to create, for the new Isle of Raasay Distillery.

Isle of Raasay Distillery Building in Progress Jane Hunter Artist

When I began my research for this work it soon became clear that this was a very special project. Spirit had been distilled here illicitly for generations, but this would be the first legal distillery on the island. 

The Hebridean isle of Raasay lies off the east coast of Skye. Just 14 miles long and 3 miles wide (at its widest point), this is a small island with a tremendously rich history.

Isle of Raasay Distillery Dun Caan Jane Hunter Artist

The topography and geology is unrivalled in its beauty, character and complexity. A landscape formed by ancient Lewisian Gneiss to the north with Torridonian Sandstone, igneous lavas and granite to the south.

A once thriving crofting community of around 900, sadly a victim of the Highland clearances, the population of Raasay now stands at 161 (according to the last census). A history best captured perhaps by one of the most significant Scottish poets of the 20th century, Raasay born Sorley MacLean in his poem Hallaig. You can hear Sorley read his poem here in the song of the same name, by the incredible and deeply missed young Scottish musician Martyn Bennett. 

Isle of Raasay Distillery Cuillin Mountains Skye Jane Hunter Art

The story behind the new distillery is inspiring, deeply rooted in the place, the landscape and the community. From the mineral rich water which flows over the volcanic rock, down through the sedimentary to an ancient well on site; the local peat and plans to grow their own barley on the island; the re-use of stone and wood from the site in the building itself, to the employment and involvement of many in the community. 

Isle of Raasay Distillery Rock Wall Geology Jane Hunter Scottish Art

Of course I had to make the trip to Raasay to explore the landscape and have look around the, almost completed, distillery! We were met by Visitor Experience Manager, singer and writer, Iain Hector Ross on the ferry from Sconser. Iain very generously gave us not only a tour of the distillery but also of the island, telling us lots about the history of the place. 

Jane Hunter Iain Hector Ross Isle of Raasay Distillery Tour

Jane Hunter Iain Hector Ross Isle of Raasay Distillery Tour

The key locations explored in the artwork include the area where the distillery is situated, with the 19th century Victorian villa Borodale House at its heart, the Broch at Dun Borodale and the distinctive flat-topped volcanic summit of Dun Caan. 

Isle of Skye Raasay Scotland Jane Hunter Artist Scottish Landscape

Isle of Raasay Autumn Colours Landscape Jane Hunter Scottish Art

The colour palette is, as always, directly inspired by the landscape. The many shades of green, brown and rust we experienced during our autumn visit to the 'island of the red deer'. The incredible rich blues and greens in the view from the distillery windows across the sound to the mountains of Skye - quite possibly the best view from any distillery in Scotland. 

Raasay Skye Landscape Mountains Scottish Artist Jane Hunter

Skye Cuillin from Raasay Mountains Landscape Scottish Artist Jane Hunter

Isle of Raasay Distillery is now open to the public for tours and the stunning accommodation available to book, where you'll find my work hanging in the beautiful executive bar & lounge and in one of the luxurious bedrooms.

Photo courtesy of Isle of Raasay Distillery and Anne Hunter Interiors

Isle of Raasay Distillery Jane Hunter Scottish Textile Artist

Photo courtesy of Isle of Raasay Distillery and Anne Hunter Interiors

Jane Hunter Scottish Textile Artist Raasay Distillery Bedroom

Geology, Raasay

Geology Raasay Jane Hunter Scottish Textile Artist Harris Tweed

Geology Raasay Jane Hunter Scottish Textile Artist Harris Tweed

Contours, Clachan and Borodale Wood

Contour Map Clachan Borodale Raasay Jane Hunter Scottish Textile Artist Harris Tweed

Contour Map Clachan Borodale Raasay Jane Hunter Scottish Textile Artist Harris Tweed

Contours, Dun Caan 

Contour Map Dun Caan Raasay Jane Hunter Scottish Textile Artist Harris Tweed

Contour Map Dun Caan Raasay Jane Hunter Scottish Textile Artist Harris Tweed

We had a wonderful couple of days on Raasay and will most definitely be back. I must recommend our B&B at The Raasay Gallery, Inverarish and Raasay House where we had a delicious meal. 

Thank you to Isle of Raasay Distillery and Anne Hunter Interiors for commissioning me for this project. The building itself is just beautiful, a perfect combination of historical and contemporary architecture, with interiors brought back to life through sympathetic restoration and a modern Scottish vision.

The result is a stunning place to visit and spend time in.

Jane Hunter Scottish Textile Artist Raasay Skye Landscape

 

I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to play a small part in this project and wish the distillery and community all the very best for its success.

 

Isle of Raasay Sheep Landscape Jane Hunter Artist Scottish

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How does it work:

  • Firstly, let's talk. Take a look at a variety of my commissioned work. Visit my contact page for details. There is absolutely no obligation for you to proceed any further than the enquiry stage.
  • Tell me about your brief to help me discover if it is physically achievable.  I'll ask you things about significant features, colours, size and budget.
  • I'll then prepare preliminary sketches and if we agree on the direction to go and timescales at this point I will provide a costed commission proposal. As a guide: Prices currently range from £750 GBP to £4,000+
  • Agreement of final composition of the piece, payment of deposit.
  • Creation and delivery of your commissioned piece.

 

Information above is based on private commissions.  If you would like to discuss corporate artwork for your business; office, hotel, restaurant, bar, café, distillery or product packaging please get in touch.

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