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Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye, Scotland  May 27-29 2016



A very warm welcome to the webpage  of Jon Schueler Centenary Symposium and Exhibition 2016.

The centenary of Jon Schueler’s birth will be celebrated during 2016 with solo and group exhibitions both in the US and in the UK, and with an international symposium May 27-29, here at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.

 The Sound of Sleat: Echoes, Reflections, and Transfigurations

An international arts symposium and exhibition at Scotland’s Gaelic College on the beautiful Isle of Skye overlooking An Linne (the Sound of Sleat), the inspiration for Schueler’s work over many decades.

Marking the centenary year of Jon Schueler’s birth, this will be both an in-depth look at Schueler’s work and influence as well as a more informal celebration of his life with speakers who knew and worked with Schueler here in Scotland, alongside academic presentations. A solo exhibition of selected work from his Mallaig years, both oils and works on paper will open at the symposium alongside an exhibition by three international Jon Schueler Scholarship artists who undertook residencies at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig 2013 – 2015, Takeshi Shikama, Helmut Lemke & Oliver Mezger.

The centenary of Jon Schueler’s birth is being celebrated during 2016 with solo and group exhibitions in the UK and US.

Speakers and Contributers

(Professor Meg Bateman, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig) tbc; Dr Lindsay Blair, UHI; Mary Ann Caws, Distinguished Professor of English, French, and Comparative Literature, City University of New York; Richard Demarco, CBE; Kenneth Dingwall, artist: Marian Leven RSA, artist; Murdo Macdonald, Professor of History of Scottish Art, University of Dundee; Will Maclean RSA; Dr Anne MacLeod; Professor Duncan Macmillan; Angus Martin, poet and historian; Dr John Purser (Sabhal Mòr Ostaig); Marissa Roth,  photographer, writer and curator; Carl Schmitz, Visual Resources & Art Research Librarian, The Richard Diebenkorn Foundation; Dr Joanna Soden HRSA.

Finlay Finlayson will Chair a discussion with members of the Mallaig fishing community.

Helmut Lemke (sound artist, Jon Schueler Scholarship Artist 2014); Oliver Mezger (film artist, Jon Schueler Scholarship Artist 2015) tbc.



  Programme for An Linne 2016

An Linne Catalogue


Further information will be posted on this site.

Places are limited. For further information or to sign up to the Symposiun newsletter, please contact Kath MacLeod



For further information and to book a place please follow the link below:


N.B. Some subsidised places are available for students and concessions, and a camping option is available.


Exhibitions, Fri May 27th – Fri June 24th, open Mondays – Saturdays 9am – 7pm, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig

An exhibition of Schueler artworks will accompany the symposium and extend through the month of June.  There will also be an exhibition by the 3 Jon Schueler Scholarship artists who have undertaken residencies at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig since 2013.


Associated Exhibitions


Jon Schueler’s decision to move to the Scottish Highlands at the height of his ascendancy in the New York artworld was based on a chance meeting and the notion of a promised land. In 1957 when he was showing as an Abstract Expressionist artist with the Leo Castelli Gallery, New York, he moved to the village of Mallaig overlooking the Sound of Sleat.  Schueler’s confrontation with the Highland seascape was an intense, emotional experience but his response finds articulation in a remarkably controlled gestural language.  At one stroke he lifts the approach to the Scottish landscape out of the drawing room with all its picturesqueness, its ancientness, its ethnographical oddities, its ‘otherness’ into another scale, another intensity, another presence, another ‘self’. Dr Lindsay Blair, Symposium Convenor 

Working in partnership with the Jon Schueler Charitable Trust and lead sponsor Crannog Concept Ltd, West Highland seafood, cruises and Underwater Centre Fort William.




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