Every Picture Tells a Story



A Pop-up Exhibition
at The Stables Gallery, Cromarty. 

Fifteen giant black and white pictures, inspired by Highland legends. The images, printed on canvas, were made for Bob Pegg’s book Highland Folk Tales, published by The History Press.

With storytelling on demand, inspired by Bob Pegg’s book Highland Folk Tales and the books illustrations On the 16th, 17th and 18th of November, from 10.30am to 5.00pm, Bob was in the gallery to introduce the pictures and tell the stories behind them: tales of selkies, giants, highwaymen, last wolves, and the King of the Cats, including legends gathered by Cromarty’s famous Victorian son Hugh Miller. Bob also played some of his famous collection of musical instruments. There was also a space to sit and relax, chat, and have a hot drink and a biscuit.

As well as the display of giant pictures, a room in the gallery was devoted to story-based prints, photographs, constructions and paintings from Bob’s own collection, including work by Robin Dale, Anna Davis, Ian Ferguson, Hannah Frank, John Hodkinson, Mhairi Killin, Kate Mellor, Martin Parr, and Sarah Young; and Highland-based artists Lee Bruce, Suzanne Gyseman, and David Stewart.

At the Exhibition Launch, on Friday 16th November at 7.00pm, guests of honour were Essie Stewart and Alec Williamson, together with the artist John Hodkinson. Alec and Essie are among the last representatives of the ancient Highland Traveller storytelling tradition, and both have stories included in Highland Folk Tales. Every Picture Tells a Story culminated on Sunday the 18th November with a Farewell Ceilidh.

A hundred and forty three people came to The Stables during the three days of the exhibition. Twenty eight copies of Highland Folk Tales were sold, and there were some wonderful comments in the visitors’ book. A raffle had as a prize an A3 print of the winners choice.

Bob has a blog about the exhibition with more pictures of the event here: http://eptas.tumblr.com

Supported by Enterprise Music Scotland

Friday 16th - Sunday 18th November 2012

Highland Folk Tales.  Author: Bob Pegg.   Paperback: 192 pages. Publisher: The History Press Ltd.

© John Hodkinson 2015