Exhibitions at the Macphail

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Please get in touch if you would like to use the Macphail centre for an exhibition.





The Carbon Literacy Book Festival Exhibition is a partnership project between Brora Learning Zone (High Life Highland) and Lairg and District Learning Centre.
The project is part of the larger Train to Gain programme which has been funded by Scottish Government through The Climate Challenge Funding stream. Whilst Lairg Learning Centre have been busy running community workshops, classes and other Climate Challenge events over Sutherland, Brora Learning Zone and the Adult Literacy team have been busy working for the past 2 years with schools, local partners, day centres, youth groups and other specialist or community groups in the Highlands to produce a 10 minute animation film and one - off handmade books with students on carbon literacy themes.
The showcase consists of a selection of some of the books which have been created through the project so far with topics ranging from ways of reducing food miles through easy to follow recipes, how to grow your vegetables, composting, energy saving, recycling/upcycling, poetry, nature journaling and environmental stories for children. Where possible the books themselves are printed on handmade paper, donated paper or recycled paper. Some are traditionally shaped books whilst others are made from upcycled objects.
The new animation film which tours with the exhibition has been put together by a mix of young people and adults who have worked together with Brora Learning Zone and Node Graphics to produce a film made from recycled paper sets entitled Your Carbon Footprint.
As the exhibition and workshops tour the Highlands its main aim will be to inspire visitors to see the many ways we can help make a difference in reducing our carbon footprints.
The launch starts at Timespan in Helmsdale on Tuesday 21st January until 30th January, then moves on to The Macphail Centre Ullapool 4th– 18th February, Lairg Learning Centre, and ends in Abriachan Forest Trust Thursday 5th March for World Book Day. There will be additional dates arranged for the spring/summer in North Sutherland and Caithness.
The exhibition will be open to the public and offer a small programme of workshops at each venue for schools, specialist groups and the community.
For further information on the book festival exhibition, film or special workshop bookings please contact: Trish Matthews Brora Learning Zone (01408) 622707 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Yvonne Boa 01854 613521 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



14th - 27th June








Highland Migrant and Refugee Advocacy (HiMRA) have worked with Eden Court Theatre Engagement team and the local community to create this exhibition.

We invited people living in the Highlands to share their 'Story of Movement' with an aim to encourage the wider community to think in new ways about migration. This exhibition offers people an opportunity to reflect on the many and varied ways in which movement occurs and that, fundamentally, everyone has a story 

of movement.

HiMRA was created to address loneliness and isolation of people identifying as migrants and refugees living the the Highlands.  With the support of volunteers and local services we provide weekly drop ins, signposting and events to create opportunities for building community, social engagement and friendships.






RURAL CATALOGUE \\ an exhibition by jig.collective


20th - 23rd February 2019

Macphail Centre

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'Unspoken Truths'

A collection of original artworks by Jane McDonough

29th September - 1st November 2018

Open Monday to Friday 9AM - 4PM


These paintings were produced whilst on an unexpectedly long rehabilitation period following pelvis surgery at Woodend Hospital, Aberdeen, in May 2015. 

The works are very personal and tackle chronic pain, invisible health conditions, emotional pain, mental health issues, long term illness and also counselling, mindfulness and acceptance of my situation. 

I have put onto canvas what I would never say out loud to anyone about my thoughts, fears and emotions. The exhibition is thought provoking and insightful. I have had very positive feedback and interesting conversations from people making emotional connections to my paintings. 















 Please note exhibition extended until 27th April












5th February to 24th February 2018

Creative Writing Exhibition



Written pieces produced by students of Stephen Keeler during a nine week evening writing course held September to November 2017.









Macphail Centre, Mill Street, Ullapool, IV26 2UN, 01854 613336. macphailcentre@highlifehighland.com

The Macphail Centre is overseen by the Macphail management committee and

receives support from High Life Highland and Creative Scotland



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