In May 2019, on International Viking Day, we opened the doors to our new visitor experience store in Albert Street, in the heart of Kirkwall. As well as creating a retail space for merchandise and our extensive range of Highland Park whiskies, it was our intention to provide an inspiring creative space in the heart of Orkney’s island community – and that’s exactly what we did.
Our exhibition wall features work by local artists and photographers, and we also display a range of wonderful objects and artefacts made by local craftspeople. We’re proud to share Orkney’s amazing creativity with our visitors, to give them the opportunity to take a little bit of our island home with them, and to support the work of talented local people by bringing them to the attention of an international audience. (Many of the craftspeople we support can still fulfill orders online at the moment – find out more in SUPPORTING LOCAL CRAFTSPEOPLE.)
A focus on photography
Kendra Towns was the first local photographer we showcased on our wall, back in May, having first spotted her work on Instagram where she posts as @canadangirl_abroad. Each week we’ll be sharing one of her spectacular images across social media as a ‘Postcard from Orkney’. While we all stay safely indoors, this allows us to share the magic of our island home with everyone, around the world, who loves Orkney as much as we do.
A brush with art
Last summer, under the skillful guidance of Orkney-based artist Sheena Graham-George, eleven local amateur artists investigated the physical landscape of our distillery and created over 30 unique and stunning pieces of visual art for an exhibition. This ran at the distillery during June and July before moving to Albert Street in August. For many of the artists, it was their first public exhibition and we were delighted to provide an opportunity for their work to be seen and enjoyed by a wide audience.