Contemporary Artist Jane Harlington

I love working like this and each piece evokes a host of memories, especially as September was such a glorious month. The work is continuing and I hope to seek out cameos of past lives in a bid to provide an artistic record.

Jane along with her husband Peter and their two sons moved to the Isle of Lewis in the year 2000 and recently embarked on their 'Back to Back' project. The project seeks to forge a viable crofting lifestyle drawing on traditional crofting values whilst encompassing a modern approach. Crofting is based on low impact sustainable farming and land management. Both active crofters Jane and Peter's croft supports a productive fruit and vegetable garden, rare breed Shetland cattle, a flock of Hebridean sheep, pigs and poultry.


List of Solo and Group Exhibitions

  • Royal College of Art
  • East Sutherland Arts Society
  • Kincardine and Bonar Bridge group exhibition
  • Time span Gallery ~ Helmsdale ~ Sutherland
  • Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
  • Grinneas nan Eilean, Stornoway
  • An Lanntair, Stornoway
  • Seallam, Northton, Harris
  • Morven Gallery, Barvas, Lewis
  • Dunkeld Cathedral Art Exhibition
  • Pitlochry Arts and Crafts Association
  • Aberfeldy Gallery, Perthshire
  • Border Gallery, Kelso, Roxburghshire


The old traditions of crofting life have been disappearing for many years, but echoes and vestiges of the past exist in abundance. The remains of blackhouses and indeed the whitehouses of more recent times provide inspiration along with the ancient land use patterns and field systems. Stornoway is still a busy harbour with all the associated paraphernalia of pots, nets and tackle but this too is suffering from the decline of the fishing industry.

It was this awareness of change that has provided the focus for a new body of work. Inspired by Kurt Jackson's 'plein-air' painting I have begun to work entirely on location using collage of found and painted papers, ink and paint. The narrative quality of each piece is reinforced by the inclusion of notes, recording time, place and incidental detail that captures my imagination. Sometimes, due to the working method elements become distorted and perspective alters, but I feel this just adds to the spontaneity and honesty of each piece.

jane harlington
contemporary artworks
at the blue pig studio:
gallery exhibitions