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Special exhibition

Artefacts and inspirations from the Ness of Brodgar

The Neolithic structures at the Ness of Brodgar are unique.  They were in use for at least a millennium, from 3,500-2,500 BC, and perhaps a good deal longer.  The size, quantity and quality of the buildings, and the rich assemblages of artefacts found in and around them, suggest that the site was not simply domestic.  The Ness is built in a central position in the Orkney Islands and in the middle of its most imposing complex of monuments.  This was a place of great importance to the Neolithic people who lived in more modest settlements scattered across Orkney.  It was the heart of their world.

It was a place of meeting, of coming together for people from all over Orkney and likely from further afield. Whey? For feasting, trading, gossiping, performing rituals and for celebrating the important political and celestial events that defined society at that time.

All the main structures have yielded examples of decorated stone; there are now well over 800 of them.  Some stones built into the walls of the structures were coloured with natural pigments of red, black and yellow.  Artefacts include pottery (some with traces of pigment), polished stone axes and a carved stone ball. 

It is these discoveries that have inspired present day artists and craftspeople to create their own works reflecting the art and crafts that were produced at the Ness of Brodgar around 5,000 years ago.  Most are available to buy.

For more information visit www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk or buy a copy of the guidebook – all proceeds help to fund the excavations.  From the 4th July to the 22nd August the site is open to the public – for more details see www.nessofbrodgar.co.uk/visit.

Overview of cabinet 1
Overview of cabinet 2
Phillip Hughes
Phillip Hughes
Ness of Brodgar Structure 10
acrylic pencil and pastel on paper
50cm x 70cm
2013/2018
£1750.00

The drawing is of the excavations on the Ness as of 2013. This is one of a series done on site in July that year and worked on subsequently in the studio. (Proceeds generously donated to the Ness of Brodgar exhibition.)
Babette Barthelmess
Babette Barthelmess
Ancient Mind, bronze sculpture
2016

not for sale
Christopher Gee
Christopher Gee
Carved stone balls and incised stone

not for sale
www.brodgar.co.uk
Ola Gorie
Ola Gorie
Silver jewellery

https://www.olagoriejewellery.com/
Diane Eagles
Diane Eagles
Gifted

13 - £60
14 - £50
15 - £55
Phillip Hughes
Phillip Hughes
Ness of Brodgar Structure 10
£1750
Alex Leonard
Alex Leonard
Pre-Production Concept Art

9 - £165
10 - £125
Rian Anderson
Rian Anderson
Knitwear

not for sale
Norna Sinclair
Norna Sinclair
Between the Structures'
C40 concrete & A393 reinforcing mesh steel

£450
Jeanne Bouza Rose
Jeanne Bouza Rose
Prints and lampshades

4 - £150
5 - £325
6 - £65
7 - £65
https://www.facebook.com/OrkneyArtWorks/
Frances Garriock and Andre Artymuik
Frances Garriock and Andre Artymuik
Silver jewellery

Top: http://francesgarriock.co.uk/

Bottom: Andre Artymuik (not for sale)