About Us

Dancing Light Gallery is an exciting rural art gallery with changing exhibitions throughout the year where you can find landscape, wildlife and figurative paintings as well as hand-made original prints and photographs.

We also exhibit beautiful sculpture, glass, wood and ceramics and we have a selection of hand-made jewellery on show in silver, gold and other media. Our textile work ranges from scarves to handbags, using some of our finest Scottish wools and fabrics.

All of the work on show is truly unique.

We're at Whitmuir The Organic Place, where you will also find a restaurant and food hall in a contemporary low-energy building powered by renewable energy. Whitmuir is less than 45 minutes from Edinburgh and 25 minutes from Peebles.

Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday

Contact Us

Dancing Light Gallery
by Lamancha
West Linton
Scottish Borders
EH46 7BB

Phone: 01968 660200

VAT No: GB 553 5364 38


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Our Opening Exhibition

Exhibition 2 - Beauty And The Bog

Exhibition 3 - Awakenings

Exhibition 4 - Natural Impressions

Exhibition 5 - Summertime

Exhibition 6 - Festival

Exhibition 7 - Harvest

Exhibition 8 - Christmas 2010

Exhibition 9 - Promise

Exhibition 10 - Mothers and Daughters

Exhibition 11 - Dawn Chorus

Exhibition 12 - As The Crow Flies

Peebles Arts Festival 2011

Exhibition 13 - Wayfarers

Exhibition 14 - Land, Sea, Sky

Exhibition 15 - Christmas 2011

Exhibition 16 - Odyssey

Exhibition 17 - Transience

Exhibition 18 - Lighthearted

Exhibition 19 - Summer 2012

Exhibition 20 - Landlines

Exhibition 21 - Shorelines

Exhibition 22 - Winter 2012

Exhibition 23 - Spring 2013

Exhibition 24 - Winter 2013

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Dancing Light Gallery
Winter 2013

I've just been away for five weeks trekking in China to the Karakoram, including K2 Base Camp and the Gasherbrum mountains. It was an incredible trip - here’s a photo of just one of the amazing places I visited!

Helen at the Gasherbrum Glacier Ice Pinnacles
Helen at the Gasherbrum Glacier Ice Pinnacles
click above for a bigger picture

This is our fifth Winter Exhibition and to celebrate we have the most fantastic collection of art and crafts! We are celebrating the joy and variety of our Scottish landscape in all its seasons. Here is a selection:

Clifford William Blakey - At Sea's Edge
At Sea's Edge
Clifford William Blakey

Clifford William Blakey MFA, BWS, FIGA We are proud to be the only gallery in Scotland exhibiting Cliff’s work and he has brought us a fantastic new collection for this exhibition. Cliff is a regular exhibitor and many of you are collectors of his paintings.

Clifford William Blakey - Shoreline North of Berwick Cliff has travelled extensively in Scotland to bring together this body of work. It includes evocative landscapes of the Scottish mountains together with atmospheric seascapes of the east coast. He has continued to develop the human narrative in his works with the occasional cottage or figure appearing in some of his paintings.

Clifford William Blakey - Glencoe in the Valley of the Three Sisters
Clifford William Blakey - Bass Rock
Glencoe in the Valley of the Three Sisters
Clifford William Blakey
Bass Rock
Clifford William Blakey

Duncan Currie - Camasunary Bay
Camasunary Bay
Duncan Currie

Exhibiting with us for the first time is Duncan Currie from Skye. Duncan specialises in mixed media painting using a combination of oil and wax-resistant materials overlaid with acrylics, inks and water-based media.

Duncan Currie - Outlook from Ullinish
Outlook from Ullinish
Duncan Currie

Duncan Currie - View from the Camasunary Path
View from the Camasunary Path
Duncan Currie

Duncan's inspiration comes from hill walking and long fly fishing trips on Skye, enabling him to find unfamiliar views of the well-known Skye hills and lochs. He captures the unique light of the island landscape which he believes is caused by reflection and refraction of light from the sea water on the hills which rise steeply from the shores.

Helena Emmans - Summer Fading, Ashaig, Isle of Skye
Helena Emmans - Warm Winds Sway Through Ashaig, Isle of Skye
Summer Fading, Ashaig, Isle of Skye
Helena Emmans
Warm Winds Sway Through Ashaig
Helena Emmans

Another new artist for us and also from Skye is Helena Emmans. Using a subtle palette to paint entirely outside, Helena strives to capture the mercurial weather, light and moods of the Isle of Skye. She likes to portray the feeling of Skye through an intuitive response to the changing landscape and its colours. She often paints in the same place at different times of the day, observing and absorbing the changing days and seasons.

Peter Lloyd - Olive Trees, Muro, Majorca
Peter Lloyd - Drumelzier, Tweed Valley
Olive Trees, Muro, Majorca
Peter Lloyd
Drumelzier, Tweed Valley
Peter Lloyd

Peter Lloyd - Tackling Up, Hamanavay, Isle of Lewis Scottish Borders artist Peter Lloyd is returning again with a new collection of work. Peter works mainly in watercolour and acrylics with the occasional use of pastels. The local landscapes are a great source of his inspiration, particularly the Border hills. He also enjoys spending time in the Outer Hebrides and Majorca where the seascapes and Mediterranean light have influenced his recent work.

Kim Richards - The Point, Ullapool
The Point, Ullapool
Kim Richards

Kim Richards is a young artist and freelance illustrator based in Ullapool, in the Scottish Highlands, and in Glasgow. She studied Visual Communication, specialising in illustration, at the Glasgow School of Art and graduated in 2011. Kim says of her work: "I like working with texture, colour and line, often creating abstract imagery. I have an affinity with the Scottish landscape, especially the Highlands, and try to depict this in my art work".

Jacqueline Watt - Sanctuary, Collioure Returning for the first time since our opening exhibition four years ago is Jacqueline Watt. Her work has been informed by the Scottish landscape and its elemental forces and is strong, expressive and colourful as a direct result. Her innovative use of paint and colour is firmly grounded in, and influenced by, her traditional Scottish art education.

We have works from other artists as well - some new to us here at Whitmuir and some favourites with us once again.

Works from artists new to us include tactile velvet wall hangings from Rosie Logan; felt and fabric landscapes from Lisa Louttit; and fresh, colourful and slightly quirky paintings from Nikki Monaghan.

Returning artists include Duncan Macleod and Euan McGregor with their different approaches to Scottish landscapes; Susan Mitchell with her watercolours of birds and farm animals; and Lesley Skeates with her contemporary evocations of East Lothian and Italy.

Sandstrom and Kaplan - From Air As well as visual artists we have an ever-growing portfolio of contemporary craft workers and makers, and of course some of our favourites are back once more with new and unique work. Our regular exhibitors Annica Sandstrom and David Kaplan have a number of glass works with us, including this wonderful glass panel "From Air".

Dianne King - Silver Spindrift
Dianne King - Silver Spindrift, detail
Alison Dupernex’s delicate silk and wool scarves are both soft and delightfully warm, and local textile artist Jill Dewis has brought us beautiful tweed bags.

Dianne King - Silver Spindrift
Dianne King - Silver Spindrift, detail
Silver Spindrift
Dianne King
Silver Spindrift, detail
Dianne King

Dianne King - Spindrift Rainbow Necklace We are delighted to welcome Dianne King to the gallery for the first time. Dianne is an award-winning jewellery designer-maker based in Fife who specialises in one-off pieces. Last year she was one of four jewellers chosen for the Farlin project, a collaboration between makers and poets in Fife and Shetland. She used Christian Tait’s poem, Spindrift, as inspiration for a brooch exhibited earlier this year in St Andrews. The one-off pieces in this exhibition continue that theme.

Laura Ngyou - Aurelia long necklaceLaura Ngyou creates sculptural jewellery and silverware from contrasting precious metals and an array of semi-precious stones. The delicate, unique aesthetic carried by her creations is inspired by a fascination for the varying forms of the vessel found in the natural world, from water catching pitcher plants to sea worn oyster shells. In 2012 she was awarded a silver bullion bursary from the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and was highly commended for her physalis fruit vessel design in the Young Designer Silversmith Awards.

As well as the jewellers shown here, we have new work in colourful copper from Linda Lovett. and in silver with precious and semi-precious stones from the award-winning Anne Morgan.

Blandine Anderson - Red Hare with White Trees,
Blandine Anderson - Red Fox with White Flowers,
Red Hare with White Trees
Blandine Anderson
Red Fox with White Flowers
Blandine Anderson

Blandine Anderson last exhibited with us two years ago and we're thrilled that she has sent us another collection of her porcelain and stoneware sculptures. Blandine has a following with collectors world-wide. She says: "I am fascinated by the way in which a scene or sculptural form can be totally altered by the addition of an animal. Depending on the size and character of that animal - it can give a sense of scale, movement or mystery, or it can completely disguise the original form". Each of Blandine’s pieces is unique, no moulds or repeat methods are used.

Norris and Ashcroft - Yew SculpturesMany of you already know Leo Norris for his beautiful wooden clocks. He has collaborated with Colin Ashcroft to produce these two stunning carved yew sculptures. As with all the images here, you can click through for the bigger picture and this one's worth it!

This truly is our biggest exhibition yet where you’ll find all sorts of fabulous Christmas gifts, each one hand-made and many made locally. If you’re still not sure what to choose, remember we also have gift vouchers from £5.

There is plenty of free parking and you can combine your visit to the gallery with lunch at the Whitmuir Farm Café - call the restaurant direct on 01968 661 147 to book.

We look forward to seeing you!

Helen, Helen and Kirsten