Artist Brendan Neiland will be giving a talk in West Highland College, Fort William on Wed 21 October, 7.30pm, about his classic ‘Highland Collection’ railway posters, which were specially commissioned by ScotRail back in 1996 to promote rail lines to the Highlands. The six posters – depicting Glenfinnan Viaduct, Loch Shiel, the Isle of Skye, Glen Coe, the Nevis Range and the village of Tain – were spray-painted in acrylic form to show some classic scenery Brendan came across on his travels and are now all available to buy as postcards and posters (on sale at Glenfinnan Station Museum). The ‘Highland Collection’ won the Scottish Advertising & Design Award for best use of illustration in an advertisement.
Brendan Neiland is one of Scotland’s foremost contemporary painters and printmakers represented in major museums and art galleries worldwide. His work has been the subject of several television documentaries. The talk will be a fascinating story of research and inspiration, and the artistic techniques used to capture the spirit of the Highlands for the travelling public.
The event is the first in a series organised by the newly-formed West Highland Community Rail Partnership in order to highlight the impact of the West Highland Line on the community it serves. Focusing on the line from Crianlarich to Mallaig, the partnership is a voluntary community interest group working with the rail industry to maximise the potential benefit of the railway to the community.