About2009 is Scotland's Year of Homecoming and Precious Cargo's theme of migration, boats and the sea reflects this. The exhibition has been designed by Brodie Nairn and Nicky Burns from Glasstorm in Tain as an innovative installation of closed Cargo boxes, which reveal a contemporary 'souvenir' of the Highlands which travellers to lands across the sea might have cherished to remind them of 'home'.
The best of craft makers from across the Highlands and Scotland were invited to respond to the theme and create 'souvenirs' or 'Precious Cargo' to form the collection. Artists and makers working in a variety of media including jewellery, textiles, wood, glass, metal, ceramics and film were selected to take part in the show which represents a stunning collection of contemporary craftsmanship.
Julie Ann seaman, Joanne Kaar, Fiona Thompson, Rachel Skene, Laura West, Glasstorm, Lucy Woodley, Alistair McKay, Alan Baillie, Beth Legg, Gilly Langton, Mhari Killin, Dave Woodley, Angus Clyne, Phatsheep, Penny Woodley, Rogue Seeds, Juliette Arnott, Valerie Pragnell, Sam Samson, Andrea Williamson, Patty Niemenn, Linda Soos, Karen Livingstone, Alsion Guantry & Angus Stewart.
Precious Cargo originate at Inverness Museum and Art Galleries and is now touring across the Highlands as part of the Homecoming Scotland Partnership Programme.