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Artist Village

Joan Eardly's beloved village in Catterline

Fostering a love of art in an artist's village
Why not take a stroll before or after dinner along our spectacular Catterline cliff tops or to the tiny harbour built in 1842. You will soon realise what inspired generations of artists like Joan Eardley, be it a beautiful summer's day or during a breathtaking winter's storm.
Man playing guitar

The artist's village

Catterline has long been associated with the arts and is known as "the artists village". Artists, poets and musicians have over the years drawn inspiration from the dramatic seascape and idyllic seclusion offered by Catterline and the surrounding area. In addition to Joan Eardley, artists such as Lil Neilson and Annette Stephen have enjoyed the village as a source of creativity.
Artist at work

Our commitment to art

The Creel Inn strives to reflect this artistic history and feature local artists, past and present. We are currently working to develop this further, utilising our walls as a canvas promoting artists, whilst enhancing the visitor's experience.
Work palet of Joan Eardly in Catterline

Joan Eardley

Joan Eardley lived in Catterline producing her most highly acclaimed work. Having become very involved with the village, it's rugged beauty and it's simple way of life, her colours became richer and her painting more expressionist in response to the constant changes of sea, sky and land. She died from cancer at the age of 42, leaving behind an artistic legacy. Many Scottish municipal galleries own Eardleys and the Tate owns the seascape, Salmon Net Posts. Having sucessfully painted slum children in Glasgow, her later works done in Catterline, qualify her as a world class painter. 

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