• About Us

    Browns Gallery was initially established in Tain in 1993 by Scottish artist Gordon Brown, on the back of a successful framing and restoration workshop, which continues to operate today. After quickly gaining a reputation as a home for exciting contemporary art and artists in the Highlands, Browns Gallery has become home to some of the most renowned names in Scottish Art - John Byrne, John Bellany, Neil MacPherson and Allan MacDonald, to name a few. 

    The second Browns Gallery opened in Inverness in August of 2022. Whilst continuing to curate one of the most exciting collections of contemporary artworks to be found anywhere in Scotland today, the team at Browns Gallery also use the space to delicately prophet the future of Scottish Art, showcasing a remarkable range of compelling artists working at the forefront of contemporary art in Scotland.
  • Ethos

    A word from Gallerist Gordon Brown
    'I was a student at art school when I first visited Tain. There was an antiques shop in the town,...

     "I was a student at art school when I first visited Tain. There was an antiques shop in the town, which had a sign in the window offering to buy paintings. I managed to sell them some of my work, which was great because I was struggling to survive on my student grant. So it was in Tain that I saw my own work hanging on the walls of a gallery, for the very first time.


    Of course there have been artists living and working around this area for a long time. Opening the gallery simply brought a much-needed focus to what had previously gone unnoticed. My ambition was simple - to show the best work being produced in the Highlands, and to make this work accessible to all. As an artist myself, I also wanted to make it easy for the artists I worked with to get on with doing what they did best.


    I quickly noticed it was the contemporary work - more than the conventional Scottish landscapes - that were catching the eye. So that's where I focused. To this day, I strive to present current work, art that challenges the imagination. Surprises and confronts, at times. For me, it's always been about connecting the artists with the people who walk through the door. Hopefully the rich variety of work on the walls offers something for them all."

  • Meet The Team

    • Gordon Brown, He/Him

      Gordon Brown

      Gallery Owner and Director

      BA Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art, 1990

    • Emma Caldow, She/Her

      Emma Caldow

      Communications and collections Coordinator

      BA Painting, Gray's School of Art, 2022



    • Lucy Woodley, She/Her

      Lucy Woodley

      Fine Art and Objects Advisor

      BA Jewellery, Gray's School of Art, 1992

    • Harley Brown, She/Her

      Harley Brown

  • Testimonials

    "However many times you walk into the gallery in the bakehouse, which Gordon Brown has created with sensitive dedication, the experience is both a surprise and delight. The quality of the exhibited artists chosen by the curator matches the best to be found anywhere in Scotland today.

    There is a discriminating eye behind these choices, which recognises not just accomplishment, but the drive of the true artist to take risks in order to reveal more. To visit this North Highland gallery is certainly worth a detour. It is to experience a confrontation with excellence in contemporary Scottish art."

    The Rt. Hon. Lord Maclennan of Rogart




    "I first stumbled across Browns Gallery ten years ago when I was coming out of Harry Gow's (later redubbed 'Le Lapin Agile' when it became a rendevous point for the artistically-bent riff-raff from Tain and its environs) with our then tiny twins and a big poke of Dream Rings.


    Despite my misgivings - the gallery, after all, was some considerable distance from the cultural epicentres of Glasgow, Edinburgh and London - I was impressed by the total absence of the Scottish Swiss Tart School of Paintings, and the even less attractive Honolulu-in-the-Highlands Sunsetcsapes.


    Since then I have really been impressed by gallery director Gordon Brown's far-sightedness in acquiring the old bakehouse adjacent to the 'Lapin Agile' and transforming it into a great space for showing contemporary paintings that's on par with the best of the country."


    John Byrne

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