About

The Gallery

A photographic gallery dedicated to adventure, those devoted to it, and those who are looking for it. Photography exhibited in Eleven41 Gallery celebrates the Scottish mountains and landscape, with additional collections from around the globe. Curated by Ed Smith BA(Hons) ARPS, photography on display is of the highest professional standards – often displaying award winning and shortlisted work from national and international photography competitions. 

Images are available for sale from cards and small mounted prints to large framed archival prints.  
Eleven41 Gallery is named after the 1141m Cairn often used for navigation by those exploring the northern Cairngorms; a point where adventures onto the Cairngorm plateau truly begin, looking into the wilderness beyond.

Refitted from the old Kingussie Co-op, Eleven41 Gallery also plays a crucial role of regeneration on Kingussie High Street.

A guest looking at some of Ed's work on the opening night

Our Story

In October 2016 we purchased what was the old Kingussie Co-op (from the 1930’s to 2014) and with the help of family and friends began transforming the building into our vision for a bright and contemporary photography gallery.

This vision was based on a combination of our values and experience; wanting to reuse and refurbish an old building in amongst a community where we could add to (as opposed to compete with) other creative and specialist businesses and local trade. With Ed’s experience as a highly trained and successful freelance photographer and Emily’s knowledge as a civil engineer and retail customer services manager (before retraining as a music teacher) our vision started slowly transforming into reality.  

After 14 months of labour in the gallery, having encountered numerous head scratching issues along the way, and employed the exceptional help of numerous local tradesmen, we stripped the vinyl and chipboard from the windows and our space saw a full day’s worth of sunlight for the first time in decades. Three days later we celebrated our opening on 1st Dec 2017.

We continue to be very grateful for the support of our local community in and around Kingussie, and in turn we hope that we have helped to set an example of how other disused High Street spaces could be refurbished and revived – despite working to a tight budget and whilst keeping other businesses in mind – to help the the town re-establish itself as a thriving and sustainable hub.

Aware of doing our bit, re-opening this fantastic building is our first statement of intent in our commitment to our local community, alongside our pursuit to be as friendly to the environment and as responsible as possible. We have reinstated numerous original features from when the building was erected in 1879 (our large fireplace and numerous windows are the most visible examples) and in taking a thorough approach we hope that the building will remain as a prominent fixture on Kingussie High Street for another 140 years.

Image of the old Co-Op mid transformation into the gallery
Transforming the old Co-Op into the gallery