Grounded. Judith Parrott

An exhibition of new work on language and land for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games 2014

Seagreen. Photo by Judith Parrott

Grounded is an exhibition of photographic prints, audiovisual, sound and prose, resulting from residencies with Wangkangurru, Arrarnta and Arrernte people of the Central Australian Desert, and with Gaelic speaking communities of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. Judith Parrott’s diaries will be uploaded here, in response to her experiences at the two locations. The exhibition will... Read More ›

Sexy Peat/ Tìr mo Rùin – Kacper Kowalski shortlisted for Sony World Photography Awards

Artist Diary 1 November - Kacper Kowalksi. Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines

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Congratulations to aerial photographer Kacper Kowalski, who took to the skies of Lewis to photograph the peatlands for his Sexy Peat/Tìr mo Rùin commission. Kacper has been nominated for the Sony World Photography Awards 2014: : http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/in-pictures-25983313 Those magnificent men in their flying machines Some people call him an aerial photographer. We call him a crazy... Read More ›

Sexy Peat/Tìr mo Rùin

Artist Diary 18 October - Jon Macleod. Territory – Dùthaich

Pentland Road shieling

I have started writing this moor blog whilst on a residency in St.Kilda. It seems that both these places have become defined by the notion of remoteness and as such are comparable. Also the language, culture and archaeology of both are largely shared. To fully experience both St. Kilda and the Moor it is necessary... Read More ›

Sexy Peat/Tìr mo Rùin

Artist Diary 25 July - Murray Robertson. Off the Pentland Road

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The Pentland Road traverses Lewis running east to west, from Stornoway to Carloway, and neatly bisects the core of the peatlands allowing access to one of the most unique natural environments in Northern Europe. From the road the moorland looks rugged, wild and impenetrable. The leviathan blanket bog that covers most of Northern Lewis breathes... Read More ›

Sexy Peat/Tìr mo Rùin

Artist Diary 4 August - Alex Boyd. The Emerging Island

The Peat Road, on the way to the Shieling village of Cuidhsiadar

As the ferry made its slow and stately progress across the expanse of The Minch, and the great peaks of Skye’s mountains gradually settled towards the horizon, I couldn’t help but stand transfixed at the view which stretched before me. The Outer Hebrides is somewhere which until this week I had never experienced, save through... Read More ›

Sexy Peat/Tìr mo Rùin

Artist Diary 3 August - Anne Campbell. Moorland diary

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March. NB 2976 3817. A pool where two streams emerge from beneath the peat – the source of the water which flows to Loch na Mòineach, which in turn feeds Feadan Loch na Mòineach, which joins Feadan Loch an Fhraoich and Feadan Loch nam Breac to form Gleann Thorradail, one of the tributaries of Gleann... Read More ›

Sexy Peat/Tìr mo Rùin

Pàipear-taighe - Deirdre Nelson

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See more of Deirdre’s work at http://cargocollective.com/dstitch twitter.com/dstitch 6 October: Pàipear-taighe I have been gathering imagery of all the small things from the moor and on my last visit to Lewis I visited Alison Macleod in her studio.   She is a textile designer/artist from The Isle of Lewis whose designs are inspired by her... Read More ›

Sexy Peat/Tìr mo Rùin

Artist Diary 24 July - Fabric Lenny Sketchbook

Moorland Discussion - Procreate

Follow Fabric Lenny’s Peatland blog: http://fabriclenny.blogspot.co.uk/ 24 July: iPad to Press – Photo Polymer Photogravure After having had a few days to reflect on my time in Scotland as part of the Sexy Peat project, I can now reveal that it was a truly amazing experience. The two weeks on Lewis exploring the Peatlands and... Read More ›

Sea Change 2012: interdependence

Sea Change connections and interconnections

  Thank you to everyone involved in Sea Change 2012: artists, arts and science organisations, local communities and funders. Here’s a map of some of the artist-led activity over the year; as Scotland debates the important issue of political independence, we’re voting for the ecological interdependence of people, places and resources! Wishing everyone a happy... Read More ›

Air falbh leis na h-eòin – Away with the Birds

Artist Diary: Daniel Warren

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No film can be too personal. The image speaks. Sound amplifies and comments. Size is irrelevant. Perfection is not an aim. An attitude means a style. A style means an attitude. Free Cinema 1 manifesto, February 1956 I’m not really one for writing a diary or a blog, and there are already good writers involved... Read More ›

Machair. Hugh Harwood

Cultivated field systems on Machair in Barra looking towards South Uist

  Machair is a complex eco-system situated on low-lying coastline, comprised of sand with a high proportion of shell fragments (sometimes 80 or 90 % making it fertile). Machair has developed with the effects of strong winds combined with just the right amount of rainfall and, most crucially, the involvement of people and their grazing... Read More ›

Bird Yarns inspires ‘Tern’, by musician Mick Slaven: Listen here

Deirdre Nelson: Artist Diary March 2013

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Tern, written and performed by Mick Slaven   Listen here Copyright control Mick Slaven, 2013:  www.trickyhat.com/mick-slaven.html Riding the Breeze Bird Yarns made a brief landing at Letham Nights in Fife late last year and managed to share the stage with Coal Town Daisies and The Bevvy Sisters. Letham nights aims to bring high quality music to... Read More ›

Ian Stephen and Christine Morrison in Travelling Light at An Talla Solais, Ullapool

20 April - 19 May

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Ian Stephen and Christine Morrison present new work, supported by Sea Change, as part of Travelling Light at An Talla Solais, Ullapool, an exhibition and art activities inspired by the sailor’s ditty box. http://www.antallasolais.org/travelling-light An Talla Solais Market Street Ullapool IV26 2XE   Acts of Trust wins award in British Awards for Storytelling Excellence The... Read More ›

Hear Stephen Hurrel on Radio 4

Listen on BBC iPlayer

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Listen to Stephen Hurrel discussing his artist residency at the University of Aberdeen Lighthouse Field Station, Cromarty. Part of BBC Radio 4′s Saving Species series. Read More ›

Air falbh leis na h-eòin – Away with the Birds

Hanna Tuulikki's Complete Audio Diary

Compass Hill, Canna. Photo by Hanna Tuulikki

28 June 2013 Listen here to an extract from Hanna’s diary: Voices at Dusk   29 May 2013 Listen here to an extract from Hanna’s diary: Tracing Lines 19 April 2013 The creation of Air falbh leis na h-eòin: Hanna on tumblr 14 January 2013 Listen here to an extract from Hanna’s diary: Meeting Mary... Read More ›

Bird Yarns. Deirdre Nelson

Artist Diary - Arctic terns descend on Glasgow Botanics!

Photo by Deirdre Nelson

  Birdyarns is gathering supporters and followers with each and every landing, each time making connections in new, exciting and unexpected ways . Recently singer Jo Mango (uk.myspace.com/jomango) got in touch having spotted Creative Scotland’s post about the birds landing in Glasgow. Much of her songwriting involves birds in one way or another so she... Read More ›

Bird Yarns Photo Diary

Artist Diaries. 21 June 2012

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            21 June 2012 The days are long, bright and cool on Tobermory: only 4 hours of darkness between last gull and first dove call. Down in the harbour boats swing on the wind; clouds sit over Ardnamurchan and Morven across the Sound of Mull. On the fisherman’s pier a... Read More ›

Air falbh leis na h-eòin – Away with the Birds

Artist Diary: Geoff Sample

Photo by Olivia Uney / Canna Mouse Photography

See Olivia Uney’s Canna photographs: http://www.cannamousephotography.co.uk  8 June 2012 Listen to White-Tailed eagles, Canna. Recorded by Geoff Sample The deep throb of the ferry’s engines provides an accompaniment to the journey and transports us from the known mainland to the unknown island. Leaving the harbour we leave man-made noise and a wide-open Atlantic insular horizon... Read More ›

Bird Yarns. Mary Jane Lamond

Artist Diary - Flying in from Nova Scotia

The drive home: safety first

11 June 2012 Just a little news on the Cape Breton flock below…I drove down to Sydney  (Cape Breton, Nova Scotia)  yesterday to meet up with Janice MacKay and Kelly Krawchuk to pick up the Cape Breton flock of Arctic Terns. We met up in a pub and had a great visit, some food and... Read More ›

Ditty Boxes. John Cumming, Cecil Tait

Artist Diary: John Cumming on Ditty Boxes at the Künstlerhaus, Dortmund

Gunnar Jónsson, Hringsól 4 (Wander around 4), 7 minute video loop, 2012

24 February 2013 On the invitation of Imi Maufe and Rona Rangsch, joint curators of this themed exhibition, The Ditty Boxes formed part of “Voyage – sea journeys, island hopping and trans-oceanic concepts “, at the Künstlerhaus, Dormund. I travelled, via Copenhagen, to Dortmund for the hanging and opening of this show. Most of the... Read More ›

A Gaelic Song. Mary Jane Lamond

Artist Diary – Expedition

Mary Jane Lamond, Jo Royle and Julie Fowlis during the 2011 Scottish Islands Expedition

Watch Mary Jane Lamond, Jo Royle and Julie Fowlis in footage from the 2011 Scottish Islands Expedition. Read More ›

Three Island Reels. Julie Fowlis

Artist Diary – Expedition

Three Island Reels

By Julie Fowlis, filmed during Cape Farewell’s 2011 Scottish Islands Expedition. Read More ›

Uist My Love. Julie Fowlis

Artist Diary – Expedition

Uist My Love

By Julie Fowlis, filmed during Cape Farewell’s 2011 Scottish Islands Expedition. Read More ›

Blue Bonnets. Ian Stephen

Artist Diary – Expedition

Blue Bonnets

Blue Bonnets, a poem by Ian Stephen filmed during the 2011 Scottish Islands Expedition. Read More ›

Fraoch à Rònaigh. Julie Fowlis

Artist Diary – Expedition

Fraoch à Rònaigh

By Julie Fowlis, filmed during Cape Farewell’s 2011 Scottish Islands Expedition. Read More ›

Balranald. Ian Stephen

Artist Diary – Expedition

Ordnance Survey, North Uist

A poem by Ian Stephen written during the 2011 Scottish Islands Expedition. Read More ›