27th January - 26th February 2022
‘Creative Connections’ showcases work made by participants in online creative workshops run for adults over 60 in the Outer Hebrides. The Covid-19 lockdown and restrictions acted as the catalyst for new connections and creativity. Classes included Memory Books; Inspiring Textiles; Introduction to Printmaking; Home is Where the Art Is; Rannsachadh Ealain Lèirsinneach; and Bogsaichean Sgeulachd, and were run by both local artists and creatives and those from further afield. The workshops were run by An Lanntair and funded and supported by Inspiring Scotland’s Creative Communities programme. A series of workshops took place in-person at Grinneabhat later in 2021.
Our corridor exhibition is series of original watercolours depicting historic island sites by Margaret Macleod.
Margaret was brought up in Glasgow from an early age although both parents were from Lewis – her mother from Coll and her father Murdo MacAulay from Bragar. She trained as a primary teacher but in the mid-80s decided on a career change to concentrate on painting full-time. She works mainly in watercolour and oils covering a variety of subjects.
Margaret returned to the island in 2000 and now lives in the village of Back with her husband John. She paints on a regular basis over-and-above being a freelance artist for D.C. Thomson as one of their cover artists.
September 2021 - January 2022
Our autumn 2021 exhibition is by young local artist Jonathan MacDonald.
'Jonathan is based in Stornoway and has been developing his work as an abstract artist over the last number of years. His work is bright, playful and colourful, with his canvases full of fantastical detailed paths of colour, echoing the abstract work of Plaul Klee, Joan Miró and Jackson Pollock. His work often features shapes and lines that create visual maps that come from working intuitively from his imagination, and sometimes with influences of the environment that surrounds him.’
Follow his work on Instagram @jamartdrawing
Eyes as Big as Plates
April - September 2021
The summer 2021 exhibition, and the first in the newly refurbished building, is Eyes as Big as Plates by Finnish-Norwegian artists Riitta Ikonen and Karoline Hjorth. The exhibition includes portraits from the artists' visit to Bragar and Arnol in 2019, as well as images from Norway, South Korea, Tasmania and Senegal. For more information on the work, visit Riitta and Karoline's website at eyesasbigasplates.com.
Exhibitions put on by UCBA before renovation of the building.