ISLAND

ISLAND is a collection of sounds, film, and reading that relate to the Scottish Islands particularly the Outer Hebrides and the Isle of Harris.  Many people, artists, musicians and poets have found great inspiration in the landscape, life and culture of these remote Islands, we have collated some of their writings, recordings, musings and artworks here for you, along with some historical archival film footage, so you can share in experiencing some of the magic of these wild and outstandingly beautiful places.

LISTEN

Standing stones on a flat area of grass with a coastal area in the distance.

 

CLICK HERE to listen to 'Tweed' by sound artist Cathy Lane

 

CLICK HERE to listen to 'HEN' a poem by artist Margaret Tait

 

CLICK HERE to listen to forest ambience, wind in the trees, birdsong and grasshoppers on Isle of Arran.

CLICK HERE to listen The Guardian's Sean O'Hagan discussing the photographer Paul Strand's Hebrides series for the Barbican Centre Strange and Familiar podcast.

CLICK HERE  to listen to Alan Lomax recordings Skye 1951 of children singing 'Si morag a rinn a' bhanais'

CLICK HERE to listen to the artist Norman Ackroyd discussing watercolour techniques and his painting trips by boat in and around St Kilda.

CLICK HERE to listen to Margaret Tait read her poem 'Standing Stones of Steness'

WATCH

Colourful wool drying on a line, the sea in the distance, beyond a grassy, stony cut through the land.

 

CLICK HERE to watch 'DA MAKKIN O'A KESHIE' 

A short 5 minute film from the National Library of Scotland's Moving Image Archive, in which a crofter in the Shetland Isles demonstrates how to make a 'keshie' to carry home his peat.

CLICK HERE to watch 'THE ISLAND OF BIG CLOTH'

A 20 minute film from the National Library of Scotland's Moving Image Archive, depicting the story of Harris tweed and of the life of the islanders who produce it.

CLICK HERE for LUX online exhibition: 

UNDER THAT/ LAND MAKAR  films by Orcadian artist Margaret Tait, and Glasgow based artist Anne-Marie Copestake.

CLICK HERE  to look through a contemporary lens at Island life in The Barbican Centre's short film; Life Rewired Shorts - 'WiFi in the Glen'

 

CLICK HERE for 'A Portrait of Ga' by Margaret Tait'

 

CLICK HERE  to watch a short film from the V&A about photographer Paul Strand. Paul Strand visited South Uist in the Outer Hebrides in 1954 and his visit resulted in the book Tir a'Mhurain. This collection of photographs capture a moment in time of rural island community life and the wild open landscape in which they lived. Three of the sitters from the Hebrides series that were photographed as children talk about meeting Strand and their memories of South Uist in the 1950s.

CLICK HERE to watch documentary about artist Norman Ackroyd

LEARN & CREATE

A hand grasping purple and blue strands of wool.

Image : film still from 'The Island Of Big Cloth' courtesy of The National Library Of Scotland's Moving Image Archive 

RELATED LEARNING

CLICK HERE to find out about influential artist and weaver Anni Albers

CLICK HERE to watch a short film commissioned by Hands-On Cove Park. "The film gives an insight into the artist Hrafnhildur Halldorsdottir’s work, who demonstrates weaving techniques using a handloom.

 

CLICK HERE to see Norman Ackroyd's artworks.

ACTIVITY

DRAW FROM FILM,  PHOTOS, PAINTINGS 

WHY NOT TRY YOUR HAND AT DRAWING A LANDSCAPE?

YOU COULD PAUSE ONE OF THE FILMS FROM OUR WATCH LIST AND SKETCH WHAT YOU SEE.

YOU COULD ALSO USE ONE OF NORMAN ACKROYD'S ARTWORKS OR PAUL STRAND'S PHOTOGRAPHS AS A STARTING POINT FOR A DRAWING OR PAINTING OF YOUR OWN.

FOR TIPS ON HOW TO GET STARTED GO TO OUR CREATE PAGE WHERE YOU'LL FIND OUR DRAWING SHEETS THAT GIVE YOU EXAMPLES OF WHERE TO BEGIN.

Looking out to an island, with a Calmac ferry in the foreground and a field with sheep grazing.

READ

CLICK HERE to read poems by Shetland poet ROSEANNE WATT from her debut collection

'MODER DY'. Written in English and in Shetland dialect.

A photo of an open book, cup of black coffee and round spectacles seen from above.

ACTIVITY

ISLAND DRAWING IDEAS

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Background Artwork by Lily Ross 'Untitled'  Watercolour on paper 2019

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