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.
CLICK HERE to listen to 'Tweed' by sound artist Cathy Lane
CLICK HERE to listen to forest ambience, wind in the trees, birdsong and grasshoppers on Isle of Arran.
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 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
Image : film still from 'The Island Of Big Cloth' courtesy of The National Library Of Scotland's Moving Image Archive
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.
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.