The beauty of the isles. That's the title of an exhibition which was opened in An Lanntair yesterday afternoon. The exhibition consists of works of art by local artists. Anyone can submit to the exhibition, and can also put the works for sale. It is not restricted to paintings, but includes other forms of art as well, such as photography and sculpture.
Grinneas was the foundation stone on which An Lanntair (The Lantern) was founded, more than 20 years ago. In the 1980s there was no exhibition space in the Western Isles, and any arts exhibitions were limited to a 2 week stint in the Town Hall. After a long battle, An Lanntair opened its doors to the public last October, in a new building after years in the old Town Hall.
This year's exhibition was opened by the present and a former chairman of An Lanntair, followed by a bite to eat and music by the Woodlands Band. The exhibition is free and open for viewing from 10 a.m. till 5 pm in An Lanntair in Stornoway until May 27th.
Another exhibition space which came to my attention 18 months ago is in Tigh Chearsabhagh in Lochmaddy (North Uist), a few hundred yards from the ferry terminal. I understand that this has expanded over the last 12 months. In other words, the arts in the Western Isles have taken a shot in the arm in recent times.
A novel initiative is being launched in the coming week on the An Lanntair website. A Creative Directory is to be established, in which anyone who engages in any creative activity (music, writing, crafts, photography, graphic design, films etc.) can submit their details for free.