Following a field trip to Lewis and Harris earlier in October last year, current Art, Space and Nature students recently exhibited their respective outputs in an exhibition titled ‘Ropes of Sand’ at An Lanntair gallery in Stornoway. The work reflected many different aspects of the area from which it was inspired.
Works visually reflected features of the islands; including wall paintings using the colours of houses on a local Stornoway street, and work using pigment made with peat from the Isle of Lewis. Other works engaged with local political issues within the islands, commenting on the salmon farming industry and another work having been inspired by the story surrounding the withdrawn superquarry application for Roineabhal in Harris. Works also examined more closely our human relationship to our environment; inspired by a sail on the ‘An Sulaire’, the community owned boat, visits to Luskentyre beach and the Mangurstadh bothy.
The exhibition opened on Friday 17 March and ran until 8 April.