‘Ropes of Sand’: an exhibition at An Lanntair

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islands, commenting on the salmon farming industry and another work having been inspired by the story surrounding the withdrawn superquarry application for Roineabhal in Harris.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.

a leaf, a dream

Yulia and Yurika had never met before, and they wouldn’t ever have if they had different names, looks, or chosen occupations. Yet, the similar sounding names, similar body build and similar occupation was enough of a premise for them to be introduced through a collaborative art project.

They agreed to monitor transformations during this period of seasonal change in Scotland and in Japan: over the last few weeks Yulia has been gathering fallen leaves, while at the same time Yurika has been gathering her dreams. Yulia covers each leaf with golden paint, Yurika draws images of what she had seen in her dreams. The exhibition will evolve as both keep adding new dreams and new leaves.

The exhibitions run simultaneously from the 21st November 2016 in Tent Gallery in Edinburgh, Scotland and in Container Gallery, U8 Projects in Komaki, Japan.


Container Gallery, U8 Projects view:

Container Gallery, Komaki, Japan


Tent Gallery view:

Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland

Fieldwork in Outlandia

MA / MFA Art Space and Nature recently returned from five days spent undertaking fieldwork at Outlandia in Glen Nevis.  Each with individual fields of research, fieldwork took students to hidden mystical caves, out onto the shores in nearby Knoydart, and precarious trails to the Steall falls in the Glen.

An exhibition of works in progress, themed around fieldwork undertaken at Outlandia, will open on 9 December at Tent Gallery.

Remote Centres: Performances from Outlandia

30 July – 30 August 2015

Part of the Edinburgh Art Festival 2015, Tent Gallery presents ‘Remote Centres: Performances from Outlandia’.

Performances from Outlandia sees performance and sound works originally created at Outlandia by 20 artists, poets, writers, musicians and members of the Nevis community, contained within a sculptural environment inside the Tent Gallery.

Through performance, these artists from Scotland, England, Wales and the Faroe Islands responded to Outlandia’s distinctive geographical forest location, overlooked by the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, in the Scottish Highlands. The exhibition is curated by Bruce Gilchrist and Jo Joelson (Outlandia / London Fieldworks) in association with Art Space & Nature (ECA), and includes performance works by Bram Thomas Arnold; Ruth Barker; Ed Baxter and Resonance Radio Orchestra with Tam Dean Burn; Johnny Brown with Band of Holy Joy; Clair Chinnery; Alec Finlay and Ken Coburn; Kirsteen Davidson-Kelly; Benedict Drew; Goodiepal; Sarah Kenchington; Lisa O’Brien; Lee Patterson; Michael Pedersen and Ziggy Campbell; Geoff Sample; Mark Vernon/Jo Joelson & Bruce Gilchrist; Tracey Warr; Tony White.

The performances and sound works were originally commissioned for Remote Performances, a series of radio broadcasts from Outlandia, co-produced by London Fieldworks and Resonance 104.4fm, with support from Arts Council England, the Nevis Landscape Partnership, Oxford Brookes University and Forestry Commission Scotland.

Ryoko Matsuo and Students Visit from Japan

We were visited by students and a professor from Yamaguchi, Japan this past week, and treated to a day of workshops.

Professor Ryoko Matsuo guides ASN student Flavia Salvador in a 'furoshiki' cloth wrapping workshop.

Professor Ryoko Matsuo guides ASN student Flavia Salvador in a ‘furoshiki’ cloth wrapping workshop.

The workshops, which took place in the Fashion area, gave students insight into the cultural and utilitarian significance of traditional Japanese clothing (Kimono Workshop) and folding/wrapping techniques (Furoshiki Workshop). A few ASN students also accompanied the group on a tour of nearby Rosslyn Chapel.

Professor Ryoko Matsuo’s work in fashion and textiles at Yamaguchi Prefectural University includes projects which aim at the creation of a rich cultural life and take advantage of local resources.

ASN and YPU students with Professor Matsuo

ASN and YPU students with Professor Matsuo

We extend our thanks to Professor Matsuo and her students for their visit.