a-mach an gleann: paintings

‘A-mach an gleann: A known wilderness’ was a collaborative art project in which Jon Macleod and I explored the landscape, place-names, shieling traditions and stories of Gleann Bhradhagair, part of the north Lewis moorland. The project was inspired by the realisation that many of the place-names and stories which my parents were familiar with now only exist in the minds of the older generation and are being lost year by year. As well as making series of mixed-media paintings and screen-prints, we collected a hundred and twenty-one Gaelic terms connected with peat-cutting and moorland, and a hundred and thirty-one place-names from the Bradhagair moorland, the great majority of which were previously unrecorded. The work was funded by Proiseact nan Ealan and Scottish Natural Heritage, sponsored by Comann Eachdraidh an Taobh Siar, and exhibited in An Lanntair, Stornoway in 2007 and Taigh Chearsabhagh, Uist in 2008.
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Na Bughachan (detail)
Beinn a' Bhoghalan (detail)
Beinn a' Bhoghalan (detail)
An Talamh Briste (detail)
An Talamh Briste (detail)
Tom Mhicni
Na Clachan Sìnteag (detail)
Linne Bugha Gheàrraidh ‘an an Duibh (detail)
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