IT’S introduction ultimately lead to the establishment of the An Lanntair arts centre – so it is certainly time for all artistic island residents to submit their creations for the ‘community installation’, Grinneas nan Eilean.
With over 25 annual exhibitions held over the years, The Islands Open Exhibition Grinneas holds a special place in the hearts of the An Lanntair team as Gallery Director Roddy Murray said: “It’s special because back in the 70s and early 80s, for two weeks in September, it was the only visual art exhibition throughout the Western Isles.
“It also proved the wealth of talent we have in the Islands, which set a course that would ultimately lead to the opening of An Lanntair in 1985. It’s easy to forget what a long way we have come and easy to take for granted the provision we now have.”
Submissions to the annual show are now being taken and works should be dropped at the arts centre no later than Saturday, March 23rd.
Each work must be clearly marked with the title, artist and selling price on the reverse; and all works must be ready to hand, it is asked you please don’t submit works in clip frames.
And open to island residents old and young, a huge variety of paintings, photographs and sculptures is once again anticipated this year.
Roddy expanded: “I expect the usual vast array of works across all ages and media. It’s really our version of the Royal Academy exhibitions with a salon-style hang, floor to ceiling.
“I often refer to it as more of a community installation than a straightforward exhibition – if it’s submitted then it’s in. The volume and diversity of work – up to and in excess of 400 pieces – in its entirety is like a visual assault. Thereafter there is the pleasure of perusing and getting up close to the work.”
And although each year Grinneas brings with it issues in hanging and displaying such a vast collection of items, the collation of the community show is something which the An Lanntair team relish, as Roddy continued: “It’s a constant surprise because there are always new works by new contributors.
“It’s sort of an artistic democracy in that professionals and enthusiasts are together in the same frame, so to speak.
“It’s also, literally, a shop window. A lot of the work is for sale and business is usually good,” he added. “This year it will open on Easter Friday, so there will be a large number of visitors to the islands who, hopefully, will want to take something away with them. That’s good for us and for the artists.”
Grinneas nan Eilean 2013 opens to the public on Friday, March 30th and runs until Saturday, May 11th. For further information, queries, please contact An Lanntair on 01851 703307.