The Barra Bunting Project has been awarded a prestigious Epic Award.
Run by Barra and Vatersay Produce Show, the project is an inspiring initiative to decorate the annual show with bunting flags made by people who have set foot on Barra and Vatersay.
Each flag is unique to the person who made it and many flags have arrived from afar with stories and memories attached.
A statement from those behind the project said: “Barra and Vatersay Island Produce Show, who run Barra Bunting, are delighted with the success of the Bunting project to-date.
“They would like to thank everyone that has taken part, the volunteers at the workshops and people who have shared or retweeted to get the project spread all over the world. We would also like to thank CNES for their Arts Revenue Grant which helped us get started. We hope that this prestigious award will be a fantastic platform on which to develop the project further and look forward to receiving more bunting from people who have set foot on Barra and Vatersay.”
The 2013 Epic Awards were presented at the vibrant Verbal Arts Centre in Derry~Londonderry, the UK City of Culture, on Thursday January 31st.
Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Scottish Government, said: “I’d like to congratulate all those involved in the Barra Bunting Project on winning the Scotland Epic Award. Scotland is renowned for its warm people and its warm welcome. The project has embraced these principles by reaching out across continents to those who have poignant memories of their connections to Barra.
“I’m delighted that Voluntary Arts Scotland’s continuing support for groups like Barra Bunting is enabling even more people to get involved in creative activities and bringing communities together to show their individuality, their ingenuity and their imagination.”
Pictured are Sarah and Neil Paul MacLean showing four of the bunting flags from England, Germany and Barra