Four new appointments to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s arts residency programme

History, heritage and the landscape to feature prominently in the work of Sabhal Mòr Ostaig’s arts residency programme

The four new appointments to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI’s arts residency programme present a wide-ranging and intriguing programme of work which over the next twelve months will use drama, literature, music and the visual arts to explore various threads of Gaelic culture, heritage and the landscape of the Highlands.

Renowned Skye musician Blair Douglas is the new Musician in Residence. Dramatist Kenneth Lindsay, originally from Oban, has been appointed Writer in Residence, and artists Dr Kirsten Norrie and Murray Robertson will each complete a six-month residency at the College as the Visual Artist in Residence.

The College’s Arts Development Officer, Kath MacLeod, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming four new artists in residence who all have particular project ideas for the coming 12 months.

“The writer, Kenny Lindsay, will focus on playwriting, continuing the development of Gaelic drama which has taken place here at SMO in recent years.

“Taking inspiration from the song ‘An Eala Bhàn’ renowned musician, Blair Douglas, plans to develop a project based around one WW1 soldier’s experiences and life-story through song, music, poetry and drama.

“The visual artist residency will be shared by two artists working for six months each. Dr Kirsten Norrie, a performance artist, will be working in film with a live soundtrack, utilising and referencing works in the College library.

“Murray Robertson, the artist and master printer, will focus on exploring the cultural and human response to two areas in Skye – the Cuillins and Duirinish – which have recently been identified as areas of ‘wild land’ on SNH’s map ‘The Core Areas of Wild Land’.

“Murray is keen to discuss with Gaelic writers, poets and musicians their reactions to the SNH map and collaborate with any interested groups or individuals.”

The residencies are funded as part of Creative Scotland’s Creative Futures programme,