Glass sculptor is winner of 2016’s An Sùileachan Residency

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An Lanntair and the Bhaltos Community Trust are delighted to announce Shaun Fraser as the An Sùileachan artist in residence for 2016.

The residency has been set up to provide time and space to research, explore and create in a landscape of outstanding natural beauty that has a strong linguistic and cultural heritage.

Based on the Bhaltos peninsula, on the Isle of Lewis it is hosted by the Bhaltos Community Trust.

Scottish artists Marian Leven and Will Maclean were originally commissioned to design a suitable monument based on their understanding of the local culture and history of the land raids in the Western Isles.

The resulting memorial cairn was the recipient of the Saltire Public Art Award.

Since their commission Will and Marian have helped to create and support the An Sùileachan residency in partnership with the Bhaltos Community Trust and An Lanntair.

This year’s residency is supported by “Bealach”, the Lewis and Harris Creative Place Award winning project.

Marian and Will said: “I am sure that we speak for the An Suileachan Residency committee.

“We were delighted with the response from over eighty applicants and frustrated that we had only one award to give to so many exciting proposals from a wide range of the arts.

“In the final round the decision to offer the residency to Shaun was fairly unanimous.

“We wanted to build on the success of last year’s residency and continue to work with and through the Bhaltos community. Shaun’s work is innovative and introduces a new language using glass combined with local materials.

“As an emerging artist he will benefit from the opportunity to make new work and in return will engage with Bhaltos community.

“He will introduce new skills and leave a legacy for the An Suileachan archive.”

Shaun Fraser is a glass sculptor and visual artist based in the Scottish Highlands.

He is a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art with an Honours Degree in Glass.

Currently studying at the Royal College of Art in London, his glass castings have been featured in exhibits across the UK and he has received awards for his glass work in his native home of Scotland.

Shaun commented: I’m delighted to have been selected for the 2016 An Sùileachan residency.

“I look forward to spending my time on Lewis developing new work in response to the island landscape and in collaboration with the local community.

“Lewis has, for a long time, been a pull for me. I’ve visited the island on several previous occasions whilst developing thoughts for past work and very much look forward to this opportunity for further development in a place of outstanding natural beauty that has a strong linguistic and cultural heritage.”

Pictured is one of Shaun’s pieces Bliadhna nan Caorach- The Year of the Sheep, Cast Glass with Metal Oxide.