Still time to design your Heb Celt work of art

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Artists have until tomorrow (Friday) to put forward plans to create a new work of art that will be premiered at the 20th anniversary Hebridean Celtic Festival this summer.

Organisers of the festival in Stornoway in the island of Lewis want a contemporary artwork designed to reflect the character of the event during its landmark year.

The selected design will be displayed at a prime location within the main arena in the grounds of Lews Castle and will be seen by a multi-national audience of 15,000 during the festival which runs from 15-18 July.

Artists are required to send an initial description (up to 300 words) of their design concept, along with their CV and examples of previous work to

After tomorrow’s deadline a shortlist will be drawn up and interviews carried out. The successful artist will be announced on 24 April and fabrication of the artwork will begin in June for installation on site the week of the festival.

The budget for designing, supplying and overseeing the installation of the project is £1,000 plus £250 for materials.

HebCelt director Caroline Maclennan said: “Interest in the commission is already very encouraging and we hope other artists will come forward before Friday’s deadline.

“It is a unique opportunity to create something memorable for the 20th anniversary HebCelt which will be viewed by thousands of people over the four days.”