Living Lab - Skills share

During the first part of my residency, Craigard participants were really keen to demonstrate their amazing range of skills. These skills have been honed over a number of years and are based in traditional crafts such as weaving, sewing, knitting and rug making as well as the visual arts and music. They’ve attained a really high level of expertise so I’m determined that whatever we finally end up doing together that these skills remain central to our project.

During this period participants joined me at the Taigh Chearsabaigh studio, where we developed a ‘skill share’ game. We hope this game will result in a set of playing cards based not just on the skills of the group but the skills of the wider crofting community.

We also worked together to create crofting mind maps where we’ve tried to tease out the important factors that that make crofting so important to life on the island.

Through discussion we’ve challenged our ideas of what the exhibition might look like and what materials we might use, with the group thinking through ways to engage the public in a playful and unexpected way.

 

Words from Margaret MacLellan about her residency

My Broad Reach micro- residency at Taigh Chearsabhagh Print Workshop concluded with a demonstration of what had been achieved in the five days.

Always apprehensive about showing and talking about my work, I found this was helpful to me and I hope that it encouraged others to embark on their own printmaking project.  Applying for and taking up the opportunity has given me the space and time to concentrate on an area of work which was on the ‘back burner’ and is now to the fore.

So, my thanks to Atlas Arts and Broad Reach for the programme Focal and to Taigh Chearsabhagh.

Margaret MacLellan Print Workshop micro - residency September 2014

Margaret MacLellan is an artist based in North Uist. Her work is informed by, but not illustrating, historical botanical techniques and the history of collecting and naming plants.  She undertook the residency to work on an artist’s book that combines Photopolymer and etched images. Print workshop micro - residency is part of Focal, opportunities for Uist based artists.  We offer exhibitions, events and micro - residences to artists living and working in the Uists and Barra and members of the UAA.  

 
Living Lab - You Are Here!

Travelling the round trip from Lochmaddy to Berneray with Sheila the Craigard bus driver on her daily pick up gave me a brilliant introduction to the landscape of the island and a sense of the journey taken by each member of the group.

The bus trip with its backdrop of Gaelic radio proved to be a relaxing space for exchanging information and getting to know one another. As we chatted we passed through breath-taking landscapes, from the shimmering, sand blow of the fragile coast through rough heather moorland and rugged inlets.

Over the course of the next few days we discussed and made a variety of different maps based on our knowledge and experiences of North Uist. We located ourselves, mapped journeys, creating texture maps using macro photography, sound maps using field recording, tidal maps. 

Sharon Quigley

Living Lab

I’m delighted to have been invited by Atlas/Broad Reach to join North Uist’s Craigard group in a co-participatory art project which will result in an exhibition at Taigh Chearsabhagh in October.

Participants visit Lochmaddy’s Craigard Centre throughout the week and travel from across North and South Uist to meet and make together.

However, my Broad Reach journey started some weeks in advance of my arrival on the island by way of Google street view.  Sitting comfortably in my studio back in Edinburgh I hovered virtually over Lochmaddy in the evenings trying to get a sense of the landscape and to start to plan a project that would build on the skills, ideas and interests of the Craigard participants, whilst reflecting their current crofting project.  So many exciting possibilities presented themselves as I began to scratch the surface of this richly layered cultural landscape. Visually organising this information via mind mapping helped order my thoughts.

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Investigating the process and concept of map making with the group seemed like an interesting way to get to know them quickly and to gain a sense of what each individual wanted to respond to. I was interested to see how Craigard participants would locate themselves in relation to their surrounding culture and landscape. 

Sharon Quigley

Write up of Are you LOCATIONALIZED by Gavin Morrison for Fleming Collections Scottish Art News August 2014 edition.

Write up of Are you LOCATIONALIZED by Gavin Morrison for Fleming Collections Scottish Art News August 2014 edition.

Are you LOCATIONALIZED featured in The Guardian Travel section.

Are you LOCATIONALIZED featured in The Guardian Travel section.

Are you LOCATIONALIZED featured on the BBC website.

Are you LOCATIONALIZED featured on the BBC website.

Artist -in- Residence Sharon Quigley has arrived
We are delighted to welcome artist Sharon Quigley who will be collaborating and working with artists from the Craigard Centre.  The project entitled the Living Lab will be a  sensory mapping project examining lives and landscapes in North Uist. The results of their work will be exhibited at Taigh Chearsabhagh in October.
Over the course of this residency Sharon and the Craigard group will capture experiences and thoughts through a variety of cartographic approaches and artistic interpretations, recording personal memories, daily journeys and drawing inspiration from crofting and physical environments such as beach, dune and machair.  Sharon Quigley is an artist based in Edinburgh who balances community collaboration and engagement with self directed studio practice. In her role at Project Ability and The Drawing Room (National Galleries of Scotland) she creates bespoke activities to enable all walks of life to participate in the creative process.

Artist -in- Residence Sharon Quigley has arrived

We are delighted to welcome artist Sharon Quigley who will be collaborating and working with artists from the Craigard Centre.  The project entitled the Living Lab will be a  sensory mapping project examining lives and landscapes in North Uist. The results of their work will be exhibited at Taigh Chearsabhagh in October.

Over the course of this residency Sharon and the Craigard group will capture experiences and thoughts through a variety of cartographic approaches and artistic interpretations, recording personal memories, daily journeys and drawing inspiration from crofting and physical environments such as beach, dune and machair. 
 
Sharon Quigley is an artist based in Edinburgh who balances community collaboration and engagement with self directed studio practice. In her role at Project Ability and The Drawing Room (National Galleries of Scotland) she creates bespoke activities to enable all walks of life to participate in the creative process.

The two temporary constructions located at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Art Centre in North Uist and The Meall in Portree, Isle of Skye | Are you LOCATIONALIZED | Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan 

Commissioned by ATLAS Arts for GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland.

Photo credit Ruth Clark

Synchromy I Norman McLaren I 1971 I install shot of exhibition Kinesis I 

Synchromy I Norman McLaren I 1971 I install shot of exhibition Kinesis I