Until last week, the Fine Art faculty of Lews Castle College at Taigh Chearsabhagh on North Uist had the brief distinction of being the only art school in Scotland able to open their degree show in a physical exhibition space for the public to come and enjoy.
Part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, the campus was not subject to mainland lockdown restrictions. Sadly, the Western Isles entered lockdown last week, and so the Alumni and Staff shows, the latest exhibitions in a two-month “takeover” of the exhibition space by the college and a celebration of ten years of Fine Art at UHI, have now had to move online.
It does, of course, give those of us who were already confined to quarters a chance to see what the students and staff of Taigh Chearsabhagh, this most lovely of campuses, have been up to. With a warning that our phone connection might go down due to the high wind, I speak to Rosie Blake, course leader, who is in the midst of editing exhibition photos to make this show live once more online.
Wind, weather, and immersion in the environment are…