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“WORD-MAPPING” THE ISLE OF SKYE

Published: The Scotsman (Arts Diary) 11 Apr 2013 THE DIARY is starting to develop a bit of a soft spot for Atlas, the contemporary arts organisation based on the Isle of Skye. Earlier in the year they unveiled a series of “memory maps” of the island, created by the artist J Maizlish Mole. As well […]

A POINT IN THE LANDSCAPE

Published: The Scotsman, 25 October 2012 INVITING artists to discuss their work on film is rarely a good idea. In The Diary’s experience, it usually either results in very good artists retreating into their shells and mumbling unintelligibly about what they do, or very bad artists holding forth pretentiously about the earth-shattering significance of their […]

MULLING OVER OUTDOOR ART

Published: The Scotsman, 18 October 2012 TO MULL, at the weekend, to visit an outdoor sculpture garden at Calgary, in the island’s perpetually breezy north-west corner. Established in 1999, Calgary Art In Nature (Cain) occupies a steep-sided woodland site above the self-catering accommodation and art gallery at Calgary Farmhouse, and is home to an ever-expanding […]

FOUR SEASONS: SHIVERING FOR HIS ART

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 24 September 2011 THE artist, musician and storyteller John Slavin is explaining what it’s like to paint outdoors on the Isle of Skye in the middle of winter. “Two hours and you’re actually physically shaking,” he says. For Slavin, though, there’s no other way to work. Like the members of the […]

FOUR SEASONS: BUY ART, GROW TREES

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 17 September 2011 In a moment, I’m going to tell you about an online art exhibition that’s raising money for the very worthwhile Trees For Life charity, which aims to restore the once mighty Caledonian Forest to some semblance of its former glory. First, though, a word about this week’s gear […]

HEROIC ACTS ON THE FRINGE

Published: The Scotsman (Festival supplement) 16 August 2011 ON 16 MARCH 1912, Captain Oates sallied forth into the teeth of an Antarctic blizzard with the immortal words: “I am just going outside and may be some time,” deliberately ending his own life in the hope that his three freezing, starving companions might stand a better […]

FOUR SEASONS: MIDSUMMER MADNESS

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 18 June 2011 THIS time last year, following one of the harshest winters since the end of the last Ice Age, there was still so much snow on the hills that the folks at Cairngorm Mountain were able to open their slopes for a Midsummer Slide. I had a sneaking suspicion […]

ARTS DIARY: “THAT BITCH, THE ATLANTIC OCEAN”

Published: The Scotsman, 16 June 2011 STUCK way out in the Atlantic, the uninhabited island of St Kilda is difficult to get to at the best of times, but in stormy conditions it can be downright dangerous. Nevertheless, a hardy group of artists made the attempt last week, despite howling winds and towering three-metre seas, […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE UNIVERSE IN THE LANDSCAPE

Published: The Scotsman, 28 May 2011 THE UNIVERSE IN THE LANDSCAPE BY CHARLES JENCKS Frances Lincoln, 288pp, £40 THERE is a severe communication breakdown at present, often commented on, between many of our most significant contemporary artists and the art-loving, gallery-going public who consume their work. In some cases, this breakdown simply manifests itself in […]

FOUR SEASONS: THE HAUNTING OF BEN MACDUI

Published: The Scotsman (TSMag) 29 January 2011 ALL the best mountains have legends attached to them, and the Brocken, the highest peak of the Herz range in northern Germany, is more myth-steeped than most. For centuries, it has been said to be a gathering place for witches and devils – a theme picked up on […]