Mallaig – Oban
7 – 14th Sept
During this residency we will be travelling to remote and wild islands, exploring ‘Islandness’ – the nature of islands and what makes them special including the unique geology and wildlife that can be found in these wild places. Our voyage south towards Oban takes us through some incredible wilderness such as mysterious Loch Moidart with its ruined castle, the Treshnish Isles inhabited only by puffins, and the magical isle of Staffa and Fingal’s Cave.
The residency will give artists a space to explore notions of remoteness and ecology with a strong connection to nature. The week will be led by artist Emma Harry whose practice is informed by her interest in geological processes and the effect of time and erosion on the landscape. She is fascinated by traces and piecing together stories from objects and environments and sees the landscape as layers of overlapping drawings made throughout time by different entities. She is interested in the interaction of the sea and the land and how islands provide a connection between these two zones. Throughout the week Emma will be leading creative workshops that explore the theme of Islands, looking particularly at the uniqueness and seclusion of these islands- away from civilisation and seemingly untouched, yet always we can find traces of human interaction with the land. The week will accumulate in an evening sharing our thoughts and personal responses to our week at sea.
This trip will be an opportunity to experience the ocean first hand in a very intimate way. We will be travelling between islands by sail, a slow form of transport which allows an appreciation of distance, separation and the elements. It also brings people together as a crew to explore collaboratively, and to develop and exchange ideas. In addition to some wonderful crossings between islands under sail, we’ll be able to go ashore each evening to bridge the littoral zone between land and sea and have space to develop our personal connections to the landscape.