A series of creative workshops, along with an exhibition, were held last month.
The events are especially aimed at older people living on Skye and come from Tha Seo Math Dhuibh – Good for You and Luminate, Scotland’s Creative Ageing Organisation.
As part of a collaboration between Tha Seo Math Dhuibh – Good for You and Luminate, artists Helen Danter and Kate McMorrine recently ran a series of workshops called ‘Is e Seo mo Sgeul – My Object, My Story’. These events were part of the Luminate Festival, which took place across Scotland from 1-31 May 2019.
Older people from Skye and Lochalsh were invited to take part in six free workshops and a sharing event. Participants brought an object that means something to them and were invited to tell the story behind it.
The group then used various art techniques such as water marbling, clay marking, printing with food and acrylic paint pouring to work around themes including ‘The Island’ and ‘The Sea’. The artwork was printed onto Eames cards and made into a collaborative memory structure which was displayed at Aros Community Theatre during the last week in May, along with photography, prose poetry and audio recordings of stories and music. Photographs of the work can be seen on the Tha Seo Math Dhuibh – Good for You blog on the Cleas website.
Commenting on the project, Inverness based artist Kate McMorrine said: “We couldn't have hoped for a better outcome; beautiful art, incredible connections and such a lovely dynamic within the group. I am very proud to have been part of the project.”
Iseabail Strachan, Community Arts Officer for Cleas said: “We are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with Luminate to provide these workshops. The participants have explored connections, made friends and created fantastic artwork in a relaxed and inclusive environment.”
This project comes at the end of a second year of work by Tha Seo Math Dhuibh – Good for You, the community arts programme run by Cleas. Based at the Aros Centre in Portree, the programme has included a variety of workshops, film screenings, Afternoon Tea Ceilidhs, walks and events.