Palimpsest: Society of Scottish Artists
18 May – 29 June
Main Gallery

A new exhibition, ‘Palimpsest’ featuring artwork by 24 leading artists from across Scotland and beyond opens 18 May 2019 at An Lanntair, Stornoway on the Isle of Lewis.

Originally inspired by the idea of Palimpsest, ‘something reused or altered but still bearing visible traces of its earlier form’, this exhibition includes a unique selection of artworks create in response to this concept.

The exhibition is the result of an ongoing partnership between the Society of Scottish Artists and An Lanntair.

Download our Palimpsest gallery packs to help younger people and children enjoy and interact with the exhibition during their visit.

Palimpsest Gallery Pack – Gaelic
Palimpsest Gallery Pack – English

Exhibiting Artists
Marion Archibald, Juliana Capes, Jessica Copping, Joan Doerr, Pippa Gatty, Su Grierson, Susie Leiper, David Lemm, Kirsty Lorenz, James Lumsden, Norman McBeath, Gillian McFarland, Celine McIlmunn, Martin McKenna, Mary Morrison, Marcel O’Connor, Jenny Pope, Ray Rankine, David Smith, Gerry Smith, Karen Spy, Sonja Witts, Christine Wylie and NOTES Journal (Melanie Letoré, Anne Campbell, Frances Scott, Nina Bacos, Gordon Orr, Lachlan Young)

Image: David Lemm, Landmarks, screenprint on found admiralty chart (detail).


Drawn to the Edge: Anthony Barber
1 – 31 May
Cafe Bar Exhibition

Prints taken from original sketchbooks collected over more than 20 years from travels around the islands. All of the prints featured are taken from personal sketchbooks and were reproduced in the book “Drawn to the Edge – A Lewis and Harris Sketchbook” published by Luath Press (Edinburgh) in August 2018.


I – An exhibition by young people on the theme of “Identity”
1 June – 1 July
Mezzanine Gallery, 3rd Floor

Art Labs are creative spaces for young people that have been set up by An Lanntair across Lewis and Harris. The five Art Labs allow young people to explore art and experiment with ideas and techniques supported by professional artists.

Art Lab participants have been invited to submit work to an exhibition called ‘I’. The theme that they were given to respond to was ‘identity’ and they could choose any way that they wished to responded to that theme.

The submissions have been wonderful and varied. The work includes sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and zoetrope animations and showcases the great artistic potential of young people from across Lewis and Harris.