Grinneas nan Eilean: The Islands Open Exhibition
19 June – 29 July
Less an open exhibition than a community installation, Grinneas dates back to the 1970’s and pre-dates An Lanntair. It is the opportunity for practicing artists who are residents or from the Western Isles to be displayed at a major public gallery.
Hundreds of works are submitted covering all the known disciplines, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, ceramics, textiles… presented by professionals, amateurs and enthusiasts alike. It is no exaggeration to say that there is something for everyone.
The overall impact is impressive as the works climb the walls in true salon fashion, while the detailed viewing has all the hallmarks of a treasure hunt as visitors scan the panorama of art for that special work
Geoff Stear • iNorge
29 A Chèitean – 1 An Iuchar
29 May – 1st July
I spent April 2016 as Artist in Residence at the Sommerakademiet in Kalvåg, Bremanger, Norway. It’s on a small island, similar to Scalpay in size and with a history of herring fishing. Now it is a prosperous and industrious fishing and holiday resort: marinas and fish-packing factories side by side. The gneiss geology and land/sea-scape are much like Harris. Inland, where I travelled for a further ten days after the residency, the mountains, fjords and glaciers impress.
In the studio I created 50 digital works as limited edition giclee prints. These were shown here last year and are still available to purchase downstairs. I also produced 24 paintings on paper, now exhibited for the first time, along with 14 paintings on stretched canvas completed in my Scalpay Studio, which developed the iNorge theme in a more abstract manner.