Wave Migration: Laura Maynard
6 April – 11 May

Since the early 1990’s a small but vibrant surf community has developed on the Isle of Lewis. Each surfer has a personal and unique story about how have they have come to be part of the island’s surf culture – their stories have key moments, people and places that have led them to stay and make surfing on Lewis’s wild rugged coast an integral part of their life. For the surfers originally from Lewis this sport, lifestyle and passion was a key factor in their decision to stay- when so many of their peers decided to leave. For those that moved to the island it was the draw of the waves, wilderness and culture that led them to find something different and special on Lewis.

Painter, screen printer and surfer Laura Maynard tells the stories of Lewis surfers through large scale portraits and mixed media pieces. Layered and intertwined within the surfers’ portraits is imagery and symbolism that gives subtle clues to their journey to becoming part of the small close knit surf community. Film maker, photographer and surfer Jim Hope has created a short film showing the Islands wild coastal landscape, waves and cold water surfers paradise. Mark Lumsden is a surfer and board shaper-designing and making handcrafted surf boards in his work shop in Ness. His shaping skills will be showcased in a board specifically designed for the waves and conditions of Lewis surf.


Palimpsest: Society of Scottish Artists
18 May – 29 June

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.

Exhibiting Artists
Marion Archibald, Nina Bacos, Juliana Capes, Jessica Copping, Joan Doerr, Pippa Gatty, Su Grierson, Susie Leiper, David Lemm, Kirsty Lorenz, James Lumsden, Norman Macbeath, 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.


Donald Smith
6 July – 17 Aug

A selective retrospective of the bold, modernist work of island artist, the late Donald Smith. Paintings, drawings, studies, sketch-books … Accompanied by an Acair publication with contributions from Finlay Macleod and Murdo Macdonald


Tom Hickman
24 Aug – 5 Oct

Extraordinary stump-work embroidery of biblical scenes along with rare, unusual and esoteric works from Tom’s collection.


Nalini: Arpita Shah
12 Oct -16 Nov

A deeply personal photo-essay on family across continents that explores the shared narratives of migration and the Indian Diaspora.


Grinneas nan Eilean
28 Nov – 18 Jan 2020

The Islands Open exhibition returns! Multiple works in multiple genres by artists resident or from the Outer Hebrides.

Submission deadline 16th Nov, Download your Grinneas Entry Form for 2019 here. .

For information on submission please email Head of Visual Arts Roddy Murray at roddy@lanntair.com