During the day, the building will be exclusively for event ticket holders. On Monday the building will open to non-ticket holders at 6:30pm, in advance of Tim Ingold’s free talk at 7:30 pm, due to a ticketed event in the restaurant, there will be no food service on Monday. On Tuesday the building will open to non-ticket holders at 5pm in advance of the free screening of Land of Songs at 6pm, Food service will be available on Tuesday night from 5pm.
9:30am – 10am : Registration- please collect your name badge/lunch pass and sign up for any workshops you want to attend. Tea and filter coffee for ticket holders in the café.
10:00am – Welcome and Introduction
10:15am -11:15am : Woven Communities
The project has evolved out of initial conversations between Arora and St. Andrews University Woven Communities Project leader Dr.Stephanie Bunn. We were both inspired by the richness of narrative and material culture in the Outer Hebrides and the ability to discover first-hand knowledge about traditional practices and materials from elders in the community. From this we developed a framework of shared goals and aims that were mutually beneficial to both projects. From the vast amount of traditional skills and artefacts that could be examined in the Outer Hebrides, we decided to focus in on one particular material, Marram grass, and a limited range of artefacts that were made from it. In addition, it was important for us to locate an area that was particularly connected with this material. For this reason, we chose Uist which in Gaelic is known as the Land of Marram/Bent Grass Tir a’ Mhuran. Another relevant reason was the strong connection in South Uist with Angus MacPhee – who was known as ‘The Weaver of Grass’.
11:15am – 11:45am : Refreshment break, Tea and filter coffee for ticket holders in the café. Poster presentations on the 3rd floor walkway
11:45am – 12:30pm : Cathlin Macaulay – Talk with archive footage from School of Scottish Studies
The School of Scottish Studies at the University of Edinburgh was set up in 1951 to gather, archive, research and publish material relating to folklore, the traditional arts and vernacular culture of Scotland. The extensive collections, the core of which is the ethnological fieldwork undertaken by staff, students and associates, include a sound archive comprising some 33,000 recordings, a photographic archive containing thousands of images from the 1930s onwards, a small film and video collection and a manuscript archive. There is a particularly rich seam of material from the Western Isles.
12:30pm – 13:00pm : Live waulking song, Laxdale Choir – In the Gallery.
13:00pm – 14:00pm : Lunch in café for ticket holder with lunch included.
14:00pm – 15:00pm : ‘Land of Songs’, Film by Aldona Watts (2015).
Inspired by their grandmother’s vivid accounts of her WWII-era childhood, first-time sibling filmmakers Aldona (director) and Julian Watts (cinematographer) travel to Lithuania with family. They arrive in Dainava, a region known as the ‘Land of Songs,’ where they meet a sprightly group of women who have kept their village’s ancient folk-singing tradition vibrant and essential through decades of war, occupation, and youth flight. When the filmmakers return years later, only five of the grandmothers are still alive. Land of Songs is a tender, poetic record of the lives of these remarkable women and an eloquent testament to heritage—and to the universal language of folk music. Land of Songs premiered in 2015 at the Vilnius International Film Festival in Lithuania, and at the Margaret Mead Film Festival at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
15:00pm – 15:30pm : Refreshment break, Tea and filter coffee for ticket holders in the café. Poster presentations on the 3rd-floor walkway
15:30pm – 16:00pm : Director’s Talk – Aldona Watts
Award-winning filmmaker working in the Bay Area and New York. Her interest in filmmaking began on a trip to a small forest village in her mother’s ancestral home of Lithuania, where she met a group of elderly women who were the last to carry on an ancient folk singing tradition. Out of this experience grew Aldona’s first film, feature documentary Land of Songs
16:30pm – 17:15pm : Exhibition tour
17:30pm – 19:00pm : 2 Course Dinner (Dinner Ticket holders only, £20, must be booked in advance)
Roast Topside of local Hebridean beef and gravy
An Lanntair’s own veggie haggis with neeps and tatties and whisky sauce
Carrageen pannacotta & rhubarb soup
Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen, and a
Fellow of the British Academy and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Following 25 years at the University of Manchester, Ingold moved in 1999 to Aberdeen, where he established the UK’s newest Department of Anthropology. In his more recent work, he has explored the links between environmental perception and skilled practice. Ingold is currently writing and teaching on
issues on the interface between anthropology, archaeology, art and architecture. He is the author of The Perception of the Environment (2000), Lines (2007), Being Alive (2011), Making (2013) The Life of Lines (2015) and Anthropology and as Education (2017).
Admission to Tim Ingold’s talk is included with any Monday day ticket. Additional free tickets are available for those not attending the day.
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