Cuimhne/Memory Symposium

23 - 24 April

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Cuimhne seeks to combine academic thought, archive footage, making and live performance with particular focus on memory, oral tradition and creativity. Cuimhne will also showcase the Arora project and Dementia Friendly Community initiative.

Over the course of two days the symposium will feature talks, workshops, exhibitions, curated island food events, artists talks and films.

There will be a strong focus on the Gaelic culture and language of the islands, with opportunities to take part in island events.

Speakers include Professor Tim Ingold, Dr. Cathlin Macaulay (School of Scottish Studies) Dr.Stephanie Bunn (St.Andrews ‘Woven Communities project), Ana Buchannan (Life Changes Trust), Lucy Robertson (PhD researcher in Sonic Textiles for Health and Wellbeing)

There will be showings of the award winning film ‘Land of Songs’ alongside the dynamic International photographic project ‘Eyes as big as plates’

Making sessions with Caroline Dear and Dawn Susan will explore aspects of the ‘Woven Communities’ project, combining traditional woven forms and techniques with ancient and more modern materials

New commissioned pieces from our Arora artists in Uist will be featured in the main gallery as well as making sessions that explore island material culture – Learn how to make a ‘Wind Cockerel’

There will also be events and visits taking place during the week of the Symposium featuring work from the Arora project and a yarn bomb cycle ride and ‘sonic’ knitted birds auction

£50 for two days including food and access to all events and workshops
£30 day tickets including food and access to all events and workshops
£15 day tickets not including food or workshops

Cuimhne Poster Call:

As part of the symposium we have issued a call for posters. Posters are invited from academics, creative practitioners, organisations and institutions. For more information please visit  –

Keynote speaker Tim Ingold:

Tim Ingold is 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. Ingold has carried out ethnographic fieldwork among Saami and Finnish people in Lapland, and has written on environment, technology and social organisation in the circumpolar North, the role of animals in human society, issues in human ecology, and evolutionary theory in anthropology, biology and history. 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).