An Lanntair Creative Connections Over 60s Workshops return for new term

  • Published on: 4th June 2021
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An Lanntair continues to support some of the isles’ most isolated residents as Creative Connections Western Isles visual arts workshops in Gaelic and English for the Over 60s return for a new term, both online and in real life.

Starting in June, An Lanntair presents three eight-week online courses – Intro to Experimental Printmaking; The Beach Today, and Home Is Where The Art Is – as well as our four-week Gaelic workshop, Bogsaichean sgeulachd, to be held in real life each week at community venues throughout Lewis.

Bogsaichean sgeulachd (Story Boxes), our Gaelic-lead workshop, starts in the second week of June and sees participants join An Lanntair’s Sandra Kennedy to tell and take inspiration from stories and the places we live, before creating a collage composition of drawings, writings, photographs, objects and fabric.

Sandra will host Bogsaichean sgeulachd (Story Boxes) at Ravenspoint (Kershader), from 2pm-3pm on Tuesdays; at Grinneabhat (Bragar) from10am-11am on Wednesdays, and in Comunn Eachdraidh Nis, North Dell, from 2pm-3pm, Wednesdays.

Artist Kate Temple returns to focus on taking inspiration from our homes and gardens with her popular online drawing workshop Home Is Where The Art Is, starting on Friday 11 June. And participants will each receive a free pack of art materials with everything required for the course to ensure everyone can get creative.

Starting Tuesday 22 June, Gill Thompson shares her experience and printing secrets in her exciting online course Intro to Experimental Printmaking. Suitable for all, with no previous experience necessary, participants on Gill’s course will explore different printmaking techniques and create their own individual and unique prints.

And artist Christina Riley invites all to take a closer look at our surroundings landscapes, from beaches and woodlands to gardens and paths, in her online course The Beach Today, starting on Thursday 1 July.

Taking inspiration from found objects, participants will also experiment with the cyanotype process – creating images by exposing them to sunlight – and will be sent pre-coated cyanotype paper and drawing materials before the course begins.

Funded and supported by Inspiring Scotland’s Creative Communities programme, Creative Connections Western Isles provides creative and social online opportunities for older adults.

Creative Connections online workshops are delivered via Zoom and Project Co-ordinator Mark Jones is on hand and happy to provide any support with technical issues and set up ‘practice’ Zoom sessions to assist.

Creative Connections Western Isles workshops are FREE to attend, but spaces are limited, and booking is essential. For full details visit: