AIRS
10 Sept – 16 Oct / Main Gallery

Eighteen months after initially planned, An Lanntair is delighted to be hosting both the exhibition and accompanying concert Airs – a special collaboration between Landscape artist Beth Robertson Fiddes and Scottish pianist Mhairi Hall.

A former student of Edinburgh College of Art, Beth Robertson Fiddes is based in Ullapool and continues to draw and paint, travelling around the West Highlands and Islands of Scotland, including St Kilda, to collect source material and sketches which are then worked up into larger pieces in the studio.

For Airs, Beth accompanied Mhairi Hall throughout the development and recording of her Airs album, which presents a special collection of historic Gaelic and Scottish slow airs, beautifully interpreted on the piano

By listening and absorbing Mhairi’s work, Beth drew inspiration as she composed her evocative mixed media paintings, which so vividly complement and visualise the music.

An Lanntair Head of Visual Art & Literature, Roddy Murray, said: “This exhibition was originally scheduled to open in March 2020 just as we entered the first lockdown. So, it’s gratifying that it is now being shown nearly 18 months later!  It’s a genuine collaboration: Beth’s paintings of the West Highlands are a ‘pitch-perfect’ response to Mhairi’s music, rooted in the Gaelic tradition. They have nourished each other creatively to produce something singular that belongs to them both.”

Airs was supported by Creative Scotland and was launched at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections in January 2020.

An Lanntair welcomes Airs to its Main Gallery, with Beth Roberston Fiddes’s exhibition opening, which includes a Q&A with both creatives, taking place at 5pm on Friday 10 September; and Mhairi Hall takes to An Lanntair’s stage to perform Airs the same evening at 8pm.

MENTALCOLLODION: Simon Riddell
4 Sept – 2 Oct / CafeBar Gallery

The exhibition documents and celebrates personal stories of resilience and mental health through the medium of Victorian wet plate photography, which has qualities perfectly suited to empathetic interactions between photographer and sitter. The project capture moments during the COVID-19 pandemic, recording for prosperity stories of personal anguish and triumph during this historic international crisis.

Sitters were identified through an open selection process, leading to a portrait sitting either in the studio or at home facilitated via a mobile wet plate darkroom.

Simon Riddell splits his time between the Isle of Skye and working from his bespoke studio and darkroom at the picturesque Nigg Hill in the Scottish Highlands, specialising in analogue and alternative forms of photography.

Some of the work can be seen on MentalCollodion Instagram; and you can find out more in an article published by the Royal Photographic Society .

MentalColllodion is part of FLOW: The Highland Photography Festival – a biennial international photography festival held across the Highlands and Islands, presenting new and recent works by Scottish and international photographers to examine and explore the perspective of the North.