Donald Smith – Eileanach: Islander
6 July – 17 Aug
Born in rural Lewis in 1926, Donald John Smith was – wrote Gray’s School of Art Principal Ian Fleming in 1958 – ‘the outstanding student of his year … unquestionably a man of great ability as an artist.” He would go on to be exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, Society of Scottish Artists, Aberdeen Artists, An Lanntair and elsewhere. His painting acknowledged movements in Europe and America, but remained resolutely local in its subject. From his studio on the West Side of Lewis from 1974 to his death in 2014, his intense, lyrical images of Island fishermen and women celebrate the indomitability of the human spirit. A landmark exhibition.
Accompanying the show is ‘Donald Smith, The Paintings of an Islander’, published by Acair. Richly illustrated with drawings, paintings and portraits, along with insightful essays in Gaelic and English.
Drawn to the Edge: Anthony Barber
1 – 31 May
Cafe Bar Exhibition
Prints taken from original sketchbooks collected over more than 20 years from travels around the islands. All of the prints featured are taken from personal sketchbooks and were reproduced in the book “Drawn to the Edge – A Lewis and Harris Sketchbook” published by Luath Press (Edinburgh) in August 2018.
I – An exhibition by young people on the theme of “Identity”
1 June – 1 July
Mezzanine Gallery, 3rd Floor
Art Labs are creative spaces for young people that have been set up by An Lanntair across Lewis and Harris. The five Art Labs allow young people to explore art and experiment with ideas and techniques supported by professional artists.
Art Lab participants have been invited to submit work to an exhibition called ‘I’. The theme that they were given to respond to was ‘identity’ and they could choose any way that they wished to responded to that theme.
The submissions have been wonderful and varied. The work includes sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and zoetrope animations and showcases the great artistic potential of young people from across Lewis and Harris.