Iolaire – 100th Anniversary: Call for Proposals

  • Published on: 26th January 2017
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Deadline: 17 February 2017 at 17:00

In the First World War 6,712 men from the Isle of Lewis served in the armed forces and 1,151 died; the highest per capita for any community in Britain. And yet it is the tragedy which occurred after the Armistice which defines that bitter experience. In the early hours of New Years Day 1919, HMY Iolaire sank at the entrance to Stornoway Harbour with the loss of 205 returning servicemen. There were but 79 survivors. Although it is the worst peacetime shipping disaster in British Coastal Waters of the 20th Century, outside the Islands even now, it remains relatively unknown.

The 100th anniversary of the Iolaire disaster will be the final event in the national 4 year programme commemorating Centenary of The Great War.

An Lanntair is looking for an artist who will provide and produce a concept, piece or a body of work that will commemorate and reflect on this subject.

Please submit a brief proposal, no more than 1 side of A4 along with CV and no more than 6 digital images. The scale and quality of the response will determine the parameters of the exhibition.

The exhibition will be scheduled for January 2019.

For further information, please contact (, or call 01851708481, or visit

The deadline is Friday 17 February 2017 at 17:00.