Bealach Commissions Celebrate Banners and Bus Stops

  • Published on: 28th January 2016
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Latest Bealach art commissions in partnership with Time to Shine will celebrate the island tradition of public banners and host new residencies exploring island bus routes.
Bealach, Time to Shine and An Lanntair are excited to announce the latest artist commissions as part of our Bealach and Unchartered Projects.

Established in 2015 Unchartered has already established community art labs throughout Lewis and Harris. The project is now hosting two visual artist residencies which are exploring the bus routes across the island entitled ’Mapping the Arteries’

Two artists were selected by members of Uncharted Youth Advisory Board to produce artwork inspired by the bus routes of Lewis and Harris. The two artists, Roos Dijkhuizen and Janie Nicoll, will spend a period of time travelling bus routes around the island and produce a piece of artwork inspired by their experience. The temporary art works will be displayed in some of the iconic concrete bus shelters dotted around the island.

A second part of the commission will be the mentoring of two young people to develop their own ideas for producing artwork to be installed in concrete bus shelters. All four artworks will be installed in bus shelters in March.

Quote from the artists:

A second commission “D’ainm nad fhuil – Your name in your blood” has been awarded to local artist Calum Angus Mackay via Bealach. It will explore examples of text that appears almost as island graffiti on most week-ends of the year, at many roadside locations throughout Lewis & Harris. The tradition dates back to the days of the black-house, where clean white sheets were preserved in celebration of births & marriages.

‘D’ainm nad fhuil’ proposes to change the way we interpret those week-end slogans attached to a roundabout, or railing. The idea is to work with school children & assist them sourcing their own family name and wishing their ancestors a happy birthday. As part of his commission Calum Angus will be working with young people from the newly established An Lanntair Art Lab (a Friday afternoon art session for S1-S3) on his arts commission. Calum Angus will work with young people over a six week period producing work form his time with the students.


About Uncharted:
Uncharted is a Youth Arts Engagement project funded through Creative Scotland’s ‘Time to Shine’ program. The twelve month project has actively engaged young people across Lewis and Harris in the arts. The project has;
– Set up four Arts Labs (fully equipped and staffed art spaces) in rural location across the island.
– Worked with four primary schools on the School Run Project (a yearlong creative mapping project).
– Created an on line presence designed and maintained by young people.

About Bealach:
Bealach is a transformational project that represents Stornoway as the gateway and passage into the Gaelic culture, creative communities and landscape of the Outer Hebrides. Bealach is a two year initiative supported by Creative Scotland’s Creative Place Award and led by An Lanntair which is commissioning cultural projects across Lewis and Harris. Check out the project blog to find out more about what’s happening – or contact Creative Place Awards Coordinator Catherine Maclean at:
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