Dark Skies Festival exhibitions


Here you can take a virtual tour of our two Hebridean Dark Skies Festival exhibitions – the first Scottish show by Lumen, a London-based art collective brought together by a shared interest in themes of astronomy and light, and, in our cafe bar, the five winning images in this year’s Dark Skies Photography Competition.

(main gallery / foyer)

Launched in December 2014 by Louise Beer, Melanie King and Rebecca Huxley, Lumen have curated or co-curated over 70 exhibitions, been commissioned to create work by the British Science Association and the Green Man Festival, and hosted residencies in Cornwall and Atina, Italy.

For their first Scottish exhibition, Lumen are displaying a collection of works that explore the philosophical and ecological importance of a clear view of our galaxy. For the first time they are also exhibiting Our Night Skies, a video composite of time-lapses of the night sky, showcasing artists from all over the globe. By combining the views of the stars together in one video, visitors to the exhibition will get a feeling of the Earth spinning through space from a range of vantage points.

You will find wall pieces in the foyer and films in the main gallery. We are planning to screen Our Night Skies in the main auditorium but on our virtual tour you can access it via the the main gallery.

Dark Skies Photography Exhibition
(cafe bar)

The Hebridean Dark Skies Festival’s annual photography competition showcases some of the most striking images of our islands’ incredible dark skies.

This year we have selected five winners – Chris Murray, Derek MacKinnon, Grant Anderson, Alejandro Basterrechea, and Gordon Macdonald – all of whom have been invited to exhibit their work at An Lanntair as part of our festival programme. Pictured above is Chris Murray’s colourful image of a winter moonrise at Dun Carloway on Lewis.