Fin Macrae


A Year in the Highlands & Islands

365 photos | 52 people | 2 cameras | 1 year

Portraits & everyday life in the Highlands

A collaboration with Fin Macrae

On show at Timespan 8th August – 20th September 2009

Preview 8th August 7pm – 9pm

Timespan focused on the 4 locals from Sutherland, plus portraits from Fin of Mylo and others involved.

In 2007 Fin Macrae ran a photography project for Highland 2007 that was wide reaching and diverse. From Shetland in the North to Argyll & Bute, the Western Isles to Moray in the East, 52 people were selected to document a week in their lives – a photo for every day. They were given digital Canon SLRs and told to shoot whatever they wanted…These 365 images formed a visual diary or portrait of what life is like in the Highlands & Islands in the 21st century. Participants included a mix of well known Highland personalities, such as DJ Mylo from Skye, World Curling Champion Ewan MacDonald from Inverness, the Academy award winning actress Tilda Swinton from Nairn, as well as some less known faces. All provided their unique insight into Highland & Island life. Alongside this were portraits of all the participants themselves, all shot on traditional monochrome film using a Mamiya medium format camera. These portraits are touring throughout 2009-2010 to various locations with all 365 images taken by the participants themselves.


Artist Showcase | Alice Stanmore

” I am an artist, photographer, designer and author whose textile books are used throughout the world. I was born into a typical Lewis family of Gaelic – speaking crofter – fishermen. The culture in which I was brought up and the nature of the landscape around me have greatly influenced my work.

In 1975 I became a professional textile designer and three years later I was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship which enabled me to travel to Norway, Sweden and Finland to study the textile traditions of those countries. I started to write after this, and have since had 16 books published, plus numerous magazine articles. I have established an international reputation as a leading expert on knitting design and technique. My books on Fair Isle knitting and Arran knitting are regarded as the standard texts on those subjects, and I have taught and lectured extensively throughout Britain, Europe and the USA. Since 1995 I have moved into a more general sphere of textile art, focusing on interior decoration and stand – alone artwork.

Photography, drawing and painting are constant threads weaving through all aspects of my career. My current work in these media tends strongly towards the natural world. I am deeply interested in nature and conservation, and in this connection I also work seasonally for the RSPB as their Walks and Education Officer for the Isles of Lewis and Harris.”


Designer Showcase | Lorraine Robson

Lorraine Robson was born in Edinburgh in 1962. She spent some years working as a Cartographer before studying Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art. After graduating with an honours degree, she worked for a Commercial Sculpture Studio, producing fibreglass figures to commission. During this period her own sculpture developed in plaster, fibreglass and cold cast metals using forms abstracted from childhood games, primitive tools, museum objects and her keen interest in natural form. This work was exhibited and gained recognition in Scottish galleries including the Collective, the Royal Scottish Academy and the Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh.

In 1994 Lorraine made some experiments with ceramics that led to her turning almost exclusively to this medium. She now produces vessels, preferring to hand build each other rather than throwing them, with motifs coming indirectly from her sculptural work but disciplined by the vessel form.

Because of the production method each piece is unique, coils of clay are rolled out and layered, the form gradually evolving as it grows upward, before the surface is refined and smoothed. Lorraine hopes her use of very basic and ancient techniques will be of encouragement to emerging artists and the wider public.

In a world increasingly dominated by commercialism and technology Lorraine believes working with clay appeals to the most basic human desires; to create something tangible with nothing but bare hands, imagination, and human labour using the most primitive and natural materials available – the earth itself.

She aims to make very beautiful and sophisticated ceramics that pay homage to ancient skills while embracing contemporary influences, but employs the simplest methods to achieve this. Her work demonstrates that making ceramis pots does not require technical brilliance at the throwing wheel but can be a development of the most basic techniques and materials.

Having taken a temporary break from her commitment to art in education, Lorraine is currently working on a period of creative deveolpment work, funded by the Scottish Arts Council, to produce a new body of work for exhibition.