I have worked in the arts in Scotland for over 20 years, as a writer, events programmer, producer and musician, among other things. I now divide my time between Edinburgh and Uig on the Isle of Lewis (where I currently work part-time for An Lanntair on projects including a new Hebridean Dark Skies Festival).
Uig is a beautiful and inspiring place, with a rich culture and a diverse but closely knit community. My hope for sruth-mara is that it can act as a sea current, carrying ideas and people back and forth across the Minch in a spirit of mutually respectful exchange, and developing innovative, collaborative new arts projects that draw on both the Hebrides’ distinctive culture and ideas from the rest of the world.
Two books in particular have shaped the thinking behind sruth-mara: Soil and Soul by Alastair McIntosh, and Love of Country by Madeleine Bunting, for their rich blend of local and personal history and global perspective, and their observations about the power of dominant cultures to erase other histories, languages, and forms of self-expression.
For the first few months of its life sruth-mara was run from a caravan on a croft in Timsgarry; it is now based in Aird Uig, in a building large enough to offer rehearsal and workshop space as well as accommodation (once it is ready).
For some years now I have made my living from supporting artists in various ways and I plan to continue that work with sruth-mara.
I would be delighted to hear from artists who are interested in this project; if you want to, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can read more about my other work here.