sruth-mara is now based at Aras Nam Fir Chlis (house of the northern lights), a former restaurant and hotel in Aird Uig that my wife Laura Cameron-Lewis and I are in the process of renovating as a multi-purpose creative space and for artist residencies in particular. Mostly these will be by invitation but we are open to approaches from individuals and organisations.
Aras Nam Fir Chlis has five bedrooms and studio space suitable for rehearsals, workshops, or just as a place to create and reflect. We also hope to turn the old restaurant kitchen into a ‘messy’ space for visual artists. Part of the building is already available as holiday accommodation.
Aras Nam Fir Chlis is located on a clifftop at the most north westerly point in Britain, with breathtaking views of the Atlantic ocean. On a clear day you can see the Flannan Isles, 32km away, and (if you’re lucky) whales swimming. On a clear winter night it is one of the darkest places in the country, with spectacular views of the Orion Nebula, the Milky Way and Great Andromeda (Aird Uig recently hosted two events as part of the first ever Hebridean Dark Skies Festival). The local area – a former RAF radar station – is now run by Gallan Head Community Trust as a bird sanctuary and site for public art and tourism initiatives.
Aras Nam Fir Chlis features in the new edition of Made in the Outer Hebrides, a free cultural guide that documents the trail of art galleries, museums, libraries, craft shops, artist/maker studios, festivals, public art works, landmarks and websites found throughout the islands.
The cast of Soil and Soul in rehearsal at Aras Nam Fir Chlis.