This morning thousands of people poured into the Parc des Expositions north of Paris for the second day of the exhibition. Harris Tweed Authority Chairman Norman L Macdonald pointed out in his talk to the international media last night that there were more people attending and taking part in Première Vision each day than live in the whole of the Western Isles.

 

Harris Tweed Hebrides at work on their stand

Even France has got Scottish Independence on its mind. From Le Monde newspaper: the photo is from Aignish; the story about the conduct of the campaign by both sides.

 

At first glance, the Outer Hebrides and the Australian outback seem to have little in common.  But look closer, as An Lanntair’s latest exhibition invites you to, and the multi-layered links start to show.

A Hebtember partner, ‘Grounded’ by Judith Parrot opened last night (Friday September 12th) and features a multimedia presentation of the connections between Australian Aboriginal and Scottish Gaelic culture, language, displacement, and sense of place.

“Even though you might think there are no commonalities in geography, there are actually many parallels,” explains Judith, who splits her time between Scotland and Australia and was in Stornoway for the exhibition’s launch. 

Using photography, audiovisual, sound, and writing, in ‘Grounded’ Judith looks at “what happens when people become displaced” and how losing connection to the land affects personal and environmental wellbeing. 

Her striking photographs are presented in pairs, one from each location, illustrating links between the two.  One such pair shows grass plains in Western Australia next to the flowering machair in Uist; another puts the wind-blown sand dunes of Australia next to a wind-blown washing line in the Hebrides.  Two films are also played on a loop, bringing the sounds of the disparate locations into the gallery.

‘Grounded’ was shown to acclaim at the Festival 2014 XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and will tour onward to Australia after its run at An Lanntair ends on 11th October.