Grinneas nan Eilean, the Islands’ Open Exhibition has returned to An Lanntair for another run until February 2, 2020

In reality, less an open exhibition than a community installation, Grinneas dates back to the 1970s and predates An Lanntair itself.

It is the opportunity for practising artists – professional and amateur – who are residents or from the Western Isles to be displayed at a major public gallery.

An Lanntair held the official opening on Saturday afternoon (November 23rd) and later said on Facebook: “A great exhibition opening for Grinneas nan Eilean: The Islands Open Exhibition 2019 this evening...a super turn-out and what a wealth of artistic talent our island artists and artisans have delivered this year! Just wow!”

Back in the mid-Seventies the Islands had no exhibition space. Opportunities were for local artists were literally limited to a once-a-year, two-week slot in Stornoway Town Hall for the original Grinneas nan Eilean.