Keen to keep connected with our local communities during these isolating times, An Lanntair introduces brand new Artist Support Programme Blog – HA! Hebridean Artists – as well as delivering a wealth of information, funding opportunities, family activities, and creative downloads, freely available on the arts centre’s website (www.lanntair.com)

HA! Hebridean Artists is a new virtual space created by An Lanntair’s Artist Support team as response to the cancellation of physical get-togethers, such as the monthly Artists Gatherings and Monday Music Sessions.

Sandra Kennedy, An Lanntair Artist Support, said: “We’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while, as many in our community are isolated even without the added isolation that we find ourselves in right now. So, when our physical gatherings, workshops, talks and music sessions had to be cancelled at short notice, making this blog a reality became our priority!”

Featuring blogs, interviews, new music, art, and more – including a Weekly Creative Challenge – the HA! blogsite also provides a platform for useful and inspiring resources, as well as links to grants and funding opportunities available at this time.

And An Lanntair is looking to the islands’ artists, musicians, and creative practitioners to help build HA! Hebridean Artists by inviting contributions of photos, artworks, songs, music compositions, performance videos, podcasts, book, and website recommendations.

An Lanntair’s Education team have also been busy behind the scenes, with a number of new resources and activities now available online, including a beautiful and exciting creation by Lewis artist and teacher Alice Macmillan – The Hebridean Handbook.

Designed as a gentle guide to home learning, with accessible activities for all ages, The Hebridean Handbook is a fun-filled education resource pack for island families to enjoy together.

Divided into themes, each relevant to different aspects of life in the Outer Hebrides, it encourages families to explore our unique environment, learn about nature and get creative – with the first theme ‘On the Shore’ available now.

And for those island families who are missing Full Circle activities – our Full Circle Art Workers have created a series of new Creative Activities Worksheets now available online, including how to Make an Elephant and the Lego/Minecraft drawing challenge; along with our Family Music Song Collection, complete with tunes and downloadable song-sheets. Please do visit www.lanntair.com to find out more and keep connected