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The Talla na Mara centre and exhibition hall is making a tentative return to opening this month, with plans for a new exhibition and a programme of digital events.

The centre at Horgabost has been in lockdown, like all the islands’ other hospitality and community venues, but is now working within the gradual easing of restrictions, with all their plans subject to Scottish Government guidance on travel to and from the islands.

First to reopen, on Monday 26 April, will be the exhibition programme, with Lewis artist Ivor Mackay showing images of the islands' beautiful unspoilt beaches, remote coastlines, old croft houses and village scenes.

Ivor was born and raised in Upper Coll, Lewis and gained an honours degree from Edinburgh College of Art in 1991 in drawing and painting.

For the past 34 years he has worked as an artist in Lewis, inspired by the rugged beauty of the Hebrides and selling artworks both locally and internationally. His exhibition will run from Monday 26 April to Thursday 13 May.

Also reopening within the next month are the artist studios at Talla na Mara, offering unique, high quality artwork, gifts and chocolates, and An Traigh café bar from Monday 3 May (

A spokesperson for Talla na Mara said: “While it will be some time yet before we can again hold community events at Talla na Mara, we are pleased to offer a programme of digital events, as well as weekly health walks and a newly established community garden. For further information, or to get involved, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.”.

Pictures show Talla na Mara (John Maher) and the publicity for Ivor Mackay’s new exhibition.