An Lanntair’s upcoming exhibition Mìr air Mhìr (Bit by Bit) is a fleeting collaborative exhibition created by 11 art school graduates from the Western Isles who had been unable to show their final works at the usual university Degree Shows due to COVID-19 disruption.
Earlier in the year they joined together to gather Kickstarter funding to cover their own costs for their very own Degree Show, Mìr air Mhìr, explaining: "We hope that this exhibition brings hope to both the young creatives who lost out due to the pandemic, and to those who visit it.
"For this reason we aim to make this as professional as possible, and for it to live long past its week-long showcase in An Lanntair.
"This all comes at a cost, between displaying work on appropriate mounts, using high standard digital equipment and printing exhibition guides and free hand-outs for visitors. We are working behind the scenes and combining our skills as much as we can, but we need your help." They have raised £1321 on Kickstarter where those who donate £25 or more will receive a limited edition Mìr air Mhìr tote bag, along with a Thank You postcard and some Mìr air Mhìr stickers.
This exhibition would not be possible without its generous funding partner, Harris Tweed Hebrides, along with the support of all its Kickstarter backers.
Mìr air Mhìr starts in An Lanntair’s main gallery with a ground-breaking post-pandemic public opening on Friday 27 August and runs until Saturday 4 September. The artists say: "Mìr air Mhìr means 'bit by bit', and this encapsulates the essence of our exhibition. As individuals we are coming together to collectively showcase the sum of our creativity, in which we have addressed a myriad of social, cultural and environmental issues."
Degree Shows in universities across Scotland during 2020 and 2021 were cancelled, leaving students unable to physically present their years of work to the world.
Artist Eilidh Mairi Macleod (above) said: “Back in May, Mìr air Mhìr was an ambitious idea that has now been brought to life.
“This exhibition is our chance to showcase our crafted work to our family, friends, and community. We look forward to sharing Mìr air Mhìr with you.”
The Mìr air Mhìr Exhibition Opening – taking place at 5pm on Friday 27 August – will be the first public opening An Lanntair has held in nearly 18 months.
And some of the graduate exhibitors will present an Artists Talk on Thursday 2 September, at 7pm, where they will each discuss their work, studies, and collaboration in Mìr air Mhìr.
Head of Visual Arts & Literature at An Lanntair Roddy Murray said: “The past year has been a frustrating and demoralising time to be in further education. Epitomised in the art schools by the cancellation of the degree shows; the culmination of four years hard work.
“So, it’s been rewarding for us to be able to provide an alternative and showcase these eleven young graduates at An Lanntair, to ensure that their work is recognised and audiences get an insight into the remarkable levels of innovation and creativity they have achieved.”
Artists featuring in Mìr air Mhìr are:
- Megan Davies-Smith (Three-Dimensional Design); Catherine Macdonald (Fashion and Textile Design), and Bronwyn MacKenzie (Painting), who all studied at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen.
- Students from Glasgow School of Art exhibiting are Danielle Macleod (Communication Design/Photography); Rachel Kate Macleod (Communication Design/Graphic Design), and Sian Mackay (Product Design).
- From Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art are Eilidh Mairi Macleod (Product Design); Freya Macleod (Interior and Environmental Design), and John Miller (Product Design).
- And there's also Ross Mactaggart, who studied Computer Graphics and Animation at Robert Gordon University; and Lorna Scanlan, who completed Architecture at the University of Dundee.
Free to enjoy, Mìr air Mhìr opens in An Lanntair’s main gallery on August 27 and runs until 4 September.