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For the Royal National Mòd, in Perth from 14 - 22 October, The Highland Society of London invited An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway to submit five pieces from the Grinneas nan Eilean Open exhibition for inclusion in the inaugural Highland Art Prize exhibition at the City Contemporary Art Gallery.  

The five artworks have now been selected by Professor Murdo Macdonald, formerly of Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art.  They are: Rockpools na Maol Bharogaidh, by Margaret Uttley; Island Fragments, by Moira Maclean; Firehorse, by Sonja Witts; Mothers’ Day, by Laura Maynard; and Andrea, mo Charaid, by Ruppachitta Robertson.  

Islay artist and presenter of BBC ALBA’s Dealbhan Fraoich, Heather Dewar will select the winning work, with the announcement of the £1000 prize set to take place at the City Contemporary Art Gallery in Perth on Friday 21 October at 12:30pm – and attendance is open to all. 

Roddy Murray, Head of Visual Arts & Literature at An Lanntair said “We’d like to thank the 104 artists who took part in the Grinneas exhibition this year and wish the chosen five the very best of luck in Perth.”

In addition to the cash prize, the winner will have the opportunity to mount an exhibition during 2023 in a street-front space at The Briggait cultural hub in central Glasgow, courtesy of Wasps – Scotland’s studio specialists, and the UK’s largest provider of studio and creative spaces.