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Creutairean Miotasach, an exhibition of Uist school pupils’ vivid imaginings of mythical creatures based on Gaelic folklore, opens today (Friday, March 17) in Taigh Chearsabhagh.

Due to run until Saturday, April 15, the exhibition is the result of a series of Gaelic folklore workshops held at the art centre by artist Kathrhona Lawson.

Using the written description from Gaelic folklore, the nine pupils, aged from 9 to 13, created sculptures.

Several steps were involved.

First, the children created cyanotypes from their drawings of chosen creatures. They then transformed their interpretations into sculptures using air-dried clay.

Next, the sculptures were photographed on the shoreline and then transformed into cyanotypes. The children then used their sculptures to create small ‘cabinets of curiosity’ using found and recycled objects.

The exhibition features the work of Alexia Criado, Cathal Dobbie, Joseph Leveson-Gower, Alexandra MacDonald, Katie MacDonald, Kaylah MacDonald, Orla Morrison, Jack Prior-Pitt and Johan Prior-Pitt.

Kathrhona Lawson is a recent honours graduate in Fine Art from UHI.

Connections with the past through folklore and the perpetuation of forgotten stories are the underlying currents of her mixed media artworks.

Her interest in social and community engagement in art has led to Kathrhona facilitating recent workshops in Taigh Chearsabhagh and An Talla Solais.

The exhibition is free and open from 10 am – 4 pm, Monday to Saturday, in the café in Taigh Chearsabhagh.

Image credit: Kathrhona Lawson