In a celebration of fashion and collaboration the Lews Castle College UHI students have been gifted the window at Lewis Revivals in the centre of Stornoway to showcase their end of year work.

The students and their lecturers have curated a window display of the student’s work and exhibited some of the exquisite designs expertly crafted by the students as part of their HND.

Over the past three years the Fashion Department at LCC has developed to include the provision of NC & HNC/HND levels of study to a broad spectrum of students in a bespoke and inspirational manner. 

The NC Level course focuses on introducing students to the practical foundations of Fashion Design; Pattern Cutting, Industrial sewing techniques & Illustration, alongside an analysis of the fashion industry and the opportunity to study an NPA in Harris Tweed. The HN Courses enable students to not only build upon the skills learnt in the NC but also introduces them to specialised skills in Corsetry, Bridal Wear and Millinery.

Netty Sopata, Fashion Course Leader at LCC UHI said, “This is a perfectly timed opportunity and great location for our students to showcase a glimpse of their end – of year collections. Everyone has had a challenging year, but these guys have kept focused and worked exceptionally hard, under challenging conditions to complete their studies to a high standard. A huge thankyou to Sarah at Lewis Revivals for giving the students this opportunity. If anyone is interested in studying fashion, please go and see the display; It will give you an insight into the different pathways students have taken to reach the standard of craftsmanship on display and if anyone is interested in applying for the 21/22 NC or HNC feel free to email me with any questions”

Student Jackie Keddie said, “I have been sewing for many years but during my time at college I have learned so much more; I have gained more skills and confidence and have had the privilege to work with tutors who have a great knowledge of the fashion business and fashion illustration”.

Student Breagha Halbert said, “Before starting the course, I was fresh out of high school. I have been studying Fashion at Lews Castle College, UHI for two years now. I have achieved the HNC and have very nearly completed the HND. Learning to create my own designs and taking part in things that I am actually

interested in has been amazing. If this course continues to a degree level I will definitely be joining!”

Lewis Revival is an independent shop in Stornoway with a sustainable lifestyle focus that includes a carefully curated collection of vintage and new items for the home, as well as vintage Harris Tweed clothing. As an official stockist of Frenchic Furniture Paint® and with a full range of Fairly Traded and locally made treasures, the business seeks to promote ethical consumer choices through reuse, upcycling, and through support of local craftspeople and the global Fair Trade movement.

The business enjoys collaborating with the adjoining shop Empty House Traders, which features Fairly Traded clothing and gifts, vintage clothing, a collection of vintage vinyl records and books, and a local market gallery that provides a collaborative space in town for local artists and craftspeople to showcase and sell their work.

The University of the Highlands and Islands has appointed experienced university governor and business leader, Alastair MacColl, as its new chair of court.

Alastair, who lives, works and has deep roots in the Highlands, is currently chairman and pro chancellor of Teesside University. He also chairs UMi, a national business solutions group, which he established as chief executive officer in 2007.

He replaces Garry Coutts who is standing down after six years of service to the university as rector and a further seven years as chair of court.

As part of Ben Judd’s Stanley Picker Fellowship project The Origin, a series of workshops, performances, talks and tours will take place at Stanley Picker Gallery, a boat moored in Kingston-upon-Thames on the outskirts of London and online throughout June and July 2021.

On 24 June, a short online programme of events has been devised by Lews Castle College Senior Lecturer Anna-Wendy Stevenson, featuring BA Applied Music and MA Music and the Environment students and graduates from the University of the Highlands and Islands.

The programme highlights the development of innovative and world reaching university music courses led from an island context and includes a talk, performances, a Gaelic singing workshop, and the premier of a short (7 min) film, Land of Our Kin.

Booking in advance is essential. Places are limited. Registered attendees will be sent a link to join via zoom. The event will be live-streamed into the Gallery for visitors to watch during their visit.

Please follow the link below to register your attendance on Eventbrite:

Online: 24 June 2-5pm University of the Highlands and Islands

24 June 2pm Talk by Anna Wendy Stevenson

Anna Wendy Stevenson will give an online talk about her work. Based in Benbecula, Anna Wendy is Senior lecturer and Programme Leader for the University of the Highlands and Islands innovative BA (Hons) Applied Music degree. A fiddler and composer, she has performed and delivered workshops in traditional Scottish music world-wide and curated and directed events for a wide range of organisations, communities, media groups and festivals in the UK, Canada, USA, Australia and Europe. 

24 June 2.30pm Film Screening & Gaelic Singing Workshop

Chloe Steele, UHI graduate and traditional Gaelic singer and piper from South Uist, will screen Bann nam Baghasdal, a short film documentary capturing the unique culture and lifestyle in two townships in South Uist, Scotland and Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Following this, Chloe will teach a tradition Gaelic song. No prior experience is required!

24 June 3.30pm Screening of Land of Our Kin

Land of Our Kin is a reflection on community and building communities online, across island, rural and urban contexts during Covid, through the delivery of a creative brief commissioning new music to celebrate Community Land Scotland’s 10-year anniversary. Beginning the academic year in the thick of the pandemic, the group topped and tailed the calendar with blogs for the University’s research theme ‘The Edge’ – starting with considering what being part of community meant and how creativity would be employed to encourage collaboration within the widely spread cohort. Students collaborated to write and record a song ‘The Land of Our Kin’ and wrote the following blog capturing and reflecting on the process: The Edge: music, community & creativity – “The Edge”. The music was intended to be performed at Scottish Parliament, but unfortunately restrictions prevented this. However, such was the success of the final output, Community Land Scotland commissioned independent film maker Dave Tarvit to make a short film about this remarkable story which will be premiered during this online event to coincide with The Origin.

Ben Judd’s Stanley Picker Fellowship project The Origin reflects on Britain’s island status, both literal and metaphorical, and how islands shape the communities that live there. The Origin brings together the communities surrounding the Stanley Picker Gallery – from Kingston University students and academics to local networks, charities and residents – and asks them to imagine a classless, stateless, humane society based on common ownership. This collaborative project culminates this summer with an installation at the Gallery, a boat on the River Thames and a series of performances, workshops and events – a rehearsal for an alternative future.

Stanley Picker Gallery at Kingston University is a public venue dedicated to the commissioning, production and presentation of innovative new practice across the fields of art, design and architecture. From its island location along the Hogsmill River, the Gallery generates an onsite, offsite and online programme of fellowships, exhibitions, projects and events that engages audiences within the University and the wider community, encourages the development of research excellence in the arts, and makes a significant contribution to the regional, national and international cultural environments.  Stanley Picker Fellowships support contemporary art and design practitioners to create a significant body of new work as part of Kingston University’s wider research culture. Previous appointments include 2015 Turner Prize nominee Nicole Wermers, 2012 Turner Prize winner Elizabeth Price and London Design Medal recipients El Ultimo Grito. Our current Fellows are designers Onkar Kular and Yemi Awosile and artists Oreet Ashery and Simon Martin.