Celebrating the Unique and Influential Environment of the Outer Hebrides and the Art Graduates it has Produced.

This year, UHI Outer Hebrides will be hosting an Alumni Exhibition to showcase work from graduates of the BA (Hons) Fine Art. The course was established in 2006, in the beautiful coastal studios of Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre, nestled on the shores of Loch nam Madadh, in North Uist.

The programme initially ran in partnership with Moray School of Art, and in 2017 gained approval for the full 4 years to be delivered from the North Uist site.

Course Leader Rosie Blake said: “It is truly wonderful to know how many alumni have continued their creative practice and this year’s group exhibition reunites graduates from across the whole span of the course’s seventeen years. Eighteen alumni will contribute work across a vibrant range of media and subjects including drawing, sculpture, installation, painting, film and more.”

The theme of the exhibition is RITUAL / REBELLION! to encompass both the repeated sequences and gestures of creative practice, and a refusal of order; resistance to established traditions, and the urge to discover new pathways.

Rosie added: “All our alumni chose to study in this unique environment, and the rich history, ecology and deep time of the island is braided into their work in one way or another. The exhibition will draw together the work of this varied group of creative practitioners, reconverging in the locale which stimulated their practice during their study on the BA (Hons) Fine Art, and beyond.”

UHI Outer Hebrides will also be presenting an Open Studio showcase of work from current students across the NC Art & Design and the BA (Hons) Fine Art. In this vibrant exhibition you can expect to see a range of work across various media including etching, collagraph, monoprint, photography, animation, sculpture, drawing, painting and more.

Works will be available to purchase, helping to support the students in their creative practices. 

- Alumni Exhibition – 27th May – 17th June
Open Studio Exhibition – 27th May – 4th June
Location: UHI Outer Hebrides Studios, Taigh Chearsabagh Arts Centre, Lochmaddy, Uist

Find out more about studying Art and Design at UHI Outer Hebrides - https://www.outerhebrides.uhi.ac.uk/subjects/creative-industries/art/

Exhibiting Artists

Ritual/Rebellion: Alumni students

  • Lorraine Burke – runs Hebridean Graphics
  • Margaret Cowie – international exhibition (Germany)
  • Laura Donkers - PhD
  • Maya El Nahal – recent exhibition in Japan with Elizabeth Ogilvie
  • Peter Ferguson – Uist arts association committee
  • Marnie Keltie
  • Kathrhona Lawson – exhibition and residency at An Talla Sollais
  • Gina MacDonald
  • Fiona MacIsaac – MRes just graduated UHI Shetland
  • Margaret MacIsaac – teaching cyanotype workshops
  • Deborah MacVicar
  • Holly Moffat Hardy - MRes just graduated, UHI Shetland
  • Anne Monk
  • Jean Newman – undertaking PhD
  • Sif Nielsen – setting up her own ceramic studio
  • Kirsty O’Connor – awarded Scottish Sculpture Workshop residency recently.
  • Chris Spears
  • Katherine Taylor – recently completed MA Contemporary Art and Archaeology, UHI Orkney

Open Studios: Current NC students

  • Siân Swinton
  • Rachel Morrison
  • Charlie Stewart
  • Janet Beck

Open Studios: BA (Hons) Fine Art

  • Maggie Barker
  • Liz French
  • Sallie Avis


For more information, please contact Kathryn Lamont Smith, Marketing Manager, at kathryn.lamontsmith@uhi.ac.uk or 07817530062.