18 – 19 May 2013
Sligachan Hotel, Sligachan, Isle of Skye
On Saturday the 18 of May and Sunday the 19 of May, ATLAS Arts will host a weekend programme of talks, tours and music celebrating the launch of Alec Finlay’s còmhlan bheanntan | a company of mountains.
Finlay will be joined by artists, mountain experts, musicians and poets for a series of events exploring our collective fascination with mountains and illuminating his project. These events include poetry readings and guided mountain walks, a musical tribute to mountaineer and broadcaster Tom Weir, and a performance lecture on volcanoes.
còmhlan bheanntan | a company of mountains is a collaborative project comprising poems, photos, essays and word-mntn drawings. Fourteen sites have been selected in and around the Isle of Skye from which to explore the mountains, history, culture and mythology of the island and its surrounds.
P A N O R A M A will begin with an introduction by Finlay and will be followed by poetry, music and a ‘few words about mountains’ from contributors including Hanna Tuulikki, Meg Bateman and Maoilios Caimbeul. The afternoon’s events will be held at the nearby Community Hall of Minginish and the programme also includes Hand Held Lava, a performance lecture by artist Ilana Halperin, archaeologist Karen Holmberg and curator Andrew Patrizio, which explores the intersections between geology, archaeology, history and the visual arts. Following this, Wounded Knee and 7VWWVW will perform their musical tribute to mountaineer and broadcaster Tom Weir, Here is Where. These events are followed in the evening at the Sligachan Hotel by Iain’s Ceilidh, in aid of Marie Currie.
On Sunday, Mike Lates and Alison Lloyd will lead a five-hour walk to Coire na Creiche and the Fairy Pools via Bealach a Mhaim, whilst Finlay will lead a poetic journey to High Pasture Cave and the area around Kilbride, with contributions from Meg Bateman, Caroline Dear and Hannah Tuulikki.
Alec Finlay’s còmhlan bheanntan | a company of mountains was a commission that saw the artist produce a variety of poems, photos, essays and 'word-mntn’ drawings. Taking inspiration from Sorley Maclean’s poem ‘Ceann Loch Aeoineart’ Alec selected fourteen sites on the Isle of Skye to explore the mountains, history, culture and mythology of the island.