Gaelic artist Mairi Gillies has begun an arts residency with ATLAS Arts and Tobar an Dualchais (TAD) to explore and create work relating to the oral heritage recordings available in the collections.
Tobar an Dualchais Residency
As a visual artist who works across a range of media, Mairi is interested in the overlapping
layers through time, of peoples, languages, material culture, and their relationships with the
environment and how they connect and relate to one another. Mairi will focus on
recordings from the Uig area of Lewis for this residency, in particular personal accounts of
the use of local sheilings, crofting practices and other local lore.
Mairi participated in the TAD Creative Connections course which was part of the Sabhal Mòr Ostaig short course summer programme. This three-day course ran on two consecutive weeks and saw 18 participants learn more about the recordings on the website, the tradition-bearers and field workers who made them, and why they are of value today.
Mairi has an Honours degree in sculpture from Edinburgh College of Art, a qualification in
horticulture and has just completed her Masters in ‘Learning and teaching Gaelic Arts’ with
the Royal Conservatoire Scotland. Her work has been exhibited widely and she was the 2019
‘Critics Choice’ award winner for her Grinneas nan Eilean exhibition. Originally from
Edinburgh, Mairi is a Gaelic speaker who currently lives on the Isle of Lewis where she is in
the process of setting up a Gaelic visual arts hub.