Cairtean-cluiche Dualchas Croitearachd / Cultural Crofting Playing Cards

Dualachas Chroitearachd Cairt-Chluiche /​Cultural Crofting Playing Cards’ is an ATLAS Arts commission by Sharon Quigley and Andy Fielding.

Dualachas Chroitearachd Cairt-Chluiche | Cultural Crofting is the development of a project that began in 2014 when ATLAS worked with Craigard Day Centre in North Uist and Sharon on a project called Life on the Land to explore the unique heritage and culture of crofting. Part of the output was a unique set of Gaelic crofting flash cards that reflected both the skills of the group and those of the wider crofting community, characterising through symbols, texture and pattern the interconnectivity of crofting, our culture and landscape.

In 2016 ATLAS commissioned Sharon to develop these into a pack of playing cards that will function as a fun, Gaelic educational tool and also to increase awareness of crofting. We plan to distribute these cards to primary school pupils in the region.

We also worked with Gaelic Medium pupils and teachers at Portree Primary School to come up with some new designs, including some of the mythical creatures!

This project has been made possible thanks to Bòrd na Gàidhlig.