Tobar An Dualchais Archive Residency 2020

Animation still by Catherine Weir blue line-drawing of woman
ha Nàdar Fhèin aig Gach Nì a Dhealbhadh (Everything has it’s own nature by design), animation still, Catherine Weir, 2020

Performance artist Catherine Weir began her digital residency with Tobar an Dualchais and ATLAS in July 2020, joining ATLAS Director Ainslie on a 3‑day course hosted by Sabhal Mòr Ostaig to get an in-depth introduction to the Tobar an Dualchais collection. The course included lectures and workshops with folklorist and anthropologist Mairi McFadyen, Gaelic translator and cartographer Raghnaid Sandilands and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig Senior lecturer Dòmhnall Uilleam Stiùbhart.

Catherine is a performance artist and musician in a feminist punk collective called Fallope & The Tubes. Fallope & The Tubes is an exercise in mutual support and uninhibited self-expression and the energy it fills Catherine with drives her other more introverted practises of drawing, writing and, of late, animating. Her drawings and animations are observational and darkly comical and almost everything is driven by strong eco feminist leanings and an obsession with personal individual narrative.

Boireannach ann an riochd eon a’ toirt ionnsaigh air boireannach ann an riochd eon (Woman in the form of a bird attacks a woman in the form of a bird)
Nighean Mì-Fhortanach (Unfortunate Girl)
Tamhasg (ghost)


Tobar an Dualchais is Scotland’s largest online collection of sound recordings, consisting of up to 50,000 recordings of songs, music, history, poetry, traditions and stories collected from across Scotland from the 1930s onwards.

Catherine will be sharing updates on Tobar an Dualchais’ instagram page for the coming month, working towards a public sharing of her research in September.

West Highland Free Press Beautiful affinity between women and the landscape’