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ATLAS Arts presents a double bill of exhibitions exploring the archaeology of the Hebridean islands of North Uist and Skye

26 September 2015 until 7 November 2015
Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Art Gallery

ATLAS Arts presents a double bill of exhibitions exploring the archaeology of the Hebridean islands of North Uist and Skye

‘untitled fragments in acid green’
Niall Macdonald
Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Art Gallery
26 September – 7 November
Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Opening Weekend event 25 – 26 September
Closing event Saturday 7 November

‘Proceedings Of The Society’
Bobby Niven
Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Art Gallery
26 September – 7 November
Monday – Saturday 10.00am – 5.00pm
Opening Weekend event 25 – 26 September
Closing event Saturday 7 November

In ‘untitled fragments in acid green’ and ‘Proceedings Of The Society’ the artists present new work in response to the archaeological sites of The Udal (North Uist) and Rubh’ an Dunain (Skye). Niall Macdonald has created 12 plaster relief sculptures that make use of raw fragments from the artist’s own production process. Shards of shattered plaster and curls of excess material have been collaged with cast reproductions of quotidian objects. Inspired by incomplete examples of metal work, misshapen lumps of spent iron-ore and other remains relating to the history of manufacturing at the site. This work questions what future generations might find precious and cherish if our modern lives were excavated.

By contrast artist Bobby Niven looks to the ancient concerns of sculpture, the human form, and the use of the hand as tool in both the archaeological and creative process. Inspired by the unique example of time – depth at Rubh’ an Dunain Niven has created a playful installation from seaweed, bogwood, bottles, flint and bones found on the surface of the site repurposing these into mutant assemblages with plastic, casts of flotsam and jetsam to create his own mythology about the objects and stories of the past.

This is the culmination of our Broad Reach off-site project a two-year curatorial residency at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Art Centre on the Isle of North Uist. Led by ATLAS Director Emma Nicolson, the programme has hosted a varied and stimulating combination of artists and projects ranging from Alasdair Gray, ARTIST ROOMS Vija Celmins, GENERATION: 25 Years of Contemporary Art in Scotland Tatham & O’Sullivan’s Are you LOCATIONALIZED and pioneering filmmaker Norman McLaren. This year the programme explored the field of archaeology and the role of particular sites and places as sources of inspiration. Through our investigations we have invited artists to produce contemporary reflections on archaeological sites across the Uists and the Isle of Skye. This journey has taken us from a museum display of animal remains by Uist based artist Sophie Morrish to a graphite rendering of a living person’s skull by In the Shadow of the Hand (Sarah Forrest and Virginia Hutchison).

To find out more about the project please visit our project blog. www.broadreachproject.com

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image credit:  top: ‘Proceedings Of The Society’ 2015 courtesy of the artist Bobby Niven bottom: Work in progress courtesy of the artist Niall Macdonald

image credit: top: ‘Proceedings Of The Society’ 2015 courtesy of the artist Bobby Niven bottom: Work in progress courtesy of the artist Niall Macdonald