Newsletter: Spring 2014
  
 

 

It has been several months since our last newsletter, but we are still working away behind the scenes on some fantastic projects across the Highlands.

Inverewe Garden: Nicky Coutts Artwork
Nicky Coutts trailer by Catherine Weir/ Music by J. Lang
Nicky Coutts trailer by Catherine Weir/ Music by J.Lang
IOTA's Susan Christie is currently working with seven artists, Creative Scotland, Forestry Commission, The National Trust for Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage and Loch Lomond & The Trossachs National Park. This diverse programme of Year of Natural Scotland artists' residencies will be culminating in new work in unusual settings across Scotland. 

We recommend a visit to Nicky Coutts' recently completed pavilion in Inverewe Gardens at the edge of Loch Ewe amid the rugged landscape of Wester Ross. Resembling at once a weather station and a Victorian curiosity, the work provides a lens through which to share the extraordinary vision of Osgood Mackenzie the garden's founder. Open daily throughout the summer. View images here.
Other Year of Natural Scotland Events
Steve Messam residency - 1 minute trailer
Steve Messam trailer by Catherine Weir

For his residency at the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park artist Steve Messam plans a series of steam engine whistles cascading up the former railway line between Callander and Glen Dochart. Everyone is welcome to a test of the new sound work Whistle this Wednesday 23rd April. Seven whistles will sound approximately every 15 minutes from 1pm until 4pm over a two mile stretch of the old railway line starting above Lochearnhead and heading up to Glen Ogle Viaduct. Read more here

Other projects include: Karen Rann's event in the stunning grounds of Brodick Castle on 25th May (2-4pm) with reading of new work inspired by the acclaimed writer Sara Maitland.  

Creative Scotland is supporting the residencies with National Lottery funding as part of the Year of Natural Scotland. 

Nairn Primary Care Centre: Artworks

At the end of last year we were delight to co-host a Culture Cafe event and celebrate the launch on two new artworks by Simon Fildes and Katrina McPherson in Nairn's Primary Care Centre. The work can be accessed for free in the main entrance way and reception area. Find out more here(photo: Ewen Weatherspoon)

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IOTA is dedicated to engaging the public and bringing contemporary art to the Highlands of Scotland. IOTA creates and brokers opportunities for public art projects through forging unexpected alliances across diverse situations and supporting work about and in response to the Highlands.