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Tir

First exhibition November-December 2010

Catrin spent 5 weeks during July-August 2009 at Taigh Chearsabhagh, Lochmaddy on the island of North Uist. She had been selected to be part of the Tir residency project - the project will bring artists and galleries from Wales, Ireland and Scotland together. In time a touring exhibition will be arranged for all the project artists - this exhibition will visit: Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw Gallery, Llanbedrog - November and December 2010; Celtic Connections, Glasgow - February 2011; Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Skye; Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist; City Hall, Galway; Aras Eanna, Inis Oirr; Ionad Culturtha, Co. Cork; Ionad an Bhlascaoid, Co. Kerry; Void Gallery, Derry; MOMA Cymru Wales, Machynlleth; Oriel Llangrannog.

 

Brief impressions and notes on the completed works

Tir Residency Report - Although I was only on the island for a short period, I developed a warm relationship with Morag and Norman - both unique characters. The boats and aprons are a tribute to them. By chatting to the islanders, I was inspired by their history and background and relished the chance to listen to their folk songs - intense and sad funeral psalms and lively and happy wedding songs.


Statement - From one Celtic seaboard to another, the culture and the language are major influences on my work.


Black and white paintings - Whilst travelling around North Uist, I stopped here and there to draw in a small sketchbook - sometimes making sketches on large pieces of paper. The weather was glorious one minute and pouring with rain the next.


Loch nam Madadh - An interesting village. I enjoyed looking at the fishing boats leaving the small bay empty and returning with a tasty catch from the sea. I tasted lovely local langoustines in a restaurant in the village.


Solas paintings - After discovering the all importand Co-op, I got the chance to wander towards the nearby sand dunes - this is where I discovered the best seashore in the world.


Dresser - In a museum on South Uist, I saw a dresser that fascinated me by it's character.


Norman's Boats - These were created after forming a warm friendship with Norman - a man who continuously nourishes the island's culture at it's best - and his hospitable family.


Morag's Aprons - The aprons are a tribute to Morag. I have tried to convey elements of Morag's life on them. They also merge scenes from the island with it's history and include words to some of the local songs.

 

Photos of the Tir work

Copyright © Catrin Williams
Design - Almon