Eigg Island Exhibition Launch and Event

Publication:    March 2015

Eigg Island Exhibition Launch and Event. 

26th March 7pm
Scottish Storytelling Centre

New paintings by Rose Strang, crafts by Eigg-based artists Libby Galli, Catherine Davies and Jenny Robertson, photography by Simon Nicholas White.  Debut performances by poet J.L. Williams (Nominated for the 2014 Saltire Society Poetry Book of the Year Award ) and Cellist/Composer Atzi Muramatsu (whose music score features in BAFTA award-winning short film – ‘The Making of Long Bird’). Tickets for the launch event/performance £6 (£4 )can be booked on this link: http://www.tracscotland.org/scottish-storytelling-centre/centre-events/2293/eigg-island-launch-event Background to the project..The Eigg Island project began in April 2014 when Rose Strang visited the Isle of Eigg, to paint landscape and explore possibilities for future collaborative projects. While there, she met with Lucy Conway, the founder of Eigg Box which promotes and supports the work of Eigg-based artists, also creative projects by artists who visit the island, for example The Bothy Project, set up by Alec Finlay. The launch event of Eigg Island presents the culmination of creative collaborations throughout 2014 between JL Williams (Poet), Atzi Muramatsu (Composer/Cellist) and Rose Strang,  on the theme of Eigg’s landscape, also following on from a recent trip to Eigg in September 2014 where Rose Strang and Atzi Muramatsu developed ideas for new work for the project.  The interplay of music, poetry and painting for the launch event offers an atmospheric, layered experience for viewers or listeners, drawing out imaginative or emotional associations between each of the works.  (This video shows a recent smaller collaboration between Rose Strang and Jennifer Williams in response to the Isle of Lindisfarne – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yFOkSDtygI ) Artists Libby Galli, Catherine Davies and Jenny Robertson, who live on Eigg, include the use of natural materials found on the island in their work, such as sheep wool and willow. Edinburgh-based photographer Simon Nicholas White, whose work captures complex geology and rock formations of the Hebrides, visited Eigg in 1998, while the community were celebrating their buyout of the island, and has since returned many times to photograph its landscape.  Eigg Island is supported and sponsored by Eigg Box http://www.eiggbox.com/