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Rethinking Highland art

Rethinking Highland art: the visual significance of Gaelic culture

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  • Murdo Macdonald (Editor)
  • Lesley Lindsay (Editor)
  • Meg Bateman
  • Lorna J Waite (Editor)


Translated title of the contributionSealladh as ùr air ealain na Gàidhealtachd : brìgh lèirsinn ann an dualchas nan Gàidheal
Original languageOther
Place of PublicationEdinburgh
PublisherRoyal Scottish Academy
Commissioning bodyArts and Humanities Research Council
Number of pages132
ISBN (Print)9780905783246
StatePublished - Oct 2013


Rethinking Highland Art: The Visual Significance of Gaelic Culture/Sealladh as ùr air Ealain na Gàidhealtachd: Brìgh Lèirsinn ann an Dualchas nan Gàidheal.
This is a pioneering dual language publication to which I am primary contributor, and editor. Central to the book is a visual essay which restores an art history to the Highlands of Scotland. The book is an outcome of my AHRC funded project: Window to the West/ Uinneag dhan Àird an Iar: Towards a redefinition of the visual within Gaelic Scotland. This project placed the study and practice of visual art at the heart of a interdisciplinary research project. It created a new focus for the understanding of Highland culture (Gaidhealtachd). The book is a reflection of the final project exhibition (curated with Arthur Watson PRSA), Uinneag Dhan Àird an Iar: Ath-lorg Ealain na Gàidhealtachd / Window to the West: the Rediscovery of Highland Art, at the City Art Centre, Edinburgh, 20 Nov 2010 – 6 March 2011. (‘This is a ground-breaking exhibition …’ The Times, 21 December, 2010; ‘… engaging with the historic legacy without once slipping into banal sentiment.’The Skinny, 27 Jan 2011.) In process, to published by the Royal Scottish Academy in 2013.

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