Conferencing Events

An online Seminar event to compliment the forthcoming Symposium Imagining an Island

Thursday 18th June – 12noon to 1pm

Please join using Webex teams using the address

For enquiries about the seminar or webex link please email:

The seminar will be led by Professor John Kippin and Nicola Neate who are currently developing a new project and exhibition for Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre in North Uist.

Scolpaig ©Kippin&Neate

Rosie and Raphael ©Kippin&Neate

An island is a singular place, its boundaries are clearly defined. It is both a microcosm of the World and a philosophical idea. It is a place that invites departure and return and it is a place that engages our imagination whilst continually inspiring re-definition. How have artists responded to these concepts, and how can we further engage with, and develop our understanding of these ideas through Arts Practice?

Using a range of approaches with Contemporary Artists working in Photography and Film, this event will explore the inter-connectedness between people and places, and ask how this is changing and offering new perspectives, as a result of newly developed technologies and the availability of virtual communication. The seminar will address our assumptions around identity, belonging, culture and citizenship along with questioning the development of new identities as a result of global diaspora.

We will be exploring contemporary rural life, moving away from the idealised and nostalgic representations, questioning who is defining and shaping the culture and landscape today and imagining how these new practices sit within more conventional and historic frameworks.

Imagining an Island: Open Call Photography Exhibition. Please follow this link or open the above attachment for details of an associated exhibition. Deadline 20th June
The Exhibition and Symposium will take place at a later date. More details to be announced soon!

This seminar has been arranged by Professor Keith McIntyre – Interim Director, Centre for Rural Creativity, the University of the Highlands and Islands

In conversation with North East Photography Network 21/05/20