Kenneth Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis HS1 2DS, Scotland
Phone: 01851 708480
An Lanntair is a hub for creativity and the Arts in the Outer Hebrides. We are a multi arts venue – at one and the same time a contemporary art gallery, a theatre, a cinema, a dance studio, a concert hall, a platform for poetry and literature, a studio – every space stretched to showcase the Arts in multiple forms. Our work stretches across a national and international platform, yet our distinctiveness lies in being ‘of the place’, rooted in who we are, and the creativity of Gaelic and the Outer Hebrides takes centre stage.
Our mission is “to connect and inspire people in producing extraordinary, creative programmes, uniquely rooted in the place and reflecting the Arts and ideas of our time”.
In line with many other initiatives, the Between Islands Project found itself in a position where this year’s planned programme of activities had to be cancelled due to the COVID virus and ensuing lockdown situation.
The project had been working with a range of arts and heritage organisations from throughout the Western and Northern Isles in the creation of a collaborative series of events. Musical performances were planned for both Shetland Folk Festival and Hebridean Celtic Festival in Lewis, with workshops, lectures and museum exhibition launches planned throughout the summer and on each island group.
However, the project was saved by recreating the work in different formats, including the creation of online virtual exhibitions and the replacement of live music events with entirely new commissions.
Ultimately placing these activities online presented their own challenges, but ultimately there is both a tangible legacy to the project and of course that these resources can potentially be accessed by a much wider audience.
To that end there is now a website www.betweenislands.com and a dedicated Between Islands YouTube channel which contains information on the project activities during 2020.