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Taigh Chearsabhagh

Lochmaddy, North Uist, Western Isles HS6 5AA, Scotland

 +44 (0)1870 603970

Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre is a hub for people to meet, share ideas, learn new skills and experience exhibitions and events that are imaginative and stimulating.

The island location and environment are very important to the work we do, the place, the Gaelic language, culture and heritage are part of our identity.

We have regular visual art, moving image and heritage exhibitions, we have live music events, art classes for children and adults, writers groups and events and a new Education & Outreach programme.

Read more about us in Gaidhlig or in English.

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE – Participatory Project

Wednesday 3rd February – Monday 1st November 2021

UistFilm are launching a participatory multi-media art project inviting people across the world, but especially in island and coastal communities, to create messages in bottles, documenting your concerns about the climate crisis, sea level rise, marine pollution and biodiversity asking questions of polluters and those in power, proposing sustainable future scenarios for mitigation, adaptation and resilience.

An exhibition of the messages, bottles and resulting film will be launched prior to COP26 UN climate summit in Glasgow, November 2021

  • Find a plastic drinks bottle on a shore near you (only if current covid restrictions allow)

  • Film yourself collecting it, saying where you found it. Tell us about your beach and what you love about it

  • Empty & Clean the bottle.

  • Think of who you would like to send a message about the climate crisis & sea level rise –  a politician? a polluter? future generations?

  • Film yourself writing a message – read the message out

  • Send the message and the bottle (include your name and contact details so we can stay in touch) to:

Message in a Bottle c/o Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre, Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, HS6 5AA

and send videos by to

All contributors will receive a unique download of the final film, be credited in the film, and get a VIP invite to the exhibition launch online event.

This project was inspired by a message in a bottle found by curator/filmmaker Andy Mackinnon on Baile Sear beach on North Uist. Andy is currently developing a documentary feature film project about this bottle and the stories of resilient islanders on two continents fighting to adapt to the climate crisis.

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