Boost for Hebridean artists in £60,000 grant for An Lanntair

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An Lanntair’s Artists’ Support Programme has received a great boost this month with the appointment of a new artist support coordinator Sandra Kennedy.

The Artist Support Programme at An Lanntair, at Stornoway on Lewis, which is funded by a £60,000 grant from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation over the next three years, has been a great benefit to the creative community of the islands.

Many local artists have developed their practice and progressed their professional development and creative enterprise by taking part in mentoring or workshops delivered by the programme to date.

Sandra is an experienced artist and facilitator with a strong bond to the island and its Gaelic culture and language. Her formal education was at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, and Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design, London.

Sandra has worked across a wide range of disciplines, including sculpture, painting, printmaking, film and theatre. Central to her practice is her desire to share skills and ideas and to encourage other artists to develop their work.

Sandra will be launching the new Artists’ Support Programme on Friday February 15 with informal drop-in sessions in An Lanntair’s Project Space from 1pm-5pm followed by a talk and reception in the Café Bar round room at 6.30pm.

At 8pm in An Lanntair’s auditorium, local musicians who have previously been mentored through the scheme will perform as part of Whatever Gets You Through The Night, an programme of films by Daniel Warren, and live performances by Emma Pollock, Rachel Sermanni, the Sea Atlas, and Ceitlin L R Smith, all focused on the hours between midnight and 4am, as part of An Lanntair’s Hebridean Dark Skies Festival.  http://lanntair.com/events/ event/whatever-gets-night/

Sandra said: ‘In my own experience, I am most productive and my work is more exciting when I have the confidence to take risks. That courage comes from working alongside others, having discussions about art and the reassurance that I am part of a bigger scene.

‘When I feel isolated, my work shrinks in ambition and scope. The artist support scheme will be important as it’ll provide a fruitful social environment and practical support, with the focus on meeting individual needs through mentoring.’

This is a very exciting new chapter in An Lanntair’s Artists’ Support Programme for Hebridean artists, which will continue to benefit creative practitioners and help them to progress, network and grow.

The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future.

The foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. In 2017, it made grants of £40.5 million towards a wide range of work within the arts, children and young people, the environment and social change. It also has a £45 million allocation to social investments for organisations with the aim of creating social impact.

www.esmeefairbairn.org.uk

For more information about An Lanntair’s Artists’ Support Programme, email sandra.kennedy@lanntair.com.