CHARTS showcase comes to Oban

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Argyll artists will be showcasing their work in an inspirational programme of exhibitions, experiences, workshops and discussion to St John’s Cathedral in Oban, next month.

The day, organised by CHARTS, a network of creative people and organisations living and working in Argyll and the Isles with the objective of supporting, connecting and growing the creative industries sector, will provide an immersive cultural environment to meet, learn and experience our diverse and talented network of culture, heritage and arts professionals.

There will be an opportunity to meet with representatives of the recently constituted CHARTS SCIO, and learn of its plans for the ongoing support of the sector.

Highlights include talks from Cove Park and Cultural Documents; performances from Clair Tierney, Mark Neal and Eilidh Steel; demonstrations from Archipelago Folk school; workshops from Jamie Smith and Deville Studios; exhibitions from Lynne Cameron and Argyll Papers; plus lots more to discover.

Talking ahead of the event, visual artist and contemporary abstract painter, Lynne Cameron said: ‘I think it’s a great idea to bring artists together in this kind of showcase event. Although I love the silence and solitude of working in my island studio, I’m looking forward to meeting other people in the network and having the chance to share my paintings in this way.’

CHARTS are delighted to be hosting the event in the beautiful setting of St John’s Cathedral in the heart of Oban.

St Johns’ Provost, the Very Reverend Margi Campbell said: ‘We are so delighted to welcome this really exciting day to the cathedral. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience our rich heritage and culture, music, arts and crafts that are so much a part of Argyll and the Isles in a building which is celebrating 155 years since it was first built in 1884 as a small church in the fields!’

The evening will see the premiere screening of five short films, each capturing a different element of culture, heritage and arts in Argyll and the Isles, with these and further performances being live-streamed globally.

Music, dance, piping, the Gaelic language, art, craft, history and heritage will all come together to promote and celebrate Argyll’s creative talents.

David Price, Chair of CHARTS, says: ‘Our challenge, recognising the extraordinary artistic and geographic diversity of Argyll and the Isles, is to give as many of our creative individuals and organisations as possible, an opportunity to showcase their talents. Cutting edge technology enabling live streaming into and out of the event, will be an important contributor to achieving this objective.’

Councillor Robin Currie, Argyll and Bute Council’s policy lead for Communities, Housing, Islands and Gaelic, said: ‘There is so much on offer across the day, so I would encourage people to get their free tickets and go along for a look.’

The event takes place on Saturday September 14, with an open exhibition between 11am and 5pm, and an evening reception between 6pm and 8pm. For more information, visit www.chartsargyllandisles.org/

  • The video was produced by Inner Ear and features a few of the participants in the programme. The music was provided by Eilidh Steel and Mark Neal.