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Locals and visitors to Oban noticed new lights on the horizon when landmark McCaig’s Tower lit up with artwork of nine artists.
Each artist has received funding from The Colmcille Legacy Award – a scheme created by Bòrd na Gàidhlig and the Culture, Heritage and Arts Assembly, Argyll and Isles (CHARTS) to commemorate the life and cultural legacy of St Colmcille as part of the Year of Colmcille, 1500.
The artworks were projected onto the tower on June 9 after permission from Argyll and Bute Council, with support from Live Argyll and Och Aye Events.
Visual artist Alicia Hendrick from Mull is one of the artists – her work features Gaelic text based on spending time at the Hermits Cell on Iona.
In the lead up to the Feast Day, the lighting for the tower was changed to cycle through a series of colours inspired by a famous St Colmcille story – Eithne’s Dream where a young Irish noble-woman suffers the dilemma of her children leaving home, and dreams of a cloak in the colours of green machair, clover and daisies.
Argyll and Bute Council leader Councillor Robin Currie said the area was proud of the many iconic St Columba sites in Argyll and Bute including Iona Abbey and his landing site at Southend.
‘Argyll and Bute has a rich culture with many artists taking inspiration from the stunning landscape we’re so lucky to have here. In what has been a challenging year, we’re delighted that the Colmcille Legacy Award is supporting artists to showcase their work.’
CHARTS also launched a new online showcase last week featuring images and videos of the artworks created by the nine award winners.
You can see this by visiting chartsargyllandisles.org/showcase
Seymour Adams from the Culture, Heritage and Arts Assembly, Argyll and Isles Board said: ‘CHARTS and Bòrd na Gàidhlig are delighted to showcase the Colmcille awards which celebrate the life and works of one of Scotland’s premiere Saints. The awards we have made illustrate the range, diversity and quality of artists working in all media across the West Highlands, but there is still time for more to be made – the scheme is open for further applications until the end of the year.’