Andy Mackinnon, Arts & UistFilm, joined forces with Taigh Chearsabhagh initially to produce the Passing Places – The Real Outer Hebrides participatory documentary feature in 2000. He then relocated from Glasgow to Uist, married a Uibhisteach, and has been curating the arts programme at Taigh Chearsabhagh since 2003, presenting high quality socially engaged exhibitions and residencies with a focus on Uist culture and environment. He has steadily developed the moving image production capabilities at Taigh Chearsabhagh, launching UistFilm in 2013 and producing the acclaimed Gaelic documentary An Dotair Mòr amongst many others projects.
Norman MacLeod, Heritage, Retail and Operations, was born in Lochmaddy North Uist in 1959, and educated in Lochmaddy Primary School, Paible Secondary School and Portree High School. After leaving school he went to Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen where he completed a Diploma in Art and Design. After various jobs which included shot blasting working for a Drilling Company and Fish Farming he returned to Uist in the early 1990’s and was involved in setting up Taigh Chearsabhagh with several other people. He has now worked in various rolls for the Taigh Chearsabhagh Trust since 1994. During that time he was also a committee member for the Scottish Arts Council for six years.
Zachary Wallace, Gaelic Film and Visual Arts Trainee, is a recent graduate from the University of Toronto who has moved to North Uist to take up a Gaelic Film and Visual Arts Traineeship at Taigh Chearsabhagh. He is a self-taught fluent Gaelic speaker and was very active in Gaelic arts and society in Ontario, teaching Gaelic to adults, writing poetry, and leading a video recording project with older Gaelic speakers while serving as Secretary and then First Chieftain of the Gaelic Society of Toronto. He is keen to learn much more about film-making, as well as the Gaelic language and culture of Uist!
Fiona MacIsaac, Education and Outreach/ Arts Development, is a North Uist native, Gaelic speaker, and Visual Artist. After a brief foray into Geology and Earth Science, Fiona found herself studying the NC Art and Design course at Taigh Chearsabhagh and then continued until she graduated with a BA (hons) Fine Art – she never went back to science! She had her degree show moving image pieces featured as part of the RSA New Contemporaries show in 2015 and has had her work shown in both group and solo shows. Fiona is interested in how art education can be a means of empowering people who are perhaps marginalised in society, and also demystifying the arts and emphasising that they are for everyone!
Alasdair MacLellan, Finance Officer
Front of House Team
Rachael Halifax, Café Manager
Christine MacCormick, Café Assistant
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Board & Patrons
The Board of Directors meet bi-monthly. We are delighted to have a strong Board which includes members from our founding bodies, Uist Art Association and Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath and also includes experts and internationally renowned specialists in music, visual arts, art history, architecture, civil engineering, broadcasting, Gaelic language and culture.
Taigh Chearsabhagh Board of Trustees
Prof. Keith McIntyre (Incoming Chair) is an artist and former Head of the Department of Arts at Northumbria University with over 30 years of experience working in the visual and performing arts and HE sectors.
Archie Maclean is Depute Director of Studies at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Scotland’s Centre of Excellence for Gaelic Language and Culture. He has responsibility for Learning and Teaching and Quality Assurance, as well as being involved in a range of Gaelic-related community development activities across the Highlands and Islands.
Mary Morrison is an active committee member and volunteer with CEUT. She has a background in Higher Education and was formerly a Senior Lecturer in Language in Education. She also has experience in equal opportunities, secondary education and community development and now works part-time for the local training organisation Cothrom.
Hazel Smith is Project Officer and crofting tutor with LCC, developing LCC presence and provision in Uist. She has a BA in Fine Art and an MSc in Environmental Management and has worked as community officer with the RSPB.
Anna-Wendy Stevenson – a musician and composer with comprehensive experience of working locally and internationally in the arts and education. Anna-Wendy moved to Uist in 2006 to teach on the HNC music course at Lews Castle College. In 2012 she was awarded programme leader for the pioneering BA (Hons) Applied Music degree for the University of the Highlands and Islands, leading the development, curriculum design, and management of the programme which is delivered across Scotland. One of her first visits to Uist was to perform at Taigh Chearsabhagh in 2002 and she was struck by the ambition and potential opportunities for participation.
Padruig Morrison – Under graduate, professional musician, Young Gaelic Ambassador 2017. Padruig is passionate about seeing opportunities created for young people to return and stay in Uist, and spend most of his time involved in the arts and heritage. Padruig sees Taigh Chearsabhagh as a very important part of the cultural scene which he believes is a key part of life in Uist and important to people when choosing to be here or not
Mairead MacLennan is a Broadcaster/Photographer with 25 years’ experience, who works with various organisations (BBC, Channel 4, Uist Film and Radio nan Gaidheal). She is a graduate of the UHI NC Art and Design course at Taigh Chearsabhagh. She is particularly looking forward to raising awareness of the Gaelic language, culture and history, plus strengthening Taigh Chearsabhagh’s role as an ambassador for Gaelic Arts development.
Angus McNab is a civil/structural engineer having worked in engineering consultancy with the same practice, both within the UK and abroad, since graduating in 1974 until his retirement from the partnership in 2011. His experience in development projects covers virtually all sectors and includes many projects in the Western Isles, including the Uist and Barra Hospital, Lochboisdale Harbour Redevelopment, and numerous projects on the military estate. His paternal family is from Skye and his maternal family from North Uist, to where he and his family relocated to live in 1994.
Sheena Stewart – an experienced manager who has worked across several projects (predominately in the third sector) over the last 20 years. Sheena is currently the Manager of Uist Council of Voluntary Organisations and Chair of Third Sector Interface Western Isles. She is Chair of North Uist Community Council, a director of Uracahdh Uibhist and newly appointed onto the Board of Taigh Chearsabhagh on behalf of Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath. She has a keen interest in documenting and exploring the history and heritage of the islands, and a long involvement with CEUT. She is keen to continue and further develop the close working between Comann Eachdraidh and the arts at Taigh Chearsabhagh.
Catherine Yateman – Chair of Uist Arts Association, artist and architect. Catherine moved to Uist in 2015 to study on the LCC UHI BA fine Art Degree based at Taigh Chearsabhagh. Catherine is working on her personal art practice and is a qualified architect with over 25 years’ experience working on large projects in the public realm.
Special Adviser to the Board
Murdo Macdonald is Emeritus Professor of History of Scottish Art at the University of Dundee. He is author of Scottish Art in Thames and Hudson’s World of Art series. He is a former editor of Edinburgh Review. His research interests include the art of the Scottish Gàidhealtachd (in combination with colleagues at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic College of the University of the Highlands and Islands), and the cultural milieu of the Celtic Revivalist and ecologist Patrick Geddes, not least with respect to cognate revivals in India and Japan. He has a longstanding interest in James Macpherson’s Ossian as a point of origin of the Celtic Revival. With Eric Shanes in 2013 he identified J M W Turner’s lost Ossian work from 1802. He was appointed an honorary member of the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture in 2009, and an honorary fellow of the Association for Scottish Literary Studies in 2016.
TC currently has a contractual agreement with Sabhal Mòr Ostaig for financial management with Iain Gordon, Head of Finance at SMO, retained by TC to provide accounting services as follows:
Assists and provides training for TC Finance Officer and relevant staff.
Oversees the production of quarterly management accounts.
Reports to the Board, with attendance at TC at least every two months.
Oversees the production of annual budgets and the monitoring of actual performance against budgets.
Liaises with Campbell Stewart MacLennan on accounting matters as required and finalises annual figures ready for audit.
Oversees Company Secretary requirements and ensures annual filing compliance with OSCR and CH.
Our annual accounts are audited by Campbell Stewart MacLennan & Co. Isle of Skye.