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The unique ecology and culture of the islands of Uist provide the context within which we offer a very special creative programme with a distinct sense of place.

Located in Lochmaddy, North Uist’s main port of entry, Taigh Chearsabhagh is situated on the shoreline of a marine special area of conservation. Sea, sky, light and climate are integral elements of the rugged Atlantic environment within which our community lives and works, also influencing directly the creative and cultural life of the arts centre and the artists who use it.

LINES light installation at Taigh Chearsabhagh
LINES Installation: Niittyvirta/Aho

Like other low-lying islands groups, the Western Isles stand at the forefront of inexorable climate change, already dealing daily with the results of ever-increasing extremes of weather and their effects on fragile habitats and ways of life.

With powerful evidence of the ever-growing threat of rising sea levels lapping literally on our doorstep, raising greater awareness of and stimulating meaningful discussion, debate and action about the environmental crisis we all face is a fundamentally important part of Taigh Chearsabhagh’s identity and activities. This focus explores the interactions and synergies of art, culture and our natural world with the politics of climate change and sustainability.

Through themed exhibitions – featuring a balance of the highest quality Scottish and international contemporary art with islands-based artists and crafts producers – residencies, research, commissions, events and public programmes, Taigh Chearsabhagh creates an engaging, vibrant and diverse visual arts programme which provides opportunities for thought, creativity and action.

Taigh Chearsabhagh is unique amongst Scottish contemporary arts venues in offering, through the University of the Highlands & Islands (UHI)/Lews Castle College, both a National Certificate in Art & Design and also a full four year Degree in Fine Art, both based at the centre.