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Two film stills sit diagonally opposite on a digitally fuzzy teal background. One is a bright blue shadow of a plane, the other is a glowing inverse of an OS map.

A Gathering of Air and Sea

How are our communities and environments being affected by expanding militarisation and corporate use of the sky and sea, increased pollution and the impacts of climate change? 

A Gathering of Air and Sea brings the work of artists Shona Illingworth and Mhairi Killin together for the first time to explore how the forces of these global changes are felt and experienced in the Outer Hebrides. We will gather at Hosta Hall for an evening of discussion, a special screening of Illingworth’s Topologies of Air and the sharing of stories, music, poetry and food. 

A Gathering of Air and Sea will bring together the extensive knowledge of local people: crofters, archaeologists, poets, artists, councillors, fishermen, marine biologists and conservationists, to explore the accelerating transformations of our sky and sea, past and present, through militarisation, industrialisation, surveillance, degradation of the natural environment and climate change, and the potential impacts for future generations and life on the islands.

Topologies of Air (2021) by Shona Illingworth was commissioned and funded by The Wapping Project, supported by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities, Sharjah Art Foundation, the British Council, Arts Council England and the University of Kent. 

On Sonorous Seas (2022) by Mhairi Killin was commissioned by An Tobar and Mull Theatre, and supported by Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, Creative Scotland, a-n, CHArts, The Space CIC, Scottish Association for Marine Science, Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme and National Museum of Scotland.

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A Gathering of Air and Sea is one of a series of events taking place over the weekend, held in conjunction with Mhairi Killin’s On Sonorous Seas exhibition at Taigh Chearsabhagh, 2 September to 28 October.

Friday 15th September: The science of On Sonorous Seas, with the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, Taigh Chearsabhagh, 7pm

Saturday 16th September: A Gathering of Sea and Air, Hosta Hall, 6pm

Sunday 17th September: Hebridean Whale Trail: Species ID and Whale Track training + Guided Headland Watch, Taigh Chearsabhagh + Balranald, 2-5pm

These events are free and open to all.  If you would like to support our continued programming and enable us to keep offering free events, please consider making a donation to Taigh Chearsabhagh.