Broad Reach are proud to announce our first digital commission by Uist based artist Fiona MacIsaac.
Fiona has been asked to respond to The Udal site in particular the midden. She will produce a black and white moving image work to be projected in our upstairs gallery during the month of September. The work will reflect textural quality of the midden drawing on the intermingling of materials from different timeframes, the influence of climate change and deterioration of the site. The moving image work will be accompanied by a soundtrack that will heighten these themes and explore elements of the uncanny.
This exhibition is part of FOCAL; exhibition, events and micro-residency opportunities for artists living and working in the Uists and Barra, including UAA members.
About the artist
Fiona MacIsaac is an artist who lives and works on the island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. Fiona graduated in 2014 with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art from Moray School of Art and her degree show was selected for the 2015 RSA: New Contemporaries show. Since graduating, Fiona has taken part in a number of group shows and has continued to experiment with her practice. Specialising in Filmmaking and Photography, she is interested in environmental issues such as climate change and environmental degradation and in concepts such as the uncanny.
About the site
The Udal Peninsula in North Uist is one of the most important archaeological sites in the UK with evidence of some 5,000 years of continuous occupation. Subject to archaeological investigation over the last 50 years, the Udal Collection comprises 32,000 small finds representing approximately 600,000 individual pieces. Until recently, the Collection was housed in Cambridge but is now the responsibility of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (the Western Isles council). With plans in place for post-excavation analysis of these artefacts, CnES now wishes to establish the feasibility of developing an archaeological research base in North Uist. With renewed activity in the site and local interest we felt that Udal could open up a lot of avenues when discussing archaeology in contemporary society.