Archaeology Courses

Art and Archaeology Summer School – Outer Hebrides

Gaelic awareness - Berneray beach / traigh Bhearnaraigh

Art and Archaeology Summer School – Evidence and Inference – Lews Castle College UHI

  • Lews Castle College UHI
  • North Uist, Outer Hebrides
  • 15th – 19th August 2016
  • cost £175 (includes all tuition and 2 course meal on last evening
  • accommodation is available at the local bunk house. Please pre-book before the end of July. Cost £90 for 5 nights or £20 per night)
  • a 2 course meal is available for £18 per night MOnday to Thursday. (Friday night meal is included in the course cost)

The Lews Castle College UHI Art and Archaeology Summer School takes place on the island of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides. The course is run over five days in August and is hosted at the Taigh Chearsabhagh Arts Centre in Lochmaddy, as well as various site locations around North Uist. The course involves archaeological field work, drawing and installation in the field and studio based art responses.

The University Summer School presents a unique and exciting opportunity for art making to anyone interested in the creative potential of the distinctive environment of the Outer Hebrides and its rich archaeological heritage.

Participants will visit a range of archaeological sites across Uist and will explore archaeological approaches to recording and documenting material in the field. They will then use this as a basis for creative, experimental and exploratory art work. There is always a certain amount of conjecture in interpreting and visualising the past and this presents an opportunity for artists working in any medium or genre to extend their research and art practice.

Participants will have an opportunity to work closely with Dr Rebecca Rennell who lectures in archaeology and has an extensive knowledge of the many hidden archaeological gems on the island.

The summer school will also present a series of evening sessions at Taigh Chearsabhagh, where topics such as Land and Environmental Art, Landscape Archaeology and the art/archaeology nexus will be topics of discussion. These sessions will also have input from visiting artists, folklorists and other experts.

The aim is to provide a dynamic and supportive environment for learning and creativity

The course is open to anyone with an interest in art and/or archaeology including students and established art practitioners. The course will be facilitated by both Dennis Magee, Course  Leader in the BA Fine Art at Lews Castle College UHI  and Dr Rebecca Rennell, Lecturer in Archaeology at Lews Castle College UHI.

The course will run from 15th– 19th of August 2016 inclusive.

For further information and/ or registration contact Rebecca Rennell or Telephone: 01851 770500

Course Costs

  • Cost £175 -00 (includes all tuition, and 2 course meal on last evening)
  • Accommodation is available at the local bunk house pre book before the end of July £90 for 5 nights or £20.00 per night.
  • A two course meal is available for £18-00 per night Monday –Thursday (Friday night meal is included in the course cost)