Ness to Ness: Art & Archaeology Workshop 2017

NesstoNessfPosterJul17The University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute have teamed up with Orkney College Art Department to offer a summer Art and Archaeology workshop.

  • Dates: 17th-20thAugust 2017
  • Venue: Orkney
  • All welcome. No experience necessary.
  • Cost: £220 per person for 4 days (accommodation and food not included)
  • Contact Mary Connolly at or 01856 569225 to book a place

The schedule for the four days includes:

Thursday 17th August. Field Day. Ness of Brodgar and Ness Battery


After an introduction to the workshop, we will visit the excavations at the Ness of Brodgar. You will enjoy a bespoke tour of the site with Site Director Nick Card and see its unique art with Neolithic art specialist Dr Antonia Thomas. In the afternoon we will have a tour of the remarkable buildings at the Ness battery and its unique WW2 painted murals with archaeologists Andrew Hollinrake and Dan Lee.

Friday 18th August. Studio Day. Printmaking with Charles Shearer

A&A 1For today’s session, we will be based in the art studios at Orkney College UHI in Kirkwall with designer Kirsteen Stewart. Inspired by the previous field days, you will develop your creative ideas through the medium of print with world-renowned printmaker Charles Shearer. You will also have the opportunity to learn the process of collagraph print production from drawing and cutting using a range of tools, through to the application of textures and materials that help give this process its unique character. Professor Mark Edmonds will also give a guest lecture where he will discuss the intersection of art and archaeology and his own printmaking practice.

Saturday 19th August. Field Day. Pier Arts Centre and Warbeth Beach

For today’s field trip we will have a dedicated tour of the Pier Arts Centre and its world-class collection of British Modernist paintings and sculpture, led by Education Officer and artist Carol Dunbar. The afternoon will be spent on Warbeth Beach where we will explore the materials used for art making in the Neolithic, and find our how this striking landscape inspires modern and contemporary artists.

Sunday 20th August. Studio Day. Printmaking with Charles Shearer

During this workshop, you will be able to develop your ideas from the previous three days further and continue to work on collagraph printmaking with Charles Shearer and explore other forms of mark-making with designer Kirsteen Stewart.

Cost: £220 per person for 4 days (accommodation and food not included).Contact Mary Connolly at or 01856 569225 to book a place.