Four exhibitions, all about the west COAST of Scotland, will be hosted throughout the summer in various locations. The exhibitions are a small snippet of over 300 stories collected during lockdown about the history, architecture, landscape, seascape and people of the west coast and how they have shaped the world.
The exhibitions are currently being showcased in Comunn Eachdraidh Nis (Ness, Lewis), the GALE Centre (Gairloch), the The Egg Shed, Ardrishaig, and at the CalMac Ferry Terminal in Oban.
The exhibitions look not only to the stories of the past but also to the future and how the world is shaping the west coast; the exhibitions focus around the themes of Our Productive Landscapes and Seascapes, Our Migrations, Our Communities, and Our Changing Environment, actively encouraging people – locals and visitors alike – to contribute their stories of the west COAST of Scotland.
The exhibitions are designed and curated by the COAST project coordinators Lateral North and ruralDimensions. The project is led by the University of Highlands and Islands (UHI). COAST is part of a new £5 million Scottish programme of projects to invest in the Highlands and islands to provide more and better-quality opportunities for visitors to enjoy natural and cultural heritage assets. The Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund is led by NatureScot and is part funded through the European Development Fund (ERDF).
The Natural and Cultural Heritage Fund encourages people to visit some of the more remote and rural areas and create and sustain jobs, businesses, and services in local communities. The purpose of the fund is to promote and develop the outstanding natural and cultural heritage of the Highlands and islands in a way that conserves and protects them. Match funding for the project has also come from Caledonian MacBrayne (CalMac) and UHI West Highland, giving the whole project a value of over £500,000.
OUR COMMUNITIES EXHIBITION – Ardrishaig
Discover how our communities have been shaped by the west coast of Scotland in our immersive exhibition sharing the stories gathered by our story gatherers these past two years.
The Egg Shed,
From 29 June 2022
OUR CHANGING ENVIRONMENT EXHIBITION – OBAN
Discover how our environment has changed through stories collected by our story gatherers from the west coast of Scotland in our immersive exhibition.
Oban Ferry Terminal,
From 29 June 2022
OUR MIGRATIONS EXHIBITION – GAIRLOCH
Discover how migration has affected our west coast in our immersive exhibition sharing the stories gathered by our story gatherers these past two years.
The GALE Centre
From 8th June 2022
OUR PRODUCTIVE LANDSCAPE & SEASCAPE EXHIBITION – LEWIS
Discover how our seascapes and landscapes have evolved through stories collected by our story gatherers from the west coast of Scotland in our immersive exhibition.
Isle of Lewis
From 2nd June 2022
Can’t attend in-person? You can join us virtually instead.