Creative Spaces

February & March 2014

A Wee Bit of Winter Field Work

Some photos taken by Issie during her permabulations aimed at getting to know Cromarty and The Black Isle. Issie has recently met with Dr David Alston regarding local history and local organisations, The Cromarty Historical Society Chair, Sandy Thomson, The Cromarty Arts Trust, also represented by Sandy Thomson and Arts Development Manager, Caroline Hewat and various regional NHS staff members.


Books, books, books….

The Cromarty Post Office is a great place to buy books about local history and works of fiction about the area. There is a wee bookcase at the back of the P.O. with all sorts of interesting stuff. Profits go to The Cromarty Arts Trust

watson-placenames squaring-the-circle sir-t-urquhart wolf-willow Writing-in-the-Sand Miller-Noble-smuggler


Archive film finds…

The Building of the Cromarty Bridge

The Scottish Screen Archive at The National Library of Scotland is a great place to find old film. Here’s a fascinating film about the building of the Cromarty Bridge across the firth, made in 1979 with the boys who were building it. The narrator is Roddy McMillan who sadly died before the film was completed. The building of the Kessock Bridge and the Cromarty Bridge dramatically changed life in Cromarty.
Suddenly distances changed and so did working lives. Before the bridges this poem, kindly provided by Sandy Thomson, was a common local shorthand for life in The Black Isle peninsula:

Cromarty for poverty
Fortrose for pride
Rosemarkie for romance
and Avoch for a bride.


A view from the train aka…

‘The History of the North’

Poet George Gunn ruminates while taking the Inverness – Thurso train along the coast of the Moray Firth.

history of the north

Track from ‘A Northerly Land’ CD (2013) by Iain Copeland with words by the Caithness poet George Gunn. Created during their Artist in Residence posts with the Mackay Country Moving Times & Telling Tales project. Fellow Artist in Residence, Gaelic singer Fiona J Mackenzie, also features in other tracks. Have a listen here:


Mirror Lands

March 2014

mirror lands mirror

This is an audio-visual installation created by multimedia artist Mark Lyken and film maker Emma Dove, with grant support from the SNH/ Creative Scotland ‘Imagining Scotland’ Year of Natural Scotland 2013 awards. The installation explores and expresses these artists’ sense of The Black Isle as a place. This work was showcased at The Centre for Contemporary Arts in Glasgow in early March 2014 before being installed at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery for a fortnight. You can buy the DVD there.

Issie views the installation at Inverness Museum & Art Gallery.

Mirror Lands (Trailer 2) A Mark Lyken | Emma Dove Film from Emma Dove on Vimeo

A review of the ‘Mirror Lands’ work:


The Cromarty Green Gym  

…old news but still good news

A very interesting local facility created several years ago. Here’s the BBC News report about it:

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