Ex­cit­ing new shinty pro­ject

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

THE Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion and Highland Print Stu­dio have an­nounced that four shinty clubs have been se­lected to take part in a joint pro­ject which will see an artist work­ing with each club over the next 18 months to cre­ate a se­ries of prints cel­e­brat­ing the con­tem­po­rary cul­ture and her­itage of Scot­land’s iconic indige­nous sport of shinty.

The suc­cess­ful clubs are Beauly, Fort Wil­liam, New­ton­more and Skye Ca­manachd. Each artist will work with their se­lected shinty club and, with the help of play­ers, fans and vol­un­teers, will learn about the club, past and present, and pro­duce art­works that will be­come a vis­ual legacy for the club.

Skye Ca­manachd pres­i­dent Dou­glas MacDougall said “This year is a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone in the his­tory of Skye Ca­manachd as we cel­e­brate our 125th an­niver­sary. To be in­volved in this in­no­va­tive vis­ual pro­ject with the Highland Print Stu­dio, which fur­ther pro­motes shinty while recog­nis­ing our is­land cul­ture and her­itage, is quite ap­pro­pri­ate and wel­comed by the club and our sup­port­ers.’

Mem­o­rable re­sults

Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Jim Barr added: ‘Sport and cul­ture are part of the glue that keeps com­mu­ni­ties strong and vi­brant. We are de­lighted to be work­ing in part­ner­ship with the Highland Print Stu­dio on this pro­ject, which is des­tined to de­liver mem­o­rable re­sults for the clubs in­volved and shinty in gen­eral.”

The work pro­duced will form an ex­cit­ing tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion and be a ve­hi­cle for pro­mot­ing the sport to a wider au­di­ence. As there have been very few vis­ual doc­u­men­ta­tions of the sport, this is a great op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate some­thing ground­break­ing.

Highland Print Stu­dio is a vis­ual arts or­gan­i­sa­tion based in In­ver­ness and has a his­tory of com­mis­sion­ing artists to work on in­no­va­tive projects. Af­ter link­ing with the Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion, the stu­dio has been suc­cess­ful in gain­ing an award from the Highland Cul­ture – Take Pride, Take Part In­vest­ment Fund to com­mis­sion artists to cre­ate a se­ries of prints cel­e­brat­ing the con­tem­po­rary cul­ture and her­itage of Scot­land’s iconic indige­nous sport of shinty.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Highland Print Stu­dio, go to www.high­land­printstu­dio.co.uk.

John McNaught, stu­dio man­ager, An­gela Cran, ad­min­ista­tor, and Alison McMen­emy, di­rec­tor of Highland Print Stu­dio.

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