Taigh Chearsabhagh – Broad reach
Artist Talk: Stuart McAdam – Saturday 4th July, 2pm.
– Artist talk marks start of summer residency with Taigh Chearsabhagh
– Stuart McAdam cycled from Renfrewshire to Uist retracing possible Viking routes
By Adam Gordon
Johnstone-based artist, Stuart McAdam has arrived in Uist to begin his summer residency with Taigh Chearsabhagh, after embarking on an epic 485-mile bike journey from his hometown in Renfrewshire to the Western Isles.
Stuart McAdam’s residency, which is part of Taigh Chearsabhagh’s Broad reach project, begins this Saturday 4th July, with an artist talk at 2pm at Taigh Chearsabhagh in Lochmaddy, North Uist. During the talk Stuart will discuss his journey and what he hopes to research during his residency.
Stuart started his pilgrimage on Monday 22nd June, cycling from his home in Johnstone, Renfrewshire. His journey took him via Arran, Islay, Mull, Iona, Oban, Mallaig, and Skye before he arrived in Lochmaddy on Wednesday 1st July, to complete an exhausting trip in which he covered almost 500 miles in little over a week.
Inspired by Norse mythology and storytelling, Stuart charted his path to retrace possible Viking routes, and documented his thoughts and observations through video, photography, drawings and notes during the course of his journey.
The artist, who graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in 2008, is interested by slow travel, and he has sought to draw inspiration and ideas by travelling on foot, by boat and bike. In 2012, Stuart took to the road to cycle across parts of the western front through Belgium and France to Switzerland, following the lines of trenches from WW1. In his most recent project, he explored lost former railway lines in North East Scotland on foot, as part of a commemorative project marking 50 years of the Beeching Cuts during his residence with Deveron Arts.
The artist talk will be the first of an eclectic range of activities Stuart will undertake during his residency in Uist. He will also be involved in a Viking Art activity during Berneray week on July 20th, and will host a comic workshop as part of the North Uist Agricultural show festivities on 30th July, which is a free event and open to everyone 7+. *
Stuart McAdam: Artist Talk takes place at Taigh Chearsabhagh, 4th July, 2pm in the upstairs gallery.
Entry is free and the talk is open to all ages.
* The Comic workshop event on 30th of July is open to all children 7+, but an adult must accompany them.