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Stories of radical landownership in north Lewis

Stories of radical landownership in North Lewis

Stories of radical landownership in North Lewis

Produced in collaboration with artist Virginia Hutchison, this project brings together narratives surrounding the community land buyout of the Galson Estate in 2007. Created during the COVID pandemic in 2020/2021, the project weaves together local audio archives and interviews and brings them into contemporary conversations surrounding community land ownership. With access and social distancing measures in mind, the project has taken the form of a series of cast bronze artefacts temporarily sited in the landscape of north Lewis. Embedded with digital QR codes, the artefacts link visitors directly to the audio works via mobile phone. 

Chapter 1


Chapter 4


Chapter 2


Chapter 5


Chapter 3

Baile an Truiseil

Chapter 6

Dail bho Thuath


Released April 1, 2021

Many thanks to the Galson Estate staff and community.


Special thanks to Agnes and Frank Rennie, Lisa Maclean, Annie MacSween,  Iain Gordon Macdonald, Edinburgh College of Art, Richard Collins (Edinburgh University) and Blackbay Recording Studios.

Annie Macsween, Faclan 2020, A History with Heart and Soul – The Place-names of North Lewis,

Ness Historical Society
Frank Rennie, Dùthcas 2020, The Changing Outer Hebrides – Galson and the meaning of Place

Virginia Hutchison is an artist based in Glasgow and the Isle of Lewis. Working within a predominantly social context her practice draws on the processes involved in collaborative creative production to explore how different forms of artistic engagement influence the interaction we have with our environments. Virginia currently runs the bronze casting facilities at Edinburgh College of Art and is one part of the duo ’In the Shadow of the Hand’ with artist and film-maker Sarah Forrest. A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Virginia currently sits of the board of directors at An Lanntair Arts Centre in Stornoway.

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The project was produced in conversation with artists Stephen Hurrel and Fiona Rennie.

With support from Community Land Scotland and the Stove Network.

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