day 1 – contemporary visual art in Lorne

These events are free, and open to everyone interested in strengthening contemporary visual art in Lorne (north Argyll) and its neighbouring areas.

Each of the two days is organised to be a whole event in itself, but please join us for both days so you can meet more people and contribute to the discussions as they develop.

The events are devised by Deirdre MacKenna as part of the Locating Lorne programme and will

  • introduce some of the artists, living locally and elsewhere, who are currently undertaking research for the ‘Locating Lorne’ programme which will be developed in 2018, and
  • explore how artists, architects, planners, curators, publishers and others have used visual imagery to frame their ideas about Scotland in the past.

Collaborating with Deirdre on these events, artist Laura Donkers will respond to the presentations and dialogues which develop.

Day 1 – Saturday 25 November – 10am to 4pm

The first day will explore historical representations of the Scottish landscape and the influence these have had upon perceptions of Scotland’s rural identity.

10am – introduction by Laura Donkers.

Deirdre MacKenna

The first speaker, Deirdre MacKenna will make an introductory presentation from a selection of the images she has researched during the pilot phase of ‘Locating Lorne’. Dating from the early nineteenth century, she will trace the use, re-use and appropriation of individual images which have become widely-recognised symbols of the West Coast of Scotland and particularly, the area of Lorne.

Dr Frances Robertson

Dr. Frances Robertson is a Lecturer at Glasgow School of Art whose research investigates drawing for design as a means of shaping the three-dimensional world.  In ‘Power in the landscape: Regenerating the Scottish Highlands after WWII’ she discusses hydro-electric power schemes constructed in the Scottish Highlands after World War Two as a kind of monumental elegy to ‘Celtic’ culture placed against the making and unmaking of the Highland landscape as an artificial wilderness.

11.30 – short break


Laura Donkers

Artists Laura Donkers is an eco-social artist based on the Isle of North Uist, Outer Hebrides, where she directs Environmental Art Hebrides, a fine art and research practice delivering community projects. She is a Doctoral Researcher at Duncan of Jordanstone at the University of Dundee, where she also received her MFA in Art, Society and Publics.  Her research is entitled ‘Deploying collaborative artistic co-creative methods to strategically promote eco-social sustainability for small island communities’.  

(Alexander and Susan) Maris
(Alexander & Susan) Maris employ a variety of media to explore concepts of the ‘post-urban’, and the role of landscape in cultural history and myth. In 2011 they moved to rural Perthshire to be closer to Rannoch Moor, whose primeval topography has inspired and informed their collaborative life-work for the past twenty years. The artists are currently following individual, yet parallel, courses of research on the mountain Schiehallion.

13.00 – a light lunch snack will be provided at The Locating Lorne Studio (in the nearby Rockfield Centre), where there will be an opportunity to learn about The Rockfield Centre and the Oban Communities Trust. (There are many options for hot snacks, soup and full meals elsewhere in central Oban if preferred),

14.00 – Laura Donkers will present a summary of her observations of the discussions and points raised, followed by group discussion with speakers and audience.

15.30 conclusions

16.00 end

(please note that timings may be subject to slight change)

Please Click here to register for Event 1: 25 November 2017



Please Click here to register for Day 2: 02 December 2017, from 10am to 4pm.

The events are funded by Cultural Documents and The Culture and Business Fund Scotland with sponsorship from Hazelbank Motors and Glenburnie House: they are FREE and open to all but please register to secure a place.

The events are part of the Locating Lorne series produced in partnership by The Rockfield Centre at The Oban Communities Trust and Cultural Documents.


  • Date from: 25 November 2017
  • Date to: 25 November 2017
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Lorne Diazona © Bernard Picton and Cultural Documents

Lorne Diazona © Bernard Picton and Cultural Documents

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