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Cnoc Soilleir

A project and exhibition commissioned by Ceòlas and Bòrd na Gàidhlig


The project began in 2020 but completion was pushed back by delays caused by both Covid and Brexit. The site was officially opened by John Swinney (Deputy First Minister for Scotland) on September the 1st.


I was asked to use my photography to document the build process and interpret the building, its place within the landscape and the Gaelic culture that it represents.  The Poet Niall Campbell was commissioned to write some poems on the same theme.  We shared words and images as the project progressed.


The photographs were taken of the construction materials.  These materials, many of which are now not visible, remain in situ as they are integral to the building.  The exhibition photographs are an interpretation of a performance that is rooted in Gaelic culture with its historical use of music, dance and voice within the Uist landscape.  A small selection of them are shown here.

The exhibition pieces will be in place for some time to come and everyone is encouraged to visit.  It is a wonderful building and a credit to all those involved.  


Photographs of the build process can be found here.

Clasarch (Harp)

Clàrsach (Harp)

Cnoc Exhibition  9

Clàr (Staves)



Limited edition prints of the images from the exhibition are available.


Each print is limited to five copies (this number includes the framed edition that hangs at Cnoc Soilleir).

Printed in South Uist on heavyweight fine art paper, numbered and signed.

Please contact me to find out more.


Footage of the opening day from BBC Alba.

Article in the Press and Journal

press and journal cnoc soillier

With thanks to support from Bord na Gàidhlig, Cnoc Soilleir Ltd,

Ceòlas Uibhist and MacInnes Bros. Ltd

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