A Social Enterprise Company with charitable trust status and Foundation funded by Creative Scotland (National Arts Funder) and Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Local Government), Taigh Chearsabhagh aims to make a significant contribution to
environmental arts both nationally and internationally.
Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre, based on the Isle of North Uist in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, aims to build physical and virtual focal points for exploration, innovation, communication and collaboration, locally and internationally.
The unique landscape of the Uists provides the context within which we are able to offer a very special creative programme.
Through residencies, research, commissions, events and public programmes, Taigh Chearsabhagh will provide unique opportunities for thought, creativity and interaction, creating a Centre of Excellence in Environmental Art.
In the Outer Hebrides, more than most communities, we are dependant on our unique environment. Our environmental focus aims to explore the boundaries of art, culture and environment. We will develop themed exhibition programmes featuring a balance of the highest quality in Scottish and international contemporary art and island-based artists and crafts producers.
Taigh Chearsabhagh will develop the production, exhibition and distribution of new media/contemporary technologies. We will provide moving image education and access to high quality video production facilities for the community.
Taigh Chearsabhagh will develop studio facilities to accommodate growing demand and maximise the use of eco‐friendly print, photography and digital media facilities.
Andy Mackinnon – Arts Officer - Personal Biog.
Working in creative & collaborative documentary production since graduating with a BA in Visual Communications in 1986, Andy Mackinnon was a key player in the Glasgow Film & Video Workshop (now G-MAC) for many years.
In 1995 he embarked on a 5-year co-production with Wark Clements as director and cinematographer of the £300k budget documentary feature TRANSITION. In 2000 he teamed up with Taigh Chearsabhagh to make the feature-length collaborative documentary Passing Places – The Real Outer Hebrides.
He has lived in North Uist and worked with Taigh Chearsabhagh ever since, and became the Arts Officer, responsible for arts curating and programming, in 2003. In addition to helping to refocus the centres’ visual arts strategy on environmental prerogatives and developing an ambitious exhibition,
residency and projects programme, he has been instrumental in creating a high quality digital video production facility in the arts centre with state of the art video production kits and industry standard post-production resources.
Through Taigh Chearsabhagh he has produced many time-based media projects including Ceolas 2004 documentary, Changing Places with Ettie Spencer, A Confluence with Ian Stephen, Real Escape with French artist, Jocelyn Cottencin, Andy Goldsworthy – North Uist Works, The Flying Fiddles promo, Bàird Uibhist in collaboration with Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath and most recently BREATH/ANAIL video installation with Chris Drury.