Ceangal on the Canal

On Saturday 23rd August, the Caledonian Canal held an open day in Inverness.  One of the Ceangal 2013 artists, Nicola Gear lives on a barge there, from which she also hosts residencies and various events, and she invited me to bring along some residency information, which I gladly did!  The sun shone and many people passed through the doors, pretty much non-stop for the whole day which was great.  We also had a surprise visitor in the shape of Rudi Domidian Hundefaenger, a german artist who I met in India who also has connections with many residencies and artists around the globe.  We talked, ate cake and ice cream and I even ended up in a skiff rowing race – all in all it was a grand day out.  More connections made!


Eung-Woo Ri – a summer nomadic visit to the Highlands

As part of strong ongoing connections between Ceangal & the YATOO organisation in Korea,  and in particular the Global Nomadic Art Project (GNAP),  artist, YATOO chairman and director of GNAP Asia, Eung-Woo Ri visited the Highlands for a two week residency this June following participation in the Oranki residency in Finland.  We aim to bring GNAP to Scotland as part of the Europe leg of the journey in 2017.  More details can be found on the http://www.yatooi.com website.

Ri spent two weeks exploring,working, meeting some of the community and those involved with Ceangal and giving a presentation about the project and the ongoing work of YATOO which was established in 1981 and is an integral part of the arts in S Korea, running residencies, biennales, exhibitions, workshops and has wide and established connections with artists and residencies worldwide.

The weather was kind, the midges mainly stayed away and it was a pleasure to be out working in the area.  The works were created using materials found around the area – some will remain until nature takes them back.

We held a two day Nature Art workshop at Beinn Eighe NNR where there is a small display associated with Ceangal and YATOO which will stay in situ for some time.  Ri will continue travelling, researching and working throughout the summer visiting Hungary, Germany and Lithuania before returning to Korea to develop the GNAP project which will take part in Asia in 2015, covering India and China.  It will then move to Iran & S Africa in 2016, Europe in 2017 and finally America in 2018, although I think this will be something which will continue onwards after those dates as Nature, Art, Dreams and Inspiration are not things with a final date.

Eung-Woo Ri – some working photos and works

Lynn Bennett-Mackenzie – works

Vicky Stonebridge- Final work 2013

Vicky Stonebridge


In the first days of Ceangal 2013 we went for excursions around the area, we talked to the visiting artists about history, politics, culture, heritage, environment, people and landscape. In Gairloch there was a ceilidh, the whirling figures became ghostlike blurs in photographs, a metaphor for our own fleeting lives in this place, and also of the peoples, communities and cultures which came before us. I started making dancing figures in various locations around the reserve, using unfired wet clay, which would quickly disintegrate and fade back into the earth as people do, like the blurred dancers who fade away home at the end of the ceilidh. As I worked the figures started telling their own stories instead of just dancing. Our lives now are all full of global information, we all are so busy, living in our own heads, which are full of lists, chores and clutter. It is easy to dash through the stunning glens and forests without stopping to look, to listen, to absorb, to communicate or connect. By placing figures in this landscape I am forcing myself to stop and take a moment, to explore more, to clear my own head. These little clay people are also inviting you, and other people to do the same. It would be easy to miss these clay people, just as it is easy to miss a bright flower, bird, dragonfly or patterned lichen.

Are these figures happy or sad? Without gender or race or age specified, who are they? Are they together in clans, or apart, isolated in a crowd? Are they dancing, or fighting? Do they come to celebrate the land, or to spoil it? Which one is you? Which one would you like to be? Are they climbing up to help each other, to work together, play, learn, create, and evolve collectively? Or are they exploiting and climbing over each other in a race to the top? How do they make you feel? If you found them in the woods, would you laugh, be annoyed or uncomfortable? Would you leave them there, move them or destroy them? Who are they, how do they connect to each other, how do we connect with each other? Who are the people you carry in your head, who are you connected to in your lives? How do you relate to the world about you? When was the last time you stopped and sat on a rock to look, to listen, to absorb, to communicate, to connect?


Kiran Vaghela- Final work 2013

Kiran Vaghela

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On the path of my life

I have created my own image.

associated with my ‘I’.

To maintain this image it become the aim of my life

As the time passes by

Life become tiresome and boring

Even multiple images of my ‘I’

Don’t work, they looses their glitter and

Feel desolated in the jungle of my ‘I’

As I mov away from the mirror and

My image disappears too

Now I am  able to feel I am part of the whole

Relieved from my ‘I’

On distant blue lake is ,

Calling me.

Setting the path of my journey

On a playful jungle trail

The reflective surface on the way reminds me of my past

But …

I have left it far behind me .

I am on the path of nature.

I am free as the transparent jungle breeze.