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 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

workshop events 2013

Ceangal Community Picnic – STRUPAG
Join us in Kinlochewe Village Hall  Friday 16th August – 12 – 2pm.  Meet the artists, have a tasty lunch, explore the trails, and get inspired for the residency!
Nature’s mosaic
come along and help create mosaic work/s inspired by nature.  These when completed will then be placed along the trails as a piece of collaborative work.
Tuesday 20th/Wednesday 21st August, 10am – 4pm, Anancaun Field Centre, Kinlochewe
Contact Pat Gulliver on 01445 771248 for more information
Ephemeral art
Find out more about nature art and be inspired by the surroundings to create your own works.  This will begin with some information about artists inspired and working with nature, and then going out to create your own work.  Photographs will be taken and then compiled into a video which will be put on youtube.
Monday 26th August – 10am – 4pm
Meet at Anancaun Field station for the introduction.  This event will be weather dependent!
Contact Pat Gulliver on 01445 771248 for more information
For all events please bring suitable clothing and a packed lunch.  

Ceangal updates…

The weeks are flying by, and finally the weather, thankfully, feels a little more seasonal!

This year, as it is Year of Natural Scotland, we are going to be based at Beinn Eighe National Nature Reserve.  They are supporting and working with us this year in a number of ways, so to make things logistically simpler, and the artists will be housed in the accommodation at the Anancaun field centre. We hope that as last year, community members will come and participate, meet and work with the artists, or just come along for a chat and see what is going on.

Beinn Eighe is the UK’s first National Nature Reserve, established in 1951, and in those years, conservation ideas have evolved in many ways.  SNH are keen to re-vamp the image of the reserve and envision art as an important link between community and nature, opening up discussion, debate, and encouraging people to visit and think about the reserve and the part it plays in both the local community and wider audience and raising awareness of the local ecology and how we can connect and interact with it, so please talk about Ceangal to others and encourage them to come along.
We plan to hold some workshops, and details of these will follow.
We will be out and about introducing the artists to the local area over the first few days of the residency, and there is also a Ceilidh organised for Saturday 17th August, so if you fancy a night out, come along.  This will also be raising funds for Highland Hospice, a very worthwhile cause.
The next meeting is planned for Tues 16th July, at 7.30pm in Gairloch Fire Station, all interested parties are welcome to attend, so if you would like to get involved, please come along.
There is also a residency opportunity in Vadodara, Gujarat, India for artists working in ceramics/metalworks, further information is on our website,http://ceangal.wordpress so feel free to pass this on to anyone you think might be interested.

Artist residency opportunity – Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Artist residency opportunity


Vadodara, Gujarat, India

 This is an opportunity for artists to develop their practice in ceramics and metal work in a working studio based in a lively city which has a thriving and cultivated arts scene, including one of the most respected universities in the country.  MSU Baroda which has produced many of the key contemporary artists and contributors to the Indian art scene in recent times.

The ceramic / metal works residency opportunity offered in Vadodara will be hosted in the following periods:

1. January until March (3 month period)

2. September until November (3 month period)

The cost for the 3 month residency will be £1500

Artists who wish to work for longer than 3 months may do so in the September to March period by individual arrangement made with the host.


The residency will provide:

Accommodation: apartment with kitchen and hot-water shower facilities.

Studio visits to artists living and working in Vadodara

Sightseeing trip to the UNESCO world heritage site of Champaner and Ahmedabad city.

Technical assistance

Hardware including Drill/polishing machine/etc

Lunch (simple Indian home cooked food) Artists are responsible for their own dinner. Vadodara is equipped with local and international grocery stores and many affordable restaurants.

Artists are expected to conduct at least one open studio and public talk during the period of the residency.

There will be an opportunity to host a exhibition at the University Gallery at the end of the residency. (Exhibition to be discussed with individual artists)


Artists are responsible for the following:

 Cost of travel to and from Vadodara, and day to day travel

Insurance – Personal Insurance only. The studio is fully insured.

cost of materials used including clay, glaze, gas for firing, bronze, plaster

Cost of material transport to and from artists home to the studio

Manual assistance (if used)


Studio Facilities include the following:

Ceramic and Bronze casting studio consisting of:

1. Electric wheels x 5

2. Kick wheels x 3

3. Gas Kiln x 3 (specifications below*)

4. Large working tables x 3

5. Facility to make custom clays

6. Small glaze room with air brushing station

7. Moulding platforms


Casting is done at an off-site facility with full manual and technical assistance.

The studio also offers fibre-glass, scrape metal fabrication facilities, these should be discussed in advance with individual artist.


*kiln specs:

1. test kiln,

2. 3-1/2’x 3-1/2′ x 3-1/2′ Loading space

3. 6-1/2’x 4-1/2′ x 4-1/2′ Loading space

Max Temperature 1325C

To apply contact:

Yogesh Mahida –

Artists should attach an up to date Bio/CV

10 JPEGs of recent works

Ceangal news 2013

Spring is finally springing and we are delighted to announce that the Highland Council are once again supporting us in 2013 – their ongoing support is very much appreciated. There will be a Ceangal meeting on Wed 5th June at 7.30pm in Gairloch Fire Station, so if you would like to be involved, participate or just find out more, please come along.

We have participants coming from Poland, France/UK, Japan, India and hopefully Canada and Indonesia, so it will be an exciting mix and we very much look forwards to reaching out to more people this year, so spread the word – this year 14th -31st August are the dates, so keep an eye on the Gairloch & District Times, and the blog!

We are very much looking for volunteers/participants for this year, so if you would like to get involved, please do get in touch!

email: or call Lynn on 01445712389