Will Maclean and Marian Leven will talk about AN SUILEACHAN, their art project on the Isle of Lewis which won the Saltire Award for Arts and Crafts in Architecture in 2013, and other projects in the Western Isles. These celebrate the traditional island crafts of dry stone walled circles and walkways, a stone archway, iron fire basket and wooden seating. The floor is engraved with the names of the Reef Raiders who, as hopeful applicants for new holdings in Lewis, began a revolt against the proprietor Major Matheson, when he opposed the conversion of farm lands in Uig into individual holdings.
Marian, originally from Auchtermuchty in Fire, studied Textile Arts at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen and now works in various art media including watercolours, oils, acrylics as well as sculpture, land art and collage.
Will was born in Inverness and began his career as a mid-shipman on HMS Conway at Anglesey in Wales before attending both Gray’s School of Art and the British School at Rome. A later stint as a ring-net fisherman led to a Scottish International Education Trust Award Bursary to study the industry and this experience inspired over 400 drawings which were exhibited at the Third Eye Centre in Glasgow. He spent 15 years as a lecturer at Duncan of Jordanstone where he became Professor of Fine Art and senior research fellow; he is now an emeritus professor.