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Pop-up arts installation to illuminate Stornoway ferry

Thomas Keyes and manuscript page Image copyright GSA
Image caption Thomas Keyes and the illuminated manuscript page to feature in a pop-up arts installation on a ferry

New artwork that recalls centuries old traditions is to be displayed on a ferry that sails between Ullapool and Stornoway on Lewis.

Black Isle-based artist Thomas Keyes' illuminated manuscript page is made from deerskin parchment and decorated with plant-based dyes.

Keyes was inspired by historical use of lichen for dyeing.

The arts project involves the Glasgow School of Art's (GSA) Highlands and Islands campus in Forres.

It was commissioned as part of the Bealach Songlines project, a collaboration involving An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway and local agencies.

The manuscript will be a feature of a pop-up arts installation on a Caledonian MacBrayne ferry.

Keyes, who worked with GSA Masters student Mhairi Creanor, said: "I was greatly inspired by the landscape and culture of Lewis, particularly the history of lichen dyeing.

"It's very fitting that the work should travel by sea as many of the original manuscripts did. It's probably more than 1,000 years since that last happened."

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