Island artists are being asked to band together to make a difference, with a new initiative from Talla na Mara launched yesterday (Monday December 9th).

The call for artists’ submissions has gone out to launch ‘Island Art for Giving’, a charity exhibition to be held at the Niseaboist centre in June next year, where postcard-sized original artworks will be displayed and sold to raise funds for two important causes.

The exhibition will raise funds for Bethesda Hospice and for the West Harris Trust Beach Access Fund, through which it’s hoped a beach-accessible wheelchair can be bought, giving new access to the beautiful sands close to Talla na Mara.

Artists are being asked to donate a postcard-sized piece of original artwork in any medium, in two dimensions, signed on the front and unmounted. 2020 will be Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters so this is a suggested theme for the exhibition.

The donated artwork will also be exhibited in an online gallery so that it is accessible to anyone wishing to buy a beautiful original miniature masterpiece in aid of the charities. All work will be sold at the same affordable price although purchasers are welcome to make additional donations.

Gill Thomson of Harbour Print has offered to mount and frame all the pieces of artwork and Talla na Mara will waive commission on sales.

A spokesperson for Talla na Mara said: “This will be a great opportunity to promote your own work and, at the same time, raise funds for worthy causes here on Harris and Lewis. All contributing artists will be acknowledged throughout the exhibition and online.”

All contributions are needed by 30th April 2020 and should be sent to Gill Thompson, Harbour Print, 22c Vatisker, Isle of Lewis, HS2 0JS. Full details of how you can get involved can be found at https://www.tallanamara.co.uk/island-art-for-giving/