As the Islands’ Open exhibition Grinneas nan Eilean draws to a close at An Lanntair, the public votes for best-in-show have been totted-up for the People’s Choice award.

And topping the poll was Drowned Out by Lewis artist Christine Davidson. 

The piece, comprising a glass box embossed with gold-leaf and etched with biblical quotes, is composed of Christian symbols, among them a ‘crown of thorns’ made from barbed wire, a Gaelic Bible and a small crucifix, submerged in water.

The People’s Choice winner of the inaugural Grinneas na h-Oigridh (Young Grinneas) vote is Caitlin Morrison, aged 14, also from Lewis, whose graphic drawing of Venom, one of Spiderman’s most terrifying foes, came out as best-in-show.

An Lanntair Visual Arts Director Roddy Murray said: “Congratulations to both our winners. They are both compelling pieces but could hardly be more different! They will each receive a £50 voucher to spend at An Lanntair.”

People’s Choice winners Christine Davidson and Caitlin Morrison join Critic’s Choice winners Mairi Gillies with Piobaireachd Crubaige 1 & II (GnE), and Dulcie MacDonad with Clouded Vision (GnO), announced in December 2019.

Grinneas nan Eilean and Grinneas na h-Oirgridh close at An Lanntair on Saturday 1 February.