An Lanntair plans to reopen its doors for visitors to its Gallery, Shop and Café Bar on Tuesday 19th January; and to launch a series of online activities to keep island residents - young and old - creative this month!

Following a three-week closure, the islands’ arts centre will be once again open to the public, from Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am to 5pm daily.

With the Outer Hebrides currently in Scotland’s Coronavirus Protection Level 3, An Lanntair’s Café Bar will be open daytimes only and will not serve alcohol; however, refreshments, sweet-treats, and meals are available.

An Lanntair’s shop will be open for visitors, as will the arts centre’s Main Gallery which features current exhibition Eyes as Big as Plates by Norwegian-Finnish artist duo Karoline Hjorth and Riitta Ikonen. The culmination of An Lanntair’s Cianalas project work, funded by National Lottery Community Fund and Life Changes Trust, Karoline and Riitta’s exhibition of portraits of people the duo met while touring the Outer Hebrides in early summer 2019.

Delighted to welcome people back into the building, An Lanntair asks that all visitors adhere to its COVID-19 safety guidelines; including the wearing of face coverings where possible, providing contact details for Test & Protect procedures, and observing 2m social distancing.

One-way systems are in place, hand sanitising stations are available for use by visitors and staff, and An Lanntair has increased its cleaning routine, including daily use of an antibacterial fogger throughout the building. Full details of An Lanntair’s COVID-19 safety measures are available on our website at:

At present, An Lanntair’s face-to-face activities for young islanders have been put on hold – but our Full Circle creative sessions have moved online for January to make sure no one misses out.

Full Circle Family Music and Full Circle Movement & Dance sessions are available to book now, as well as our Full Circle Creative Play sessions, which include a free pack of art materials posted to you when you book.

Also making the move online for January are our Saturday Art Clubs and Saturday Drama Club – free to book now – and there is also a wealth of activities and opportunities available to keep youngsters entertained at with free and downloadable Children’s Activity worksheets, the stunning Hebridean Handbook, and Family Music songs and videos.

And do keep your eyes peeled for An Lanntair’s new Creative Connections programme - a series of free online workshops for adults over the age of 60, with everything from textiles to drawing, in Gaelic and English.