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Artists of the isles unite, you've nothing to lose, just drop what you’re doing, unless it’s making art.

An Lanntair arts centre in Stornoway says it is excited to announce the return of the annual islands open exhibition Grinneas nan Eilean this summer!

Really less an exhibition than a community installation, Grinneas dates back to the 1970s and has been an essential part of An Lanntair since its original opening in 1985 in the Town Hall, bringing an opportunity for practicing artists who are residents of, or are from, the Western Isles to display their work at a major public gallery.

Hundreds of works are submitted covering all the known disciplines, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, ceramics, textiles…presented by professionals, amateurs and enthusiasts alike. It is by no means an exaggeration to say that there is something for everyone!

Head of Visual Arts, Roddy Murray said: “After two years of lockdown and other challenges, it’s important to host Grinneas nan Eilean again. It’s an exhibition that is all about openness, inclusion and engagement and – we hope – demonstrates a return to normal life as we remember it.”

The last Grinneas exhibition in November 2019

A window of opportunity to express creativity, celebrate ingenuity and exhibit the true freedom of art in all forms. If you’ve ever dreamt of producing artwork that could be displayed in a public gallery, this is your chance!

Grinneas is one of the most anticipated events of the year at An Lanntair, as the overall impact of the exhibition always leaves a lasting impression on both viewers and artists. The work climbs the walls in true salon fashion, while the detailed viewing has all the hallmarks of a treasure hunt as visitors scan the panorama of art for that special piece.

On 23 July – the week after HebCelt – is the big day for Grinneas nan Eilean: The Islands Open Exhibition, and the call is now out for submissions.

If you have entries to Grinneas 2022, please visit for details and to download an Entry Form, or call in and pick up and Entry Form from the Box Office in Kenneth Street.