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This month (June) sees the return of Art on the Map, the annual summer trail around the art venues of Uist and Barra, after the Covid-19 years.

It will run until the end of August.

This summer there are 30 participants, a mixture of professional and amateur, full time and part time.

The trail takes people from Berneray to Barra (including North Uist, Grimsay, Benbecula, and South Uist)

The trail offers a wide range of art and craft forms, including painting, prints, ceramics, photography, weaving, installations, book-binding, antler-crafts, knitting and candle-making.

Venues range from dedicated studios to more domestic spaces, from established galleries to pop-up events in community halls.

Roadside Art on the Map Exhibition signs appear outside each venue.

Visitors can also drop in to the annual Summer Exhibition from July 2 to August 6 at the Taigh Chearsabagh Museum and Arts Centre in Lochmaddy.

The UAA chairman Catherine Yeatman says: "There is a thriving community of artists and makers spread throughout Uist and Barra, and this is such a great opportunity for people to meet them and their work."

Louise Cook, ceramicist and owner of Shoreline Stoneware in Locheport, North Uist, says:"It's wonderful to have Art on the Map happening again this year. It's a huge attraction for visitors to our islands over the summer. Visiting the open studios is a fabulous way to learn more about artists whose work you enjoy and take  the opportunity to talk to them about their inspiration and creative processes.”

The event is organised by the Uist Arts Association (UAA) as an opportunity for its members to display and sell their artwork. Due to Covid restrictions, this year’s trail is the first event since 2019.