• Degree Show dates: December 2020 – 5 January 2021
  • Venue: Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre
  • Graduating Students: Katherine Taylor and Hector Start
  • UHI Art Degree Online Exhibition in partnership with Art North: 16th December - https://artnorth-magazine.com/uhi-degree-show

Like many other events and celebrations, the Lews Castle College UHI annual Degree Show was postponed in May this year due to COVID-19.  This impacted on art colleges nationally, creating a situation where students only option was to exhibit their work digitally or, like Uist-based students, delayed in the hope that the situation would allow for public exhibitions at a later date. That time has arrived, with the 2020 Degree Show opening to the public on Saturday 5th December at Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre. A culmination of four years of work, Degree Shows are an important bridge between art college and a student’s onward career as a professional artist.

This year, two graduating students from the BA (Hons) Fine Art now have the opportunity to hold their Degree Show. Katherine Taylor and Hector Start have studied with Lews Castle College UHI for five years, starting with a 1-year NC Art & Design course before progressing onto the BA (Hons) Fine Art. Both relocated to Uist from Moray after leaving school and have lived and studied in Uist since. Their art practice has developed over that time, taking very diverse paths in terms of their studio practice and theoretical concerns. However, both are firmly influenced by their experience of living in Uist and their connection with the environment around them.

Lews Castle College UHI's Gaelic Lecturer Anne Frater has been commissioned by the supermarket chain Lidl to write a poem about the Festive season.

"Tha mi air a bhith ag obair còmhla ri Lidl gus bàrdachd a chruthachadh mu dheidhinn na làithean eadar an Nollaig agus a’ Bhliadhn’ Ùr.  ’S e na ‘Daft Days’ a theirear riutha ann an Albais, agus bhathas a’ togail air dàn leis an t-ainm sin a chaidh a sgrìobhadh le Robert Fergusson.   Chaidh iarraidh ormsa mo thionndadh fhìn a chur air na làithean sin, ag innse mar a bhitear gan comharrachadh ’s na h-Eileanan an Iar, agus sin a th’ ann an ‘Là is Oidhche."

The University of the Highlands and Islands is one of 17 Scottish universities that have come together to create a new online training course to raise awareness of gender-based violence in colleges and universities.  

The university developed the first open access resource which is tailored to support the implementation of gender-based violence training for all staff in Scottish colleges and universities. The course builds on the work of the Scottish Government's Equally Safe in Higher Education Toolkit and carried out in partnership with Association of Managers of Student Services in Higher Education - Scotland.

Course author and former Equally Safe in Higher Education national lead Dr Anni Donaldson said: "We are launching the resource as part of the 16 days of activism against gender-based violence campaign, the United Nations' annual global campaign ‘UNiTE by 2020 to end violence against woman', which started on the 25 November.