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Dr Kirsten Norrie & Murray Robertson, Visual Artists in Residence

The visual artist residency is being shared by two artists working for six months each. Dr Kirsten Norrie, a performance artist, will be working in film with a live soundtrack, utilising and referencing works in the College library. Murray Robertson, the artist and master printer, will focus on exploring the cultural and human response to two areas in Skye – the Cuillins and Duirinish – which have recently been identified as areas of ‘wild land’ on SNH’s  map ‘The Core Areas of Wild Land’. Murray is keen to discuss with Gaelic writers, poets and musicians their reactions to the SNH map and collaborate with any interested groups or individuals.

Dr Kirsten Norrie, is a performance artist also known as MacGillivray. She has exhibited across Europe and recent performance art exhibitions have included a tour of England with ‘The Wolf in the Winter’ which was shown in Birmingham, Oxford and Dorchester. Kirsten intends to produce a silent movie with a live soundtrack inspired by her time at SMO and in the process embark on a journey which will allow here to explore her own Highland and Gaelic roots.

Following on from Kirsten’s residency will be Murray Robertson. He studied at the Glasgow School of Art and lives and works in Glasgow. Although Murray has maintained an interest in traditional fine art and printmaking through many years of association with Glasgow Print Studio, his current professional practice is influenced by the research, development and application of new technologies, specifically digital imaging and printing. Murray has exhibited widely over the past 25 years in the UK and internationally. Of particular influence have been residencies and exchange programmes including: Künsterlhaus Bethanien, Berlin (1989-93); Yamanaka Fine Arts Centre, Kyoto, Japan (1995); JJ School of Art, Mumbai, India (2001/2003); Museo Grabado, Zacatecas, Mexico (2004); and most recently Lewis, Outer Hebrides (2013).