Art & Archaeology: Climate, Environment, Weather

A new three-part course from Lews Castle College UHI exploring the synergy between Art and Archaeology through a combination of lectures, workshops, and personal creative practice, with lecturers Dr. Emily Gal and Rosie Blake.

How has climate affected the archaeological landscape of the Outer Hebrides? How does weathering interact with our daily surroundings? How can the scientific methods of archaeology be used in a creative practice, and how has creative thinking in turn, influenced the study of the past?

What will you learn

We’ll begin by looking at some of the fundamental techniques used in archaeological recording. We will make connections to methods used in an art practice and also delve into some of the theoretical crossovers between the two disciplines. Through lectures and workshops, we will look at how contemporary artists have explored both the concept and methods of archaeological thought and discuss how you can apply this to your own creative work.

We will also invite you to join us on a virtual site visit, to the fascinating site of Baile Siar beach, on the west side of North Uist. This contains a series of well preserved Iron Age settlements where the effects of weather and climate can be clearly seen. There is also evidence of ‘contemporary archaeology’, where a 20th century ‘midden’ is being revealed by erosion to the sand dunes.

This course if perfect for you if you have an interest in Art and Archaeology, you could be an archaeologist with a desire to explore the creative thinking in your study, or an artist who is drawn to the methods of studying the past. We look forward to meeting you on the course!

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The potential for interdisciplinary study between art and archaeology has become increasingly recognised, and LCC has been running Summer schools in Art and Archaeology for a number of years. This course complements UHI's unique MA in Contemporary Art and Archaeology, which is now receiving applications for September 2021. https://uhi.ac.uk/en/courses/ma-contemporary-

We are looking forward to revisiting the course via the theme of Climate and Weather – dynamics which pervade our lives, and perceptions of the environment, on a daily basis. Across Scotland and beyond, thousands of archaeological sites are threatened by changing climates on a daily basis. 

Rosie  Blake – I work at Lews Castle College, North Uist campus. I teach on the BA (Hons) Fine Art and the NC Art and Design courses. Alongside this I have my own creative practice, which focusses on ecological systems through the mediums of photography, print, and writing. I am fascinated by the island, with its rich natural environment, and unique geology, and cultural history. I’ve always been interested in the crossovers and ways to co-create with other disciplines such as archaeology.

Dr Emily Gal - I’m an archaeologist at Lews Castle College UHI in Benbecula, where alongside my colleagues I teach for the UHI Archaeology Institute, and lead delivery of the Uist Virtual Archaeology Project. My research interests focus on Scottish island archaeology, and I have long been fascinated by what archaeology can tell us about the ways in which people dwelled in coastal environments - and their experiences of the weather. I’m also becoming increasingly interested in the creative dissemination of archaeological data through art and other practices.

The potential for interdisciplinary study between art and archaeology has become increasingly recognised, and LCC has been running Summer schools in Art and Archaeology for a number of years. We are looking forward to revisiting the course via the theme of Climate and Weather – dynamics which pervade our lives, and perceptions of the environment, on a daily basis. Across Scotland and beyond, thousands of archaeological sites are threatened by changing climates on a daily basis.

The course runs over the last three Saturday mornings in May – please note the dates have been amended from previous communication. The new dates are: Saturday 8, 15, 22 May, 10am – 1pm.

Find out more about the course and apply now.