Creative collaborations with Viking Souls allow us to give something back to our community – both here in Orkney and further afield – and from ballet to film to photography to art installation, we’re certainly making the most of our artistic expression.
STILLS GALLERY: THE DAYS NEVER SEEM THE SAME
From 27th July to 28th October, Edinburgh’s Stills Gallery is bringing together works by Gunnie Moberg (1941-2007) and Margaret Tait (1918-1999) in a major exhibition for the Edinburgh Festival. Inspired by the people and culture of Orkney, both artists chose to base themselves here, far from the art and film ‘establishment’, but their work is, in the words of Still’s Director, Ben Harman, ‘of a standard equivalent to that of any international peers’.
Highland Park is proud to sponsor the exhibition and events programme – which are supported by our friends at the Orkney Library and Archive – and to bring the programme back to Orkney after its Edinburgh debut. If you’re in Edinburgh for the Festival, take time out of the madness for a little Orcadian contemplation.
Image Credit – Gunnie Moberg, Sheep fort, Skerry, South of Ruskholm, copyright the Estate of Gunnie Moberg. Courtesy Orkney Library & Archive
MAKING A GRAND ENTRANCE IN NEW YORK CITY
A wild Orcadian landscape in the heart of New York’s Grand Central Station? That’s exactly how we launched THE LIGHT in America last month, bringing the spirit of Orkney’s Summer Solstice into the heart one of the world’s grandest and busiest stations. In partnership with designer Lily Kwong and composer Gary Gunn, we stopped travellers in their tracks (quite literally!) with a three-day, immersive installation in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal.
With the help of 8,000 square feet of moss, 220 heads of heather and a 10-minute soundscape, we transported commuters and travellers far from the hustle and bustle of one of the world’s busiest stations to the wild and enchanting environment of Orkney. Not surprisingly, most people were very happy – if a little surprised – to be given the opportunity to slow down, explore our island world and sample our latest release, THE LIGHT.
THE CREATIVE SPARKS KEEP FLYING
Back in March, we revealed our exciting collaboration with Scottish Ballet, becoming their official drinks sponsor for the Scottish tour of Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling. This was a momentous first for Scottish Ballet – presenting a full-length, full-scale production in the Highlands & Islands.
The staging alone weighed in at a staggering 65 tonnes and was transported across land and sea by three huge lorries along with a few other ‘essentials’ including 26 kilts, 20 pairs of fairy wings, 100 pots of body paint and 5 litres of fake blood! In addition to sell-out performances at every venue, Scottish Ballet engaged with enthusiastic regional communities, running 160 workshops and classes for over 3,300 people of all ages.
We were delighted to give the Company a personal tour of the Distillery when they came to Orkney and we think this little film is a perfect reflection of the very warm friendship that sprung up between us and Scottish Ballet. WATCH NOW!