Window to the West / Uinneag Dhan Àird an Iar
Work by Gaelic speaking artists and artists responding to the culture of the Gàidhealtachd is an important part of the art of Scotland, but it is rarely recognised as such. It is time to reverse that position.
This site has its origin in a collaboration between the Visual Research Centre, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (University of Dundee) and Sabhal Mòr Ostaig (University of the Highlands and Islands).
The project, ‘Window to the West: Towards a definition of the visual within Gaelic Scotland’ established itself from 2005-2011 as the research representative of the visual thinking of the Scottish Gàidhealtachd. [Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, led by Murdo Macdonald, the author of this site.]
The project put that visual tradition, which extends from the 9th century Book of Kells (and before) and the 10th century Book of Deer (pictured) to the present, back on the academic and wider cultural map.