Tuesday, November 20, 2018
The skye times mobile

Information is being sought on an innovative artist who had a home on the Isle of Raasay.

Tom Newton, creator of several electronic stucco works in the 1980's, had a self built home on the island.

Dr Stephen P. Castell, touched by the unusual designs, is hoping to find more information about the artist.  He told The Skye Times: "I heard about Tom Newton back in the 1980s, in the early days of the microcomputer and related IT developments, when he had some publicity for his ‘electronic stuccos’ sculptures (or 3-D paintings).

"These were constructs which modelled electronic components, such as computer transistors, microprocessors etc to create large-scale works of art, in coloured plaster.

"One of them, for example, ‘Monolithic Transistor’, is it seems in the permanent collection of the Science Museum since around 1984.

"Back in 1988 Humberts was mentioned in the FT as looking to sell Tom Newton’s self-built home on the island of Raasay.

"Are teenage dreams so hard to beat?" (photo credit Philip Solovjov)

An exhibition exploring our formative years will come to Skye.

The contrasts of adolescence past and present will be examined, as comparatively tame and nostalgic teenage magazines are exhibited next to the never-ending clickbait of internet culture.

The exhibition is brought to Skye by the Travelling Gallery, a contemporary art gallery that brings contemporary art straight to you.

Our teenage dreams will be suspended as the exhibition looks at our prolonged adolescence and why 'teenage' no longer just refers to the period between the ages of 12 and 20.

The exhibition will include work by contemporary artists Arpita Shah, Alice Theobald and Holly White alongside archive material from Museum of Childhood, Edinburgh.

Celebrating its 40th year, the Travelling Gallery is a mobile art space inside a custom-built, bus, which brings high quality contemporary art exhibitions and events to schools and communities throughout Scotland.

The exhibition will come to Café Sia on Saturday 28 April from 10am to 5pm.

photo credit Travelling Gallery

To mark the centenary of women receiving the right to vote, ATLAS Arts will hold a series of events in 2018.

In 1918, the right to vote came as a result of intense campaigning.  Although women still had to be over thirty and meet minimum property qualifications, the  the Representation of the People Act, 1918, fundamentally marked a shift in the voter demographic (8 million women could now vote) and paved the way for further changes towards voting equality.

Some of the ATLAS Arts events will focus on addressing the gender imbalance on Wikipedia by hosting ‘edit-a-thons’, with the specific aim to create articles for women of Skye who have been overlooked, as well as improving existing content for those who already feature.

In working with Skye and Lochalsh Archive Centre, ATLAS Arts will be able to explore first-hand accounts of women such as Ann Mackinnon from Waternish, who was awarded the Croix de Guerre (France’s highest military award) for bravery in continuing to care for the sick under enemy fire. We will also consider stories of women who are alive today and welcome your ideas as to who should be included.

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