2018 Retrospective Newsletter and a look ahead to 2019.

Cianalas Project 2018 Retrospective Newsletter

Wasn’t 2018 a wonderfully creative and busy year? I was looking back over the year as a whole and thought a retrospective newsletter would be a good idea, together with a brief look at early 2019. I hope that this brings back happy memories for you and inspires you to enjoy more creative and cultural opportunities in 2019.

January

In January, Kate Macdonald was working intergenerational with Cothrom Og Nursery and Sacred Heart Care Centre to create a beautiful, hand made book with residents and children together.

 

She also offered regular sessions at Trianaid home and Margaret Joan MacIsaac worked at Taigh Chearsabhagh on tea and reminiscence sessions with Kate.

We shared some playful dance and cultural movement sessions with Maggie Smith and Tango Champion, Louise Davidson.

Also in January, we offered requested and well loved Guitar lessons for carers at Lewis Retirement Centre with Hazel Mansfield.

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We were launching our Memory Box set at the time, with a viewing and handling session at Tarbert Library.

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Duncan offered reminiscence, singing, traditional music and photography sessions at Cobhair Bharraigh and St Brendan’s home and hospital.

Maggie Smith ran a Crofting Memories session in Harris with some artefacts, which we used to inform the Crofting Memory Box.

We offered Me Time craft sessions at Scalpay Community Centre.

On January 24th, Paul Thomas from DEEP presented thoughts and feedback from the Western Isles from people living with dementia at the Cross Party Group for Dementia at Holyrood.

Maggie Smith interviewed Angus Macarthur about his life working the land at Breasclete.

We put out an academic poster call for our Cuimhne event in April 18.

February

Tea and Reminiscence this month was at Griminish with Kate MacDonald, on a fishing theme to contribute to the fishing memory box.

Kate held a sing along and movement session at Trianaid with local music.

We held Art Ceilidhs and Me Time sessions at An Lanntair – Dawn Susan offered willow weaving and rope making this month.

We took a dance and cultural movement session to Leverburgh with Maggie Smith and Louise Davidson.

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There were tea in the day room sessions at Benbecula hospital.

Duncan offered reminiscence, singing, traditional music and photography sessions at Cobhair Bharraigh and St Brendan’s home and hospital. He also started working with a new Men’s group there.

We offered Me Time craft sessions at Scalpay Community Centre.

We held Art Ceilidhs and Me Time sessions at An Lanntair.

Lucy Robertson put out her pattern and a call for local people to make a sonic flock of birds for our Cuimhne event in April.

Basic bird pattern

We discovered that we were successful with project continuation funding in partnership from Life Changes Trust and BIG Lottery. The project is to focus on research in the next two years but much of it will look similar.

Tickets went on sale for Cuimhne.

Maggie Smith and I were working on a fortnightly ceilidh session at Dun Eisden care home, celebrating local knowledge in ceilidh songs, traditional songs, local versions of songs and occasionally some English verses and versions of songs. A plan is hatching around ceilidh work – more news later in the year.

We held a weaving session with dawn Susan in the gallery amongst Lois Walpole’s having Ghosts exhibition, which was related to using washed up rope to remake items.

Delivering completed cushions to Harris House

March

Duncan offered reminiscence, singing, traditional music and photography sessions at Cobhair Bharraigh and St Brendan’s home and hospital.

We offered Me Time craft sessions at Scalpay Community Centre.

We held a family ceilidh at St Mary’s Hall in Griminish, with Ceolas and Tagsa Uist brought along so many people to enjoy the session. There is a film of this, which we commissioned Uist Film to make for us. Link here.

Hierarchy of best practice thoughts – what does best practice look like? 

Hierarchy of Best Practice

guitar classes

Planning the memory tree

March 20th easter ceilidh biscuits at the hospital

6th March, our Uists & Benbecula team attended Playlist for Life training.

The Life Changes Trust gathering was on 12th March and we attended, taking a stall.

Our Scalpay fortnightly sessions this month were Lino printing with Gill Thompson and sewing projects with Chris Hammacott.

On 19th & 20th March, Jo from Tagsa Uist came up to visit and tag along with us in our work.

April

We held the Cuimhne event at An Lanntair and Scalpay, plus the DEEP Gathering for Scotland. Video.

Cuimhne video by Kate Macleod

Duncan offered reminiscence, singing, traditional music and photography sessions at Cobhair Bharraigh and St Brendan’s home and hospital.

We held a day-long  Craft Fayre at Scalpay Community Hall, taking along the DEEP group to enjoy it, along with demonstrations and the opportunity to work with working Artists, and the Scariest Piper came along to play for us too.

Maggie Smith completed her wonderful Toil Injunn book, which is a beautiful celebration of Gaelic culture, as told by local people, with some wonderful images.

Spring flower arranging in Ness with Chris Hammacott

Jack and John playlist was launched – click the link below to listen to the podcasts on our Soundcloud – two engineers chatting about Yorkshire, life, engineering, war work and some unexpected twists! Jack is Jack Manchester and John is John Maher, VW performance tuning engineer, photographer and drummer with Buzzcocks!

Jack & John – new podcast playlist for #Cuimhne event

We offered a drop spindle spinning session at the Tuesday ceilidh at Western Isles Hospital on April 10th.

We went to Harris House on 9th April with Dawn Susan and her baskets.

May

We ran three sessions in one day with Scottish Ballet, which was a welcome challenge, involving work with a day centre and two care centres, collective dance, demonstrations and mini performances, talks and some live music.

Scottish Ballet three times in one day!

Duncan offered reminiscence, singing, traditional music and photography sessions at Cobhair Bharraigh and St Brendan’s home and hospital.

We framed Gill Thompson’s collograph prints made at Western Isles Hospital on Clisham Ward.

on May 29th, I took the wind cockerel from Cuimhne along to the ward ceilidh at Western Isles Hospital.

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We evaluated the Arora project and commenced work on the new Cianalas project.

June

Dementia awareness week – sonic flock tour, ceilidhs, sanctuary wallpaper installation at Western Isles Hospital, and the memory boxes were on display at Lews Castle.

Duncan offered reminiscence, singing, traditional music and photography sessions at Cobhair Bharraigh and St Brendan’s home and hospital.

22nd June we took Chris Hammacott’s print making to North Tolsta with baking.

We went to the Highland learning event with Life Changes Trust and spoke about the project.

July

We began to share An Lanntair’s Purvai South Asian arts event across the islands this month, with Kathak dance on the hospital ward, with sessions in care and day centres of dance and drumming, Tabla and folk singing and storytelling about the event and how it led to Buckingham Palace!

We shared the Museum Barvas Ware Handling collection across the community and started to make our own versions in small community groups with Jana Grimm, even making a new 3d print version with the library team.

Duncan offered reminiscence, singing, traditional music and photography sessions at Cobhair Bharraigh and St Brendan’s home and hospital.

We installed the memory tree at Western Isles Hospital sanctuary space.

Tuesday July 10th, we took Dawn Susan and her baskets to North Tolsta, to the Dementia friendly cafe with Alzheimer Scotland.

July 17th, we had a reminiscence session at the Tuesday Ceilidh on the ward.

August

In August, we started a new Social Group at Leurbost Community Hall, which we ran from August to December. Roseanne Macleod will be taking this forward as a regular craft group at Leurbost.

Duncan offered reminiscence, singing, traditional music and photography sessions at Cobhair Bharraigh and St Brendan’s home and hospital.

August 14th, we took Kanchan Maradan to the Tuesday Ceilidh, offering a Kathak dance performance from Purvai.

on 21st August we accompanied three people from Lewis to the DEEP gathering event in Aberdeen over two days.

September

We learned that we were successful with two funding applications to DEEP, (Dementia Engagement and Empowerment Project), of which we are members as a community, through the project. A £2000 Influencing Grant to record live events and investigate broadcasting live and recorded events to more isolated members of the community. Plus a £7500 Working Together grant to work with Dementia Friendly East Lothian and Lucy Robertson, our recent PhD student from Duncan of Jordanstone. This new project will focus on building and maintaining friendships between the groups with intelligent textiles and digital technology. It will build on our previous Digital Dining work with the group.

Duncan offered reminiscence, singing, traditional music and photography sessions at Cobhair Bharraigh and St Brendan’s home and hospital.

19th September was Lochs Social group.

25th September, Lesley from BIG lottery came along to the Tuesday Ceilidh and other sessions and Louise Davidson offered movement/dance.

October

Duncan took some time off for family caring this month

23rd October, Lewis Hou began his week long collaboration with us, starting at the Tuesday Ceilidh with a Science Ceilidh session, plus we held eleven more events by the end of the week.

Science Ceilidh week

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17th October was Lochs Social Group

November

Between Islands work began in the community with a textiles project with Margaret Joan MacIsaac and a lady from Shetland, now living in a care centre in South Uist.

 

Duncan offered reminiscence, singing, traditional music and photography sessions at Cobhair Bharraigh and St Brendan’s home and hospital.

21st November was Lochs Social Group

December

3rd December, we went to Leverburgh Home to share Dawn Susan’s baskets.

4th December was Gill Thompson’s Christmas wrapping and card printing workshop. We all enjoyed a festive lunch in the cafe bar at mid day.

5th December was Dawn Susan’s willow weaving course day to make festive decorations. Again, we all enjoyed a festive mid day lunch at the An Lanntair cafe bar.

We started recording Ceilidh Trail songs at Wee Studio. Podcasts available shortly.

On 10th December, Life Changes Trust held their gathering at Glasgow Concert Hall. We attended with two people from the Western Isles.

on 17th December, we held a festive planning lunch at An Lanntair for a family involved with the project, to look back over the year and to look ahead to 2019.

Duncan offered reminiscence, singing, traditional music and photography sessions at Cobhair Bharraigh and St Brendan’s home and hospital.

Also this year, some professional development:

Paula updated her Food Hygiene certificate to last for a further three years and completed an online course with Future Learn, written in part by people living with dementia:

Dementia and the Arts: Sharing Practice, Developing Understanding and Enhancing Lives.

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Thanks to you all

Thanks to every single person who has contributed their time and company to our sessions this year, to all of the much loved and dedicated An Lanntair team, to our partner organisations who work tirelessly for the community, to everyone who has read and shared our posts and tweets and to everyone who has volunteered their time and baking. You are all treasures.

Wishing you all the happiest of New Years and the very best of health for 2019.

Looking ahead to 2019

2019 Started right away with a session of Purvai with Dal at Solas then with Dal and Catherine at Leverburgh 3rd Jan

We have been looking at sock knitting with a lady living in a care centre in Leverburgh. We have been looking at heel patterns and yarns in particular, and we have a pattern for you to try.

Lochs Social has now moved to become a craft group with Roseanne Macleod.

Our Dark Skies wall hanging made by Chris Hammacott and the residents of Harris House is now in place, there will be events around this in February.

 

Barvas Ware work continues shortly with a firing session.

Our Ceilidh Trail continues with more Wee Studio recording sessions and community ceilidhs. The next community ceilidh is at Museum Nan Eilean, Lews Castle on the Old New Year 12th January, 2-4pm  with Euan and Maggie. Songs, stories, rhymes to welcome in the old new year.

Hospital Tuesday ceilidhs continue with support from us once a month.

Dawn Susan is at Solas and North Tolsta with us for Alzheimer Scotland on Tuesday 8th January and at Grianan that morning.

Duncan is working on a recorded interview with Murdo MacDonald about his life in the Merchant Navy.

There are film events at Dun Berisay and Blar Buidhe with Maggie Smith on Wednesday and Thursday 9th and 10th January.

On 23rd Jan, we are supporting a man living with dementia in Lewis to attend and speak at the Cross Party Group for Dementia at Holyrood, Edinburgh.

The last week in Jan, Lucy Robertson comes to the islands to commence work with our new Working together DEEP grant. This work has already started in East Lothian. She will be back with us at the end of March as well.

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In March, Paula and Maggie have been asked to speak at an event for Luminate, at Aros in Skye.

There will be a Life Changes Trust gathering in March, June, September and December in 2019, which we will attend – please let us know if you are interested in coming along.

There will be Scottish DEEP gatherings to attend in 2019, please let us know if you would like to attend any of those.

Sept 2019 -There will be a 3 day event with Life Changes Trust in Stornoway and Uist. Details will be announced shortly.

Bloomsbury are publishing a book entitled ‘The Material Culture of Basketry’, in which Jon Macleod and Paula Brown have written a section and submitted images about the project involvement with Woven Communities, in collaboration with the University of St Andrews.

Paula updated her Food Hygiene certificate to last for a further three years and completed an online course with Future Learn, written in part by people living with dementia:

Dementia and the Arts: Sharing Practice, Developing Understanding and Enhancing Lives.