Project Timeline

Cianalas is a Gaelic word which does not have an exact translation into English but is related to belonging, in particular a warm feeling of the Hebrides as home, embracing all of its tangible and intangible culture as well as the place itself.

Cianalas is An Lanntair’s dementia friendly community project, formerly Arora, funded from April 18 to March 20 by Life Changes Trust and BIG Lottery Scotland.

We share the inspirational An Lanntair arts programme and new events with people living with dementia and their carers.  Our current themes are fishing, photography walks/adventures, Barvas Ware, ceilidh culture and Gaelic/English podcasts.  We create resources for the community to share, such as podcasts, films, memory boxes and crafting kits. We offer a regular, seasonal newsletter online and in spoken word format. We have specialist freelance Creative Care Practitioners throughout the islands, Artists in various media with specific skills relating to our work.  Rooted in research, we aim to continue to collaborate as a community including our academic, health, third sector and local authority partners to find ways to resolve issues raised by people living with dementia and care partners and to uphold rights to be included, involved and to make valuable contributions to the community together.

Coming soon –

Wall hanging with intelligent textiles with Chris Hammacott at Harris House, featuring ‘dark skies’ themed fishing scene with interactive light and sound features. December 18/Feb 19

A community, intergenerational photography project leading up to Eyes as Big as Plates, preceded by an Intergenerational, community photography project. 2019

An intergenerational exploration of intelligent textiles with Lucy Robertson. starting shortly.

Ceilidh trail across all of the islands in collaboration with Ceolas in South Uist. From Nov 18.

October 18 – 3 month support to a new Women Folk group at Marybank

September 18 – Awarded DEEP Influencing Grant of £2000 to film local cultural, heritage and arts events, to share with people isolated at home and in care centres. This has given us a new Vimeo channel.

Awarded DEEP Working Together Grant of £7500 to continue our sonic textiles research work with Lucy Robertson, PhD student at Duncan of Jordanstoun and Dementia Friendly East Lothian.

Our dance research project with Louise Davidson, tango champion and dance researcher, and Maggie Smith continues with film making, community sessions and this will lead into our ceilidh trail project, to include local dance, songs, stories and tunes.

Lochs Social Group continues.

August 18 – Barvas Ware research project with Museum Nan Eilean, Borve Pottery, Western Isles Libraries, Helen Pickles and Highland Folk Museum. Ceramicist Jana Grimm is working with us across the community.

We shared elements of An Lanntair’s Purvai South Asian arts festival across the community in care homes, day centres and hospital including Kathak dance, Tabla drumming and singing some of the original composition Yatra chants.
Purvai won a Judges Commendation Award in November 18 for Best Cultural Event at

The new Lochs Social Group started for a four month trial.

Ongoing project – Memory Boxes and film tablets in collaboration with Western Isles Libraries and Museum Nan Eilean.

June 18 Memory Tree and Vinyl at the Sanctuary space, Western Isles Hospital

April 18 – Cuimhne Symposium event at An Lanntair

April 2018 – Two year’s core funding awarded to  Cianalas by Life Changes Trust and BIG Lottery Scotland

Oct 17 – June 18 #Sonic_Flock project with PhD student Lucy Robertson, through the Scottish Graduate Placement Scheme.

Summer 2017 £10000 awarded from Wm Grant Foundation for our Me Time project work with care partners.

May 17 DEEP funded our Hills of Home vinyl project,personalising care spaces with £2000.

March 2017 – Four page feature in British Patchwork and Quilting Magazine for our Quilter in Residence project and exhibition.

March 17 – April 16 – March 17 Report by Life Changes Trust

Jan 17 – and continuing – Dance project on Cultural Movement with Maggie Smith and Louise Davidson, which incorporated collaboration work with Scottish Ballet and Uist Quadrilles Group/Ceolas. DEEP funded £2000 for project hours and a film from Uist Film for this project.

2016 into 2017 Woven Communities Project with University of St Andrew’s Report

September 2016 -£3900 Funding from Alzheimer Scotland and Remoage to collaboratively support our Creative Care Practitioners in North and South Uist, Benbecula and Barra for 2017/18. We have sustained this work after the funding period was over.

September 2016 – Winner of Scottish Dementia Awards best Dementia Friendly Community

March 16 – April 15-March 16 Report by Life Changes Trust

January 16 Report on Hand Memory

October 2015 – Feature in The Times

April 2015 – Life Changes Trust awarded An Lanntair three years worth of core funding for a dementia friendly community project focussing on bilingualism.

Prior to 2015 An Lanntair was working in care centres, in hospital and with older people in the community on projects such as Memory Books, a tea party and tablecloth project (which was exhibited at our Cuimhne Symposium event) and on mapping fishing territories (which was exhibited on the Cafe Bar wall at An Lanntair).

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Development of memory boxes in connection with academic partners.

Dance – how does this support communication and community?

Textiles and intelligent textiles – how does this support communication?

Eyes as Big as Plates – we bring this international art and photography project to the UK.

Arora Projects
In Conversation
Bilingual Podcasts
Gaelic Without Trying

Me Time carer support
In Conversation podcasts
Carer support ‘how to’ videos with kits and instruction sheets to try new art and crafts.
Sharing festivals and exhibitions from the community and An Lanntair.
South Isles Creative Practitioner Posts
Woven Communities
Gaelic Proverbs
Museum supported tours
Memory Boxes
Hand Memory
Bilingualism/Ceilidh Culture exploration
Intelligent Textiles
DEEP Group
Upstream Project Island Case Study
Supporting and inspiring practitioners and carers with An Lanntair workshops
Dementia Friends sessions
Hospital Memory Cafe sessions on the ward
Hospital Arts sessions with Memory Box and sharing arts festivals and exhibitions
Psalm Singing with Calum Martin
Dementia Friendly An Lanntair
Volunteers WAVE award work with Western Isles Volunteer Service

Quilter in Residence at solas with exhibition at An Lanntair

Sharing Bealach Bealach link

Sharing HIFF Film Festival 16

Sharing Faclan 16

Arts & Dementia Research Conference presentation

Copenhagen Alzheimer Europe Conference presentation Nov 16

Word collages and portraits
Harris Tweed Festival 15Life Changes Trust Conference presentation September 21st
Scottish Dementia Awards September 22nd – WINNERS of Best Dementia Friendly Community!
An Lanntair Food Festival (2015 Scotland Year of Food & Drink – Yesterday’s Fayre Today)
Faclan 15
How Big Can We Grow?
Herring Girls – Katie Scarlett Howard
Will Maclean – Veering Westerly
From Croft to Katie Morag – Mairi Hedderwick
Eilean/Island – Pat Law/Ian Stephen/Coy/Mhairi Law Net Mending and Yarning – Alternative Process Print making
Twilling Tweeds
Sensory Christmas
Gaelic chat and spontaneous ceilidh
Storytelling with Ian Stephen
Jane Hepburn – Violinist
Ian Stephen – Poetry of Frank Thompson
Web design and branding from Good For Nothing
Storytelling with Donald Saunders
Local Radio with Isles FM
Spinning and Carding with Wool Group
Cabraich film and song
Hebridean Film Festival 15/16/17 – tour of local film screenings
Christmas film 15/16/17
Museum closed tours
Supporting Ullapool Visual Arts with an island visit.
Supporting visitors from Japan to explore island based dementia friendly communities
Dementia Awareness Weeks
Scottish Opera Highlights…Highlights
Absent Friends weaving (Remembrance)
Presenting to Michelle Miller’s Focus on Dementia Scottish Government event
Community Asset Mapping
Baseline Questionnaires and Interviews
Research visits across the South Isles