An internationally renowned Scottish artist is to give a talk on Scottish culture in Findhorn, Moray.
Professor Will Maclean, who is originally from Inverness, has won numerous awards and had his work exhibited around Scotland as well as in London, Canada and America.
He will be speaking on 1 November as part of the University of the Highlands and Islands’ “Our Guest” public lecture series which, this year, looks at the regions’ culture.
Having spent time as a midshipman and ring-net fisherman in the 1960s, Professor Maclean’s art, which includes painting, sculpture and pieces made from found objects, is particularly influenced by people who have lived and worked by the sea.
It is based on themes of navigation, emigration, whaling and fishing and exploration. Professor Maclean was awarded a Scottish Natural Heritage Supreme Award for three memorial sculptures on Lewis and has a piece of art permanently displayed in the Scottish Parliament.
His services to education and art have also been recognised with an MBE and he is a member of the Royal Scottish Academy.
With a strong interest in Scottish culture, Professor Maclean, who is an honorary fellow of the university, will be delivering his talk on artists of the Highlands and Islands from 1745 to the present day.
He will give some historical background to Highlands and Islands painting and sculpture, before highlighting some of the region’s most prominent past and contemporary artists.
Dr Neil Simco, dean of the faculty of arts, humanities and business at the university, said: “We are delighted.
“Professor Maclean’s deep routes within the culture and heritage of the Highlands and Islands chime with the mission and vision of the university and, across a wide variety of our programmes, we too seek to reflect the richness of our region’s cultural landscape.”
Robert Livingston, director of Hi-Arts, added: “As both artist and teacher Will Maclean has been an inspiration to countless artists, in Scotland and abroad, in demonstrating how it’s possible for art to engage with and illuminate the textures of human history and experience, whether that be an industry like ring-net fishing or momentous events such as the Lewis Crofters’ War.”
Professor Maclean said: “I am honoured to have been invited as a speaker and I hope that, as a visual artist, I might contribute to the theme of the region’s culture.”
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