Wednesday 28th July 2021,
Frontiers Magazine

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Open Windows lets the light in

The windows along the main street of Stromness are the gallery for a new exhibition in this year’s Science Festival. It’s the third Open Windows exhibition, with the work of fifty artists and writers framed in the windows of homes and businesses stretching from the Pier Head to beyond Stromness Museum. The theme is Light, [...]

August 20, 2015 Mary Leonard Arts & Crafts Comments Off

A rainbow of colour and light

The rainbow has been a special element in ancient mythology, legends and superstitions, as well as inspiring poetic outpourings and featuring in many art works over the years. While this natural phenomenon still has the power to invoke artistic endeavour, its scientific explanation was eventually to reveal the true natures of both light and colour. While light is [...]

August 20, 2015 Roy Burdon Arts & Crafts Comments Off
Mixed media painting titled l'accord bleu (RE 10), 1960 by Yves Klein

Science and the paintbox

Today’s painter has easy access to a plethora of ready-made paints unheard of in ancient times. There is a highly active commercial paint industry ready to supply the artist with almost any pure pigment, for instant use in a variety of different forms: as watercolours, oils, acrylics or alkyds. This was not always the case; [...]

March 10, 2015 Roy Burdon Arts & Crafts Comments Off

Between Tides: weaving at Northlight

Northlight Studio occupies a former butcher’s shop half way down Stromness Street and is home to Ros Bryant who works in woven tapestry and stone letter carving. The gallery has shown the work of several other local and visiting artists and is a busy venue for courses in tapestry weaving and stone letter carving. Janet [...]

July 2, 2013 Janet Clark Arts & Crafts Comments Off

Poetry and landscape: The Standings

The Standings is a new strand of poetry, photography and art-science research being developed by poet Lisa Matthews. It brings together poetry and landscape photography, with the words and imagery simultaneously exploring two different narratives. One of these is geographical and the other personal. Inspired by a recent (September 2012) research trip to Orkney (funded [...]

July 1, 2013 Lisa Matthews Arts & Crafts 0
The launch, Cromarty Firth

Beatrice Works – turbines over the sea

It was early morning, the sea haar was rolling in. Three giant propellers, attached to a rotor cone, were lying on the ground. Guys with giant hammers were banging beats like massive synchronised timpani to release the cone’s support frame. Cranes, their tops disappearing in the shrouded mist, were poised. Men were scurrying around checking [...]

July 1, 2013 Sue Jane Taylor Arts & Crafts Comments Off

The Falling Sky: an extract from a new novel

There are two ways of measuring time at a telescope; two separate displays on the console tell Jeanette the ordinary earth-based time, and also sidereal time. The time of stars. The two loop round each other, one lagging behind the other and then leap-frogging it, depending on the time of year. Tonight the sidereal time [...]

July 1, 2013 Pippa Goldschmidt Arts & Crafts 0
Sheena Fraser McGoogan-detail

Images from Canada for the John Rae bicentenary

Here in Toronto, where I live, a great many artists have adopted an abstract style. I tried that for a while, but realized that abstraction does not work for me. And so I returned to my old favorite tradition – Scottish colourist painting. I have always been drawn to bright colours and spontaneous style. The Scottish colourist [...]

March 14, 2013 Sheena Fraser McGoogan Arts & Crafts 0

John Rae’s favourite places – the story of an exhibition

I’ve always known about John Rae, there is a memorial in St Magnus Cathedral which shows the explorer lying down, his gun by his side, and I knew about Clestrain and that John Rae had lived there. But it was only after my mother, who after reading Ken McGoogan’s book on John Rae, Fatal Passage [...]

March 7, 2013 Jane Glue Arts & Crafts 0

Island Elements

Earth, water, fire and air. … For the philosophers and alchemists the four elements represented ‘the realms of the cosmos wherein all things exist and whereof all things consist’. Though the Greek four have long since been displaced from modern chemistry, they continue to resonate in human experience and imagination. The video I have created [...]

March 1, 2013 selenaarte Arts & Crafts 0