Former Buzzcocks drummer strikes a beat for Scottish isle art exhibition

Former Buzzcocks drummer strikes a beat for Scottish isle art exhibition.

A great opportunity has arisen to let us observe an aspect of the social history of Scotland that is so far unrecorded.

A’ Fàgail na Dachaigh:  or Leaving Home is a new exhibition of works by renowned photographerJohn Maher, a founding member of the Buzzcocks punk band and Ian Paterson, who is a practising vet in Fife.

Maher, now a Harris based photographer, is best known for his evocative night time images of Lewis and Harris.

In this new exhibition, Leaving Home, Maher and Paterson turn their eyes on documenting and reflecting on the abandonment of croft houses throughout the Western Isles in the second half of the last century.

The exhibition also aims to capture the social history of the period. Many of the images will be accompanied by text passages, in Gaelic and English, detailing the memories of those who either grew up in the houses, or who remember them when they were still homes.

The duo hope to bring the exhibition to other parts of Scotland, including Glasgow, and have turned to crowd funding website Kickstarter to help fund their plans to take the show on the road.

In return for financial pledges of support, backers will receive signed fine art prints and the chance to spend time on location at one of the abandoned crofts with John Maher. There will also be an opportunity to attend a private viewing of the exhibition with the artists.

“Our aim is to create an exhibition that can be easily transported and put on show again at other locations, giving people in other parts of Scotland an opportunity to observe an as yet unrecorded aspect of Scotland’s social history,” said John.

Leaving Home will run from Saturday 9 November until Friday 6 December at An Lanntair, Stornoway.