An artist is hoping to help locals explore their connection with Arran through a workshop that utilises the island’s environment.

Planned for February 1 at 11am, Glasgow-based artist Katie Nelis’ workshop will take place at the Ormidale Pavilion in Brodick.

Katie will be utilising mono-printing – a kind of print making used to make unique one-of-a-kind pieces.

She said: “I was inspired by my personal interest with place and landscape and how we connect with that, and a lot of my previous projects have been about that concept.

“With mono printing you are making those marks in the ink and then transferring that onto paper and getting the opposite lines, so I felt like it was a really good way to help people use found materials from the island like sicks or shells – whatever they can find.

“We all have this connection with place but maybe don’t always totally tune into it, but I think when you’re doing art and having these conversations you can take a moment to pause, recognise that, and share that with one another.

“It helps you to slow down and take things in a wee bit more.”

Katie graduated from the University of Dundee with a degree in fine art in May 2022 and since then has been working from the Glasgow Ceramics Studio.

While she was born and raised in Glasgow, she spent much of her time on Millport due to her family connections.

The Arran workshop comes as part of the Irvine-based Harbour Arts Centre’s ‘place partnership’ initiative which is funded by North Ayrshire Council through Creative Scotland.

It will be hosted by Island Arts Co-ordinator for Arran and Cumbrae and the North Ayrshire Place Partnership, Eòghann MacColl.

He said: “We had a similar event in June last year as part of my ongoing work supporting creative projects and sustainable collaborations across Arran and Cumbrae we will be hosting more.

“It’s about offering island-based creatives with opportunities to upskill, network and meet socially within a creative context.

“In creating a plan we learnt there is a desire for this type of conversation and Creative Scotland and North Ayrshire Council both through their Place Partnership for the islands see this as crucial to making a sustainable future for the arts in difficult economic times.”

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