Robin Haig, Nick Hand, Oliver Mezger, Margaret Salmon, Margaret Tait, Scottish Educational Film Association

29–30 April 2016, 4–6pm; 7–9pm; 10pm–12am
ATLAS Arts at Skye Live, Portree Community Centre

In partnership with ATLAS, Transit Arts‘ roving screen ventures to Portree, Isle of Skye, and presents a selection of moving image work by Scottish Educational Film Association (SEFA), Nick Hand, Oliver Mezger, Margaret Salmon, Margaret Tait, and Robin Haig.

The Gaelic term SAOTHAIR, can be translated as labour, work, or toil; it describes an exertion closely related to the endeavours of the hand: fishing, shucking, waulking, peat-cutting. Saothair, though, has another meaning; it also describes a naturally occurring tidal causeway, a physical connection between places that waxes and wanes with the tide, a path that disappears and returns cyclically. Collected in this programme are films which consider these definitions and the relationships between them.

The project is accompanied by a new publication including contributions from Marcus Jack, Finola Scott, Sarah Browne, Sarah Neely, Margaret Salmon, and Margaret Tait.

Presented as part of ATLAS Arts’ SCREEN-IT programme in partnership with Skye Live 2016.


︎Scottish Education Film Association (SEFA), Salmon Fishing in Skye, 1938. 16mm transferred to digital, 5 min.
︎Nick Hand, Scallop Farmers, 2014. HD video, 4 min.
︎Margaret Salmon, Oyster, 2014. 16mm transferred to digital, 14 min.
︎Margaret Tait, The Drift Back, 1957. 16mm transferred to digital, 11 min.
︎Oliver Mezger, Malachi 4.2, 2016. HD video, 1 min.
︎Robin Haig / Scottish Crofting Federation, Crofting’s New Voices, 2015. HD video, 14 min.