Those members who attended our AGM in April will have had a chance to admire the work of Dugald MacInnes. The beautiful slate plaques presented to John Macdonald and Scott Wood as tokens of the President’s Award 2015 were made by Dugald.

Winners of the Presidential Award 2015, John Macdonald and Scott Wood

Dugald exhibits regularly in galleries in Britain and abroad, and last summer his work was on display at the Atlantic Islands Centre on the island of Luing.

Luing is one of the ‘slate islands’ which for 200 years produced slate for use all over the world. It is well off the beaten track, reached by a short ferry crossing from another ‘slate island’, Easdale, a little to the south of Oban. The Atlantic Islands Centre is a new building perched on the edge of a now flooded quarry.

The Atlantic Islands Centre

It houses a display and archive of local history, archaeology and natural history, holds events and art exhibitions, and has an excellent café and a small gift shop.

Dugald’s work is on display around the entrance and features pieces inspired by the landscape of Argyll’s coast.

Dugald’s work is on display around the entrance and features pieces inspired by the landscape of Argyll’s coast

Dugald’s work is on display around the entrance and features pieces inspired by the landscape of Argyll’s coast

Slate is a constant feature in the island’s buildings and monuments, seen here in the quay at Cullipool and the churchyard of Kilchatton Church.

Cullipool

Kilchatton Church

For more information see www.atlanticislandscentre.com

Sue Hothersall and Sue Bryson