The remote Hebridean Island of Iona has been a sacred site for thousands of years. This film will follow the story of 5 artists from across the world who travel to Iona In order to make art and curate an exhibition outdoors in the midst of this spectacular and forbidding landscape.
Just 6 miles long and 1 mile wide the Island of Iona off the coast of Mull has been a site of spiritual significance and source of inspiration to travellers from across the known world for thousands of years. It is a rugged and treacherous landscape with spectacular views across the sea to distant islands.
Sacred sites on the island date back to pre-Christian times, the most significant of these being the Abbey established by St Columba in the 6th century AD and restored in the 20th century it’s graveyard is the resting place of Viking Kings and for centuries it was a hub of creative innovation who’s influence stretched across the known world.
Today pilgrims travel from every part of the globe to stay in the Abbey and spend time finding space for reflection and spiritual sustenance in this remote place. This film follows the story of 5 artists, working in a variety of media including painting, ceramics and performance who travel to Iona to create art in response to the questions that Robert Macfarlane proposes in his book “The Old Ways”:
“There are two questions to ask of any strong landscape. Firstly, what do I know when I am in this place that I can know nowhere else? And then, vainly, what does this place know of me that I cannot know of myself?”
The film will chart their physical, creative and personal journeys as they wrestle creatively with these ideas; some of them encountering the landscape for the first time others returning with powerful memories. Their work
will culminate in an act of extreme curating as they set out to the remotest corners of the island to exhibit their work in the midst of the landscape.
They will have to overcome significant challenges alongside wrestling with the creative process: making art alongside other artists as well as the physical challenges of the Island itself from summer storms to treacherous moors and the unforgiving sea.
After following their journey the film will culminate in their work shown in one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes.