Shinty

Highland Print Studio commissioned four professional artists to create a series of artworks inspired by the contemporary culture and heritage of Scotland’s iconic indigenous sport of shinty. The artists involved were Roddy Buchanan, John McNaught, Deirdre Nelson and Lateral North.

Lateral North spent time with Beauly Shinty club during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, actively engaging with the club and its wider shinty community. We researched the club’s history, its culture and the volunteers who commit their time and energy to their club as a platform to develop an artwork for the Camanachd Cup final. A giant historic map of the area, carved out of linoleum, was created and overlaid with three screen printed images representing key moments in the clubs history. We also developed three augmented reality films which explained the key events of the club through people and place.

Badenoch is an area in the Highlands which has been the stronghold of shinty clubs since the Camanachd formation in 1893. Two of these clubs, Kinguisse and Newtonmore, are regarded as the two most successful teams in the sports’ history and are situated a mere three miles apart. Other clubs in the area have not had such an illustrious history but have been a strong focal point of the community nevertheless. Badenoch Shinty Memories group were set up by a group of shinty minded volunteers to support former players and members of the local area who now suffered from dementia. Through community based meetings, workshops and events, the group aimed to use historic shinty events and occasions to generate conversations with the participants.

We were commissioned by the Badedonch shinty memories to create a series of films which aimed to tell the stories the memories groups and the importance of shinty to these communities. Through a series of interviews, archive images drone footage and place based filming we brought together a collation of films which tell the value of shinty to the community. The success of the project resulted in the films being showcases in Scotland’s travelling screen machine and permanently showcased within the Highland Folk Museum.