Tā moko, the Māori art of marking the skin with connecting patterns to symbolise authority, identity and prestige, is in focus at the National Gallery of Australia. The tradition has its origins in the underworld legends of the lovers Mataora and Niwareka - a theme which runs throughout the exhibition as it brings together early Māori sculpture, modern prints and paintings, and contemporary photography to show the diversity of a unique and culturally venerated art form.
Three poems from the Shetland-based writer, whose new collection Afternoons Go Nowhere was published in May.Read More
If mountains could talk, what might they say? Artist David Kramaric imagines the meeting of two titans from Scotland and Croatia in a playful and lyrical work recently shown in Stornoway.Read More
In June 2019, Miriam Vaswani spent three days on Grand Manan Island in the Bay of Fundy, in Atlantic Canada. In this lyrical picture essay, she hints at how the Bay and its islands have played large, often conflicting roles in the region’s oral and written histories, and considers the weight of 160 billion tonnes of sea water.Read More
It’s that time of the year again. Daylight all night. You can hardly sleep, but you’re more awake than ever. The kids are nowhere to be found, playing football way past bedtime. We feel like doing something, like going for a long walk or invite ourselves to coffee next door.
So say the people of Sommarøy, who have declared war on time. Living in the far north of Norway, where the sun spills across the land for 24 hours a day, every day, at this time of year, has simply become too much. Their solution is to enact a #TimeFreeZone, so they can have licence to do what they want, when they want.
Check out their campaign page on Facebook (worth it for the photographs alone) and read more about their plight over at the Guardian.
Poems from Moder Dy, the debut collection from Roseanne Watt, published by Polygon (2019).Read More
Enjoy this stunning oceanic flotsam find from the Philippines.
Three poems inspired by The Faroe Islands.Read More
A selection of watercolours painted in The Outer Hebrides.Read More
Alex Diggins traces the influence of Bardsey Island on the life and work of Welsh artist and writer Brenda Chamberlain.Read More
Kat Coyle speaks to Irene de la Torre about The Rural Island, her book on the changing face of Mallorca.Read More
Poems from Noctuary, the new collection by Niall Campbell.Read More
Calved: a narrative and visual essay by Nancy Forde on motherhood and memory in the Arctic.Read More
The latest film in the Lost But Not Forgotten series by writer and director Stuart Hackshaw focuses on the story of the St Kildans, who in 1930 were forced to evacuate their remote island home, severing an ancient tie and bringing to an end an incredible story of survival.