A ditty box is the handful of possessions traditionally carried by northern sailors on their sea voyages. Inspired by Orkney sculptor John Cumming’s work relating to the ditty box, An Talla Solais invited a group of six artists from seafaring Scotland to create work based on the ditty box and its contemporary relevance. This unique show brings together John Cumming (Orkney), David Cass (Edinburgh), Ian Stephen and Christine Morrison (Lewis), Will Maclean (Dundee / Polbain), Peter White (Ullapool), and Frances Pelly (Orkney).
As part of the outreach programme, Stephen Morrison ran a week of sailing/drawing workshops aboard the 1935 sgoth Niseach Jubilee – the last remaining original vessel of her type.
Grateful thanks to Ullapool Harbourmaster Kevin Peach and all his willing and helpful team.