Cassia Dodman+Duncan Herd

Cassia Dodman and Duncan Herd are both artists, who recently graduated in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, currently based in Orkney, and the Scottish Borders. They were involved in curating two artists to make work in response to the themes of the festival. Both the selected artists-Lauren Gault and…

Saoirse Higgins

I am an artist from Dublin, Ireland living in Papay and Mainland Orkney for the past two years. I am interested in revealing some of the connections between our visions of the world we live in, our expectations for the future and the technology we use to help us with this. I explore the contested…

Indigo Branscombe+Natalie Wearden

Natalie Wearden(Helsinki,Finland) and Indigo Branscombe(Papa Westray, Orkney) are visual artists and performance makers. Their collective practice explores relationships, politics, ecologies, environments and spaces. They search for ways of disrupting, opposing, challenging, queering or occupying a definition of space or a hegemonies narrative. They firmly believe in play as a tool of inquiry. Selkie Skin By…

Pól McLernon

I come from a place where there is no dividing line between mythology and history. Like myth I and my work are often not linear or focused, lacking in logic and continuity., we are a singular of which the plural is unknown and what appears to be the plurality is merely a series of different…

Kevin Quigley

Kevin Quigley as a practicing artist / curator centres his ideas around a form of artistic archaeology; scratching into the murky realms of the profane, ‘the hidden’ and the unknown. His research embraces a modern look at the metaphysical ‘workings’ of creativity. Most recently he devised and co-curated LIMINALITY with Gallery 46, London – a…

thefardistance

‘thefardistance’ is the ongoing project/pseudonym of artist/educator, David Allen. Works are almost exclusively routed in ‘landscape’ whether they be hand made, digital, photographic or installations. The 2 pieces accepted for the 2017 ØY Festival explore memory, loss, reflection and belonging.

The Pier Group

What is an island voice? lies at the root of Piergroup’s most recent project. After spending two nights on Papay, its members have tried to expand their ideas; actively feeling their way round their own island perspective; interpreting island life through their individual judgement and unique viewpoint. The collective work creates an island dialogue –…

Brian McClave

The photographic work of Brian and Gareth McClave represents several years of development of a new photographic process that captures reality in a slow scanning motion across a scene. To do this the brothers developed new software that can take a visual slice through thousands of sequential images of a scene to generate an image…

Lauren Gault

Lauren Gault presents materials in flux; soaked, submersed, and saturated – pertaining to the notion of ‘the island’. Gault’s installations develop as archipelagos in their own right, where placement becomes representative of location, while forms embody fragmented landmasses and their borders.

Aaron McCarthy

Aaron McCarthy utilises digital media, often presented in correlation to site specific installation, to evoke a transcendence between physical and digital landscapes – highlighting their parallel but distinct affiliations. Conclusions are drawn through the comparisons of geographical contexts, sites, and terminology, including nods to dream states and the ideals of digitised space. http://www.aaron-mccarthy.com

Rebecca Marr

Working with traditional darkroom and digital photography, as well as printmaking, Marr makes work about the natural and social history of the islands. Seaweed, skies and plant lore are subjects she often returns to. Taken on the coast below the Arts & Crafts enclave at Melsetter House on the island of Hoy, these digital photographs…

Aisling Higgins

ISLAND AS ARK- This collection of wearable silver jewellery is a series of amulets in ark like shapes. They contain the personality traits that Islands possess  to survive; bravery, ingenuity, resilience, preservation, protection and strength. These traits are passed onto the wearer . Aisling Higgins has been designing and making jewellery for the last 20 years….