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LAND & SEA

THE LANGUAGE OF

CÀNAN NA

TÌR is muir

  • To provide a vibrant and welcoming social space for the Gaelic community and those interested in Gaelic culture.

  • To be a living “museum” of intangible cultural heritage which promotes, documents and invites service users to participate in traditional Lewis culture and heritage.

  • To empower Gaelic speakers of all levels and showcase the value of Gaelic to the community, culture, economy and reputation of Scotland.

  • To add Stornoway and Isle of Lewis as a cultural destination, making Stornoway a nicer place to visit, live in and work in.

  • To address commitments made in the National Gaelic Language Plan and the National Islands Plan regarding culture, language, education, community and economy.

AN TAIGH CÈILIDH'S

MISSION STATEMENT

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Earthiness of Gaelic heritage and its relationship to peat. A cottage-like feel to match the shop's interior.

Off-white & rich black keep a constant warmth to the brand. The pairing reflects the appearance of early Gaelic printed media.

The sea and its integral part in Gaelic heritage. A darkness and boldness to ground the colours. An air of 'Scottish-ness' that isn't cheap or in your face.

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The Cèilidh House

A restored Black House by David Purchase, CC BY-SA 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons

Aidan designed our logo for us, and he has been my ‘go-to’ graphic designer ever since. Not only did I love the final logo, but I enjoyed working with Aidan. Aidan is committed to their projects, engaging sincerely with the brief and responsive to feedback during the development of the project. As an organisation that is reintroducing the ceilidh house to the Hebrides, Gaelic is at the heart of everything we do, and Aidan’s so mindful, enthusiastic, and supportive of that. Aidan’s artwork represents Gaelic in Scottish design and in Scottish public spaces, and this in turn has the potential to revolutionise how Scots visualise urban and rural landscapes in Scotland, which is such a key part of our mission as an organisation. Aidan’s incorporation of garlic is not tokenistic, but genuinely draws inspiration from Gaelic culture and aims to elevate Gaelic to command equal respect to English and Scots. To expand Gaelic visual arts drawing from meaningful cultural symbols and forms while pushing Gaelic visual arts forward with modern aesthetics and modern art-creating techniques is an exciting development in Gaelic arts, and Aidan has the skill and talent to lead it. Developing Aidan’s portfolio and career will help to influence others and create a Gaelic-inspired legacy in graphic design. I’ve since asked Aidan to design maps, publicity material, and commercial artwork for us, and I will continue to go to them for our graphic needs. I can’t recommend Aidan enough, and I always enjoy working with them.

DR. TEÀRLACH WILSON
FEAR AN TAIGHE
AN TAIGH CÈILIDH
STEÒRNABHAGH

BA (Hons) (Wales), MA (London), PhD (Edin)
Founding Director and Co-chair of the Board of Directors
Gaelic Cultural Centre and Community Café
Isle of Lewis

BRAND IN USE

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