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Ways of Seeing, Ways of Being

20 April @ 4:00 pm - 26 April @ 9:00 am

People sitting on the Bay at the Back of the Ocean.

Image: The Bay at the Back of the Ocean. Credit: Iona Community/ S.Harrison

Ways of Seeing, Ways of Being 20th – 26th April 2024

How might seeing with the eyes of an island support our thinking through the transformative age of the Anthropocene?

This artist-led introduction to Iona’s creative wellspring, asks how thinking like an island – through its culture, landscapes and community – might support us to navigate the complexities of modernity.

Taking John O’ Donohue’s idea of the eye as both the mother of distance and intimacy, this week will explore how we observe, and how this influences our way of being in the world. This exploration will offer active engagement with Iona’s creative timeline from the Book Of Kells to the vibrant present. Interweaving art, spirituality, and community with the inspiration and imagination cultivated by the island’s stunning land and seascapes.

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Led by Iocal artist, Mhairi Killin, the week will include illustrated talks, mindful observation, conversation, and time to create a metal artefact, in the tradition of medieval pilgrim badges, to reflect each participants’ island experience. No artistic skills are required, just bring an openness to observe and play.


Trained at the Glasgow School of Art, Mhairi Killin is a multi disciplinary artist who has lived on Iona since 1997. A Royal Scottish Academician, her practice seeks to counter the notion of islands as peripheral, romantic and marginal – rather it strives to reveal islands as progressive centres from which we can experience a unique yet relevant perspective on the forces shaping our futures. Mhairi’s family on Iona stretch back many generations and she continues the creative legacy of island artisans Alexander and Euphemia Ritchie, and relative, Iona silversmith, Iain MacCormick, through her island business, Aosdàna.


6 Nights: £762 per adult, £381 for reduced rated – see our programme page for more information.


20 April @ 4:00 pm
26 April @ 9:00 am
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Iona Abbey Centre
Isle of Iona United Kingdom
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