Brochtoberfest Double Bill talks, organised by Caithness Broch Project, and linked to the exhibition at Lyth Arts Centre (D18)
1. John Borland of HES will talk about "The Pictish & Early Medieval Sculpture of Caithness & Sutherland"
At first glance, the corpus of Pictish and Early Medieval sculpture from the county of Caithness appears to have much in common with that of neighbouring Sutherland. However, close examination reveals more divergence than one might expect, especially between the two assemblages of Christian sculpture. This paper will present an overview of the material from both counties, highlighting similarities and differences within and between each county and identifying parallels from further afield.
2. Jo Clements of Groam House Museum will talk about "Celtic art in Caithness: the work of George Bain (1881-1968)"
Not many people know that George Bain, Celtic artist, craftsperson and educator, was born in Caithness in 1881. Although his family moved to Edinburgh when he was a child, he maintained a connection with Caithness through visits and through his fascination with its Pictish stones. This talk will outline the work of George Bain through the Caithness-related material in the nationally significant George Bain Collection of Celtic art, before going on to a subject on which we know tantalisingly little: Bain's lectures and Celtic art classes held in Caithness in the 1950s.
Venue: Lyth Arts Centre, Caithness. Wheelchair accessible. Free, but donations welcome. Booking recommended. Call Lyth Arts Centre on 01955 641434
Caithness Broch Project
Lyth Arts Centre. Phone 10955 641434