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BROCHTOBER: Talk with John Borland & Jo Clements


Wednesday 16.10.19

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19:00 - 21:00


Lyth Arts Centre

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Celebrate Brochtober at Lyth Arts Centre this October.

Explore a new exhibition of local artists showcasing their broch inspired work. A chance to discover more about Caithness’ brochs and celebrate these special structures. Curated by Caithness Broch Project.

Talk with John Borland & Jo Clements

John Borland

Historic Environment Scotland

“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.


Jo Clements

Groam House Museum

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.

This is a free event, no need to book.


Funded by the Greencoat Stroupster Community Fund administered by Foundation Scotland