About

After living and working as artists in Glasgow for 8 years, we moved to the Western Isles in 1998. Initially, Derek Scanlan worked as a lobster fisherman on a one man creel boat, while Elsie Mitchell was employed as the Visual Arts Education Officer at An Lanntair Arts Centre in Stornoway.

In 2005 we were given the opportunity to work a 12 acre croft in Mangurstadh. Here we grow fodder crops and vegetables and raise a small herd of Aberdeen Angus cows, sheep and poultry. Derek designed and constructed the croft house where we live, and in which the gallery and artists’ studio are situated. In August 2013 we set up one of the first Glamping sites in the Outer Hebrides, our Wigwams® and Shepherd's Huts - luxury camping pods - can be booked on-line for holiday lets, they are sited in the croft fields next to the gallery.

Derek Scanlan has a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art from Falmouth School of Art. His expressive oils and pastels are influenced by his experiences as a lobster fisherman and crofter. He starts by making rapid pastel drawings outdoors, of local subjects. These are then worked into oil paintings back in the studio. His work has been exhibited in the UK, The Netherlands, Germany and Belgium and purchased by many visitors to the islands.

In addition to his visual art work, Derek Scanlan also specialises in designing and constructing timber clad buildings. He has completed several houses for clients in the Uig area, including Auberge Carnish and Port Carnish. Derek also designed and constructed the two Shepherd's Huts.

Elsie Mitchell has a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art from Glasgow School of Art and a postgraduate qualification from the Slade School of Fine Art. Her earlier work was exhibited extensively throughout the UK at venues including The Tramway in Glasgow, the Institute for Contemporary Art and the Crafts Council Gallery in London.

Elsie has recently completed a series of video installations and a paper map, handmade from plants growing in the local area. The work explores the biodiversity of the Mangurstadh coastline and the historical and contemporary agricultural practices which have helped shape it.