Shinty meets art in Highland Print Studio. Photo by Neil G Paterson

Throw Up 20.18 is an original project funded by Highland Culture Strategic Board’s ‘Highland Culture: Take Pride, Take Part’ programme.

Highland Print Studio has commissioned four professional artists to work with four Highland shinty clubs to create a series of artworks inspired by the contemporary culture and heritage of shinty – Scotland’s iconic indigenous sport.

We hope this blog will help provide a digital record of the project’s progress.  We anticipate contributions from all four artists as they work with their clubs:

Roddy Buchanan – Fort William Shinty Club

John McNaught – Skye Camanachd

Deirdre Nelson – Newtonmore Camanachd

Tom Smith – Beauly Shinty Club

The artists will spend time with their assigned club over the 2017 and 2018 seasons, actively engaging with the club and its wider shinty community. They will research the club’s history, with the help of the fans and the players, and gain an insight into the game, its culture and the volunteers who commit their time and energy to their club.

Each artist will produce, in collaboration with the Studio, a series of original prints that will form a contemporary visual art archive that will be a legacy for the clubs. Despite shinty being an integral part of the Gàidhealtachd for centuries, there have been very few visual arts documentations of the sport.

The artwork will be exhibited at the Camanachd Cup 2018 final, shinty’s showcase event. It will then be exhibited at the International 2018 before going on tour.

Throw Up 20.18 fulfils one of Highland Prints Studio’s objectives, which is to engage new audiences with the visual arts and to demonstrate how visual art can connect to people’s lives. We are delighted to have formed these new partnerships with the four shinty clubs involved and the Camanachd Association.