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  • Writer's pictureJan Schouten

Women of Pairc - Video Portraits

A series of documentary stories of nine women living in the Pairc district, at the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

David Simpson, the creator of this project, and I presented 'Women of Pairc' this summer. A collaborative community exhibition of portraits and video conversations.

David Simpson is an amateur artist living and working in Garyvard, Pairc. He works in a variety of media, including sculptural paintings, pencil drawings and collages, using reclaimed and recycled materials wherever he can. The subjects for these nine portraits are drawn from a wide range of experience, ages and involvement in this community.

I am a videographer and have a creative business, the ClishamStudio, based in Stornoway. I have been working on several film and documentary projects connected to Pairc, displaying its beauty, history and potential.

I filmed, recorded, edited and produced the accompanying video presentations of each woman who agreed to be interviewed.

Ishbel MacLennan is from Pairc, and is a highly respected media professional with a keen interest in unique perspectives of local history and the Gaelic culture of the Hebrides. She has been talking with some of the subjects in her native Gaelic, generously assisted with translation, and contributed to the editing process.

Our sincere thanks to all of our friends and neighbours who have supported this project in so many ways, especially:

Donnie Morrison (Habost) Christine Slaven (Balallan) Lesley & Francis Dantinnes (Lemreway) Mark Griffiths (Garyvard) Ravenspoint Board of Directors Pairc and Kinloch HealthWalk Group

Pursuit Of the Extraordinary

Click on the portraits to start the video.

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