The Brochs of Coigach
Timeless Nature, Timeless Art
We took this as a starting point to turn The Brochs of Coigach into little museums. On the outside you will discover numerous hidden treasures. There is a story attached to each of them. Inside, you will be surrounded by original works of leading contemporary Scottish artists such as John Bellany, Calum Colvin, Will MacLean and Eduardo Paolozzi, and by famous artists with Scottish connections such as Tracey Emin and Peter Howson.
The Brochs of Coigach also own a collection of modern North European masters such as Emil Nolde and Edvard Munch which is mostly on loan with the National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh but may be seen occasionally in The Brochs.
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The Scottish poet Norman MacCaig described the Coigach landscape as "masterless and intractable in any terms that are human."
The box installation to the left by Will MacLean deals with the Highlanders' beliefs in signs and omens but shows an example of second sight in itself. The pigskin pouch shown in the detail below holds a miniture of a large drawing that Will had made in 1989, "Hunters Vision". It actually hangs in Scàl's Broch. It shows the Celtic god Herne, horned like a stag and gaunt like a lifeless whale, sleeping on the sea floor. Above him, three submarines stalk through a forest of huge tree-like gannet skulls. In the same year that he drew this scene, Will incorporated the name of the trawler Antares, found on a fish box on the shore, into one of his best known works, "Skye Fisherman: In Memoriam", that hangs in Dundee's McManus Gallery. A year later, the Antares sank with the loss of all hands. A submarine had snagged her net and pulled her down.
Sir Eduardo Paolozzi: Portrait of Matta
John Bellany: Woman of the Sea
Will MacLean: Salmon Fishings