Canna: Living Island


13 August 2015

Focus on Canna for Charlotte Square display

The Hebridean island of Canna is in focus for a photographic display in Edinburgh this August.

Pairing contemporary works by the well-known contemporary landscape photographer Colin Prior with photographs by the American photographer Margaret Fay Shaw, who lived on Canna for many years, Canna: Living Island, runs from 15 August until 15 September at No. 5 Charlotte Square, while the Edinburgh International Book Festival is in full swing.

Canna is one of the Small Isles, which includes Rum and Eigg and has been in the care of conservation charity, the National Trust for Scotland since 1981 when it was bequeathed by John Lorne Campbell.

Campbell and his wife Margaret Fay Shaw were dedicated to the study of Gaelic culture and their former home, Canna House, is packed with photographs, recordings and artefacts gathered throughout their lifetime.

This display features pieces by Colin Prior, alongside historic prints from the Canna Collection which includes fascinating photographs of the island and its past residents, many taken by Margaret Fay Shaw who was a renowned photographer and writer.

Steve Callaghan, Assistant Director Countryside and Islands said: “The romanticism of life on Canna, such a remote and rugged place is enchanting for many and this really shines through in this stunning exhibition. The National Trust for Scotland is privileged to play its part in caring for Canna, and other places like it. We hope that every visitor enjoys a small snapshot of what makes Canna so special and will feel motivated to support our vital work there to promote and conserve its unique heritage.” 

Canna: Living Island runs from 15 August until 15 September on the 1st floor at No.5 Charlotte Square and is open daily from 11am until 5pm. Entry is free.