During 2019, Scottish wildlife and landscape artist Alan B Hayman made the long journey by sea from his home in Morvern on the west coast of Scotland to the remote archipelago of St Kilda, forty miles west of the Outer Hebrides. Travelling solo in his small 17ft boat, he braved perilous seas to navigate some 180 nautical miles in order to reach the imposing sea stacks and steep cliffs synonymous with the islands, which towered above him and were teaming with an abundance of wildlife. Stopping just once on this long round trip, to refuel, Hayman’s route took him via the Monach Isles, an uninhabited set of islands and national nature reserve, renowned for their white sandy beaches. The paintings on display in this solo exhibition are inspired by this voyage, the many hours spent at sea, and the wildlife and breathtaking landscape he witnessed along the way.
This exhibition opens almost ninety years to the date of when the last inhabitants of St Kilda left the island as life became unsustainable.These 36 people resettled on the Morvern peninsula, where Alan B Hayman now lives and works.