About Hulabhaig

Hulabhaig, an idea developing...

Hulabhaig is a 'not for profit' curatorial project exploring what an island based art gallery is, can be or could be in the future, connecting with artists and reaching out to an ever increasing global audience via the power of social media, e-marketing and the world wide web.

Dedicated to promoting and showcasing work from artists living and working in the Outer Hebrides.

We are now helping to develop and curate a new gallery space at Baile na Cille Church in Timsgarry, Uig, Isle of Lewis and will be curating and displaying a variety of sculpture and contemporary art.

Our purpose is to inspire island based artists to produce new and experimental work and to provide a platform to showcase work and ideas. By establishing an online presence and social media following we will be expanding our audience globally.

We also hope to provide a new visual arts experience for the islands, encouraging locals, artists and tourists to visit Uig and enjoy it's beautiful surroundings, a place where people can experience wide open spaces and thought provoking art for free.

Hulabhaig Team

As a team of curators and artists, we are working hard to secure the future of Baile na Cille church as an important venue for island contemporary art, operating as a 'not for profit' organisation we are totally reliant on grants from arts funding bodies and public and corporate donations.

Malcolm Maclean Director and Curator.
Malcolm is a multi-disciplinary artist who has curated a number of successful exhibitions that have toured internationally. He was founding chair of Stornoway’s An Lanntair arts centre and CEO of the National Gaelic Arts Agency before becoming chair of UNESCO Scotland. His family have lived beside Baile Na Cille since the 1690s.

Jon Macleod Guest Curator.
Jon is a multi-disciplinary artist and curator. He has worked extensively in the Nordic Region as well as taking part in projects in Senegal, Macedonia and St.Kilda. He was a recent recipient of a Churchill Fellowship for a project based in Fogo Island, Newfoundland, focussing on the role of creativity in Island communities. He is a Project Curator and Residency programmer for An Lanntair and has been based on the West Side of Lewis for the last 25 years where he works a croft.

Màiri NicGillìosa Director and Artist.
Mairi is a visual artist with a research-based practice. Mairi studied Sculpture at Edinburgh Collage of Art, Horticulture at SRUC and has a postgraduate Masters degree in 'Learning and Teaching Gaelic Arts' with the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
Mairi's work is inspired by the living landscape, situated with communities and often with sculptural or painterly outcomes.

Andy Laffan Director and Curator.
Andy founded Hulabhaig in 2018, as a curatorial platform to bring remote artists and global audiences together. Initially online based, now operating from Baile na Cille church in Uig, Andy is now helping to establish the venue as a permanent contemporary art centre.







A Cold Altar and Core

A Cold Altar (Grouse-Butts, Ted Hughes)
Margaret Uttley
Marianne Broch
Lockdown Escapism, August 2020

Notes on a Piano

Notes on a Piano
Giles Perring
Exposure, July 2021


Untitled and Untitled
Stephan-Maria Aust
Fin - Cradled By The Rocks
Margaret Uttley
Plastic, August 2021


Installation by Màiri NicGillìosa
Plastic, August 2021


Scapa VI, Scapa VII and Scapa II
Stephan-Maria Aust
A Work in Progress, December 2020

Of Sea & Land

Of Sea & Land 10/2018
Geoff Stear
Of Sea & Land, June 2019