Mull & Iona


Art & Craft Group

Are working from home and sharing the results on line. On Monday 29th June they decided to make work with Found objects. Go to their group page to see what they have been up to.

May 2020 Newsletter

The latest newsletter is available via a link to the right. Many groups have been " doing things" via the internet and keeping in touch that way. Do have a read.


Please see our Events page to discover which meetings have or have not been cancelled.

Not the Christmas Do 6th March

We made it! At long last we had our Xmas do. The food was good the conversations were good and everyone enjoyed themselves. Do come along to our next one, they are fun.

Art & Craft Group Line Drawing, Monday 27th Jan.

The line drawings were done in 10, 20 or 30 seconds and some of us would like to do more of this. Last year a few of us decided that sketching /painting outdoors would be good but did not get round to it; we will try again this year.
The folk in the Art & Craft group are looking for ideas of crafty things to incorporate into our agenda for the coming year. It is hoped to have a balance between crafts and drawing / painting. We have done all sorts of things including various types of printing and there has been a suggestion to do some work on fabric. If we could muster up a few machines we could have a session using hand / machine appliqué.
We are a very democratic group so feel free to come along with new ideas.

Walking Group Tues. 4th Feb.

There were 10 of us on Tuesday who walked along the path from Ledaig car park to Aros Park returning to Tobermory by road. Fine weather at the start with good views of Tobermory and a chance to visit the garden which is being restored by a group of volunteers.

Walking Group

The weather for most of January has been disappointing – windy and wet – so we haven’t managed to get out as much as we would like. We enjoyed a valuable meeting (with a cup of tea and delicious Christmas cake) at Cala Cuin discussing the rota for future walks. Eight of us managed a walk along the Lighthouse Path in Tobermory on Tuesday 21st January; it was wet and we were serenaded by the ferry fog horn but it was good to get out again.

Historical & Archaeology Walks 29th November

Our Dervaig walk on 29th November was the last for this year and was blessed with cloudless skies. 11 members met at the Kilmore car park to view two sets of prehistoric (Bronze Age) standing stone alignments and possible burial cairn, before walking on to visit another alignment setting and possible round-houses within the forest. There is no walk at the end of December but our next outing should be Friday 31st January 2020, probably from Tobermory.

Geology Thursday 7th November.

The group met to discuss the types of geological faults and their significance.
Local and world wide faults were investigated and an insight into how they affect the countryside as we see it.

Philosophy Monday 4th November.

The group discussed Ignorance and Innocence, discovering that they are closely interconnected, but with many subtle differences. As usual a lively discussion ensued.

Art & Craft Group Monday 21st October.

Felicity demonstrated some Mono Printing techniques and Shirley demonstrated printing with Gelli Pads. Printing on Tissue paper gives interesting results and could probably be used in Decoupage.

  Brigit Koopson  on You Tube is an interesting bod to watch re. Gelli printing.

This is a link to an interesting technique -

“Not the Equinox Bash”,

On Thursday 17th October we had our “Not the Equinox Bash” at which we shared each other’s food and Alan Schofield gave a talk on the representation of food and drink in art and divided up the examples he used into four categories:
Religious, particularly banquets where important events happened; Mystical, where allegorical or symbolic subjects are portrayed; Realism where the skill and techniques of the artist are shown to their fullest, particularly in 'still life' painting, and Moral examples where artists admonish the viewer through scenes of gluttony and excess. Two examples with discussion are below. ( Double clip for enlargement)

Mosaic Unswept floor

1, Mosaic: 'unswept floor', Hadrian's villa, Tivoli. Minor Pictura, reality conveyed through illusion, but also offerings left for the shades of the dead which may inhabit the house.

Market Scene
2. Pieter Aertsen, Market Scene, 1569. The problem of interpretation - is this just realism, the artist painting produce to show his skill or are there deeper meanings? His earlier works are similar in scale but include Biblical scenes. However, some academics see this picture as a celebration of Fecundity.

Walking Group

On Tuesday 1st October we walked in sunshine along the Kengharair track, and on Tuesday 17th September we walked the Salen loop. It was a good day for taking wildlife pictures, particularly butterflys.

Geology Thursday 3rd October

On Thursday 3nd October the Geology group braved the elements on the coast between Craignure and Torosay. Besides investigating the Craignure Anticline we discovered this rather spectacular ammonite trace.

Creative Writing Group

Two pieces of collaborative work in which the Creative Writing Group have been involved:
With the HOPE kitchen in Oban: contributing to an anthology of poems called Rucksacks and Rebels, created by Sharon Wilkie Jones, to raise awareness of issues faced by people who are homeless.
With the Ross of Mull Poets and Tobermory Bakery: open poetry reading events at the Bakery.

Geology Thursday 1st August.

The geology group visited Easdale Island recently and besides investigating the slates and flooded quarries we found a partially eroded Isle of Mull compond dyke which we could stand inside for a photoshoot. Then off to the Puffer Bar for an afternoon libation.

Geology Thursday 4th July.

Eighteen of us were made welcome by the Lochaline Quartz Sand Mine Company who gave us a tour of the mine and surface plant. It is the only underground sand mine in Europe. Mining is carried out by a room and pillar system, you can work out the cell like structure on the map. The sandstone is drilled, blasted and carried by dump truck to the surface plant to be crushed and purified. The resulting silica sand is extremely pure and white and is used amongst other things in the production of top quality flint glass.
The mine was much more extensive than expected reaching approx. 2 miles horizontally underground; we however ventured just a few hundred yards and then turned off our torches. It was pitch black!
We enjoyed a light refreshment in the Lochaline Private Members Club before heading back to Mull.

Historical & Archaeology Walks

Our June History & Archaeology walk on ‘the hottest day of the year’ took five of us around the remains of the Knockroy clearance village in Tiroran Community Forest, past Tiroran House and Kilfinichen Bay to the ‘Pennyghael in the Past Museum’ at Balevulin - for very welcome refreshments.

Open Meeting 27th June Sutton Hoo.

Peter Leach gave us a very interesting talk on Sutton Hoo which is an Anglo Saxon Royal Burial ground in Suffolk. It was a fascinating insight into the processes of archaeology and the amazing artefacts discovered there including a full size ship.

Ukulele Wed. 29th May

A little note to say that 3 members of our Ukulele group met up this afternoon for an hour at Pennyghael . We went over the chords we have so far learnt and also practised strumming methods . We managed to play through a couple of our early tunes.

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