Sea Storiesexplores the intimate relationship between people and place and seeks to make visible the rich cultural knowledge that exists in the seas around Barra. It has been developed as an online cultural map by artist Stephen Hurrel and social ecologist Ruth Brennan, in association with Voluntary Action Barra & Vatersay (VABV), and involving school pupils in interviewing local Barra fishermen and the older members of the community.
The project grew out of research undertaken by social ecologists Ruth Brennan and Iain MacKinnon and audio-visual material generated by artist Stephen Hurrel, for the publication Dùthchas na Mara / Belonging to the Sea (Authors: MacKinnon and Brennan. Photographs: Hurrel)
The website was launched on Barra on Saturday 16th November 2013
The project received major funding in the form of a Creative Scotland ‘First In A Lifetime’ Award and additional funding from Comunn na Gàidhlig