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Alicia Hendrick



Artist Alicia Hendrick spent time in contemplation at two significant sites on the Isle of Iona - Cobhain Cuildich and Cladh an Diseirt.

Her work during the residency on Iona uses locally gathered materials - oak galls, reeds, beeswax, and found elements. The drawings were created using reed pens and Oak Gall ink, which the artist made at Cladh an Diseirt, along with water from the natural spring at the site.

Natural elements gathered at both locations were incorporated into some of the works by using beeswax from Iona. The artist was inspired by the legacy of Colmcille’s life as a hermit, demonstrating the positives that can be gained from time spent in isolation to a lockdown-weary world.

She is developing this work in her Tobermory studio and incorporating Gaelic text with support from Gaelic scholar Alasdair Whyte.

The artist was invited to write a guest blog for the Iona Namescape Project. To read this follow this link -

Alicia Hendrick was born in Argyll, studied at Glasgow School of Art, and has her studio overlooking Tobermory Bay on the Isle of Mull.

My Showcase

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Cobhain Cuildich, Credit Alicia Hendrick
Sealladh Air An Eaglais Mhòir À Cladh An Dìseirt – View To Iona Abbey From Cladh An Dìseirt, Credit Alicia Hendrick
Solas An Fheasgair, Cladh An Dìseirt – Evening Light, Cladh An Dìseirt, Credit Alicia Hendrick
Colmcille, Credit Alicia Hendrick (2)
Ite (Gèadh), Cladh An Dìseirt – Feather (Goose), Cladh An Dìseirt, Credit Alicia Hendrick
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Sketch on Iona, Colmcille, 2022, Credit Alicia Hendrick