An international collaboration 


31 July – 01 September 2023

10am – 3pm, Monday – Friday

Activity Room, Ceann na h-Àirigh, Grimsay

The collection of fisherman sweaters that forms the core of this travelling exhibition was created and then shown in Fryslân, Netherlands in 2021. New material is being added to the exhibition at each of the hosting venues – an exchange of unsolicited gifts between communities that celebrate our shared heritage and culture.

Our contribution to the exhibition is CLIATH / SHOAL – a shoal of Eriskay-patterned knitted fish that will swim above the collections, each bearing a traditional motif that features on Eriskay ganseys.

The exhibition includes archival footage from the Cinema Sgìre project, a 45 minute compilation showing wool-working traditions captured on film across the Outer Hebrides in the 1970s, screening 1-3pm daily.

Knit a Fish Drop-in Sessions

FREE pattern and FREE yarn

Help knit an gansey-patterned fish for the Grimsay SHOAL. Any fish you knit and donate back to us will be added to the SHOAL that will be remain on permanent display here at Ceann na h-Àirigh & Grimsay Boat Museum.

If you need help:

Exhibition drop-in sessions, 1-3pm, every Tuesday in the Activity Room:- 01, 08, 15, 22 & 29 August 2023

Grimsay Craft Café, 10am-1pm, every Wednesday in the Community Hall:- 02, 09, 16, 23 & 30 August 2023

Other Venues

The exhibition is travelling to a number of venues in Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Basque Country and Netherlands:

Apr-May 23: Yr Ysgwrn, Trawsfynydd, Cymru

Jun-Jul 23: Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, Llanbedrog, Cymru

Jul-Aug 23: Ceann na h-Àirigh, Griomasaigh, Uibhist a Tuath, Alba

Sep-Oct 23: Shetland Museum & Archive, Shetland, Scotland

Oct-Nov 23: Inis Mor, Aran Islands, Eire

Feb-Mar 24: Dinas Mawddwy, Cymru

Mar-Apr 24: Mid-Wales Arts Centre, Caersws, Cymru

May-Jun 24: Larraun Town Hall, Larraun, Euskal Herria (Basque Country)

Jun-Oct 24: Ameland Island Museum, Fryslân, Netherlands

Oct-Dec 24: Moddergat Museum, Fryslân, Netherlands