Two Islands is a long-term project to use creative methods to capture everyday aspects of life for small island communities, while seeking to connect distant communities through online media. The project has established collaborative partnerships between Scotland, and Japan, while inviting participation for a range of artists and designers to contribute to ongoing projects. One of the projects involved working with Aichi University of the Arts, Nagoya, to engage the small island community of Megijima, Seto Islands, Japan, while connecting this study with the community of Gigha, Scotland, resulting in project outputs at the Setouchi International Triennale in 2013 and 2016. Project collaborators have included Professor Isao Suiz (Aichi University of Art), Ikumasa Hayashi (artist and curator), Patrick Lydon (artist), Flavia Salvador (artist), along with collaborative participation by those living on the islands.
Most recently the project involved the exhibition Flickering Moments on an Uncanny Island at the Setouchi International Triennale 2016, involve the Surface Agency with Olivia Tutton (artist and poet). Using visual, textual and sculptural elements, the projects highlights common aspects of island life between the distant communities of Megishima, Japan and Gigha, Scotland, highlighting that while these communities exist within different cultural contexts, they share many aspects of life common to small island communities. The project involved engaging these communities in a creative process to capture these everyday aspects, brought to life through images and texts.
The Two Islands project recognises that the UK and Japan are island nations, extending our interests to include many projects in both countries, as a long-term interest in comparative cultural exchange. This has included bringing Japanese artists to Scotland, working in partnership with the Pier Arts Centre, Stromness, Orkney, to host visiting artist, while establishing partners in Yamaguchi and Koyoto.