Barra Fishermen


As part of Cape Farewell’s Sea Change commissions, artist Stephen Hurrel – along with two social ecologists – has been collecting stories and gathering information from the older fishermen on Barra and capturing this process on film. In collaboration with Voluntary Action Barra & Vatersay, Stephen has been awarded First in a Lifetime funding from Creative Scotland to develop the project within the community and to develop a digital prototype version with work.

Mapping the Sea: Barra is the video installation by artist Stephen Hurrel that draws on local knowledge of uncharted coastal and maritime topography around Barra. This audio-video installation is a response to the collecting stage of a collaborative project with social ecologists Ruth Brennan (SAMS) and Iain MacKinnon (Scottish Crofting Federation), and Barra fishermen.

This research-based, oral collecting project resulted in a free full-colour publication, Dúchas na Mara / Belonging to the Sea (Authors: Ruth Brennan and Iain Mackinnon, Photography: Stephen Hurrel).

An electronic version of the book is available on-line at: