Dr Lindsay Blair


Researcher and Lecturer, Moray College UHI


Art History and Cultural Theory, UHI

Current research – externally funded projects:

An Investigation of the Photographic Body of Work by Andrew Begbie Ovenstone (1851-1935). This will be the first book-length exploration of the work of Scottish photographer, Andrew Begbie Ovenstone (1851-1935). The archive of plates and photographic images are contained within a rare, unpublished, private collection. The project will deliver a proposal to The National Galleries of Scotland and The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for an exclusive first exhibition with accompanying publication. Funded by Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Mutations From Below and Abroad: Contesting the Assertoric Gaze in the Highland Thoughtscape (working title).  Editor. An international collection of studies bringing together a cross-disciplinary group of artists, cultural theorists, literary scholars, historians, musicologists, poets, photographers and art historians originally assembled for a two day conference at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye (27-29 May, 2016).  Funded by Jon Schueler Charitable Trust, Crannog Concept Ltd, Creative Scotland, Gaelic Books, Lady Lucilla Noble, Royal Scottish Academy.

Book sections:

2017 ‘Dalriada, the Lordship of the Isles and the Northern Rim: De-centralising the Visual Culture of the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.’ Narratives Unfolding: National Art Histories in an Unfinished World.  Ed.  Langford, M. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press.  www.mqup.ca/narratives-unfolding-products-9780773549791.php

2017 ‘Paradigms of Transmission: Aesthetic Affinities and Intertextualities in the Art of Will Maclean.’Anthropology and Beauty: from Aesthetics to Creativity. Ed. Bunn, S. London: Routledge. https://www.amazon.co.uk/Anthropology-Beauty-Aesthetics-Stephanie-Bunn/dp/1138928798

Published Catalogues and Journals – a selection:

2016 ‘An exploration of place and its representations: an intertextual/ dialogical reading of the photographs of AB Ovenstone and the novel Gillespie by John MacDougall Hay.’ Co-authored with Blair, D.  International Review of Scottish Studies. Vol 41. 



2016 Convenor of An Linne: The Jon Schueler International Centenary Symposium, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, UHI May 27-29. Previews: Art in America Jan 2016; Art Review March 2016. Reviews: Glasgow Herald (Jim Gilchrist) May 2016; The Scotsman (Duncan Macmillan) June 2016. Nominated for Scottish Arts and Business Awards, The International Category, 23 March 2017, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. Funded by Jon Schueler Charitable Trust, Crannog Concept Ltd, Creative Scotland, Lady Lucilla Noble, Royal Scottish Academy.