An Lanntair Art Gallery and Museum
An Lanntair was opened by the acclaimed Lewis poet and writer Iain Crichton Smith on 8th March 1985 in the former Council Chambers of Stornoway Town Hall, which was our home until the opening of the new-build Arts Centre in 2005. From then, essentially, our history breaks down into three 10 year phases.
The initiative to create an art gallery came from founding members Malcolm Maclean (artist, cartoonist and art teacher), Andy Bruce (architect) and Sam Maynard (then photographer at the Stornoway Gazette and now Vice President of Raw TV USA). Other signatories to the original constitution were Ken Kennedy, Murdo John Macleod, Agnes Rennie, the late Donnie Maclean, Ina Maciver, Dr Finlay Macleod (who gave An Lanntair its name), Deirdre Macdonald and the late Robbie Neish (who designed our logo). They constituted An Lanntair as a non-profit limited company with charitable status – a community enterprise with membership open to all.