SEAWEED ON SUNDAY

September 8 → 6:30 pm8:00 pm

Skaill House, Sandwick

Seaweed images: Credit Alison Moore

A look at people and seaweed over the centuries, in Scotland and Japan, through film, stories and refreshments.

The 2022 film Seaweed by Julia Parks brings together voices of seaweed harvesters and alginate workers today with archive footage and folklore, amidst the swirl of the sea. Rebecca Marr looks back at the history of seaweed in Orkney as food for humans, animals and the soil and then as a source of kelp for British industry.

Giulia Nicolini, who is researching seaweed as a food at Essex University, makes some interesting comparisons with Japan and describes how the seaweed industry there was revolutionised by the discoveries of a British scientist, Dr Kathleen Drew-Baker. And there’s an opportunity to taste seaweed in various forms, which extend to chocolate and Skaill House gin.

Organised by the Orkney Japan Association

To set the scene, here’s the trailer for the film Seaweed.

LINKED EVENTS:

  • More images inspired by the influence of Dr Kathleen Drew Baker on the Japanese seaweed industry. It will include over a dozen artists who work with seaweed in printmaking, photography, painting, textiles and sculpture. Among them are Alison Clark, Alison Moore, Ingrid Budge, Megumi Barrington Uenoyama, Yvonne Harcus, Julia Lohmann, Mollie Goldstrom & William Arnold, Rebecca Marr, Ami Robb and Ingrid Stout.

  • Three exhibitions are woven together in the gallery near the harbour front. Mother of the Sea was inspired by the work of Dr Kathleen Drew Baker (1901-1957), revered in Japan for her work on the life cycle of the seaweed known in Wales as laver (Japanese nori). It will include over a dozen artists who work with seaweed in printmaking, photography, painting, textiles and sculpture and is spread between here and the Northlight Gallery in Stromness, and the seaweed theme will be featured in Skaill House on Sunday 8. ..

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