SEAWEED FESTIVAL PROGRAMME

The Festival takes place from 6th– 12th September in and around Ullapool, culminating in two days of themed events on Isle Martin on the 11th and 12th September.

Mainland events

Aug 14th – 18th Sept ‘Art of Seaweed’ exhibition in the Gallery windows of An Talla Solais, Argyle St, Ullapool

Mon 6th Seaweed identification walk/event – Little Loch Broom 1 – 4 pm

Tues 7th Seaweed observation & creative activities – Ullapool Pier 1 – 5 pm

Weds 8th Seaweed identification walk/event – Achnahaird Beach 1 – 4 pm

Thurs 9th Seaweed observation & a Big Seaweed quiz – Ullapool Pier 1 – 5 pm

Fri 10th Seaweed identification walk/event – Ardmair Beach 1 – 4 pm

Fri 10th Seaweed film night – Ullapool Ferry Terminal 7 – 9 pm

Island events

Sat 11thScience of Seaweed 

11.30 am Introduction to the wonders of seaweed with Juliet Brodie & NHM film surrounded by seaweed installations

12.00 noon Illustrated talks by marine scientist Ailsa McLellan: ‘Kelp, Farming not Trawling, why we need to learn from inshore fisheries management failure’; and ecologist John McIntyre: ‘Seaweed in the Earths System’

1.00 pm Foraging and tasting with Jayson Byles, forager and chef

2.00 pm Learning how to undertake a ‘Big Beach Search’ survey with the Marine Conservation Society, a national citizen science project, organised by the Natural History Museum

3.00 pm Presentation by Kyle McPherson, seaweed forager, free diver, and farmer on the need for sustainable seaweed farming.

4.00 pm Discussion on the ‘Sustainability of Seaweed’ with presenters and attendees, both in-person and via the festival Webinar.

 

Throughout the day there are seaweed identification and observation walks with local guides plus a chance to make a piece of Algae Art, visit the lazy-beds, watch films, examine seaweed under the microscope with the Aberdeen Science Centre in the ‘Gutweed Lab’, and visit the kelp burning experiment.

Sun 12th – Art of Seaweed 

11.30 am Introduction to the wonders of seaweed with Juliet Brodie & NHM film surrounded by seaweed installations

12.00 noon Illustrated presentation ‘As the gemweed drifts‘, by Dutch artist and author of The Seaweed Collector’s Handbook, Miek Zwamborn

1.00 pm Artists share their journey with seaweed

2.00 pm Archaeologist Cathy Dagg will explain the Coigach kelp burning experiment and her findings

3.00 pm David Gange, historian, and author of The Frayed Atlantic Edge will kayak to Isle Martin to share his thoughts on ‘Seaweed at the Centre of the World’

4.00 pm Discussion on ‘Seaweed as a creative material’ with presenters and attendees, both in-person and via the festival Webinar.

Writing and sound workshops with Jon Miller, Lorraine Thompson, and Lisa McDonald

Throughout the day there are seaweed identification and observation walks with local guides plus a chance to make a piece of Algae Art, visit the lazy-beds, watch films, examine seaweed under the microscope with the Aberdeen Science Centre in the ‘Gutweed Lab’, and visit the kelp burning experiment.

SUPPORT US

Isle Martin Seaweed Festival is a FREE festival.

We are relying on donations from supporters to help keep us afloat!

Please Text KELP to 70085 to donate £10.

You can also donate £20 by Texting ‘KELP 20’ to 70085 or to donate £5 you would text ‘KELP 5’ to 70085. Your Texts will cost your donation plus one standard rate message. Thank you!