Sunday June 1st and Bogbain Farm hosts one in a series of National Collective Events; this particular event saw the launch of National Collective Inverness.

(From their website), National Collective was founded by a small group of artists and writers based in Edinburgh in 2011. Since then it has grown significantly across Scotland with over 2,000 members. It is the non-party movement for artists and creatives who support Scottish independence.

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The organisation was founded with the aims of arguing the positive case for Scottish independence and imagining a better Scotland. The National Collective support independence because of the opportunity that comes with the ultimate creative act – creating a new nation. They believe that to get there, they need to inspire and engage the people of Scotland in a way that has never been seen before.

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The event was well attended with a series of fine speakers including Cameron McNeish, Derek Bateman, Mairi Keir and John Duncanson. There also featured workshops, a wishing tree and as you might expect a fine programme of music. It managed to be both busy and relaxed and early on in the day there was a real family friendly feel to the whole thing. Was I inspired, was I engaged? Yes.

See the National Collective website if you want more information or if you want to become involved then see more.

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Life-long engagement with music and a truly eclectic taste (although prog-rock and metal will usually have me scrambling for the off button). If pushed, I would have to say the Velvet Underground are one of the most important band’s of all time. Although I consider myself first and foremost a photographer, as regards reviewing I guess I cut my teeth in the vibrant fanzine scene of the 80’s. Around the same time I started taking photographs and, to be brief, performance and photography were made for each other: perfect match.