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The Collie Mackenzie Heritage Group

Isle of Skye The Journey


Certificates raise the profile

2004

Developing the vision The inspiration The group The sculptor Sharing it with others Meeting the stakeholders

2009

Undergrounding of electrical cables

2010—13

Environmental works Gateway to the Cuillin Our main funders The car park Interpretation panels Oak shelter

The poles come down

The bronze relief of the Cuillin

Before and after

The seating area

Fundraising

Completed works

The certificate launch


The Educational Legacy 2006

Learning traditional skills — the gateway

Pupils receive certificates

Raising the profile 2015

Pilochry conference

The opening of the gateway Celebration of achievements sculpture Learning traditional skills — the car park Projects with primary schools The pupils work

The exhibition up and running Pupils work in place

The sculpture 2014

The setting

2016 –18

Fundraising for


Developing the vision

The inspiration The idea for a sculpture for the Isle of Skye started over 10 years ago. The Sconser estate on Skye was bought by The John Muir Trust. The Sconser community were asked by JMT how they would like to celebrate this event, and they chose to remember John MacKenzie, one of their own, who in the early 1880s became the first native Scot to

Portrait of John Mackenzie


Developing the vision

The inspiration John Mackenzie was a guide and Ghillie for well known mountaineer Norman Collie, and over a period time both men, who were from very different social backgrounds, became great friends.

Norman Collie (left) and John Mackenzie at Loch Coruisk, Skye


Developing the vision

The group

The Collie Mackenzie Sculpture group was formed in 2004


The sculptor

Local sculptor , Stephen Tinney, after dialogue with the Sconser community, created a maquette of both men


Developing the vision

Sharing it with others

The first step was to put our idea to the public. There was a sizeable turnout with many different interests represented, including descendents of John MacKenzie, the local community and the climbing fraternity .


Developing the vision Meeting the stakeholders


Undergrounding of electrical cables

The poles come down

The poles were recycled to make a distinctive entrance to the newly created gateway.


Undergrounding of electrical cables

Before and after


Fundraising The certificate launch

The undergrounding of the cables and the launch of the bronze certificates brought interest from the media.


The undergrounding of the cables and the launch of the bronze certificates brought interest from the media.


Fundraising Certificates raise the profile


Environmental works

Gateway to the Cuillin

Before and after


Environmental works

Our main funders


Environmental works The car park

Before and after


Environmental works The car park


Environmental works

The car park


Environmental works Interpretation panels

Three interpretation panels telling the story of the Cuillin and Collie and MacKenzie.


Environmental works The oak shelter


Environmental works The bronze relief of the Cuillin


Environmental works The seating area

Looking towards Glamaig

Looking towards the Cuillin

Looking towards the Telford bridge

Looking back towards the sculpture site


Environmental works The seating area


Environmental works Completed works

Oak shelter with turf roof and stone plinth with interpretation pan-

The new stone wall and gateway to the Cuillin

The new pathway with wheelchair access leading to the stone seat


The Educational legacy Learning traditional skills — the gateway


The Educational legacy Pupils receive certificates


The Educational legacy The opening of the gateway


The Educational legacy Celebration of achievements


The Educational legacy Learning traditional skills — the car park

All first year pupils from Portree High School (100) helped to build the wall in the car park and were each given a certificate


The Educational legacy Projects with primary schools

The topics researched by each school were : Norman Collie

Portree Primary

John Mackenzie

Raasay Primary, Struan Primary and Carbost Primary Primary

Collie Mackenzie Their story

Dunvegan ,Edinbane and Macdiarmaid Primary

Cuillin place names

Sleat Primary

Geology of the Cuillin

Broadford Primary and Elgol Primary

Telford bridges

Kilmuir Primary & Staffin Primary


The Educational legacy The pupils work


The Educational legacy The exhibition up and running

Comments from the visitors book


The Educational legacy Pupils work in place

Interior of the shelter showing the three panels


Raising the profile Presentation to Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference


Raising the profile Unveilling the maquette at Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference 2015


Raising the profile Scotland’s Community Heritage Conference 2015


Raising the profile


Raising the profile


Chair of the group Morag Nicolson said “ All the landscaping and upgrading work at the site has been completed. We’re now at the stage of trying to raise the profile of the sculpture itself and secure the final funding to get it put in place. The idea is to do a mountaineering and heritage festival when the sculpture is unveiled. After that we we would want to see a whole sculpture trail around Skye” “At the moment sites like the Fairy pools and the Old Man of Storr are being saturated with tourists. We need to spread them more around the island.” Excerpt from an article in the Scotland on Sunday 24th July 2016


Appeal to raise funds to build a sculpture of two mountaineering legends The appeal is to raise funds to build a bronze sculpture of Norman Collie and John MacKenzie, two pioneers of the Cuillin on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Norman Collie was described as one of the four great mountaineers of his time. John MacKenzie is recognised as the first native born British mountain guide. The Sculpture is the final part of works which have been undertaken by the Collie and MacKenzie Heritage Group. Their aims are to improve the area around Sligachan, the Island’s climbing capital, and celebrate the achievements and legacy of both men. Both bronze figures will be one and a half times life size, placed on a natural boulder stack looking towards the mountains they mapped and explored Much has been achieved in the area. All that is needed now is to raise the funds to build the sculpture and complete the project.


Support

Family

Flora MacDonald, great grandniece of John MacKenzie


Support

Family Mary Crabtree, great grandniece of Norman Collie


Support

Politicians

NICOLA STURGEON

FIRST MINISTER OF SCOTLAND I AM PROUD TO OFFER MY FULL SUPPORT TO THE COLLIE AND MACKENZIE HERITAGE PROJECT, WHO ARE CURRENTLY FUNDRAISING AND RAISING AWARENESS TO ERECT A NINE FOOT SCULPTURE AT SLIGACHAN ON THE ISLE OF SKYE. THE SCULPTURE WILL HONOUR SKYE – BORN JOHN MACKENZIE, SCOTLAND’S FIRST MOUNTAIN GUIDE AND HIS CLOSE FRIEND AND CLIMBING COMPANION, THE EXPLORER AND MOUNTAINEER NORMAN COLLIE. THE TWO PIONEERS ARE INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED FOR THEIR IMPRESSIVE ACHIEVEMENTS SCALING UNEXPLORED AREAS OF SCOTLAND. THESE MEN WOULD HAVE DEMONSTRATED GREAT AMOUNTS OF PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STRENGTH TO ACHIEVE THIS. WE HOPE THIS SCULPTURE WILL BE ABLE TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE IMPORTANCE OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY IN THE ENVIRONMENT AND THE POWER THIS HAS TO IMPROVE PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WELLBEING. THE COLLIE MACKENZIE HERITAGE GROUP HAVE COMMITTED THEIR EFFORTS FOR OVER A DECADE TO THE PROJECT, AND THEIR DEDICATION TO THE CAUSE CAN ONLY BE SHADOWED BY THE STRONG BOND COLLIE AND MACKENZIE HAD AND THE GREAT PEAKS THAT THE TWO MEN CONQUERED.


Support

Politicians

IAN BLACKFORD MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR ROSS, SKYE AND LOCHABER THE COLLIE MACKENZIE HERITAGE GROUP ARE VERY PROFESSIONAL IN THEIR APPROACH AND HAVE ALREADY UNDERTAKEN AND SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED A GREAT NUMBER OF PROJECTS AROUND SLIGACHAN WHILE INVOLVING SCHOOLCHILDREN AND VOLUNTEERS FROM RIGHT ACROSS THE ISLAND. WHAT A TREMENDOUS VISION THEY HAVE HAD IN DEVISING A TOURIST TRAIL THAT WILL LINK TO THE STATUE OF THESE GREAT, WORLD RENOWNED CLIMBERS AND TAKE PEOPLE ON A ROUTE WHICH WILL SHOW OFF SOME OF SKYE’S MOST BEAUTIFUL SCENERY. I KNOW THEY HAVE NOW BEEN GOING FOR TWELVE YEARS AND THAT THEIR ENTHUSIASM FOR THE PROJECT IS A STRONG AS EVER, WHICH IS REALLY HEARTENING TO SEE. I WILL DO EVERYTHING I CAN TO HELP THEM CLOSE THE FUNDING GAP AND FINALLY GET THE STATUE MADE AND PUT IN PLACE.


Support

Climbers

I have been following the great work of the Heritage Group for many years as they commemorate the achievements of John MacKenzie a local guide and indeed his friendship with mountaineering pioneer, Norman Collie. The plans for a bronze sculpture of both men to be erected at Sligachan on Skye is a great project. As a lover of Skye and its mountains and wild places for over 50 years what a fitting tribute this would be to great men of such differing backgrounds. The statue would be a superb addition to this special place. I give this project my full support and when completed with your help will be a great testimonial to those pioneers who opened up this great mountain range for future generations to share. David "Heavy" Whalley MBE. BEM

THIS IS A FABULOUS PROJECT AND IT HAS MY 100% BACKING AND SUPPORT. CHRIS BONINGTON


Support

Visitors


Support

Businesses and organisations Talisker Distillery MacLeod Estates Donald Rankin Business Services, Skye. Scottish Mountaineering Trust Galloway Mountain Rescue Team Members of the Glenelg Mountain Rescue team Blairgowrie Ramblers Association John Muir Trust Sconser Community Council Highland Council Robertson Trust Leader Heritage Lottery Isle of Skye Dry Stone Walling Association Isle of Skye Schools Clan Nicolson


The Canada connection Over the years the CMHG have fostered close ties with our Canadian cousins, given the special relationship that Norman Collie had to Canada, especially Alberta, BC, and the Rockies.


Collie made 5 expeditions in total to the Rockies, and as well as making 22 first ascents on some of the most iconic landmarks of the area, he also explored and mapped much of the terrain.


International collaboration 2018 Kelowna Art Gallery Pupils from Portree High School, Isle of Skye, Scotland, and Kelowna High School, Kelowna, BC, Canada, have been exchanging their artwork which celebrates the heritage and culture of their areas. They been focusing on work which celebrates the story of Collie and MacKenzie and their climbs in Scotland and Canada.

Pupils from Portree High School, Isle of Skye, exhibited their work alongside pupils from Kelowna High School, at Kelowna Art Gallery. BC.

Art in Action exhibition


October 2018 Exhibition in the Archive Centre Portree, Isle of Skye

The story of Collie and MacKenzie and their connection to the wider world. The exhibition will contain: Artwork from a recent collaboration between Portree High School pupils, Skye and Mt Boucherie High school, Kelowna, BC, Canada. Climbing artifacts. A maquette of the proposed sculpture. Old photographs of both men and their climbs.

The exhibition will run from 1st October till 2nd

Collie and MacKenzie with Cuillin backdrop by Sara Ossaiden aged 15


14 year old Sara Oussiaden with her painting of Collie and Mackenzie


Skye Artist and teacher Steve Tinney with a maquette of the proposed sculpture


Modern pioneer Danny Macaskill featured alongside pioneers of the past, Norman Collie and John Mackenzie


Drum which was made and decorated by Indigenous pupils of Kelowna, BC.


The vision is to see a 1.5 life size bronze sculpture of Norman Collie and John Mackenzie placed in this location

Location of sculpture


Blue circle outlines the location of the sculpture


Signage at the site


Press publicity

October 2019


November 2019 Funds raised to date


Now we need your support to help us finish the project How can you help? Our community Heritage group have raised £200,000 towards infrastructure at Sligachan, including stone walls and seating areas, a bronze relief of the Cuillin, paths, picnic tables and benches, an oak shelter and interpretation panels

In addition to this, over £ 99, 250 has been received in donations and pledges towards the sculpture, from people worldwide. The amount which remains to be raised is £17, 750. There are three ways to donate Cheque: Made payable to

send to

The Collie MacKenzie Heritage Group.

Morag Nicolson, Chairperson, The Collie MacKenzie Heritage Group, 6 Sconser, Isle of Skye, Scotland, IV48 8TD

Pay Direct: Bank Details

BACS Royal Bank of Scotland 83-26-19 acc no 00209519

Donate online:

www.skyesculpture.wordpress.com

With your help we can make history on Skye and honour two early pioneers who did much to raise the profile of Skye and the Cuillin, both at home and abroad.


Artist’s impression of the sculpture in place


Artist’s impression of the sculpture in place


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Isle of Skye sculpture project  

The story of the journey to build a sculpture of two pioneering climbers on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

Isle of Skye sculpture project  

The story of the journey to build a sculpture of two pioneering climbers on the Isle of Skye, Scotland.

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