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Screendance in the landscape with Katrina McPherson

This course offers participants an amazing opportunity to work with Katrina McPherson, one of the most celebrated and innovative contemporary artists who uses dance and film to create outstanding and acclaimed bodies of work.

This intensive, hands-on course will allow participants to learn directly from Katrina, taking as their inspiration the work she has produced over a 30-year career. Participants will be tutored and guided into how to incorporate film and dance with the dramatic landscape of Easdale island. Professional dancers  are provided as a resource, and participants will be encouraged to take a collaborative approach to making their work on the island. Katrina will be supported by her brother, Colin McPherson, a photographic artist whose work has been exhibited and published at home and abroad for over three decades. Participants will be supported to learn and develop practical camera and filming skills throughout the course.

We are running two courses in 2025

JUNE Arrival on Easdale: Saturday 7th June (PM)
Screendance Course: Sunday 8th until Thursday 12th June
Departure or optional extra rest day: Friday 13th June
Departure from Easdale: Saturday 14th June (AM)

JULY Arrival on Easdale: Saturday 19th July (PM)
Screendance Course: Sunday 20th until Thursday 24th July
Departure or optional extra rest day: Friday 25th July
Departure from Easdale: Saturday 26th July (AM)

What is included:

  • All teaching, guidance and encouragement.
  • Your accommodation.
    We have six bedrooms for participants, in two separate cottages, on the island. (Katrina and Colin will stay nearby in separate accommodation on the island). Each cottage has its own well-equipped kitchen, generously-sized bathroom and communal area for socialising. Both cottages have gardens, with views across the water to other nearby islands.
  • Meals.
    The following will be offered as part of the course fee: continental breakfasts on the six mornings of your stay, including day of departure. A light lunch, consisting of soup, salad, homemade bread and cheeses on each of five full days of the course. Five evening meals, which will be eaten communally. Tea, coffee and soft drinks will be provided.  All our meals are vegetarian, and we can accommodate most dietary preferences in addition. On the last evening, we recommend the short trip to a local restaurant to sample some of the finest local seafood and other produce from Argyll. This is at participants’ own discretion, but it’s well worth it and we encourage all the participants to join us for the meal.
  • We can arrange free travel to-and-from Oban, the nearest major town to Easdale island (15 miles by road). Oban has railway and bus stations and is a two-and-a-half hours drive from Glasgow airport.

What is not included:

  • Travel to and from Easdale island. You will be asked to make your own way to either Oban or down to the island and to time your arrival for the late afternoon before the day the course commences.
  • Cameras and other equipment for your use. We recommend you bring your own camera (capable of shooting video), with a small selection of lenses if appropriate, a tripod and suitable clothing for all weathers, including robust footwear. Either a laptop or external hard-drive to store footage is essential.
  • Your personal insurance. Easdale Experiences Ltd, who are facilitating the courses, have all the necessary insurance policies in place for your protection, however, we recommend you have your own travel and personal insurance in the event that you are unable to attend the course after booking, are delayed in your arrival/departure or that your equipment becomes faulty or damaged.

Further information about the course can be found on Katrina’s website or by emailing .

How to book you place:

The number of participants is limited to six per course. To secure your place, we require a small deposit which will be subtracted from your final balance, which will be due four month before the course commences. Deposit payment can be made by either bank transfer, or credit/debit card via PayPal (see below). Balance payments must be made by bank transfer (we will provide you with all the details). Please indicate at at the time of booking which date you would prefer. We will do our best to accommodate your choice, but places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.