The Second Sight Reading Group

3 November, 2018
– 3 November, 2018
2pm – 4pm
Waterlow Park Centre
April, Sarah Forrest, 2018. Courtesy the artist.

LUX and LUX Scotland present a reading group led by Elsa Richardson that will look at the narratives and structures of stories of second sight or An da shealladh. Literally translated from Gaelic as “the two sights”, An da shealladh is a prophetic phenomenon particular to the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, whereby certain individuals see and perceive future or distant events. For the Second Sight Reading Group, Richardson will bring together a selection of relevant texts from the 17th century to the present day. All texts will be provided on the day.

This event is presented as part of the public programme for the exhibition, BL CK B X: Sarah Forrest, April, which features a new film by Forrest commissioned as part of the 2017/18 Margaret Tait Award. April draws from her research into second sight (An da shealladh, literally translated from Gaelic, means ‘the two sights’). To this subject, she brings questions pertinent to her wider creative practice that consider appearance, perception, doubt and belief.

The exhibition is presented as a partnership between LUX and LUX Scotland, with additional support from the Hope Scott Trust.


Elsa Richardson is a cultural historian based at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Her research considers the relation of heterodox practices, beliefs and movements to mainstream society and culture, with a particular focus on the interaction between medicine and the imagination, science and the supernatural, psychology and the occult. InSecond Sight in the Nineteenth Century (2017), she examined the place of extraordinary visionary experience in the Victorian scientific and popular imaginary.


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