Well, we have woken up to a dreich Saturday morning but, today is the day we strip out the Selkirk venues – No. 1 Tower Street and Border Cloth, High Street. There was snow in Selkirk when we all arrived!
The shop units have not been used for a while but after a good clean (even the windows today!) and some repairs we will give them a couple of coats of white emulsion and they will be transformed. No. 1 Tower Street is a great light space with large windows to two sides, these windows will display works by Jill Watson and Natasha Smith. The space will also have work exhibited by Mary Morrison and James Wynesss’ sound piece inspired by the Eyemouth ice house.
By 5pm this evening we had transformed No. 1, the sun came out (and although showed up a few smears on our newly cleaned windows…) the space looks clear, bright and like a gallery space.
Border Cloth on the High Street is the perfect venue to exhibit the work of Catriona Taylor & Stuart Delves – there is a water supply, we can black the space out and it is large enough for the ‘tank’ so people can move around it. The windows were washed and the space swept and tidied all ready for the installation of the work.
There was great interest in the work we were doing today, many passers by stopped to ask what the shop would be and were interested to hear how it would be used. There was also alot of positive feedback about how the space was looking. We had a visit from Margaret Sweetnam who is co-ordinating the pop up shop initiative in Selkirk, she very kindly brought us tea and coffee and a wonderful bag with hand knitted family Gansey’s, old family photographs of her grandmother who was one of the last fishwives in Musselburgh. It was amazing to see her grandmother carrying her creel of fish to sell to the town houses in the New Town, Edinburgh. We are going to try and record all these ‘memories’ during the project – so much local history is coming to light in the stories people are telling.