It is opening day and here are the events unfolding today – come along and support contemporary art in the Borders and see how empty spaces can be regenerated and (we hope you agree) be transformed into interesting and stimulating exhibition spaces showcasing the talent of artists working in Scotland. More to follow later…
Yesterday work continued on getting No. 1 Tower Street, Selkirk prepared. Keith Alexander was joined by Lawrence Robertson of Selkirk Regeneration Company (thank you!) who have taken on the ownership of No. 1 described as ‘…the derelict shop at the foot of Tower Street. The windows have now been repaired, and we are seeking funding to renovate the inside. The long-term vision is for it to be useful community resource.’
Casting the Net artist, Natasha Smith, came in with some of her work to try out in the space so we could see how it looked in the light. No. 1 is looking dazzling with its fresh coat of white paint and there has been alot of interest from people passing and looking into the shop.
Some snaps of Natasha’s work before is it exhibited, beautifully carved into pieces of slate and sandstone. Please look at her website at http://natashastonecarving.co.uk for more of her work and have a look on our artists page to read more about Natasha’s approach to Casting the Net.
Casting the Net: Coast to Inland (from 23rd March to 6th April, 2013)
Curated by Helen Douglas & Keith Alexander
Borders Arts Trust new project for 2013 invited artists in the Borders and beyond to submit proposals for new work to be made on the theme: Casting the Net: Coast to Inland. The project will go live to the public in empty shops and industrial spaces in Eyemouth and Selkirk for two weeks in spring 2013 (proposed dates 23rd March – 6th April).
The selected and invited works will explore some aspect of our relationship with the sea and fishing: how it shapes life on the coast and impacts inland, with the potential for connections and the flow of ideas in both directions. The works will also effectively engage with the concept, the materiality of place and relevant trades/crafts and the lives of the people living in Eyemouth and the Inland Borders.
In negotiation with local regeneration bodies Borders Arts Trust have fostered links and collaborations in order to to find spaces in both towns and to match artists with appropriate people and places.
Sam Bain | Stuart Delves | Rosy Eribé | Alice Francis
Mary Morrison Kevin Peden | Natasha Smith | Catriona Taylor
Mark Timmins | Jill Watson | Lawson Wood | James Wyness