Tapestry weaver Katie Russell will lead a practical weaving workshop, enabling participants to draw on the natural environment as well as Standard Incomparable, a temporary collection of 65 weavings produced by weavers in 17 countries and brought together by artist Helen Mirra. Katie will discuss her own work and will demonstrate a number of techniques during the day. She will lead a relaxed workshop in which participants can explore processes and ideas.
Yarns and frames are provided. If participants wish to bring their own frames or materials they can do so.
Sat 11 April | 10.30am – 12.30pm
Paper weaving for children
Free drop-in session for ages 4–8 years
Come and try some creative paper weaving inspired by our current exhibition of weavings during the Easter holidays. You can create your own colourful weavings using a variety of different papers and recycled materials.
Dr Fiona Hanley will lead a reading
and making workshop that takes as its
starting point a selection of poems by
San Francisco-based poet and writer Lyn
Hejinan. Hejinan has written previously
about Helen Mirra’s practice, and she
has read her own poetry in the context
of Mirra’s work on several occasions.
Fiona Hanley will introduce a selection
of Hejinian’s poems, and then lead a
process of reading and making, allowing
for reflections and connections to develop
between Mirra and Hejinian’s practices.
12 is a collective of women writers who create new work in response to one another’s writing. For CAMPLE LINE, the collective will respond to the weavings organised by artist Helen Mirra in Standard Incomparable, the ideas behind and parameters set around the artwork by Mirra, as well as to one another’s writing. This newly-commissioned writing will be brought together and shared in a collective performance which echoes the very nature of the exhibition – an undertaking that is at once collective and individual. The writers in the collective are Tessa Berring, Anne Laure Coxam, Lynn Davidson, Georgi Gill, Marjorie Lotfi Gill, Jane Goldman, Lila Matsumoto, Jane McKie, Theresa Muñoz, Em Strang, Alice Tarbuck and JL Williams.
Join us for To Earth – a performance of
discoveries by Julie Cleves and Robbie
Synge. Taking place in the gallery, Julie and
Robbie share their experiences of traversing
terrain, exploring landscapes, sitting
together and being still. To Earth is about
physical acts of cooperation and a close
companionship. With simple ambitions,
Robbie and Julie devise novel solutions
to share otherwise inaccessible time and
space together. Their actions are quiet and
personal, bold and adventurous.
Julie Cleves (London) and Robbie Synge
(Nethy Bridge) first met ten years ago after
an unsuccessful dance audition. They have
been pursuing an individual and shared
practice ever since
Dotted with drystone sheepfolds and place
names such as Lamb Cleuch, Ewe Brae,
Wether Hill and Bught Hass, the uplands on
either side of the Nith Valley resonate with
the history of centuries of sheep farming.
The wool sheared annually in the hills
once provided work for men, women and
children employed locally in woollen, linen,
spinning and waulk mills. Producing tweeds,
blankets, stockings and carpets, these
mills were once powered by water flowing
down to the Nith along its many tributaries,
including the Crawick, Carron, Scaur and