Travelling Gallery arrives at Eskmills this September

September 12th, 2019

We’re very excited to be welcoming Travelling Gallery to Eskmills this September. A unique tour bus which brings contemporary art to communities across Scotland, their autumn exhibition, Alec Finlay’s Day of Access, will be at Eskmills on Friday 27 and Saturday 28 September.

Inspired by Alec Finlay’s powerful campaign which encourages estates to open their land to allow access for people affected by disability, the new exhibition will showcase a range of photography, paintings and poetry.

The tour bus will be parked in the Eskmills courtyard (beside Crolla’s and Stuart House) over the two-day event. Both tenants and members of the public are very welcome to come along, with the exhibition open between 10am to 4pm both days.

A pilot Day of Access took place in June where Alec brought together a small group of disabled and able-bodied collaborators to test the concept. Driving at walking pace the group ascended Meall Tairneachan (a summit in the Grampian Range), shared views of Schiehallion, studied Gaelic place-names, and discussed woodland remediation – reversing the damage done to the environment.

Alec Finlay, himself a disabled artist and poet, is taking on the role of activist to work with a diverse audience to overcome limitation on access to wild nature, which can be physically and emotionally challenging. Day of Access promotes inclusion and the intention is for it to become an annual event, by popular demand, making a positive use of existing hill tracks.

Travelling Gallery will act as the campaign bus touring Day of Accessacross Scotland; presenting information and artworks and allowing a space for discussions. Documentation from the pilot Day of Access, including work by young photographer Sam McDiarmid, will be exhibited in an art installation created by Finlay. Alongside his own work, Alec has invited other artists and poets to exhibit including Hannah Devereaux, Alison Lloyd, Ken Cockburn and Mhairi Law; each bringing their own creativity and experience to the project.

Giving the people of Musselburgh and East Lothian a chance to explore the themes of disability, access and ecological remediation, the thought-provoking exhibition will add to the interesting programme of events regularly held here at Eskmills. We hope you will pop along and enjoy the exhibition later this month!

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