Ley Lines Exhibition

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International artist Kate Scardifield presents new work responding to and interacting with objects from the past that connect Scotland and Australia.

The School of Textiles and Design was contacted by CABN and asked to host a visit to our archive, Kate’s interest was in the society (Insurance, Farmers societies etc) and local common ridings banners and flags. We kept in touch with Kate after the initial visit and through Kate we initiated discussion with The Panel to produce exhibition pieces for Ley Lines.

Exploring their parallel histories, Ley Lines links aspects of Scotland’s unique heritage, across regional locations, connected to such colonial mapping and territory marking. For each touring location, historic material is exchanged and arranged as new and distinct local constellations around Scardifield’s commissioned works. Though diverse in function, scale and material, what unites the loaned objects across collections is visible through the traces of their making. From tool to ornament - Roman clay pot, domestic glass jar, industrial lino cutter or embroidered trade banner - physical marks of hand-production are evident. Their classification temporarily revised, Scardifield re-appraises these objects and their personal histories in order to unearth hidden narratives of people and places from within our institutional collections. Presented through a series of cabinets, connected by reimagined navigational lines, for Ley Lines, Scotland’s past is reimagined through our everyday objects.

Speaking ahead of the exhibition opening Kate Scardifield said:

'During my five-week residency I visited St Andrews, Kirkcaldy, the Scottish Borders, Ayrshire, Glasgow and Falkirk, delving into cavernous museum storage facilities. The metaphor I began to use in my thinking and that continues to underpin the conceptual rationale for this project is of each collection as its own celestial configuration, its own unique constellation of knowledge. I hope visitors to the exhibition will find space to share new, possibly untold, stories about their local area, their community and Scotland’s connection to Australia.’

Leah Black, Creative Industries Officer at Creative Scotland said: “Through Ley Lines, Panel have created an exciting opportunity to celebrate the rich cultural history shared between Australia and Scotland. This multi-disciplinary exhibition provides an opportunity to explore historical works whilst discovering Kate Scardifield’s new pieces, inspired by Scotland’s people and places.”

Curated by Panel in partnership with Heriot Watt University; Live Borders; Fife Contemporary; Co Create (Maggie Broadley); Falkirk Community Trust and supported in kind by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) Sydney, Ley Lines presents a major new commission by Australian artist Kate Scardifield in Scotland. Ley Lines is kindly supported through Creative Scotland’s Open Fund.

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