Lanark Lodge artists showcase talents at Crieff

A GROUP of artists from Berwickshire have been showcasing their talents at a special exhibition at Crieff Hydro in Perthshire which was held as part of the Association of Directors of Social Work (ADSW) annual conference.

Members of the group all access art space at Lanark Lodge, the Scottish Borders Council Day Support Services for people with a learning disability in Duns.

They were invited to take part in the exhibition by Andrew Lowe, Director of Social Work, who has just taken over as President of ADSW for the coming year.

Each artist selected a piece of work to send to Crieff that provided a true sense of their practice as a visual artist.

John Hope, Tom Kennedy, Jimmy Scott and Kenneth Wilson each exhibited a canvas while Stephen Bystry chose to display his brightly decorated pen-on-fabric T-shirt.

Also on show were Jamie Thomson’s ‘Kilt Poem No. 2’ and ‘Oor Chair’, a wood with paper collage created collaboratively by Ian Thomson, David Whitelaw Fairbairn, Kenneth Drummond, Robbie Scott and Trevor McMinn using reclaimed wood.

Shaun Carnegie’s choice was his mixed media sculpture, ‘Hand’ which he had based on the theme of balloons.

He commented: “I’ve always enjoyed balloons; playing with them, their smell, their sound.

“I wanted my artwork to include lots of colours of balloons. The top hat was being used as a prop by our drama group, so this gave me the idea of a cardboard model of the hat with balloon shards attached with glue.

“The hand was fashioned with a rubber glove that we covered with ‘modroc’ to give it rigidity before painting.

“I like the fact that the balloons are gradually melting away and decaying.”

Speaking at the exhibition, Andrew Lowe said: “I have been following these artists and their work for a number of years now and was delighted when they took up the offer to take part in the exhibition.

“Their work is a constant source of inspiration to me, both personally and professionally, and this was a well deserved opportunity for them to showcase their creativity which just goes from strength to strength.”

Councillor Frances Renton, executive member for social work (Social Care and Health) added: “It was a particular pleasure for me to see artists from my own community taking part in this exhibition alongside their peers from other parts of Scotland including Angus, Fife and Dundee.”

The group is currently working on an exhibit for Learning Disability Week which is this year taking place between June 20 and 26.