SCOTLAND’S smallest art gallery - the Boat Shed Gallery at Paxton House - is host to a new exhibition which Simon Harwood rather unflatteringly titles ‘Small Aimless Protest’.
The exhibition, which can be seen until October 31, is about ways of transcribing observations of the figure, to capture something of its energy, quirkiness and elusiveness.
“I don’t have a brand,” explained Simon. “I work in open-ended, interweaving series, looking for what I don’t know, but when I find it I’ll stop and become a plumber or a consultant.
“There’s still good money, if you know where to look for it. I keep working, though, in series: reliefs, paintings about camping, bus stops and every day life. This is my first exhibition in a long time, solely about the figure.”
Simon’s exhibition has been brought to the Boat Shed Gallery through the Void Projects initiative which creates opportunities for artists to exhibit their work in galleries, unconventional spaces and site-specific locations.
Void Projects has been founded by Matthew Walmsley who, until recently, organised the Berwick Gymnasium Fellowships, Gymnasium Gallery and Granary Gallery in Berwick.
His sculpture, inspired by the upturned coble fishing boats on Lindisfarne that are used as sheds by fishermen to store nets and other equipment, houses the new exhibition, which is launched on Sunday.