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Monday, 24 May 2010

The Herald Arts Supplement Gallery Round Up 22/5/10

Top, Beyond Bunchrew by Robyn Kennedy, on show at the Inchmore Gallery's last hurray and bottom, the invite for the launch of Calum Stirling's new art installation at Craigieburn, a Nepalese themed garden near Moffat which signals the start of this year's Spring Fling.

Spring Fling 2010
Across Dumfries and Galloway
01387 262084
May 29-31

Next weekend sees a mass opening of artists’ and makers’ doors for the annual Spring Fling extravaganza which takes place over the three days of the bank holiday weekend.
This year, 96 artists across Dumfries and Galloway are taking part and during the weekend, various additional events will be taking place.
At Craigieburn, a Nepalese-themed garden outside Moffat, Spring Fling has commissioned a one-off public art work by the artist Calum Stirling. This opens to the public on Friday night and herald’s the official start of the festivities.
For the commission, Stirling, who has forged an international reputation since his graduation from the abovementioned Duncan of Jordanstone in 1987, has created a new installation titled Hypobaric Empyr*, which combines elements of architecture, sound and alchemy and responds directly to the unusual, culturally and geographically diverse, landscape of the five-acre garden.
Three different bus tours will take place over the three days which will take in five or more different studios along the way starting and finishing in the same location. Saturday’s tour is from Castle Douglas, Sunday’s is from Newton Stewart while Monday’s will begin and end in Dumfries. Tours cost £10.
Organisers are presenting a programme of artists’ short films in ‘hidden’ spots throughout the area and in Wigtown, Scotland’s booktown, ReadingLasses bookshop will play host to a special exhibition of artists’ books.
Spring Fling has also teamed up with writer and photographer Ronald Turnbull, to create three new walking routes between a handful of the artists and makers featuring in this year’s event.
Details for all of the above are available on the Spring Fling website.

* Fantastical crystalline expedition tent structures created under the influence of altitude euphoria

Grand Finale
Inchmore Gallery
Inchmore, Inverness
01463 831573
Wed-Sat, 10am – 5pm
From today until Friday July 17

For the last three years, the Inchmore Gallery, housed in a former Free Church building on the road between Inverness and Beauly, has become a stopping-off point for art lovers. But all good things must come to an end and sadly, its entrepreneurial owners, Fred and Gwen Black have put the gallery up for sale as they prepare for a new life in France.
The couple, who already own a home near Narbonne, have been particularly proactive in exhibiting the work of Highland artists ‘which doesn’t feature Highland cows’ over the last three years and their departure will leave a gap in the Highland art scene.
According to Gwen Black, “Inchmore Gallery has led the way in the Highlands as a template for commercial galleries to bring non-commercial work into the public domain. We’ve been committed to showing original work by both established and emerging artists but sadly, the next exhibition will be our final one as we will be closing its doors at the end of July.
A talented artist and printmaker in her own right, Gwen will feature in this valedictory exhibition, alongside gallery regulars, Robyn Kennedy, Gillian Pattinson. There will be a separate show of work by other gallery favourites, including Mark Lomax, James Adams and Jenny McLaren
“It has been a magical three years here and it has been a hard decision to leave,” adds Gwen. “But for all sorts of personal and family reasons we are moving on. I will still be living in the building until it is sold, working in the studio on my own art, teaching a few workshops and keeping a couple of the gallery rooms open, by appointment only, with some of my own work on show along with some work from a few select artists.
The gallery, which includes an apartment, is on sale at offers over £270,000. See
www.artgalleryforsale.co.uk for more details.

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