We have had a great exhibition from Jenny Gravestam and her stunning sea scapes, Jenny’s work is moving on and for the months of April and May we will be welcoming local artist Hope London who will be doing a residency at the gallery. Hope will be drawing influences from the buildings themselves and the people who have worked here over the years to create a piece of work entitled “The Bladnoch Altarpiece” for the Spring Fling event this year. Upland CIC hold their premier arts and craft open studio event, involving up to 100 artists and makers from across Dumfries and Galloway, at the end of May and we are very pleased to be involved this year.
Hope will be creating a painted triptych and using video, assemblage and music to forge a holistic piece for the Spring Fling event. There will be opportunities over the next two months to visit Hope and chat to her about her work and we will be using video and blog posts to show the progression of this exciting project.
We do have other work on show whilst Hope works away in one large corner of the gallery. The beautiful coloured monoprints by Joan Vickers are playful statements that need to be seen, we also have a mini exhibit “Spring Roses” - graphic pencil work from Caroline Edmonds and pencil portraiture from Laura Cridford. Laura is happy to take commissions.
Our plans for 2018 include a project by Hope London in the Spring, an exploration into the art of the tattoo and an exploration of the art of the motorcycle. Tattooing is an ancient and fascinating art, with a deep social history, which we hope to explore in the exhibition. Artistic expression surrounding the motorcycle can be wide and varied from the design of the machine itself to an air brushed fuel tank.
Hope London is a well-respected artist based in Wigtown who has had extensive experience with her own exhibitions and projects as well as community projects -
“Making art helps me make sense of the world. Drawing is fundamental. It’s about sustained observation, deep connection to the subject. I use whatever media a project or idea demands - murals, photographs, graphic novels, words, sound recording – which can be risky. The point is to discover meaning, and that’s worth the risk - 'The Bladnoch Altarpiece' – an exhibition of drawings, paintings and soundscape based on my two-month residency at the former Bladnoch Creamery, where people now produce music, art, stoves, metalwork and car repairs instead of dairy products. Artwork explores the site today and its connection to relics of the industrial past. Sparks will fly.”
All images © respected artists and Unit 3 Gallery. Website © Unit 3 Gallery
Unit Three Gallery, Bladnoch Bridge Estate, Wigtown, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland, DG8 9AB