Our summer of Art in Action visits got off to a great start last week with the first visits taking place in Inverness and Dumfries and Galloway.
Colin Smyth MSP (South Scotland) visited SCAN members Cample Line in Thornhill and MERZ in Sanqhuar.
At Cample Line, Colin spoke to director Tina Fiske about future plans and also got a sneak preview of forthcoming exhibitions, Double Act by David Osbaldeston and Farm Weeds by Charlie Hammond.
Colin also visited MERZ and met with founder David Rushton who shared details of how MERZ re-purposed two neglected and derelict sites in Sanquhar: the former lemonade factory and abattoir buildings, into a studio, exhibition, production and museum facility.
Colin Smyth MSP said:
“It was especially good to visit two such fantastic projects in Mid and Upper Nithsdale. Even within Dumfries and Galloway, that part of our region can be overlooked when it comes to the arts but projects such as these are a real example of art in action on our doorstep, helping to regenerate communities.”
Rhoda Grant MSP (Highlands and Islands) met with new SCAN members CIRCUS Inverness, an exciting new collective of artists and producers. Rhoda discovered how committed CIRCUS are to making contemporary art accessible to a broader Highland audience as well as supporting recent art graduates in the area.
The Circus team talked about the plans for future and how important art is for Highland life, and Rhoda viewed their very first exhibition, Parade, in the new Inverness Creative Academy exhibition space which was opening to the public later that day.
Video: Merz Workshop