Sat, 6 July 2024 - Sun, 8 September 2024


CAMPLE LINE - Cample Mill Near Thornhill Dumfriesshire DG3 5HD

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Cost: Free

Type: Exhibition

Claire Barclay, Soft Snag, 2023, photo: Todd White, courtesy of the artist and Stephen Friedman Gallery, London

This summer, we are delighted to present RAWLESS, a new installation made for and in response to our upstairs space by Glasgow-based Claire Barclay (b. 1968, Paisley), opening 6 July 2024.  

Bringing together materials including wool fabrics, wool crewel yarn, combed wool fleece, sheepskin, lanolin, welded, forged and laser cut steel, rust, machined brass and gorse, RAWLESS will comprise a series of interrelated sculptural elements that are mindful of Cample Mill’s history as a site of local woollen yarn and textile manufacture and as a place of both labour and dwelling.  

Sheep fleece and wool processing, expressive craft disciplines, features of the local topography, handcrafts and manufacture, tools, clothing, the romanticizing and commercialisation of heritage, and the exploitation or revering of domesticated animals have all influenced Claire’s development of RAWLESS, as have the domestic proportions of our building, and the sheep grazing that continues to surround Cample itself. 

Claire has suggested: ‘I have been looking for intersections between agricultural, industrial and domestic contexts, the slippages between workplace and home and the confluences of labour and dwelling that are commonplace. And more specifically, how this is evident in objects that we make and use.’ 

RAWLESS will be Claire’s first exhibition in Dumfries and Galloway, and will be accompanied by a newly commissioned short essay by Lizzie Lloyd, a writer and Senior Lecturer in Fine Art and Art & Writing, UWE Bristol.   

Claire Barclay is represented by Stephen Friedman Gallery, London.  

With grateful thanks for Creative Scotland for their funding support.

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