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Open Studio with Annie Peel
14:00 on 13 September 2019
Dumfries & Galloway
Join us for an Open Studio event with Annie Peel at her studio and home, Barnhillies, where she unites her two passions of art and conservation. Annie will be opening her studio / barn and welcoming people to come along for the afternoon, to view her site-specific art work, Coronach, and hear about her recent exhibition Timefield which took place at Platform arts centre (Easterhouse, Glasgow) as part of the Luminate Festival during May.
We are also delighted to welcome Margaret McCormick, visual arts & community engagement programmer at Platform arts centre, who will give a short talk on the venue’s creative projects and an insight into how the exhibition with Annie came about.
Annie graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2014, following a previous career as a journalist, editor and publisher. In February 2017 Annie undertook a week-long pilot lab at Cove Park, Argyll and Bute led by Luminate in partnership with Magnetic North which was specifically for artists who were aged 50 and over and in the early stages of a new artistic career. This sparked a collaborative project, which developed into Time Field, a cross-art collaborative installation developed by Annie and five older artists Ian Cameron, Kate Clayton, Frank McElhinney, Lesley Wilson and John Wills. The exhibition weaved together stories of memory and forgetting, of nature and ageing and drew attention to the fragility of humanity as an integral part of nature.
In her own practice Annie is inspired by the landscapes of the Galloway Hills, seeking to capture the wildness and play of light unique to this region in large abstract works. These are contrasted with vignettes and ‘found sculptures’ representing the microcosm of bio-diversity. Her own project, Coronach (Song for the Dead), is a requiem for the bird-life that once was so prolific around Barnhillies but has sadly since disappeared.
This event is free but booking is essential as numbers are limited.