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Travelling Gallery’s Season Three Tour: A Fresh Approach to Art and Environment

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The Traveling Gallery is excited to unveil its third season tour, marking the culmination of its 2023 program.

This tour pioneers a fresh approach to travelling exhibitions, placing environmental considerations and community collaborations at the forefront of its mission.

Season three hits the road this Friday (15 September 2023) with the first stop at Edinburgh’s Calton Hill which launches the group show Take Care, exploring our relationship to the non-human things we care for in an often-isolated society.

Artists include Uma Breakdown, Gwenan Davies, Ellie Kyungran Heo, Laura Wilson, and Joy Baek with Sculpture Placement Group.

Working across a variety of mediums the artworks in the exhibition look at everything from the intimacy of baking, where artist Laura Wilson’s new video, You would almost expect to find it Warm, presents growing, gloopy, fresh dough as a living organism that is alive with yeast, to the humble house plant where Ellie Kyungran Heo’s moving image work, Plantarians: appendix, explores our care of house plants asking, “Why is it that we place a plant in a pot, constricting its ability to grow and occupy physical space?”.

Continuing our relationship to non-human things, artist Uma Breakdown presents their video game Animal Agency.The multi-layered click and point game invites the player to work with animal-like creatures to move between a number of rooms and spaces. Gwenan Davies’ paintings then explore our ‘in-between’ times as she observes the ritual and social function of the coffee break, turning a sea of abandoned coffee cups into a surreal landscape.

Finally,  Travelling Gallery collaborates with Sculpture Placement Group (SPG) to exhibit the sculpture, Here, My waiting by Joy Baek, from their Loan scheme. The SPG Loan scheme works with artists to extend the life-cycle of artworks that are currently in long-term storage, allowing people to care for and enjoy an artwork, often outside of a gallery context.

Launching in Edinburgh on Calton Hill this weekend, the exhibition will tour the following locations:

  • Stirling University, in partnership with Stirling University
  • West Lothian College, in partnership with West Lothian College
  • North Ayrshire, in partnership with North Ayrshire Council
  • East Ayrshire, in partnership with East Ayrshire Council
  • South Ayrshire, in partnership with South Ayrshire Council
  • Inverclyde, in partnership with RIG Arts
  • Dumfries & Galloway, in partnership with The Stove Network

Visit Travelling Gallery’s website for more details https://travellinggallery.com/current-exhibition/

“It’s brilliant to see that the final period of the Travelling Gallery’s 2023 programme will be launching at Calton Hill.

“It is so important to make art and culture as accessible to all, and through our ongoing support of the Travelling Gallery, art is brought straight into the hearts of town centres across Scotland. I hope everyone takes the opportunity to pay the spring exhibition a visit.

“Here in Edinburgh through our Citywide Cultural Strategy 2023-2030, we are determined that our residents will be able to easily access a variety of cultural activities.”

Culture and Communities Convener, Councillor Val Walker

“The great thing about a group show is that you can include different artists working in a variety of mediums from across Scotland and beyond.

“It’s been a pleasure working with this group of artists and I’m really excited to take their work on a tour across the Ayrshires and Dumfries and Galloway, allowing access to art for all.”

Claire Craig, Curator of Travelling Gallery

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