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New exhibition – edge @ Verdant Works
An exhibition inspired by the history of the jute industry in Dundee
21 January – 23 April 2017 Verdant Works, West Henderson's Wynd, Dundee DD1 5BT
Insight and Inspiration – artists’ exhibition statements from edge @ Verdant Works
Photographs from Verdant Works archives showed female weavers with bobbins of jute thread hanging from their waists. This was my starting point.
It’s a black and white image, massively enlarged and drawing you into the drabness and poverty of their lives. But, looking again, I saw friendship and smiles. What was it that gave those women their spirit and strength of character?
I was also struck by the fact that armies, soldiers and civilians alike continue to use jute sandbags as a form of protection, as they have been doing since at least the late 18th century...
In my piece there are elements of my memories of Dundee where I lived as a student when the city was changing greatly.
Strands of Time, Edinburgh 2016
Alison King, the first chairperson of edge, had the unenviable task of curating the best examples from some of our previous exhibitions for Gallery 1 of Strands of Time (exhibited in Edinburgh 2016). She and Rosemary Campbell selected work that
Gallery 2 of Strands of Time aimed to inspire with present work from ‘edge’ members. This room was curated by two of our current members – Jennifer Hamshere and Wilma Graham. They wanted to showcase the range of current diverse
Gallery 3 – edge’s intriguing future, curated by Kim Gunn and Ali Ferguson. This exciting inspirational space highlighted how members are edge-ing their way forward and how the group is open to new work from people interested in joining. We