Wasps presents 'Confluence of North: Spirit of North' a group exhibition of work by artists in Scotland and Japan.
Exhibition Open: 8 - 26 Jun, Gannochy Trust Project Space, Perth Creative Exchange
Weds, Thurs and Fri 9.30 – 1pm & 2pm - 4.30pm. No appointment required.
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Confluence of North has paired up the four artists based in Scotland – Su Grierson (Perthshire), Gillian McFarland (Fife), Kyra Clegg (Fife)and Inge Panneels (Borders) – with four partners from the Spirit of North project in Japan: Maruyama Yoshiko, Takizawa Tatsushi, Asai Mariko and Maruyama Tokio. The pairs of artists have been working together for the past year, collaborating through a series of video calls, emails and exchanges of work and images.
The four Japanese artists were originally meant to visit their partners in Scotland as part of a planned exchange programme last year. However, the restrictions caused by Covid-19 meant that the eight artists had to adapt the whole project into an online exchange, which in turn prompted a new process and focus for the artists, with exhibitions in both countries.
All the work to be shown in the Perth exhibition relates to the artists’ environment, where they live, and how that can be connected to ideas of what North really means. The exhibition includes video installation about water levels; images and sculpture about food and journeys; sculpture, printed screens, painting, text and books. It will also host the first viewing of the community project Polaris, led by Perth-based Cuban artist Yunior Perdomo.
Artists from around Scotland have also been invited to speak as part of a series of video talks and events around the project, including Patricia Shone (Skye), Paul Bloomer (Shetland) and Mary Morrison (from Harris, now Borders). Dates and times will be advertised on the project website and social media.
Confluence of North has been funded by Creative Scotland, the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, The Japan Society, The Hope Scott Trust, The Jimmy Cairncross Charitable Trust, and the Perth Common Good Fund. They are supported through Wasps and An Lanntair.