September 26, 2014
“This Beloved Earth” from the poem “For Instance” by Denise Levertov
This exhibition comes about as a direct result of a short residency at The Barony Centre in September 2013, when Ewan Balfour (Shetland), Lise Bech (Denmark/Ayrshire), Mary Butcher (England), Carlos Fontales (Spain), Joe Hogan (Ireland) and Barbara Ridland (Shetland) spent a weekend ‘hanging out’; having conversations, ‘playing’ with weave using natural and found materials and sharing skills via drop in workshops open to the public. Lise and Barbara spent a further 4 days talking and working through ideas for further exploration.
Lois Walpole (South West France/Shetland), who had wanted to be part of last years’ residency but was unable to attend, will complete this group of internationally renowned practitioners. It is planned to host another residency and series of education and master-class workshops throughout the period of the exhibition.
December 5, 2014
This is a rare opportunity to see two of Scotland's outstanding collections of Silverware, created by Scottish Silversmiths, exhibited together.
Silver of the Stars
"Silver of the Stars"pairs ten international celebrities in the fields of film, fashion, music, theatre and literature, with ten of Scotland's finest silversmiths. Each pair has collaborated on the design for a piece of silver on that most beautiful moment, "a drink with a close friend", resulting in a hugely varied collection of drinking vessels that ranges from absinthe goblets to teapots to claret jugs.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a childrens’ and Youths’ education programme, masterclasses and artist talks and may include a commissioned piece to celebrate Scottish silversmithing. Marion E Kane, one of the S of S silversmiths, has a studio in West Kilbride; Marion was paired with celebrity Ewan McGregor and made an amazing Coffee Pot, Mug and Cream Jug. The motorbike handles that feature on both the mug and the coffee pot remind Ewan of his incredible journey around the world on his BMW we’re delighted the pieces will return to West Kilbride as part of this exhibition. Another local resident, Nicola Benedetti, was one of the other celebrities who featured in this exhibition. Paired with silversmith Roger Millar, who has supported Craft Town Scotland since its beginnings, Nicola’s pieces are a silver hot chocolate pot and mugs inspired by an imagined meeting between Nicola and Nelson Mandela at the peak of Cairn Gorm.
The Millennium Collection for Bute House
The Millennium Collection for Bute House features an eclectic collection of contemporary silver created by fifteen of Scotland’s top silversmiths. Originally commissioned to celebrate the founding of the Scottish Parliament, these works are now the official collection of state silver used at the Edinburgh residence of the First Minister of Scotland. Outstanding design and meticulous craftsmanship reflect the individuality of each participating artist.