Deceptively named after a large trough used by herring gutters, Farlin is an exhibition of collaborative new work by sixteen makers and makars from Fife and Shetland.
The name reflects the fishing heritage, particularly herring, shared by both areas and indicates the idea of exchange which took place over the last year.
Randomly-paired poets (makars) and craft artists (makers) used email, skype, social media and the postal service to create a virtual creative community, sending each other influences through the forms they make, a shared theme, their materials, or a line from a poem. In the exhibition you can see the process of inspirational exchanges and the way different pairs of artists have developed new ideas.
Their geographical and artistic exchanges resulted in new texts, jewellery and textile based work. In some cases they have become caught up in their partner’s artform. Bruce Eunson for example has mounted his printed poems to complement Molly Ginnelly’s display of jewellery, Christian Tait has responded to Dianne King’s jewellery by creating her own pebble necklace from paper and Sarah Riley has translated Joan Lennon’s poems into her local Shetland dialect.
Herring can also be seen as an influence in Dags by Diane Garrick with words by Maureen Sangster, dags were cuffs or sleeves worn by herring gutters to protect their clothes.
The project and exhibition is a collaboration between Fife Contemporary Art & Craft, Shetland Arts and StAnza, Scotland’s International Poetry Festival.See: Farlin
Until 27 April 2013
St Andrews Town Hall foyer, Queen’s Gardens, St Andrews, KY16 9TA
Open week days 10am-5pm