Parallel Histories Re-imagined Through Everyday Objects

Australian artist Kate Scardifield responds to six Scottish local museum collections and archives in a unique touring exhibition Ley Lines currently visiting Hawick Museum.

The exhibition takes the work of Scottish Astronomer and Governor of New South Wales Thomas Brisbane as a starting point. He was one of the first astronomers to map the constellations of the southern hemisphere and in Ley Lines Kate Scardifield creates and connects new constellations. These new works include textiles, sculpture and video, made in response to Brisbane’s collected astronomical equipment and selected objects and fragments held within local collections in the Scottish Borders.

Cabinet of Evolving Propositions, Kate Scardifield

In each touring location, historic material is exchanged and arranged as new and distinct local constellations around the new commissioned works. Though diverse in function, scale and material, what unites the loaned objects across collections is visible through the traces of their making. From tool to ornament – Roman clay pot, domestic glass jar, industrial lino cutter or embroidered trade banner – physical marks of hand-production are evident.

These objects and their personal histories are re-appraised in order to unearth hidden narratives of people and places from within our museum collections. Presented through a series of cabinets, connected by re-imagined navigational lines, Scotland’s past is re-imagined through everyday objects.

The exhibition is curated by Panel in partnership with Heriot Watt University; Live Borders; Fife Contemporary; Co Create (Maggie Broadley); Falkirk Community Trust and supported in kind by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) Sydney.

See: Ley Lines
23 March – 18 May 2018
Scott Gallery, Hawick Museum, Hawick
Open: Mon-Fri 10-12 & 1-5pm, Sun & Sat 2-5pm

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