The Travelling Gallery Scottish Arts Council Edinburgh Council Scottish Arts Council Lottery Funded

Autumn 08

23rd August - 5th December 2008

ON EDGE was a group exhibition of artists whose varied work explores activities and issues relating to the sea or coastline. The exhibition included film, photography, sculpture, sound and drawing.

French artist Celine Duval exhibited her mesmerising work 'Horizons IV', recently shown at Glasgow International Art Festival. Her projected sequence of hundreds of photographs shows people enjoying the seaside where the horizon ebbs and flows in time with the sea.

Thomas Joshua Cooper
showed his incredible photographs from the The World's Edge series including an image of Diamond Rock near Findhorn. Also, Michael Mersinis, a recent  graduate from Glasgow School of Art and a student of Thomas Joshua Cooper, exhibited  work exploring coastlines and islands and the space in between.

The exhibition also included two works by duo Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion. 'The Pressure of Spring' is a film commissioned by Channel Four Television and features young people from the north east coast of Scotland in their working and leisure environments showing how close a connection they have to the sea.

Artist t s Beall showed a fascinating short film shot on the ferry from Fionnphort on Mull to Iona and Charlotte Watters installed a  wall drawing specially created for the unique Travelling Gallery space.

The gallery toured throughout Scotland with ON EDGE, visiting 75 different venues over 15 weeks. Here are some of the comments from visitors to the gallery:

"Beautiful and thoughtful exhibition" Visitor at City Art Centre, Edinburgh

"Interesting, frustrating and eye-opening. Enjoyed the variety"
Visitor, Helensburgh Library

"I love this bus! I didn't want to leave!I want to try and do my own sketchbook!"  Pupil, Montrose Academy

" Very unusual, and helped give ideas for combining things such as sound and images, and much more." Pupil, Whitburn Academy

"More fun than any gallery I have ever seen!" Pupil, Eyemouth Primary School

"I really felt like I was moving on a boat!" Visitor, Strachur Memorial Hall

You can also read Catriona Black's review of the exhibition, from the Sunday Herald, here.

The exhibition was complemented by an education programme, which included an education resource pack for each venue, as well as 14 artist-led workshops, with groups ranging from art clubs to a nursery for the under 3's. Every visitor to the bus received a free booklet about the exhibition. If you'd like a copy of the booklet please send us an email.

Top Image: 'Horizons IV' - Celine Duval (installation view)
Second Image: 'Diamond Rock, Findhorn, NE Scotland' - Thomas Joshua Cooper, 1997 (geletin silver print) Courtesy Haunch of Venison Gallery
Third image:Workshop at Oban High School
Fourth Image: 'The Pressure of Spring' - Dalziel and Scullion (video still)
Fifth Image: Courtesy Zvonko Kracun and Dumfries and Galloway Council Creative Arts Team
Bottom Image: Workshop at Cockenzie Primary School

You can download the full itinerary and visitor figures and the Scottish Arts Council's assessment of the exhibition, below:

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