Day of Access - Alec Finlay
14 August – 6 December
Travelling Gallery is delighted to be working with AlecFinlay to support Day of Access, a powerfulcampaign which encourages estates to open their land to allow access for peopleaffected by disability.
This autumn, Travelling Gallery will act as the campaign bus touring Day of Access across Scotland; presenting information and artworks and allowing a space for discussions. Themes of disability, access and ecological remediation are explored in Finlay’s poems and artwork.
Alec Finlay believes that everyone should have the opportunity to experience wild nature. Himself a disabled artist and poet, Finlay takes on the role of activist to work with adiverse audience to overcome limitations on access to wild nature, which can be physically and emotionally hostile to the disabled.
Alongside his own work Alec has invited other artists and poets to exhibit including Hannah Devereux, Alison Lloyd, Ken Cockburn and Mhairi Law; each bringing their own creativity and experience to the project. The work is collaboratively displayed like a scrap book or diary pinned on a garden trellis, alongside other domestic apparatus and soft furnishings, such as blankets, a clothes-horse, and hankies. Documentation from the pilot Day of Access,including work by young photographer Sam McDiarmid, will be exhibited in an art installation created by Finlay.
Alec Finlay, There Can Never be an Excess of Access, drawing on book page, 201
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