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

Autumn 19

Alec Finlay
Day of Access

14 August – 6 December 2019

Travelling Gallery was delighted to work with Alec Finlay to support Day of Access, a powerful campaign which encourages estates to open their land to allow access for people affected by disability. 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 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 was 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, was exhibited in an art installation created by Finlay.

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Alec Finlay, There Can Never be an Excess of Access, drawing on book page, 2019