This saturday saw parents and children from across East Dunbartonshire take part in sculpture casting workshops with artist Marion Smith . Held at the Barony Chambers participants visited the recently launched exhibition Trails and Tales: A History of East Dunbartonshire in 110 Objects in the Auld kirk Museum. The exhibition highlights some of the work produced over the past 2 years by the T&T team as they engaged with communities across the region, exploring heritage through art. From Primary to Secondary to Nursery schools, Reading Groups, Youth groups and wide ranging community contexts artists have been taking inspiration from the EDC archives and collections to generate research, conversations and creative responses with others across EDC. This learning will inform the design and creation of a series of outdoors sculptural arts and heritage trails, across local communities in East Dunbartonshire.
Alongside the photographic documentation of the many projects and events delivered by T&T, the exhibition showcases a selection of objects curated by EDC archives and museums, showing a selection of some of the magnificent heritage associated with the towns and villages that T&T has been working with and an evolving Community timeline, which presents heritage objects suggested by the community as important and of interest.
Participants viewed the exhibition, selecting objects to draw and over the workshop, these drawings formed the basis of relief work, modelled in clay and cast in plaster. The subjects chosen ranged from a campsie ware bogle, to a pulp figure of a policeman to Roman finds, all carefully drawn and then modelled in clay before casting into plaster. Parents and grandparents and their children and grandchildren, worked together to realise the final cast pieces. 20 new castings were made in the afternoon alone – no mean feat given the technicalities of skill involved, all possible under the expert and precision organisation of Marion. The exhibition runs until the 16th July, with a further clay and plaster casting workshop planned for July 9th. To book a place you can call 0141 777 3143 or book on line. For more information, please our events and opportunities