Archives and collections,Local social, economic, political and personal histories.All wrapped up in tissue paper and stored in brown cardboard boxes! Trevor Cromie, Artist in the Archive for East Dunbartonshire Trails and Tales project has been unpacking those boxes. He has also been making surprising connections between objects, industries and local families. This exhibition is the culmination of that creative research. The Artist in the Archives project was an idea which grew from an opportunity to look through the collections and find imaginative ways of using them to engage a wider public audience.
Through Trevor’s research, he discovered East Dunbartonshire rich industrial heritage which is represented and conserved through the archive and object collections held by EDLC. The project began with the artists particular interest in our objects and stories, the project reached out into the community through groups, meetings and events, inviting people to participate in inventive activities bringing the collections and stories to life. The final culmination of this research and engagement with local people has resulted in blackwhitegrey, an exhibition which represents original collections next to new contemporary art works which tell the personal stories of people and families connected to three local industries in living memory.
This is a fascinating display which combines traditional techniques, original objects and materials, intriguing stories of social and industrial history with contemporary design- resulting in a beautifully executed exhibition. Get along and see it – exhibition finishes on the 16th of September @ The Lillie Art Gallery, Milngavie (closed Sunday and Monday) Please see official opening photographs here and on our flickr page.