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reFresh Residency: Sue Barclay

For the reFresh exhibition, as part of Làn-Thìde, the Outer Hebrides Climate Beacon, Taigh Chearsabhagh are hosting creative residencies in partnership with Ceòlas and Cothrom/ReStore.

These residencies are questioning consumption and production, with each resident creative set to collaborate with local communities to conduct experimentation with waste materials. We will collectively develop skills and methodologies through free workshops hosted across North Uist, Benbecula, and South Uist.

Sue Barclay is a visual artist and teacher who joins us to explore waste textiles. Sue will be creating a collaborative collage artwork inspired by her time on North Uist using locally sources material waste.  

Sue has worked as a portrait, landscape and figurative painter, and in recent years she has been creating painted collage works which reflect her intuitive emotional response to her inner and outer environment. Alongside her art practice Sue teaches the Alexander Technique and Dynamic Emotional Integration®. 

For her reFresh workshop Sue will guide participants as they work individually and collectively to create their own collaborative collages using unwanted textiles, paper, card and other materials. The workshop will be hosted in Taigh Chearsabhagh’s Gallery 2, activating the exhibition as a space of constructive and speculative dialogue. 

Participants will be invited to allow their intuitive and emotional responses to their environment and life on the island to inspire these works; there will be the opportunity to explore these responses using various different mark-making and  construction techniques.  

This workshop is designed to bring a fresh perspective to the art making process; it is open to anyone who would like to participate and no previous artistic experience is needed. All that is required is to be open to the possibility of finding new ways of tuning in to your own unique and individual way of expressing yourself.

The workshop will run from 10.30am – 4pm on Saturday 19th of March, with a lunch break at 1.30pm. Hot drinks will be available to all, but the café will be closed as per winter hours. Please note that you will need to bring a packed lunch for yourself.

If you would like to join this free workshop with Sue, please book a ticket using the registration form below. 

Notice for participants

Waste and recyclable products you can collect and bring to the workshop

Any kind of textiles, paper, cardboard. This could be cardboard boxes or packaging, newspapers, magazines, unwanted photographs, string, yarn, thread, clothing, sheets … and so on.  

Be creative and bring anything you like that you think you can use, or that some one else might like to use.