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A cobalt duotone image of an exposed section of beach dune. There are bits of plastic string and fence embedded in the soil layers, broken and twisting outwards.

reFresh

reFresh is an exhibition and project space which accompanies the Làn-Thìde Climate Beacon Artist Commissions project, delivered in partnership with Ceòlas and Cothrom/ReStore. reFresh focusses on the resilient attitude to objects and utility in the Western Isles, with a programme of local and visiting artists delivering a vibrant series of community engaged workshops. reFresh is a working space, an information hub and an exhibition of output from the various workshops. Permanent installations include a reading table, a changing display of objects and a recycled recording booth for visitors to record messages relating to the Hebridean approach to waste, re-use, and the cultural weight of objects.

reFresh is a working space, an information hub and an exhibition of output from the various workshops.

Closing event: 6-8pm on 21.05.2022 

We are delighted to invite you to a closing event for the reFresh project with exhibition curator Rosie Blake.

For this closing party we would like to invite you to share stories about objects which have been repurposed, recycled, and reused. You are welcome to bring an object with you, or tell a story about one, or simple come along to look and listen.

If you have participated in a workshop and would like your work to be included in the exhibition, please get in touch as soon as possible!

Each reFresh commission artist faciltated part of a series of free workshops for the reFresh programme of events.

To begin the programme, artist and teacher Sue Barclay will be joined us to work with collaborative collage processes. The workshop was hosted in Taigh Chearsabhagh’s Gallery 2 on the 19th March activating the exhibition as a space of constructive and speculative dialogue. 

On Saturday the 26th of March, Studio Vans opened up their design and build space at Eabhal Business Park for a small group workshop.  The workshop ran for a full day, engaging participants in small scale plastic recycling. 

In mid-April, writer and educator Dr. Tawyna Selene Renelle and artist and educator Margaret Joan NicÌosaig worked in conversation to explore paper waste and other domestic remnants through papermaking and creative writing. The workshop was hosted in Taigh Chearsabhagh’s Gallery 2 on Saturday 16th & Sunday 17th April, to continue the momentum of making and thinking within the reFresh project space. 

Obair-làimhe / Hand-work: An introduction to hand making functional objects from waste materials.

Participants were invited to take part in one-day woodworking workshop activities lead by designer and maker, Martin Campbell

Martin engaged participants in making a range of small projects which were undertaken in the workshops. Projects included a 3 leg ‘milking stool’ or traditional Scottish ‘creepie’ seat, and a saw-horse or carpenter’s style trestle. The projects varied in skill level required and were suitable for the complete novice or those with a little more advanced woodworking ability.