An Trusadh | A Gathering – Rachel Duckhouse


  • Date
  • Venue Gallery 1
  • Event Types Arts, Environment, Exhibition, Heritage, Visual Arts

Trusadh | A Gathering is an exhibition of new work by Rachel Duckhouse, made in response to her RSA Residencies for Scotland residency in the summer of 2019. She walked the 156 miles of the Hebridean Way, from Vatersay to Stornoway, then spent two weeks in the studio at Taigh Chearsabhagh in Lochmaddy, North Uist, reflecting on her experience of the landscape.

The twelve pen and ink drawings and two copper plate etchings are developed from initial sketchbook drawings she made whilst at Taigh Chearsabhagh. She became fascinated by the crofting architecture she came across on her walk and its relationship to the landscape, social history, and the threat of future sea level rises in these low-lying islands.  She was particularly captivated by the sheep fanks, stepping stones and carraidh (fish traps) made by countless crofters over the generations, especially after she was invited to join a gathering of sheep in North Uist by local crofter Alastair MacDonald and his son Sam.

She had intended to develop her sketchbook drawings into a series of small and large scale etchings for this exhibition. She printed two small copper plate etchings, and was starting work on larger scale prints when Glasgow Print Studio was closed due to the lockdown restrictions of the Covid 19 pandemic. From then she began drawing at home, using just pen and paper. Her dislocation from her usual working environment, her changed relationship to the world outside, and her heightened sense of connection and disconnection to the islands greatly influenced the resulting works.

Her abstracted, geometric drawings of the landscapes she walked through are based on memories of her brief time on the islands, and North Uist in particular, and on the connections between physical presence and memory, in the past, present and future.

All works are for sale via online shop.

Lochmaddy Fank I Pen and ink drawing
Lochmaddy Fank I (Pen and ink drawing 46.5cm x 36.5cm £1200 unframed/£1260 framed)
Lochmaddy Fank I drawing by Rachel Duckhouse
Lochmaddy Fank I (Pen and ink drawing 46.5cm x 36.5cm £1200 unframed/£1260 framed)

 

Eriskay Fank I
Eriskay Fank I (Pen and ink drawing 31cm x 27cm £700 unframed/£750 framed)
Eriskay Fank II
Eriskay Fank II (Pen and ink drawing 31cm x 27cm £700 unframed/£750 framed)

 

Eriskay Fank III
Eriskay Fank III (Pen and ink drawing 31cm x 27cm £700 unframed/£750 framed)
Eriskay Fank IV
Eriskay Fank IV (Pen and ink drawing 31cm x 27cm £700 unframed/£750 framed)

 

Balallan Fank
Balallan Fank (Pen and ink drawing 65.5cm x 51cm £1500 unframed/£1580 framed)

 

Carraidh at Lochmaddy I
Carraidh at Lochmaddy I (Pen and ink drawing 30cm x 32cm £700 unframed/£750 framed)
Carraidh at Lochmaddy II
Carraidh at Lochmaddy II (Pen and ink drawing 30cm x 32cm £700 unframed/£750 framed)

 

Carraidh at Lochmaddy III
Carraidh at Lochmaddy III
(Pen and ink drawing
30cm x 32cm
£700 unframed/£750 framed)
Carraidh at Lochmaddy IV
Carraidh at Lochmaddy IV (Pen and ink drawing 30cm x 32cm £700 unframed/£750 framed)

 

North Uist Sketchbook I
North Uist Sketchbook I (Etching 35.5cm x 30cm £300 unframed/£350 framed)
North Uist Sketchbook II
North Uist Sketchbook II (Etching 35.5cm x 30cm £300 unframed/£350 framed)

 

Stepping Stones at Loch Euphoirt drawing by Rachel Duckhouse
Stepping Stones at Loch Euphoirt (Pen and ink drawing 65.5cm x 51cm £1500 unframed/£1580 framed)