Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Winter Warth 2009 at the Park Gallery

Winter Warmth 2009
Saturday 31 October – Thursday 31 December 2009 at theparkgallery and Callendar House, Callendar Park, Falkirk

Now in its fifth year, Winter Warmth 2009 will focus on textile design, in all its forms. It will highlight contemporary textile design and the original and innovative use of textile materials and techniques in all areas of applied arts and crafts. A unique and tantalising array of work will be on show from sixty artists from the UK and beyond.

This year’s exhibition will be a rich, colourful and vibrant showcase of textile practices; including modern and quirky embroidery sculptures, felt flowers and insects, knitted animation, patchwork birds, crocheted ceramics, silk and corduroy quilted tapestries, woolly toys, tweed jewellery, organic cotton cushions, velvet handbags and linen cards.

This exhibition includes work by artists at the forefront of their practice. For example:

Michael Brennand–Wood is internationally regarded as one of the most innovative and inspiring artists working in textiles. His recent work is inspired by traditions of floral imagery which have utilised computerised machine embroidery, acrylic paint, wood, glass and collage. Michael’s work can be seen all over the world, including in the Victoria and Albert Museum, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, in Japan and the National Gallery of Australia. He was appointed Visiting Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2005 and is Research Fellow at the University of Ulster.

Aberdeen artist Donna Wilson is one of Scotland’s most notable young textile designers. She will exhibit an installation of her playful and bright knitted creatures and toys that are inspired by the everyday oddities and deformities of life.
A graduate of Glasgow School of Art Deirdre Nelson’s textile work employs a variety of techniques and materials fusing traditional textile skills and contemporary reinterpretation through photography and digital manipulation. She has been artist in residence in a variety of locations from Sutherland, Outer Hebrides to Western Australia, creating work for exhibitions and with local communities. She has recently been selected for the Jerwood Contemporary Makers award.

Abigail Brown’s work is instantly endearing and full of childhood charm, she makes beautifully crafted bird sculptures with scraps of materials and eccentric hand stitching. Stirling based artist Iona Crawford, is described by Vogue magazine as "one of the most avant-garde young fashion designers emerging today".

Claire Moynihan a recent textile graduate from the University of Hertfordshire creates hand embroidered artistic insects in felt balls as part of her entomological collection, using local and sustainable alpaca wool. Her work can currently be seen in London at Paul Smith's and it will be in Liberty's from the end of September.

French artist Ode Marie and is now based in London, she explores handicraft techniques such as knitting, crochet and embroidery to create colourful three dimensional sculptures and fashionable pieces of jewellery. Sarah Symes grew up in the UK and is currently living in California; she creates her unique textile abstract tapestries from scratch, hand-dyeing different colours of cloth for each piece before cutting, stitching, and layering the entire composition together. She won the Best of Show prize at the Los Angeles Art Association last year.

“We’re tremendously excited about this new exhibition of textile design at the Park Gallery and Callendar House. All work is for sale and available to take away. It will be a great opportunity to see innovative artwork of the highest standard, and will provide an irresistible choice if you’re looking for unique ideas for your Christmas shopping,” says Gillian Smith, Arts Development Officer.

The Park Gallery and Callendar House opening hours from October: Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm/ Admission is free, all welcome!

Participating Artists

Max Alexander
Harriet Appleby
Maggie Ayres
Michael Brennand - Wood
Claire Brown
Abigail Brown
Annette Bugansky
Janet Clarke
Pauline Coddington
Sylvia Corsie
Iona Crawford
Kandy Diamond
Anna Divers
Victoria Evans
Betty Fraser Myerscough
Midge Gourlay
Anita Hutchison
Wendy Inkster
Jo Jack
Samantha Jack
Gourlay Jenkins
Rebecca Johnston
Louise Kirby
Vikki Lafford
Ruth Lee
Stephanie Liddle
Ode Marie
Sheena May
Paola McClure
Lyndsay McFarlane
Angharad McLaren
Carol Meldrum
Claire Moynihan
Pringle & Murray
Joanna Neil
Deirdre Nelson
Agnieszka Niciak-Marciniak
Clare Nicolson
Louise Oppenheimer
Sue Rankine
Marilyn Rattray
Ebba Redman
Mouse and Bean
Jenny Sweetnam
Sarah Symes
Annette Tait
Moira Third
Lucy Turner
Morag Tweedie
Allison Weightman
Donna Wilson
Nicola Wilson
Sylvia Woodford
Shona Young

Friday, 9 October 2009

From James Trust, United Kingdom
I'm disappointed that the Labour/ Tory administration has forced through the closure of The Park Gallery in Falkirk, which was a wee cultural jewel in Falkirk district. The culprits who voted for its closure were: Cllr Linda Gow (Labour) ,Cllr Alex Waddell (Independent Labour), Cllr Craig Martin (Labour), Provost Pat Reid (Labour), Depute Provost Allyson Black(Labour), Cllr Charles MacDonald (Labour)|,Cllr Craig R Martin(Labour),Cllr Gerry Goldie (Labour), Cllr John Patrick (Conservative),Cllr Joe Lemetti (Labour),Cllr Adrian Mahoney (Labour) Cllr Billy Buchanan (Independent) Cllr Malcolm Nicol (Conservative), Cllr Alan Nimmo (Labour). Philistines one and all!


Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Exclusive - A new play by Falkirk Writer Alan Bisset

Come along to the exclusive first performance of the one - woman show


Written and performed by Alan Bissett

Author of Boyracers and The Incredible Adam Spark

Directed by Sacha Kyle Winner of Arches New Director Award 09

Friday 6th March doors at 7.30pm @ the Glen Club, Glen Village, Hallglen

£3 entry

All proceeds going to Hallglen Primary School

Warning : Content not suitable for children

Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Rabbie Burns in Falkirk

Dan Mailer has written a piece for the next edition of the Village Voice Magazine, VV5, about the time The Bard spent the night in Falkirk and wrote a poem as a result of his visit. We are in the process of finding out which one...

In the meantime here's a photograph, taken by Helen Beurskens, of the plaque that marks the spot where he stayed the night, 25th August 1787, at the East end of the High Street.

Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Calendar Park in the Snow

Here's some lovely photos of the recent snow in Calendar Park taken from Symon Tower, by Catherine Anderson. Beautiful!!

Calendar Pics from Virginia, USA

A photograph sent to us from Forest, VA, USA by Mrs L. Boswell.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

More Calendar pics

More pictures of the Calendar in situ.... with thanks to Westend Cabinetmakers, Glasgow; Walter Simms, Designer,Callendar House: Gillian Smith, Community Engagement, Martin Richmond in Security, Elaine Craig Arts Development Officer for Music, Callendar House.

Yvonne's Kitchen

Here's an image of the Calendar in the kitchen of Yvonne Cieslar. Yvonne has recently moved to the Callendar High Flats and joined the Village Voice group, she featured in the October page of the Calendar modelling the Tank top made by Mandy McIntosh.

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Here's an image of the Calendar up in the office of Ruth Barker, who organises the PARS website. We have been contributing to a blog for PublicArtScotland over the last year at www.publicartscotland.com

The Calendar in California

Here's an image sent by Alex from California, he's been in San Fran again.

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

Calendar Pics - In Situ

Here's a picture of the Calendar up on the notice-board of Richard Higlett an artist based in Cardiff. (www.richardhiglett.com)
It would be great to get more images of any other Calendars now they have been sent out, so if you have received one, please take a photo and send a jpeg image to janienicoll@yahoo.co.uk. We'll include them in the next edition of the Village Voice magazine due out in February, or on the website.www.vvgroup-falkirk.org. Thanks !!

The TWINS Calendar

The TWINS Calendar 2009 has been distributed to every flat in the Callendar Park High Flats, featuring the work of 12 Scottish Artists as listed below. Each artist has been teamed up with a resident or with a member of the Village Voice group. The artworks were photographed in the home of each resident and also contain a selection of Scottish Recipes. We hope the Calendar will be a useful as well as an interesting household item.

JANUARY Alex Hetherington Judy Beattie
FEBRUARY Amy Marletta Irene Dickson
MARCH Cath Whippey Ann Miller
APRIL Hanneline Visnes Marion McLuckie
MAY Jim Colquhoun Dan Mailer
JUNE James McLardy Mary Johnston
JULY Janie Nicoll Isabel Johnston
AUGUST Kenny Hunter Helen Young
SEPTEMBER Lindsay Perth Helen Beurskens
OCTOBER Mandy McIntosh Yvonne Cieslar
NOVEMBER Rachel Mimiec Catherine Anderson
DECEMBER Tommy Grace Chris Smith

Information about the Artists

JANUARY Alex Hetherington
“Campaign For A Hollywood Walk of Fame In Falkirk 2009”


FEBRUARY Amy Marletta
'Untitled'. Video Projection, Gold Shoes.

Amy Marletta is a visual artist based in Glasgow. Her work is multi disciplinary involving video, performance, music and collage. Amy graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee in 2002 and since then has exhibited at home and abroad. She is currently undertaking a Masters of Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art.

MARCH Cath Whippey

Cath Whippey aims to create magical and fascinating moments. In recent work she has explored metamorphosis, transformation and change through masks, worn items, sculpture and animation and video pieces. These are often experienced as temporary projects in public spaces, including projection and installation, in gallery exhibition and at artists’ film and video events.


APRIL Hanneline Visnes

“The Spoonmakers Diamond” Oil on Board, 29 x 25 cm

Hanneline was born in Bergen, Norway but lives and works in Glasgow. She gained a BA and MFA from Glasgow School of Art . She has exhibited widely in Britain and abroad and is represented by Doggerfisher Gallery, Edinburgh.

MAY Jim Colquhoun

'A State of Nature' Poster work

Jim Colquhoun is an artist and writer based in Glasgow. His work seeks to negotiate the boundaries between art and life, waking and dreaming, fiction and fact. To this end he produces drawings, installations, performances and texts. He has shown recently in Edinburgh, Copenhagen, New York, Akureyri and Glasgow.

JUNE James McLardy

'Grand Parallel’ Tufa, Wood, Foam

James McLardy's work encompasses drawing, video and sculpture, which he combines in order to observe and arrange objects to suggest their gesture, narrative and authenticity. Recent sculptures bring together modern materials like MDF and silicon sealant with traditional methods and materials like wood carving, bronze casting and Tufa


JULY Janie Nicoll

“Family History”

Installation, bed and digital projection of slide images.
Janie Nicoll generally uses photography and installation to make artworks. This digital projection was made using slides taken by Isobel’s late husband during the sixties and seventies. These had been left in a box, unseen for decades. They were scanned and made into a single digital image and projected, imitating the original slides.

AUGUST Kenny Hunter

"Out on the rolling Sea". Resin, paint, wooden roof shingle. 2008

Born in Edinburgh in 1962, Kenny Hunter studied sculpture at Glasgow School of Art between 1983 and 1987. He has exhibited extensively in Britain and Abroad including solo exhibitions at Arnolfini 1998, Scottish National Portrait Gallery 2000, CCA 2003 , Yorkshire Sculpture Park 2006 and Tramway, 2008. Hunter has also created a number of high profile, commissioned works in Scotland including; Cherub/Skull, 1997 for the Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Man walks among us, 2000, for Glasgow Museums, Youth with split apple, 2005 for Kings College, Aberdeen and Citizen Firefighter, 2001, outside Glasgow’s Central Station. Kenny Hunter lives and works in Glasgow.

SEPTEMBER Lindsay Perth

“Doorways” video work

Lindsay Perth is a Canadian born artist, who has lived in Scotland since 1986. A graduate from Duncan of Jordanstone in BFA Printmaking and PostDip Electronic Imaging, Perth’s artwork is often motivated by collaborative art processes. Many of her artworks engage with diverse social groups and individuals. Although predominantly but not defined by media based work, her approach is interdisciplinary and includes screen-based work, installation, photography and performance. She is currently artist-in-residence for Street Level Photowork's Collaborative Arts project, Multi-story.

OCTOBER Mandy McIntosh

Tank Top

Mandy McIntosh is a Glasgow based artist who uses an array of media: animation, video and knitting in the development of her projects. Employing a variety of methods McIntosh’s work often responds to particular social, historical and geographical contexts. Mandy has recently been featured in the book “Knit Knit, Knitting's New Wave”.


NOVEMBER Rachel Mimiec

“Moon Leaves” Aluminium leaves

Rachel Mimiec is an artist who works with people in communities, while also developing and exhibiting her own work. Her most recent exhibition was at Tramway in Glasgow and was the result of a residency in The Hidden Gardens.


DECEMBER Tommy Grace

“Fifteen Easy Pieces” Oil on Canvas

Tommy Grace's work is a play of opposites, balancing tight draftsmanship with messy gesture. Previous paintings present imagined ruins, meticulously drawn from Classical architecture but swimming beneath the random stains of Rorschach inkblots, or exquisite geometric patterns skilfully corralled from a testing combination of red wine and blotting paper. Taking the disposable detritus of our everyday, consumer-driven lives and playfully combining it with historical reference, Grace explores the legacy and lifespan of things, considering current visual culture through that of the past.

“Fifteen Easy Pieces” casts a realist eye across the scant remains of a dinner party and a chance display of abstract mini-masterpieces.


Friday, 12 December 2008

Artworks by Lindsay Perth, Mandy McIntosh and Kenny Hunter.

TWINS Calendar Project

Artworks by Tommy Grace, Rachel Mimiec, Hanneline Visnes, Amy Marletta, Alex Hetherington

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Artworks by James McLardy, Janie Nicoll, Jim Colquhoun, and Cath Whippey.

The TWINS Calendar 2009 will shortly be available, featuring the work of 12 Scottish Artists as listed below. Each artist has been teamed up with a resident of the High Flats or with a member of the Village Voice group. The artworks were photographed in the home of each resident and also contain a selection of Scottish Recipes. We hope the Calendar will be a useful as well as an interesting household item. The Calendar will be distributed for free to every household in the High Flats.

Alex Hetherington
Amy Marletta
Cath Whippey
Hanneline Visnes
Jim Colquhoun
James McLardy
Janie Nicoll
Kenny Hunter
Lindsay Perth
Mandy Mcintosh
Rachel Mimiec
Tommy Grace

Anyone wishing to obtain a copy please send a cheque for £5.00 per copy made out to Falkirk Council; to Gillian Smith, Callendar House, Callendar Park, Falkirk FK1 1YR, along with a delivery address.

Wednesday, 15 October 2008


Gallery of Modern Art Edinburgh and the Dean Gallery, Edinburgh.

On Tuesday the group made a trip through to Edinburgh to visit the Gallery of Modern Art at Belford Road, where we saw the collection and the Tracey Emin exhibition. The group really enjoyed seeing "Landform" by Charles Jenks and seeing the sculptures in the grounds. Tracey Emin's show was very impressive and although it might not have been everyone's 'cup of tea', everyone agreed it was interesting to see.

Then we went to the Dean Gallery situated directly across the road, which houses further collections including The Surrealists and Eduardo Paulozzi. We also saw works by Scottish artists Alan Davie, from Grangemouth and Anne Redpath, and John Bellany from Port Seton who all trained in the painting department at Edinburgh College of Art.

Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Amy Marletta

Amy Marletta came out to Falkirk on Tuesday to give the Village Voice group a presentation about her artworks and it was really good to see her images and hear her talking about residencies she's done at Generator Projects in Dundee and at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in Lumsden, Aberdeenshire. She is part of an artist collective called Ganghut and they have been making collaborative projects in Scotland and internationally. Last year they resurrected the Lumsden Gala Day as part of their residency, which was a great success, and they are currently in the process of setting up an exhibition space there, which opens soon.

The group really enjoyed meeting Amy and hearing about her practice. She's just started on the Master of Fine Art Course at Glasgow School of Art and we will be including her work in the Twinning Project. We would like to thank Amy for travelling out despite the train strike, there's perseverance for you ! Also thanks to Irene for allowing us up to check out her flat in Leishman Tower. (Thanks again Irene!!)

Sunday, 5 October 2008

Alan Bissett Book Reading on Tuesday

Alan Bissett will be doing a book readi​ng at The Den on Manor​ Stree​t (the one with Mosca​rdini​s)​ in Falki​rk this Tues 7th October at 7.​30pm . Alan is Falkirk's answer to Irvine Welsh, and wrote The Incredible Adam Spark and Boyracers, both written from a very "Fa'kirk" perspective. He is a very entertaining and well worth checking out.

Check out his MySpace at http://www.myspace.com/alanbissett
or his website at www.alanbissett.com/

Thursday, 2 October 2008

John Houston - Scottish Painter

Yesterday I heard the sad news that John Houston passed away a few days ago. He was one of Scotland’s best known Landscape Painters, having forged a career over fifty years and developed a confident style and a huge preoccupation with the Scottish Landscape that saw him exhibit nationally and internationally. He was my Fourth Year Lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art, and definitely one of the best lecturers I encountered during my time there. He was one of the old guard of painters, along with David Michie (son of Ann Redpath), who had certainly found their own voice when it came to painting. He was always quite forthright about his opinions and although I didn’t always entirely agree with him, I always respected what he had to say.

In the years after Art College, after leaving Edinburgh and moving to Glasgow, I used to see him at Glasgow Print Studio where he would come through to make prints, quite often accompanied by his wife Elizabeth Blackadder. They were a very unassuming couple despite the success they had achieved between them, and John still liked to give me words of advice along the lines of “Stick with the painting” which I waywardly chose to ignore at that point in my life.

There are certain people whose star shines brightly while they are on this planet and maybe we take their brightness for granted while it burns. I am thinking of another artist of my own age group, Paul Carter, who died recently and who also taught at Edinburgh College of Art. Both these men have given much to the Scottish art scene through their artwork and their influence. Ironically, maybe it is only when these stars have gone out that we really realise the light from which we have all benefited.

Rest In Peace.

Friday, 26 September 2008

Piece from the San Francisco Chronicle, Anne Colvin at New Langton Arts

Between 7-11 tonight, New Langton Arts in San Francisco will inaugurate a program devised by Bay Area artist Anne Colvin titled "The Colony Room: Anne Colvin and Guests."

Each Friday and Saturday night through Nov. 6, Colvin will host a different performance event or screening. Future guests will include the band Rubber O Cement, writers Bill Berkson and Emily Wilson, and performance innovators Tim Etchells and Alex Hetherington.

The inaugural evening commemorates San Francisco conceptual artist Tom Marioni's milestone "relational" work, begun in the 1970s, "The Act of Drinking Beer With Friends is the Highest Form of Art," which took the form of sporadic get-togethers among art world comrades and invited guests.

At 8 tonight, Marioni will perform his sound work "One Second Sculpture" (1969) for the first time publicly and will sign copies of his book "Beer, Art and Philosophy."

The evening will include a screening of Melvyn Bragg's 1985 television interview with Francis Bacon, who helped to make the Colony Room Club in London famous as a hangout for artists.

Tickets to "The Colony Room: Anne Colvin and Guests" are $5 at the door; a $50 subscription is available for the entire series. Information at (415) 626-5416, www.newlangtonarts.org.

- Kenneth Baker

Wednesday, 24 September 2008

Twinning Project - A Calendar for Callendar Park

We are now working on our final project which is to create a calendar, that will be distributed to all the Callendar Park High Flats, and we are starting to pair up artists with residents.
Anyone interested in having a piece of Contemporary Art in their homes, for a short while in October please get in touch !

Here are some photographs taken at the studio of artist Kenny Hunter, who is most famous for his sculpture of The Firefighter Sculpture outside Central Station in Glasgow. We have been in discussion with Kenny about a suitable piece of work for this project and it looks like it could be a squirrel !

Wednesday, 17 September 2008

Sunday, 14 September 2008

ALT-W, New Media Scotland

Programme_Alt-w Awards Announcement

Following the exhibition Alt-w: New Directions in Scottish Digital Culture at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow, New Media Scotland is proud to announce that the following eight projects are the recipients of the 2008/09 Alt-w awards.

Production Award: Cybraphon
Ziggy Campbell, Simon Kirby & Tommy Pearman (Found)

Inspired by the nickelodeon this is an interactive version of a mechanical band in a box. Consisting of a series of robotic instruments housed in a glass display case, Cybraphon will behave like a real band. Image conscious and emotional, the bands performance will be effected by online community opinion.

Production Award: Mutsugoto
Tomoko Hayashi and Stefan Agamanolis (Distance Labs)

A communication system for long distance lovers. Unlike mobile phones, e-mail or SMS messages which use generic interfaces in business-like contexts, Mutsugoto allows distant partners to communicate through the language of touch as expressed on the canvas of the human body.

Production Award: The Loop
Wendy McMurdo & Paul Holmes

Exploring the relationship between digital gaming, fantasy and play examining the nature of interactivity itself. Alt-w will fund the creation of an experimental film which will delve into the psychological state of the player of a kinetic figure-skating computer game.

Production Award: A Short Film about War
Thompson & Craighead


A documentary made entirely from information found on the world wide web. In ten short minutes viewers are taken around the world to a variety of war zones as seen through the collective eyes of the online photo sharing community Flickr, and as witnessed by military and civilian bloggers.

R&D Award - project2891
Benjamin Dembroski

A system that encourages engagement from less technically experienced artists in the development of both hardware and software solutions for nodal device art installations. The simple user interface will provide control of connected hardware, as well as other nodes via the Internet. A series of free workshops will explain how to use the system and suggest how it might be modified for creative applications.

R&D Award - A Million Lies;
Once and Only Revealed After Death
Alex Hetherington

Researching the nature, psychology, construction, philosophy and consequences of lying. The work will include the construction of personality, identity and personal truth and will explore cultural forms that employ fakery, sham, scams and deliberate misinformation. This research will lead to exploration of these themes both online and through performance.

R&D Award - Aeolia
Sarah Kettley


This project explores the nature of space and place and will examine the concept of a bodily connection with the land through sketch prototyping of stretch sensors in sculptural textile forms. The resulting series of woven pieces for the body will be remotely connected to three-dimensional forms in the Scottish landscape, combining information from each to create unique low frequency feedback to be experienced by the wearer.

R&D Award - Imagine 3D
Emma Tolmie

Assuming the role of digital voyeur, visionary and creator the artist will explore the potential and the practical limits of a retro-futuristic subversion of the experience and aesthetics of film. Mixing low-tech gadgetry and high-tech imagery she is developing a heads-up display and unique digital content that re-imagines the concept of stereoscopic imaging.

The distribution of Alt-w awards is managed by New Media Scotland and funded by Scottish Screen and Scottish Arts Council.

Tuesday, 2 September 2008

Artist Talk

We will be doing an Artists' Talk on Wednesday 3rd September at 2pm - 3pm in the Park Gallery, Callendar Park. All welcome !

Favourite Trees from Callendar Park.

This image was created in collaboration with the Village Voice Group, which meets every Tuesday at 2pm in the Education Room of Callendar House, all welcome! Feel free to come along.

We are about to launch the Village Voice website, and create the next edition of the Village Voice Magazine and we are also planning a trip to Edinburgh soon.

Friday, 29 August 2008

Monday, 25 August 2008

mineral stills #4

On it (American Voodoo Wish Machine) and Voodoo King Kenny, with email scam, John Sebastian Vitale and Alex Hetherington screening at Total Kunst, Edinburgh Friday 29 August 2008