Saturday 23 November, 2019 - Saturday 30 November, 2019
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
The artist, Alan Macintyre and Jean Cathro (founder of Crossing Countries) worked together on White Stick Trails as part of Alan’s developing practise as an artist with progressive sight loss.
Alan wanted to capture impressions of his emotional and sensory experience as he navigates his environment and to incorporate these into his art practise. He is reliant on the signals from his white stick and by taping a marker pen to it he was able to trace his path around objects on a paper path. To further explore inclusivity, variety and diversity, he made smaller ‘trail’ drawings that use special “swell paper”. This produces a raised line that can be felt. His work also includes a video made using accessible technology with his own musical composition expressing his journey.
Crossing Countries adds an international perspective as it provides opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to volunteer together. This summer they took the idea behind Alan’s work to Bobbi Bear (a human rights organisation who help sexually abused children) and Mason Lincoln Special School in Umlazi Township, Durban, South Africa.
On the opening evening and at the weekends there will be an opportunity for visitors to create a piece of work like White Stick Trails and their own piece of tactile art. Jewellery, made as a result of this collaboration, from the recycled off-cuts and cardboard will be for sale.
It is on in Gallery 3 of St Margaret’s House 151 London Road, Edinburgh, EH7 6AE. from 23rd November until 30th November 2019 between 10 am and 6 pm.
St Margaret's House, 151 London Road