Mayfield Haiku Collaborative artworks by Midlothian Artist in Residence Susan T Grant and residents of Mayfield & Easthouses, created as part of the two year pArtners reside residency, funded by Creative Scotland and Coalfields Regeneration Trust and supported by Midlothian Council and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Launching this weekend, details here. Preview the book online.
Mayfield Haiku is a series of fourteen poems and photographs of sculptural interventions created by local residents at Mayfield & Easthouses Development Trust. A limited edition book of the works, prefaced with an essay by poet Ken Cockburn, has been published to accompany an exhibition of the artworks in local shops and a rolling programme of billboard posters, displayed in Mayfield Square advertising hoardings 29th October 2012 – 10th February 2013.
IPod X-Ray Large scale photographic artworks created by local young people and on permanent display at Y2K youth project. Created with Midlothian Artist in Residence Susan T Grant and residents of Mayfield & Easthouses, as part of the two year pArtners reside residency, funded by Creative Scotland and Y2K and supported by Midlothian Council and Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. Launching this weekend, details here.
Before my tantalising last 5 Top Ten choices, an invite to the first of the Reside art launch events! Next Saturday 10th November as below, or preview and purchase the book online here… A worthy Christmas Gift for any loved one 😉
Collaborative artworks by Midlothian Artist in Residence Susan T Grant and residents of Mayfield & Easthouses…
Billboard posters, limited edition book and photographic artworks launching
Saturday 10th November 2012
Mayfield and Easthouses Development Trust, 12 Bogwood Court, Mayfield, EH22 5DG. Followed by refreshments at Y2K, the Manse, EH22 5DY
Preview and purchase the book here: http://www.blurb.co.uk/bookstore/detail/3677653
Mayfield Haiku: A series of haiku poems and photographic artworks of sculptural interventions, created in Mayfield by members of Mayfield & Easthouses Development Trust art group. A limited edition book of the works, prefaced with an essay by poet Ken Cockburn, will be launched alongside a display of the artworks in Bogwood shops and a rolling programme of billboard posters, exhibited in Mayfield Square 29th October 2012 – 10th February 2013. Funded by Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
IPod X-Ray: Large scale photographic artworks created by local young people and on permanent display at Y2K youth project.
Some of the most interesting examples of Midlothian architecture and community are found at the Bilston Glen Treehouses. Originally a protest site, started in 2002 in reaction to a planned re-routing of the A701, it is now an ever-evolving activist community with visitors coming from all over the world.
People come for a variety of reasons – all are welcome as long as they contribute towards the community in some way through house maintenance, communal cooking or tending the vegetable plot. There is a small group of permanent residents who have the right to the best houses, with the ones situated high in the trees used mainly by visitors. While some of the houses are just basic shelters, others have been lovingly designed – recycled crafted structures with heating, carpets and bookcases. The higher houses are lashed to the trees using bicycle inner tubes and ropes, allowing the trees to move, and are taken down every couple of years to avoid damage.
I’ve always been fascinated by ‘self-built’ communities – those purposely created rather than those that organically evolve. Stereotyped by the hippy commune in recent decades, there is a wide range of examples – indeed often bound by common idealogy – the eco-village; the co-op; the Christian community. How humans organise themselves and design communal architecture to live together harmoniously is fascinating. Nowadays most of us live in urban environments with varying degrees of contact with our neighbours. Whatever your politics, settlements like Bilston help you reflect on how you would design your ideal community.
See further images of Bilston in Winter Spring Summer slideshow below and www.bilstonglen-abs.org.uk and here for more info on Bilston Glen. Email me at email@example.com if you’d like to tell me about your Midlothian community, whatever its shape or size.
Marchwell House, Silverburn
Designed by Morris and Steedman architects, famous in the 1950s and 60s for designing a range of Modernist buildings, especially domestic properties. They designed some of the most radical architecture in Scotland during this post-war period. Their second commissioned house has featured in this project already – Wilson House, Lasswade – but my favourite is Marchwell, Silverburn, in the foothills of the Pentlands.
Built in 1964, it’s created in the form of a “white-walled spiral”* that is integrated with the garden wall, leaving the front door as the only exit point. The curved glazed colonnade acts like a sundial as light moves around the south facing building.
Sited with a main road close by, the original owners had young children so shelter was important. Standing alone on an open hillside, the design echoes traditional circular sheep shelters found across Britain. That’s the ideal it represents to me – a C20th minimalist shelter; crafted domestic insulation from the modern world.
Which is great until you fancy a chat / need to borrow a cup of sugar from the next door neighbours.
* To find out more, go to Historic Scotland feature: http://www.msastudio.co.uk/M&SFEATURE_30_1_07.pdf