The Travelling Gallery is on the road again with a brand new, thought-provoking exhibition for spring. Contemporary sculpture, film, paintings and photography by established and emerging artists, from the UK and beyond, have been brought together under the title "Retrato" - a Spanish word (portrait photograph) that reflects the theme of the show, which highlights portraiture and people from different cultures and times.
Among the works is Blonde Boy, a larger-than-life-size sculpture of a child by Kenny Hunter, whose commissioned pieces can already be seen in public locations. A video by Colombian Oscar Munoz shows the artist "painting" endless, evaporating portraits of himself, using water on a hot surface. Other pieces feature surfers in Australia, a Muslim artist in Glasgow, internet dating, Japanese ancestors, a Polish childhood and hippies.
The exhibition, which runs until June 6, will travel to schools and public venues in Edinburgh and Midlothian, Ayrshire, Renfrewshire, Ross and Cromarty, Dumfries and Galloway, South Lanarkshire, Aberdeenshire, Dundee, Moray and Argyll and Bute. The Travelling Gallery has become increasingly popular with secondary schools and, for the first time, will be visiting a college (Moray). Education packs are available to school groups, and artist-led workshops are being held at a special school in Dalkeith, an entire primary in Wester Ross (with just 12 pupils) and for teachers in Dundee.
The new Travelling Gallery vehicle, launched last year, had its first ferry crossing just a few months ago when, assistant Vicky Konieczny says, the gallery came through a rough journey from Ullapool to Stornoway without a scratch, though staff suffered sea-sickness.
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