Museum diary

14th January 2005 at 00:00
100 Years of Hawick Industry

Hawick Museum and Scott Art Gallery, Hawick until March 1 tel 01450 373457

Primary school-age children in the Hawick area have been put to work making knitwear and weaving tweed. But don't worry about child labour; it's all part of the attraction of this exhibition, which has already drawn in bookings from 20 primary-school groups.

The focus is on the knitting and weaving industries for which the town became famous. There are two activity areas. One shows a corner of an old mill featuring a "muckle wheel" wool-winder and other pieces of traditional equipment, which visitors are allowed to operate. In the "mill owner's parlour", pupils can knit a friendship bracelet.

In the three-hour workshops, pupils can also weave and design a piece of tweed, helped by volunteers who have worked in the industries.


Taigh-Chearsabhagh Museums and Arts Centre, North Uist until January 28 tel 01876 500293

This exhibition shows what you can find at the beach if you know what to look for. Two local residents have built up collections of interesting but non-precious artefacts from the area and lent them to the museum. On display are coins, pins, stone implements and pieces of pottery, many dated by experts.

"This is a follow-on exhibition from one we had about more contemporary local collections, including letters-in-bottles washed up here from all over the world," says Caitriona McCuish, the museum's outreach officer.

Invisible Fields

An Tuirean Arts Centre, Portree, Isle of Skye January 16-February 19 tel 01478 613306

Invisible Fields is a show of cutting-edge video work by 12 Scottish artists. Already seen in Japan and Estonia, the exhibition will dominate the whole gallery space at the arts centre.

"Video has really come of age as an art form now and there will be a fascinating mixture of styles featured in this show," says the centre's education officer Kath McLeod. "We'll be holding a week of drama-based video workshops and will be targeting primary schools for three of the five available days."

Stop, Look, Listen

Meffan Museum and Art Gallery, Forfar, Angus March 26-April 26 tel 01307 464123

Jake Stewart, the exhibitions officer for Angus Council, hopes this show, by three young, hip Scottish artists who graduated from Gray's College of Art in Aberdeen just two years ago, will entice secondary pupils and teachers.

"I've already seen work by these artists and it has a very contemporary look to it, which should appeal to secondary schools," he says.

The exhibition, which is on tour from Peacock Visual Arts in Aberdeen, is a mixture of video, music and wall-mounted pieces. During the exhibition, the gallery will run a series of workshops led by the artists that will reflect what is on show.

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