Travelling Gallery: Day of Access, Alec Finlay

8 Nov 2019, 11.00AM–5.00PM
Pathfoot Building
Travelling Gallery: Day of Access, Alec Finlay

On Friday 8th November, the Travelling Gallery makes a welcome return to the University.

Travelling Gallery is delighted to be working with Alec Finlay to support Day of Access, a powerful campaign which encourages estates to open their land to allow access for people affected by disability.

This autumn, Travelling Gallery will act as the campaign bus touring Day of Access across Scotland; presenting information and artworks and allowing a space for discussions. Themes of disability, access and ecological remediation are explored in Finlay’s poems and artwork.

Alec Finlay believes that everyone should have the opportunity to experience wild nature. Himself a disabled artist and poet, Finlay takes on the role of activist to work with a diverse audience to overcome limitations on access to wild nature, which can be physically and emotionally hostile to the disabled.

Alongside his own work, Alec has invited other artists and poets to exhibit including Hannah Devereaux, Alison Lloyd, Ken Cockburn and Mhairi Law; each bringing their own creativity and experience to the project. The work is collaboratively displayed like a scrapbook or diary pinned on a garden trellis, alongside other domestic apparatus and soft furnishings, such as blankets, a clothes-horse, and hankies. Documentation from the pilot Day of Access, including work by young photographer Sam McDiarmid, will be exhibited in an art installation created by Finlay.

For more information visit the Travelling Gallery website