Archival Enactments: New Constellations

Project Date: 1st June, 2016 – 31st May 2018

Archival Enactments: New Constellations is a an ambitious partnership project developed by Panel with Live Borders (CABN), The Barony Centre, Falkirk Community Trust and Fife Contemporary Art and Craft, with Australian artist Kate Scardifield.

In June/July 2016, partners hosted Kate Scardifield in five locations in Scotland: Glasgow, West Kilbride, Scottish Borders, Falkirk and Fife. Kate explored Scotland’s archives and municipal collections to consider ideas of sovereignty, identity and place as concepts that can be both constructed and deconstructed through a creative engagement with fragments of the past. Kate is now working on a new body of work, informed by this research, which will culminate in a major touring exhibition and related events June 2017-May 2018

CABN was delighted to host Kate during her residency week in the Borders, where she researched Live Borders Museums and Archives collections, and the textile archives at Heriot Watt University, School of Textiles & Design meeting with curators and archivists. Kate also accessed the textile archives at Heriot Watt University, School of Textiles & Design.

Kate delivered a public talk during her residency, which was a great opportunity for local artists to meet her, hear more about the Sydney art scene, and find out more about Kate’s practice – which spans sculpture, installation, textiles, collage and video.    

Kate also visited local artists Liz Douglas at WASPS Studios in Selkirk, Helen Douglas at Deuchars Mill in the Yarrow Valley, and Richard Ashrowan, Creative Director of the Alchemy Film & Moving Image Festival at his home in the Ettrick Valley. Sarah Taylor, CABN’s Advocate for Crafts, also hosted Kate.

Project Summary: The formative research garnered from the Archival Enactments: New Constellations residency programme intends to provide the starting point for a new body of work by Kate Scardifield that has the potential to span sculpture, installation, textiles, collage and video. It is a longer-term ambition of the partners to support the development of this new work and an aligned public programme that will tour to a venue local to each researched collection during 2017-18. Curated by Panel, in close conversation with the artist and partners, the exhibition will present new work that speaks to specific historic objects, selected from each collection, through the creation of a series of installations – each site-specific and uniquely connected to local history and place.

Background to project: CABN Leader Mary Morrison was selected to be part of a Creative Scotland supported research trip to Australia in 2014, and met Kate in her studio at Artspace, Sydney. Mary has worked with Panel and the other partners, as well as colleagues in Live Borders Museums, Galleries & Archives, to develop the project and secure funding from Creative Scotland’s Open Project Funding for the residency and research phase. Funding is currently being secured for the second phase of this project – a major touring exhibition, accompanied by a programme of events and talks, which will run from June 2017-May 2018.

About Panel: Panel is an independent curatorial practice led by Catriona Duffy and Lucy McEachan. Based in Glasgow, Panel promotes design in relation to particular histories, archives and collections through exhibitions, events and cultural projects.

Kate Scardifield
Kate’s practice can be likened to a process of anatomical enquiry; mining history for intersecting systems and patterns that culminate in re-imaginings of the body, site and space. Scardifield’s works traverse sculpture, installation, textiles and painting, often incorporating repetitious iconography and labour intensive techniques.  

Links to Kate Scardifield work/exhibitions:

Alaska Projects

YouTube About The Artist Video

Photography @ Alan Dimmick (additional photos Mary Morrison)