Only two weeks after our pop up performance of Coming Home at our Away Being exhibition and the intrepid Charlotte Hathaway the co- ordinator of The Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin Big Band has already put together her film of the final rehearsal and performance at St Margaret’s House and posted it on youtube and curator Jan Bee Brown has been blogging in all the Trad circles. Meanwhile some great shots by Jo’o Holmes @cardiganandmac have arrived. Jo’o was a total star and volunteered as car park attendant and pot-hole forewarner at the event and then took these shots as he thawed out…many thanks Jo’o! Having worked with these young musicians since September the distance travelled is amazing – the Thrive Archive is very proud of them all!
A wonderful heart-wrenching exhibition. The empty houses – was all hope gone or was hope transferred somewhere else? The Hallaig slates so rough and misshapen like the island rocks and stones, every word from the soul…time has many dimensions and at the heart of time is the soul.
One day soon we’d like to set up a Thrive Archive house band – ‘The Still Thriving Bigger Than You Think Band’ and we certainly need some pipers for our next musical collaboration ‘A Sandwich Short of a Picnic’ which will be linked to our Hearth Heart Earth project. Are you a piper? Do you have a song or a recipe to share? Fancy marching to a community picnic to celebrate our culinary heritage? Keep in touch!
Does what all great exhibitions do…promotes thought & surprise & great conversations – thank you.
The latest fantastic comment about Away Being ,our cross arts pop-up exhibition that sadly came to a close on 10th January. Way after closing time Ian Paterson, the photographer whose images started the whole project, was still chatting to our last visitors.
As curator I loved welcoming visitors and watching them take in the eclectic exhibits with a mug of tea in their hand. I heard so many moving stories and some shared their tears.
We received so many postcards and our community envelope wall doubled in size. Our three simple questions kept our guests thinking and many picked up a coloured pencil for the first time in years.
As one door closes another opens, watch this space for our next project…
Hearth, Heart, Earth
Thank you to all the volunteers at St Margaret’s House who helped us to Thrive. We couldn’t have done this without you, its what ‘community’ is all about.
” I hear her. Scotland is music, as much apart of me as the the air…I want to make a life here, I want to create here. I am here because I can’t believe how much more whole I am purely for begin in Scotland”
A moving comment on one of the Thrive Archive’s postcards this week as we welcomed over 200 visitors to Away Being @St_MargaretsH. The launch of a new music commission and an exhibition of community and professional artwork inspired by Leaving Home a series of haunting photographs from the Outer Hebrides.
Some lovely comments in our visitor book this week as the Away Being exhibition continues in Gallery 1 at St Margaret’s House 10am-4 pm until Saturday.
On Sunday 4th January we had 150 people and Magnus the dog at our gatherin to celebrate a new piece of music by Mike Vass inspired by the stories that emerged from an exhibition of haunting photographs Leaving Home in Stornoway in 2013. Every visitor this week has left us their own story, has written a postcard or decorated an envelope. We have had phone calls from Skye and visitors who have crossed borders to see the exhibition and share the Thrive experience. So – the kettle’s on – pop in if you’re passing…
The Thrive Archive tells stories in unusual ways and it’s been an honour to be part of a new piece of music to welcome in a New Year! We like to mix things up and this eclectic event interweaves stories, photography, fine art, VJ visuals, community art and a 20 piece Trad’ band all inspired by a series of haunting images taken by former Buzzcocks’ drummer John Maher and Fife vet Ian Paterson.
The suite of music, sponsored initially by Enterprise Music Scotland, will continue to be developed throughout 2015 connecting diverse communities both within Edinburgh and beyond and you can help!
This talented band of teenagers now hopes to create flash mob performances around the city centre, on beaches, up mountains and at festivals. So keep in touch, send us your suggestions and tell us your stories of what makes Scotland feel like home. Go on, spread the word, a wee bit of funding will help this project thrive.