Morag Smith & Mairi Sutherland; Sense of Place

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Moray Art Centre

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This workshop will explore the relationships between individuals and the places which have influenced them.

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This workshop will briefly look at the Places which have shaped you.

Through discussion, writing and art we will explore this topic further. We create a relaxed, informal atmosphere where you can experiment freely with the process being more important than an end product.

Participants shall journey through Place over the two sessions.

Session 1:- We will start with teasing out what place means to each individual through a warm-up question session where participants respond in pairs, followed by a group discussion. Their journey shall then begin with an individual timeline looking at their perspective of place. Participants will share their thoughts, if they wish. A writing exercise will follow to explore place further and a brief look at writers where place is significant. This should conclude the morning session. In the afternoon we will begin by looking at artists who work with the notion of place. This will be followed by ‘see and do’ of art techniques to include mono-printing, charcoal, collage. Finishing with a discussion and asking participants to mull over these notions and to bring an object to the next session that has connections to place.

Session 2:- We will begin with two warm up sessions – one sharing their object and one drawing session to loosen minds and bodies. Participants will then undertake a silent gathering walk to condense their thoughts followed by an immediate written response. They will then choose which piece to develop further. In the afternoon we will use words, thoughts, images, objects that have been discovered to respond visually using the techniques learned to work towards a chosen art piece with full tutor support. We will close with a final summing up and sharing session.

No prior experience is required. Participants are asked to bring along a notebook and pen. All other materials will be provided.

Light lunches and refreshments will also be provided.

The Tutors

Morag Smith is a visual artist residing in Nairn in the Scottish Highlands. She graduated from Moray School of Art UHI in 2018 with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art.

Morag creates abstract sculptural installation which reflects her exploration of place. This sense of place stems from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland which she explored extensively as a child on family sailing holidays. She is influenced not only by the actual landscape but by layers of meaning discovered from her research into the influences of Memory, Experience and Time.

She is a process led artist, and works through her ideas in a highly experimental route where each creative act becomes a response to what has gone before. The chance of the accidental and use of intuition guides her from one point to another. She works in a range of materials from the industrial to the organic and her work shows clear links to minimalism.

Morag's website is www.moragsmith.co.uk

Mairi Sutherland is a WEA tutor and writer. Mairi wrote as a child. She studied English literature as part of a General M.A at Edinburgh University many years ago. Strangely, she stopped writing for a long time, to teach and bring up a family. A love of reading fiction remained. A move to the Highlands in 2000, kick-started her writing and she joined workshops, courses and Masterclasses to improve her skills.

She has had short stories published in Northwords Now, Random Acts of Writing and the Skye Reading Room Anthology. Mairi won the 2017 Glasgow Women’s Library Short Story competition. She has just completed her first novel.

Mairi leads workshop sessions with artist Morag Smith, exploring identity, inspiration, sense of place combining writing and art. They aim to inspire and motivate in a relaxed and creative way.

Mairi's mailbox is mairi.sutherland@hotmail.com.

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