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Sara Barker, undo the knot, 31 October 2020 - 30 January 2021

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undo the knot - an exhibition by Sara Barker, 31 Oct 2020 - 30 Jan 2021

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We look forward to welcoming you to undo the knot, an exhibition by artist Sara Barker, from 31 October 2020.

Entry is free and by pre-booked appointment only.

Please note that the Scottish Government has placed Dumfries and Galloway in Covid Protection Level 2. Full details for Tier 2 as well as other protection levels can be found here.

This autumn, we look forward to welcoming you to undo the knot, a solo presentation of new work by artist Sara Barker.

Barker’s work blurs the lines between sculpture, painting and drawing, as well as between figuration and abstraction and between imagined and physical spaces. Not quite sculptures and not quite paintings, they typically explore the boundaries between those disciplines.

Barker's recent work has been large-scale and has involved working within angular, indented aluminium trays or ‘trenches’ as containers for painted and sculptural elements. For CAMPLE LINE, Barker has made a body of smaller-scale work , comprising a series of wall-based reliefs that incorporate painted and molded brazed brass, steel and aluminium as well as everyday materials such as wood, cardboard and wire. Largely created during lockdown, and in her home rather than her studio, the eighteen works included in the exhibition mark a reduction in scale for Barker, all of them ‘smaller than my screen, some as small as my books’.

This exhibition also features a number of exploratory works, and of her decision to include them Barker has said: ’It didn’t feel right to remove all of the rawness, the first draft, not in this setting, not at this time. I wanted some of that rough execution, of metal meets glass, meets wood and wool and wire’.

Barker has drawn upon the rural location of Cample for these new works as well as from the fiction and poetry that she reads, providing fragmented glimpses of narrative within the works. In Barker’s work, the fusion of industrial processes and materials with image, narrative and memory are particularly resonant in the context of Cample.

About Sara Barker

Sara Barker was born Manchester, and lives and works in Glasgow. Her work combines industrial and sculptural materials together with collage, painting and craft techniques, and often she draws on her interest in the work of Modernist writers. Her artworks are sometimes wall-based, sometimes floor-based, and sometimes move from floor to wall and back again – reflecting her interest in how space may exist in the mind, in stories and in memories.

Recent exhibitions include: All Clouds are Clocks, All Clocks are Clouds at Leeds Art Gallery (2020); – a weak spot in the earth, The Approach, London (2017); and the Faces of Older Images, Mary Mary, Glasgow (2017); Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2016); Ikon Gallery, Birmingham (2016); Frauenzimmer, Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen, Germany (2011); Ville du Parc Contemporary Art Centre, Annemasse, France (2009); and Open Eye Club, Tramway, Glasgow (2008).

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Visiting our exhibition

Entry to our exhibitions is by pre-booked appointment only

Please note that the Scottish Government has placed Dumfries and Galloway in Covid Protection Level 2. Full details for Tier 2 as well as other protection levels can be found here

You can book to visit via this Eventbrite page or by calling us on 01848 331000

Pre-booked appointments are available in hourly time-slots, Thursday-Saturday, 11am-4pm

We can accept one booking per hourly time-slot, which can comprise up to six visitors from up to a maximum of two households

Please be assured that we won’t be booking any other visits during your pre-booked time slot

Any individuals or small groups arriving at CAMPLE LINE without booking in advance will not be admitted

Your chosen entry time will be displayed on your booking confirmation

Please try to arrive on time. You have up to 30 minutes after your selected time-slot to gain entry

You are welcome to enjoy the grounds at CAMPLE LINE as long as you wish before or after your designated entry time

Measures we are putting in place

The health and safety of our visitors and our team are our priority. In line with Government measures, we will require all visitors to observe physical distancing by allowing 2m distance at all times

We have implemented a one-way system through our building and we ask you to observe the signage indicating the simple route

If you use a wheelchair or have reduced mobility and require lift access to view our upstairs gallery, please do let us know in advance

Maintaining hygiene and use of face coverings

Our staff will be wearing face coverings and we positively encourage visitors (who are not exempt from doing so) to also wear them within the building

We will have disposable face masks available if you would like one, as well as hand sanitiser for your use at our entry and exit points

Our staff will carry out cleaning checks between each booking

If you or anyone in your group presents any of the Covid symptoms near to the time of your visit, please be in touch with us prior to attending our building

Please note that at this time:

- We cannot offer refreshments

- Our toilet facilities will be reserved for use by our team only, and their use by visitors will be at the discretion of the team member on duty

Test and Protect

Prior to entry, we will confirm contact details for one person per booking, including a telephone number, for the purposes of Test and Protect

We will retain these securely for 21 days from the time of your appointment

We will keep these measures under regular review

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