Art for art’s sake

Art comes to town next week, with the visit of The Travelling Gallery to Kilmarnock Cross on Thursday 14 April.

Opening at 11.00am, the mobile exhibition, called Here Comes Everybody uses photomontage, digital print, collage and stencils to explore the growing inequality in wages and society.

The exhibition, mounted in association with Stills Gallery, Edinburgh, is presented by kennardphillipps and Scott Lang.

Kilmarnock Town Centre Manager, Fiona Nicolson, from East Ayrshire Council’s Economic Development Team, said: “We’re delighted to be welcoming this innovative travelling exhibition to Kilmarnock. It explores themes which will certainly resonate with people and the exciting thing is that anyone interested in contributing is welcome to go along to the workshop at WG13, take part and even have their work exhibited as the bus moves on to new venues. It’s very much an exhibition by the people for the people.

“This is just part of my rolling programme of arts events and entertainments which make great use of Kilmarnock’s town centre as a space for gathering and socialising as well as shopping. We’re always delighted with the amount of support we get from the public when we put these events on and I’m sure this will be no exception.”

With a strong emphasis on collaboration, Here Comes Everybody hinges around strong participation by local audiences from the artist led WarOn War Room workshops, which are being held throughout Scotland in conjunction with the Travelling Gallery’s tour. During Thursday’s visit Cat Phillipps and Scot Lang will be leading free workshops at WG13 in West George Street. Open to participants of all ages and backgrounds, the DIY programme does not require any specific art skills, and seeks to explore how art can express personal and socio/political feelings with the use of everyday materials.

Art work created at the WG13 workshop will then be incorporated into the Here Comes Everybody exhibition as the tour progresses. For more details about the workshop contact WG13. 01563 594600

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