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Expressive Willow Air Drawings in Lizzie Farey Show

Wall Sketch, 2008, by Lizzie Farey Photo: Shannon Tofts

Spirit of Air, Inscriptions, a new body of expressive willow works by Lizzie Farey, opens at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries in March.

The solo exhibition, celebrating the new creative direction of one of Scotland’s highest profile practitioners, comprises a series of large scale wall-based and suspended works in willow, hazel and ash.

“The work has come from a journey that I have been making: travelling away from the more intense, closely woven pieces of wicker that I have produced in the past towards a much lighter, aerial direction, using willow as a medium for drawing in air” explains Lizzie.

She is fascinated by willow, an attraction that is sustained by her continuous exploration of the qualities of this and other natural materials of choice.

A Scottish Arts Council Creative Development Award enabled her to spend time developing this new work.  

Spirit of Air, Inscriptions, is on at Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, DG1 1JQ from 7 March to 18 April 2009. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm. Admission free.  The exhibition will tour select UK venues in 2009/10.

A full colour illustrated publication describing Lizzie Farey’s work and practice is published in association with the exhibition and is available for sale.

A programme of events, including a masterclass with Lizzie Farey, accompanies the exhibition. All events will take place at Gracefield Arts Centre, 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, DG1 1JQ. Early booking is advised for all workshops. To book a place telephone Gracefield Arts Centre +44 (0)1387 262084. You will be asked to pay a deposit to secure your place.

Workshops for Adults

Introduction to basket making, Saturday 14 March, 10.30am to 4pm
Learn the techniques needed to make a basic willow basket with artist Fiona Moir.
Cost: £35 (£39 conc.) includes tuition, all materials, tea and coffee.

Exhibition talk, Friday 20 March, 7pm – 8pm
Lizzie Farey talks about the inspirations behind her work and the current exhibition pieces. 
Free and open to all.

Expressive Willow masterclass, Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 March, 10.30am – 4pm
Beyond basket making, this workshop is for individuals who wish to use willow as an expressive art form. Artist Lizzie Farey will lead this two day masterclass.
Cost: £85 (£80 conc.) includes tuition, all materials, tea and coffee.

Kids’ Art Club

Willow mini-sculptures, Wednesday 8 April, 10am – 12noon
Make mini-sculptures and decorations using natural willow with Fiona Moir.
Cost: £4.50.

Magical Birds, Saturday 11 April, 10am – 12noon
Hear stories of magical birds. Use willow, wool and other found and sparkly objects to create a fantastic nest fit for a magical bird and to keep your Easter eggs in with Anne Errington.
Cost: £4.50.

Catching Dreams, Wednesday 15 April, 10am – 12noon
Listen to a story about dreams and make your own dream-catcher from willow rings, string, feathers and beads with Anne Errington.
Cost: £4.50.

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