It was the official first weekend of Spring Fling Rural Mural (SFRM) and it ended on a high in a barn near New Galloway.
On Sunday 80% of the SFRM artists (all these guys bar Fraser Gray & 1010) pulled on mucky boots and wooly hats and travelled from far and wide to drive up a muddy track to the studio of artist Annie Peel. Annie is a fascinating artist – more about her to come.
The SFRM weekend extravaganza started on Friday lunchtime when Amy Whiten (50% of Recoat) and I met in Stranraer for workshop number one at Agnew Park. Local photographer Robert brought his marquee and Amy led an inspiring mural painting workshop by the sea – idyllic – where we drew a small audience of intrigued onlookers.
Then onto Dumfries on Saturday where Amy and Ali Wyllie (the other half of Recoat) led workshops at Gracefield Arts Centre.
The theme of the murals is Home and the workshops have a dual purpose; 1. to gather inspiration, ideas and source material from local people about what Home means to them; & 2. to teach spray/mural painting techniques. Recurring themes were of food, cups of tea, warmth and security. Many spoke of migration of birds, some of leaving home. And, we learnt that the pineapple symbolises home.
Then onto Sunday. This was the first day for all the SFRM artists to meet, for Amy & Ali to share ideas around ‘Home’ from the workshops, and to learn new techniques and experiment with some new materials via Annie Peel. Annie is soon to graduate from Edinburgh College of Art. She creates work on a large scale using unconventional materials – bitumen, lime-wash, barn paint, stock marking spray paint, sheep dye, grooming chalk – those one might find on a farm.
Help-your-self tea and coffee area barn style.
Amy shared the ideas and inspiration from the workshops.
Annie shared her beautiful sketchbooks & finished works.
Annie led a workshop on her methods and materials.
Amy and Ali brought the spray paint.
Colin Tennant joined us to document the collision of spraypaint and rural farm materials under the control of painters, installation artists, and street artists.
Colin Tennant (our photographer who took these beautiful photos of the day) even turned his hand to a bit of spray painting on a collaborative board – an interesting combination of Colin T, Alice Francis and me involving lace, bitumen and turquoise spray paint.
What a day!
Colin Tennant made a vox-pop about the day
All photos of the day can be viewed on the #SFRM News Page
The artists are paired up and collaboration has begun.
And we’ll be announcing an interesting bunch of ‘unexpected things’ to be muralled. More to come but for now we can say there will be a tractor; a grain silo, a silage tanker, petrol tanks, a horse’s rug.