Tweed art exhibition flows into Harestanes

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THE first fruits of a major ongoing Tweed-themed experimental art project is on show at Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre until Thursday, October 31.

‘Working the Tweed’ is one of several art and nature projects supported by Creative Scotland in 2013.

The creative talents of Kate Foster, Jules Horne, Claire Pençak and James Wyness have come together to focus on the people working on and around the River Tweed catchment, and lesser-known aspects of the Tweed and its tributaries from re-meandering to fish-tagging.

Field visits and meetings with scientists and specialists have resulted in their exhibition encompassing drawing, film, sound and textiles.

Kate Foster explained: “There is a huge wealth of knowledge about the river to draw on. My task has been to find creative ways to show some of the complexities of the river system. It’s been a playful process too, even getting educated about diggers and the difference between a front loader and an excavator.”

Artist Jules Horne said: “It has been a privilege to learn from people doing different kinds of work around the River Tweed and understand how the Borders is shaped and interconnected by the river catchment. It’s made me see the region in a new way.”

Harestanes’ Michael Scott added: “It’s sometimes easy to forget just how much the Tweed and its rivers define our region and so it’s particularly appropriate that these four artists have chosen such a fundamental subject for their creative investigations during this special year.”

‘Working the Tweed’ is open daily in the visitor centre gallery from 10am to 5pm until Thursday, October 31.