Focusing on nest

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Locating the Nest is a new exhibition which has opened at the Gracefield Gallery in Dumfries.

This unique collaboration between Dumfries and Galloway craft-artist Lizzie Farey, printmaker Hugh Bryden and writer Tom Pow explores the idea of the nest in words, images and sculptures, both in the gallery and throughout the gardens.

The exhibition presents the response of the three artists to the nest as reality and as metaphor.

Printmaker Hugh works primarily in linocut and drypoint, and over the past few years has worked more and more closely with writers, producing artists’ books. His work for this exhibition has been influenced by the tradition of naturalist illustrators and printmakers, but also by the words of Tom Pow and the three-dimensional forms created by Lizzie Farey.

Craft-artist Lizzie has always been fascinated with living things and natural form. She explores and interprets the nest through the materials she uses, many of them collected at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. Many of her works are subtle or delicate forms that invite the observer to look more closely at the environment around them, at the little delights of nature that they may have missed.

Primarily a poet, several of Tom’s collections have won awards and three of his poetry collections have been short-listed for Scottish Book of the Year. He is honorary senior research fellow at Glasgow University, Dumfries.

The exhibition is presented in partnership with the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (where it was first staged last spring) and runs until May 18 at Gracefield. It is open Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, admission free at 28 Edinburgh Road, Dumfries.