Alec Finley: Day of Access

Oban Town Centre on Monday, 28 October, 11am – 4pm
Oban High School on Tuesday, 29 October, 10am – 4pm
talc. Tarbert on Wednesday, 30 October, 10am – 4pm
Lochgilphead Joint Campus on Thursday, 31 October, 10am – 4pm

Travelling Gallery is delighted to be working with Alec Finlay to support Day of Access, a powerful campaign which encourages estates to open their land to allow access for people affected by disability. By using hill tracks and four-wheel drives, people who have never been able to immerse themselves in wild nature are driven into the heart Scotland’s beautiful wild landscape.

The Day of Access campaign passionately believes that everyone should have the opportunity to experience wild nature.

Travelling Gallery will act as the campaign bus touring Day of Access across Scotland; presenting information and artworks and allowing a space for discussions. Documentation from the pilot Day of Access, including work by young photographer Sam McDiarmid, will be exhibited in an art installation created by Finlay.

The themes of disability, access and ecological remediation are explored in Finlay’s poems and artwork. Pages from books exploring illness, pain, walking and healing, including A View from the Front Line by Maggie Keswick Jencks, are used as paper for thoughtful drawings and commanding words “THERE CAN NEVER BE AN EXCESS OF ACCESS”.

Alongside his own work Alec has invited other artists and poets to exhibit including Hannah Devereaux, Alison Lloyd, Ken Cockburn and Mhairi Law; each bringing their own creativity and experience to the project. The work is collaboratively displayed like a scrap book or diary pinned on a garden trellis, alongside other domestic apparatus and soft furnishings, such as blankets, a clothes horse, and hankies.

image: Counterpane Landscape, Alec Finlay with Rachel Smith; photograph by Hannah Devereux, 2019