During her extended residency at MERZ Julia Zinnbauer researched, filmed and edited a film on the Scottish Borders’ based architect Peter Womersley. Julia’s earlier films had connected modernist architecture in the United States with the James Bond movies and had reimagined the elegance of their female stars appearing in these settings. In her thirty minute film Julia also engages the work of textile designer Bernat Klein. Klein had commissioned Womersley to build his house near Selkirk with its iconic studio. Although only completed in the early 1970s, the studio is now in a very poor state of repair. MERZ hopes that Julia’s film will help promote efforts to return this extremely important and neglected building to restoration and beneficial local use.
Coming soon for World Collage Day the 200 or so envelopes in which the Schwitters’ Army collages arrived at MERZ in January. Collages by named artists inside and sometimes on the outside of the envelopes and packages. While at each stage of their journey the envelopes were stamped and labelled, providing anonymous collages of their journey to MERZ in Sanquhar. The Envelope Exhibition was intended to be a celebration of the local Post Office, the oldest in the world, but now reminds us generally of the trail of unknown contacts that left their mark linking collage artists from around the.
Denise Zygadlo and Amy Marletta’s exhibition of collages and their work on the Hannah Höch art-house opened on 21st December at the Museum of Model Art. A further opening is scheduled for Boxing Day afternoon (2:00-4:00pm) otherwise by arrangement till the end of January (firstname.lastname@example.org). The exhibition will provide the setting for the Collage Seminar which will involve MERZ artist in residence Ric Kasini Kadour and fellow collagist Rhed Fawell taking place in the Museum on the 25th January.
An exhibition to return to, again and again. Andy McDowall’s ’40 years behind the lens’ opened at MERZ on Friday 20th. Andy will be in the gallery most afternoons from 1:00-3:00pm till 4th January to talk you through forty years of history in photographs of life in Sanquhar and Upper Nithsdale.
Ally Wallace was our second Funded Artist in Residence at MERZ, staying from September to November in 2019. In this film Ally outlines the influence of local buildings and textile industries on his research, his approach to working and the final exhibition in the Gallery. The MERZ residencies and this recording are supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland.
Jane Frere introduces her exhibition at Summerhall, Edinburgh. Exit – 100 Days of Khaos is on till the 27th October. The exhibition also features animation by Georges Eloi Thibault who worked closely with Jane over a period of seven months.