During the month of February and March, an exciting artist-in-residency scheme is being piloted at Jedburgh Abbey, an Historic Scotland property. This magnificent ruin of an old monastic Abbey, is the first building that rises to greet you when you drive in over the Northumberland hills into the Scottish Borders town of Jedburgh.
This is part of a nationwide pilot scheme set up by Culture Matters. I am working together with two artists, whom I brought to this project; Rachel O’Dell and Amy Neville, both locally based artists working with glass too. All three of use are involved in the extensive outreach programme involved with this residency and we will also be creating some of our own work there too.
For my part, I will be looking at mapping; and use mapping tecnhiques and visuals to create new work inspired by the geography and location of the Abbey which I hope to have completed some time on April.
Kathleen O’Neill is the national Project Manager for this project: “The Jedburgh Abbey Project is being created to offer a bespoke learning opportunity to young people through a close relationship with Youth Borders. The work will include young people at various levels – to learn basic glass skills, to learn to educate other/ fellow young people and for some perhaps awards for achievement through working with glass on this project. The project will also include staff training for Youth Borders and Council CLD staff adding to value for sustainability and ongoing work in glass in the area.