Artist Jacqueline Donachie brought part of a new travelling work entitled ‘New Weather Coming’ to Bute on Friday.
Her work is part of GENERATION, an initiative celebrating 25 years of contemporary art in Scotland which aims to engage new audiences across the country with contemporary works of art.
The full installation comprises a specially-created book and a series of three itinerant sculptures, touring some of Scotland’s island and coastal communities during the course of this summer.
Jacqueline and GENERATION project manager Lesley Young arrived in Rothesay on Friday aboard the paddle steamer Waverley, having journeyed by train and ferry from Glasgow to Gourock and Kilcreggan: the logistics of moving the sculptures themselves around meant that Jacqueline and Lesley only brought copies of the book with them to Bute, although people using ferries at Gourock and Wemyss Bay on Friday each had a chance to see one of the sculptures as they passed through the terminal areas.
The books were handed out to fellow passengers on each of the modes of public transport used by Jacqueline and Lesley on their journey.
“The sculptures are essentially a really simple marriage of a material which, for me, is synonymous with transport and interchanges, and the colour of the landscape, while the idea of the book is that the person reading it has to make up the stories which go along with what’s written in the book.”
Jacqueline’s sculptures and book are now set to continue their coastal and island tour with visits to Mallaig, Kyle of Lochalsh, Ullapool, Scrabster, Stromness and elsewhere.