Gathering Place artists to bring the River Ness to Inverness Railway Station

Gathering Place artists
Gathering Place artists - Sans facon and OSA

Sans façon and OSA, artists engaged to develop the new Gathering Place artwork for the River Ness are inviting the public to meet with them and explore their thoughts and feelings about the River Ness. The artists will be exhibiting a short film of the River Ness on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October in Inverness Railway Station between 10am and 5pm.

The artists will be screening the video shot especially for the project, showing footage, journeying along the River Ness, from the source to the mouth of the river. The artists will be present throughout the two days and are interested to learn your stories of the River Ness past and present, to inform the artwork's creation. 

Artist Tristan Surtees said: “We have created a short film which takes you on a journey along the River Ness, seeing the river from a new perspective, from above and from the river’s surface.  We hope this interaction will prompt discussion and stories helping us to explore people's relationship to the river from many points of view, local memory and also expert knowledge. We will be showing the video over two days in Inverness and also sharing it online and we are looking forward to chatting with people in Inverness about the project this weekend.”

Gathering Place artists

Chair of the Inverness City Arts working group, Councillor Isabelle MacKenzie said: “I hope that everyone will come along to see this interesting viewing of the river.  Many will have their own tales of the river and what the River Ness means to them.  I would encourage you all to take the opportunity to meet the Artists this weekend and share your views.  If not able to in person there will be a web site to interact with.”

The Gathering Place is part of the overall £758,350 River Connections Public Art Programme which has been commissioned by The Highland Council’s Inverness City Arts Working Group and has funding approval from The City of Inverness Common Good Fund (£280,750) (37%), Creative Scotland (£305,600) (40%), The Highland Council (£106,000) (14%) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (£66,000) (9%). It is to be a major artwork designed to bring people together to enjoy the River Ness. The new concept for the £300k project was launched in June 2017 with the collaborative artist team Sans Facon and OSA.

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18 Oct 2017
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