Costumes for Performance by Alex Rigg Curated by Denise Zygadlo


Moniaive-based artist and performer Alex Rigg has made design for theatre and dance since 1984. Throughout this year, he has been working on a new project and this summer at Gracefield Arts Centre in Dumfries we have the opportunity to enjoy a fascinating insight into his work.


“Not To Scale” is a new project for 2016 and draws inspiration from electromagnetism and the impact of physical size in the context of the performance landscape. This specially curated exhibition will present and explore Alex’s recent design thinking and costumes and will include an active element of making during the course of the exhibition – drop in to the gallery to see what’s happening – a daily diary will be posted with activities.


The show has been put together by Denise Zygadlo, an artist living and working in Dumfries and Galloway, and also a previous exhibitor at Gracefield with her textile exhibition ‘Wrap’ shown in July 2014.  The exhibition has been getting lots of coverage with a feature on Reporting Scotland on Monday 25th, local radio and the Janice Forsyth radio show.


Dumfries and Galloway Councillor Tom McAughtrie commented “Great to see this Dumfries and Galloway based artist get the national attention he deserves, he’s a unique talent in the region”


Gallery visitors have been fascinated too, comments include: “best exhibition I have seen!”  “Amazing – I am in awe!”  “Can’t wait to see the costumes in action”  “so much to see, it deserves a visit every time I’m in town”, “Loved it !”.


As well as the exhibition and activities there will be a live performance on 20th August ,7pm (approx. 1hr.) Tickets are £5 with under 16s free when accompanied by a paying adult.  Contact the Midsteeple box office for tickets on 01387 253383.  The exhibition will be open to view on that evening too, plus Gracefield usual exhibition hours of Tuesday-Saturday 10am to 5pm, continuing until Saturday 10th Sept.  If you aren’t sue where Gracefield is, follow the handy AA signs that will be up around town for the summer. For lots of background on the artist see his company’s website at www.oceanallover.co.uk


Over in Gallery 1, The Dumfries & Galloway Fine Arts Society stages it annual summer exhibition, which continue until 13 August.  Don’t miss your chance to see the wide variety of local talent on show, and then this is followed by a fascination collection of works by renowned Scottish artist, Ian Hamilton Finlay, which opens on the 20th August.

Admission to exhibitions is always free and there’s also the Gracefield Craft Shop, which will have its usual selection of the best of local makers shown alongside selected national artists and Café Hubub, which also features a changing exhibition programme.  Over the summer Hubbub will feature photographs by Michal Sur which run until 30 July, followed by paintings by local artist Gordon Robertson, from 2 Aug-3 Sept.  Gordon has been painting local landmarks for over 30 years and his individual style brings a world of colour to the café.


For full details, please give us a call or visit the Council website at www.dumgal.gov.uk/gracefield

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