reFresh Exhibition and Project Space

reFresh is one of the activities that came out of Làn Thìde, the Outer Hebrides Climate Beacon partnership. reFresh ran from March to May 2022 as a series of public workshops, exploring our relationship to objects and waste in the Outer Hebrides, and finding creative approaches to reusing, recycling and repurposing.

My role in the project was to curate the project space and exhibition at Taigh Chearsabhagh. I also helped to facilitate the workshops, and I organised a closing event to invite participants of the workshops to talk about their creative outputs and reflect on their experience of the project. The works on display in the gallery acted as a showcase of the weird and wonderful creations made by participants of the workshops and the commissioned artists.

During the closing event I invited the attendees to view the works, and if they felt comfortable, for the makers to talk a little bit about the process they’ve engaged with. This led to a brilliant conversation about where the ‘waste’ components of the works had come from – one stool was made with wood from a previous furniture project, and slate roof tiles which the maker had discovered emerging from a midden in the dunes. A table had been concocted from an old Christmas tree trunk, the handle of a garden tool and a piece of broomstick.

Read my full blog about the project with more pictures here: