St Margaret’s House, Edinburgh: Alan McIntyre, Unseen Trails – Journeys Made Visible

Alan McIntyre - Stick Pen and Feet with Lines & Moving Stick, 2019

23rd – 30th November

Unseen Trails – Journeys Made Visible is a joint exhibition between Edinburgh artist Alan McIntyre and the social enterprise Crossing Countries, revealing journeys in Scotland and South Africa.

A two-part exhibition, the overarching theme of Unseen Trails: Journeys Made Visible is how people navigate their environment, and what they leave in their wake. 

Jean Cathro (founder of Crossing Countries) supported Alan on White Stick Trails as part of Alan’s developing practice as an artist with progressive sight loss. Alan wanted to capture impressions of his emotional and sensory experiences as he navigates his environment, and to incorporate these into his art. Reliant on the signals from his white stick, by taping a marker pen to it he was able to make his journey visible. His other works Dream Walks explore journeys through nature. 

Crossing Countries, a Scottish social enterprise, adds an international perspective to the exhibition as it provides opportunities for disabled and non-disabled people to volunteer together. This summer they took the idea behind Alan’s work to Bobbi Bear (a human rights organisation who help sexually abused children) and Mason Lincoln Special School in Umlazi Township, Durban, South Africa. The result is Imizwa Yobicuko: The Pulse of Creativity. They expect visitors to participate in their creative process by touching their tactile pieces and leaving their own fingerprints on the work.

Gallery 3,
St Margaret’s House,
151 London Road,
Edinburgh EH7 6AE

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