Open Install Afternoon: Tuesday 12th March 2013, 12–5pm
Preview: Friday 22nd March 2013, 7–9pm
Exhibition: Saturday 23rd March–Friday 29th 2013
Richard Taylor, Dickie Webb and Claudia de la Peña, all artists who have previously worked on separate projects, come to together for the first time with works investigating Newhaven Station’s current stasis.
Since its discontinued use as a public railway station in 1962 the building has evolved from a carpentry workshop into an abandoned space ripe for development. In its present reality Richard Arnot, the owner of Newhaven Station, has gifted the artist’s use of the station as it nears a final transformation into freelance office space.
The artists will respond to this flux in the station’s use, peeling away layers of history and community, to decipher new avenues in their individual practices and discover journeys as a collective group. Richard Arnot, “As a resident of North Edinburgh I felt this would be an interesting project to support. It’s great to be able to provide much needed space for Richard, Dickie and Claudia, and to see how Newhaven Station might continue to contribute to a steadily expanding cultural scene in the north of the city.”
Holly Knox Yeoman, the exhibition organiser, first realised the potential for the space during Doors Open Day Edinburgh 2012 and has since been working to coordinate an exhibition of artists’ work. Yeoman adds “I grew up round the corner from the building and was always intrigued by its destitute structure. Through Doors Open Day and meeting Richard Arnot, it was fantastic to see the building returning somewhere closer to its former glory. The site-responsive works produced between the artists will hopefully create a welcoming invitation to local people, furthering dialogue surrounding the nature of the building as a forgotten landmark.”
On Tuesday 12th March, the doors of Newhaven Station will be open, welcoming people in to the space to meet the artists and enquire into the process in which they are working to create their works and exhibition. Independent curator and writer Kate Grenyer will also be present, observing the creative interactions between the artists, initiating critical discourse beyond the exhibition.
I do hope you can all make it!