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New Artist in Residence at Jedburgh Abbey

29 February 2012

A new artist-in-residence scheme has been launched at Jedburgh Abbey in the Scottish Borders.  

This follows a highly successful pioneering artist-in-residence initiative launched by Historic Scotland at Stirling Castle and is part of a new strategic partnership between Education Scotland and Historic Scotland with a focus on creative community learning and development

Inge Panneels, an internationally renowned artist specialising in glass art, will study Jedburgh Abbey and use mapping data in a new body of work being created in celebration of Gerardus Mercator, the inventor of world maps.

Visitors to the Abbey will be able to see Inge and her artist colleagues Rachel O’Dell and Amy Neville at Open Studio events throughout March.   

There will be a special presentation and discussion, ‘An Audience with the Artists’ at the Abbey on Saturday March 17th from 1:00 – 3:00 pm. This is included in the admission price to the Abbey.

Anne Jardine, Director of Learning and Community at Education Scotland said: “We are delighted to provide resources to build on and develop this exciting project in partnership with Historic Scotland.  

“Community learning and development (CLD) projects which link arts and creativity have an important role in engaging with individuals and communities and encourage long-lasting links between people, places and ideas.  

“We are confident that the residence project model offers great potential to develop and grow in the future allowing for positive outcomes for all of those taking part – particularly the learners.”

Sue Mitchell, Head of Learning Services at Historic Scotland said: “Our pilot artist in residence scheme at Stirling Castle has been hugely successful and we have been able to build on that success through support from Education Scotland.

“Our partnership agreement will help us to create a new dynamic of artistic co-operation between the three sites, and the involvement of local community learning and development departments will also allow us to forge new links with local authorities and ensure a bright future for artistic programmes at Historic Scotland sites.”

The artists’ work is for sale for the project duration in the Visitors Centre and Shop.
An exhibition of the participants’ work will be staged when the project finishes in April and by a conference which will celebrate all three residencies.

For information:

The project involves the artists working not only in Jedburgh but Earlston, Rowlands, Selkirk and Newstead.  This includes ‘Glass Week’ from the 9th-13th April at Inge Panneels studio in Lilliesleaf and at CO2 youth base in Jedburgh..

All artists are working closely with Youth Borders and Scottish Borders Council to deliver a programme of glass skills based workshops inspired by the Abbey, with young people and staff.

The Borders Creative Arts Network (CABN) supports the involvement of Rachel O’Dell and Amy Neville to engage in this community led work with Inge Panneels, as part of their professional development

Inge will exhibit her work in a one woman show, celebrating the life and work of the great map inventor at the Mercator Museum in Belgium in 2013

Notes for editors:

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with safeguarding the nation’s historic environment. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

  • The Year of Creative Scotland begins on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at: The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL.

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For further information

Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866