Stanley Mills stages special exhibition by local art group
10 December 2009
Perth-based re.create, a community organisation offering art and writing skills
tuition to adults with special needs, is staging an art exhibition at the Stanley Mills heritage attraction.
The exhibition of artworks by re.create members is being held in the Community Room
at Stanley Mills. It previews this Friday, 11th December, from 7pm to 9pm, with a reception featuring
live music. Following that, it will run daily from 10am to 3.30pm until Christmas Eve.
Established in the spring of 2007, re.create was set up, and is run by, Sheila Buchanan,
a local artist who works with adults with special needs.
Sheila worked with special needs groups in Dundee and Fife before studying for a
degree in Constructed Textiles at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. After graduating,
she returned to a lecturing post, teaching art to adults with special needs in Fife. Now living
in Perth, she has returned to working with adults with special needs. Earlier this year, she contributed
to Stanley Mills community events programme by presenting a family workshop on weaving at Stanley Mills.
Sheila said: “The members of re.create are delighted to be staging an exhibition
at Stanley Mills, which is a superb venue. They’ve all worked extremely hard to produce their
personal contributions to the exhibition and this is a great achievement for them. We’re all looking
forward to visitors coming along to see their artworks.”
re.create, which initially received support and accommodation from PUSH, a centre
for special needs adults which is based in Perth’s Tay Street, meets every Friday afternoon, from
1.30pm to 3.30pm, at the Community Hall in the Salvation Army premises at 77 South Street, Perth. Art
and writing classes and workshops are led by Sheila and Lorna Cameron, a local artist/photographer who
works with re.create on a voluntary basis and who, like Sheila, has also exhibited with the group.
Media visitors to the exhibition:
Kaye Finlay, Stanley Mills Visitor Services Manager
Tel: 01738 828268
/ 07767 425676
NOTES FOR EDITORS
- Stanley Mills, an internationally important complex of former water-powered
cotton mills; is one of the country’s most outstanding new visitor experiences. As Britain’s finest
surviving early cotton mills, it provides an engaging insight into Scotland’s industrial and social
heritage and the history of the local area. Stanley Mills is located on the Tay, seven miles north
of Perth off the A9. Postcode: PH1 4QE. Admission, summer and winter: Adult £5.00, Child £2.50, Concession
- The buildings date back to 1786 and operated for 200 years before
closing in the 1980s. The Bell Mill at Stanley Mills was designed by Sir Richard Arkwright and is the
best of his mills to survive anywhere. The buildings are Category A-listed and have been in the
care of Historic Scotland since 1995.
- A £4 million regeneration scheme to conserve the historic buildings on the
site and provide a mixed-use development that is sensitive to its historic importance culminated in
the opening of the complex as an exciting new visitor experience with education and community facilities.
- The regeneration scheme not only secured the future of Stanley Mills but
enabled it to once again play a vital role in the local and wider community. The project involved
the restoration of the lades and conservation of the historic buildings. The East Mill and most of Mid
Mill were converted into flats and townhouses by the Phoenix Trust, completed in 2000. The Bell and
Mid Mill are open to visitors and are available for educational and pre-booked groups.
- A large education centre offers facilities for school groups and the opportunity
for use by the local community. A package of education activities has been developed to tie in with
the National Curriculum for 9-14 year olds.
- The interactive visitor experience, designed to bring the past of the 18th century complex
to life, comprises a series of exhibits, displays, images and historical artefacts which tell the story
of the Mills and explore the broader themes of power, people, place and products. Old carding machines,
restored to working standard, are on show and visitors have the chance to try out scale-model water
wheels to harness the power of rushing water. The centre also conveys a sense of the noise, heat and
smell of life on the factory floor as the machines churned out products, like webbing, for export throughout
the British Empire and beyond. The captivating blend of working machinery, artefacts, exhibits, audio
visual displays, and sound recordings transports visitors back to the days when Stanley Mills was the
thriving heart of the community and a vital part of the local and national economy.
- Historic Scotland has 345 outstanding historic properties and sites in its
care. These include some of the leading tourism attractions in the country, including Edinburgh, Stirling,
and Urquhart Castles, Fort George, Linlithgow Palace, the Border Abbeys, and Skara Brae. For further
details visit: www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/places
- Historic Scotland’s Mission is: to safeguard Scotland’s historic environment
and to promote its understanding and enjoyment.