East meets West in a stunning new exhibition which brings together the ancient Japanese tradition of Washi paper-making and the very best of contemporary Scottish printmaking.
Washi Umi o Koete or Paper from Across the Sea, is a creative cultural collaboration between Dunfermline Printmakers and Mino Art, Japan.
The exhibition at the Auld Kirk Museum in Kirkintilloch will feature a selection of fine art prints on hand-made Japanese paper and will be complemented by a display of prints and paper works By Elspeth Lamb, inspired by her travels to Japan.
As part of the exhibition, a number of paper and printing workshops have been organised at the Auld Kirk Museum.
To celebrate the exhibition opening day on Saturday 16 February, two paper hand-craft workshops will see visitors learn about Chigiri-e, a Japanese art form which uses torn coloured paper to create images. The workshops, which are on from 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm, is suitable for all the family and you will make your own unique example to take away. The event is free but places are limited, so booking is advised. Additional workshops aimed at over 16s will take place on Monday 18 March between 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm.
On Saturday 16 March, family friendly plasticine printing workshops will take place at the museum between 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm. This is a safe and easy form of printmaking and you will create your own template and make colourful prints to take home.
Sandy Marshall, Chair of EDLC Trust, said, "This superb exhibition showcases the skills of both countries by creating a body of original artwork using techniques from across the printmaking media on different types of hand-made Japanese papers. The result is a colourful and unique fusion of artistic traditions and cultures."
Councillor Billy Hendry, Convener of the Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets Committee, added, "We are proud to be welcoming this exhibition to East Dunbartonshire, which sees two cultures come together through a mutual appreciation of expert craftsmanship.
"I hope as many people as possible come along to see it and get involved in the workshops."
Paper from Across the Sea runs from 16 February – 28 March at the Auld Kirk Museum in Kirkintilloch. Opening times are Tuesday to Saturday 10am-1pm; 2-5pm. For more information and to book a place on one of the workshops please call 0141 777 3013 or visit www.edlc.co.uk