Unique exhibition draws on local history

Friday, 21 December, 2018

imagine of drawn mapA unique work drawing on the people and past of Kirkintilloch Town Hall is now on display at the iconic building.

The Town Hall Dialectogram is the last in a year-long programme of exhibitions, being held as part of the Made in Kirkintilloch heritage programme - organised by East Dunbartonshire Leisure and Culture (EDLC) Trust.

The culmination of an inspirational two-year project - led by artist Mitch Miller - the ‘Dialectogram’ is a large-scale representation of people, objects and events associated with the town hall.

It features an evocative mixture of stories and drawings - putting the spotlight on individuals, groups and communities involved with the building through the years.

Fiona Dean, who has been co-ordinating the co-curated exhibitions, said, "Over the course of the ambitious project, Mitch was inspired by interviews, conversations, local archives and collections - creating drawings and recording stories featuring the iconic town hall.

"He encouraged individual and group contributions to his large-scale drawing - creating a unique work which reflects the building’s past activities, objects and stories, as well as future aspirations for a new era."

The Town Hall Dialectogram is on display in the town hall's co-curated space until 28 February 2019 (Mon-Thurs 10am-4pm).

Visitors to the town hall can also enjoy Made in Kirkintilloch - a permanent exhibition on the first floor of town hall, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund - which contains a series of fascinating objects, photos, interactive features and more.

Councillor Billy Hendry, Convener of Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets, said, "The latest co-curated exhibition draws on the experiences of a range of local people - from those with specialist knowledge of the town hall and its history, through to the memories of the many people who worked, performed and exhibited there, as well as the voices of those newly-introduced to the building’s history.

"The Council is pleased we have been able to deliver such a great facility in the heart of Kirkintilloch, working with EDLC and a range of partners in the public and private sectors."

Sandy Marshall, Chair of the EDLC Trust, said, "This is a unique representation of Kirkintilloch Town Hall's history and a fitting conclusion to the current programme of co-curated exhibitions, which have been a great success. We will be holding a retrospective look back at all of the displays in 2019 - keep an eye out for details."

* Artist Mitch Miller will be speaking about the Town Hall Dialectogram at a special event at the town hall on Thursday 24 January at 7pm. Entry is free - book via www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/artist-talk-the-town-hall-dialectogram-tickets-52148862652

Visit https://www.edlc.co.uk/heritage-arts/exhibitions for more details.

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