2 September 2016
Meet Your Maker Event with James Rigler
Friday 2 September, 4 – 6pm
Hospitalfield is delighted to work with James Rigler and Craft Scotland to host our first Meet Your Maker event.
Coinciding with the unveiling of James Rigler’s sculptural commissions entitled THE DANCING STONES for Hospitalfield’s Autumn Season open weekend, this event will be an opportunity to hear about his innovative approach. Rigler will speak about the processes he uses when working with ceramic; how he borrows and subverts techniques found in industrial situations and often makes handmade objects which have an architectural or factory-made feel. He will talk about the specific materials he has used in recent projects including metal as visible support structure and domestic plastic surfaces as facades. He will also explain his interest in the history and associations connected to some of the materials that he uses, for example dressed stone, ceramic tile and faux-marble, entering into a discussion of ‘high’ and ‘low’ materials.
Visitors to the event will be the first to see Rigler’s new sculptures which are situated both inside the historic Hospitalfield House and outside in the grounds. James undertook a residency at Hospitalfield in 2015 and the elaborate architectural stone carving, library reference books and the site’s connection to Walter Scott’s The Antiquary have influenced this new work. The event will be followed by cream teas and the chance to look around the gardens.
Attendees are invited to stay on for a special The Antiquary evening event from 6 – 8pm with readings from Walter Scott’s novel by Scott scholar David Hewitt who is Emeritus Professor at University of Aberdeen and edited The Antiquary for the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels in 2009.
The Autumn Season open weekend runs from Friday 2 September until Sunday 4 September and includes a sculpture workshop led by James Rigler on Sunday, more information about the commission and event programme can be found here…
This project is part of the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design programme for 2016 and has received funding from Event Scotland.
Craft Scotland have supported the project through their Meet Your Maker scheme.
Thanks to Tomatin Distillery who have supplied their The Antiquary Blended Scotch Whisky for our opening events.