Cuningar Loop mobile museum and exhibition goes on the road

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11 JULY 2014NEWS RELEASE No: 16314

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James Winnett, Cuningar Loop’s artist in residence, has created a mobile museum of unearthed artefacts found among rubble of the former landfill site, which will be exhibited at GREEN2014 from 15th July –26th August at The Lighthouse. 

Cuningar Loop is a £5.7 million project that is transforming 15 hectares of derelict land on the banks of the River Clyde into an attractive woodland park. Led by Forestry Commission Scotland, the main ground works started in January.

His idea for the exhibition is to create a show piece of the weird and wonderful artefacts found from the site - old bricks, glass bottles, kitchenware, toys, pieces of lino, melted plastic and warped watch faces - to give people an insight into the changing nature of the site and its transformation into a new woodland park.

Forestry Commission Scotland project manager for Cuningar Loop, Joneen Clarke, said:

“This is a really exciting Legacy 2014 project that will create a fantastic woodland park right in Clyde regeneration heart land.

“For over 200 years this area of land has been used for mixed industrial use.  Fifty years ago it was a landfill site both for Rutherglen and for the rubble from the clearance of the Gorbals.  The exhibition is a great opportunity for local people to see the artefacts discovered from the site – discovering the old before the new comes.

“James’ exhibition is exactly what we’re looking to do more of throughout the site’s transformation.  By offering lots of opportunities for local residents to get involved, our hope is that when the park opens people feel a sense of pride and ownership for what will be a great asset on their doorstep."

GREEN2014 is an exhibition showcasing the Environmental Legacy of the XX Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

James said:

“I’ve been amazed at how nature has reclaimed what was a landfill site from the sixties onwards and how the site is being transformed again by the Forestry Commission.”

“The site was strewn with bricks, blocks of sandstone, old glass bottles and bits of household bric-a-brac. The exhibition documents the way the site has been for over half a century. It’s an important part of the local social history and offers an opportunity to reflect on the past as the transformation is taking place.”

“People are fascinated by the curious artefacts, easily identified from their childhood, as items owned by their parents or grandparents.  I built the mobile museum from local reclaimed materials with the help of a local 'Handy Folk' group and I've found that it’s a great way for getting people talking about the artefacts, and letting them know what is coming – the new woodland park.”

Two larger exhibitions of James’ involvement with Cuningar Loop including: his research, film footage and photography of the site, artefacts from the mobile museum and art pieces created by local people during his art workshops, will be available to see at:

Rutherglen Town Hall from Saturday 26th July to Tuesday 12th August, 9am – 5pm, with a special viewing on Thursday 31st July from 4-7pm where you can meet James.

East Kilbride Arts Centre from Wednesday 5th to Sunday 30th November with an opening evening at 7.30pm where James will give a talk
Cuningar Loop is expected to be open to the public in spring 2015.

Notes to Editors

1.       Cuningar Loop is a Forestry Commission Scotland, Clyde Gateway and South Lanarkshire Council project that aims to attract over 100,000 visitors by 2021.

2.       A new pedestrian bridge will link from the Commonwealth Games athletes’ village to Cuningar Loop.

3.       The Commission received funding from Creative Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage for two Artists in Residency posts.  James Winnett and Rob Mulholland are working with local people and community groups to develop ideas for the development of public art at Cuningar Loop. 

4.       Issued by Golley Slater on behalf of Forestry Commission Scotland

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