The artists in residence at Cuningar Loop has received a £21,000 grant for an ambitious project.
James Winnett will lead workshops with residents and community groups in creating 15 large, carved sculpted works for public installation throughout the £5.7million woodland park development on the site.
The project will be named ‘The Cuningar Stones,’ and has been made possible thanks to funding of £21,000 from Creative Scotland.
The sculptures will be made using sandstone left over from the demolition of the Gorbals in the 1960’s and recovered from beneath the surface of the new park.
James said: “The surface of each stone tells a story through the marks left from quarrying, from the stonemasonry and more recently from the demolition and excavation.
“For me, the work is about intervening in these layers by drawing on the complex identity of the site to tell its story.
“By carving into the surface of the stones I can reuse the material in a way that connects the social history of the site with its new identity as a woodland park.
“I will be running stone carving workshops from January to March and plan to get groups involved in contributing to the content of the carvings, learning about the creative process and having a go at stone carvings themselves.”
James has developed the project in consultation with South Lanarkshire Council Arts Development, Clyde Gateway and Healthy ‘n’ Happy
No stone unturned Sandstone blocks from Cuningar Loop in Rutherglen
Artist James Winnett is based at Cuningar Loop