Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

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

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