Art ex­hi­bi­tion with en­vi­ron­men­tal mes­sage

The Galloway News - - NEWS - STEPHEN NORRIS

An ex­hi­bi­tion in­spired by the his­toric Gal­loway Glens hy­dro scheme has opened in Dum­fries.

The Pen­nies From Heaven dis­play fea­tures work by Dalry pho­tog­ra­phers Morag Paterson and Ted Leem­ing.

Artists Ja­son Nel­son, from Dundee, and Cather­ine Ma­jor from Mof­fat are also ex­hibit­ing.

The quar­tet led guided walks round Tong­land Power Sta­tion and Earl­stoun Power Sta­tion near Dalry to in­form the ex­hi­bi­tion.

The cen­tre­piece is a large im­age cre­ated by Morag show­ing lochs and rivers of the hy­dro scheme.

She said: “When the hy­dro scheme started some peo­ple thought of it as pen­nies from heaven.

“That’s be­cause the rain on the Gal­loway hills was be­ing turned into clean en­ergy that could power thou­sands of homes.

“But the bru­tal re­al­ity is that our de­mand for en­ergy and con­sumer goods has just con­tin­ued to grow and we now face a cli­mate change emer­gency. This ex­hi­bi­tion prompts ques­tions about these is­sues and what we need to do to change.”

Ted said: “Just do­ing your re­cy­cling is sim­ply no longer enough. We have to change our habits as con­sumers and our en­ergy use as a so­ci­ety.”

Pen­nies From Heaven is part of the En­er­gise arts pro­ject and runs at the Grace­field Arts Cen­tre un­til June 29.

Quar­tet From left, Ted Leem­ing, Cather­ine Ma­jor, Ja­son Nel­son and Morag Leem­ing at Tong­land. Photo by Colin Hat­ter­s­ley Photograph­y

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