Published: Tuesday, 28th June 2016
The Hawick Flood Protection Scheme has appointed its first ever project artist.
Borderer Andrew Mackenzie will be taking forward the consultation process. This will help finalise the permanent public artworks associated with the scheme, which is currently in its outline design phase.
Andrew Mackenzie, artist from Stow
“I am very pleased to have been selected as project artist for the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme, and I am looking forward to getting involved with the community of Hawick.
“I plan to set up a series of workshops, events and activities with schools, community centres and adults which will involve river walks, drawing and writing activities, photography, model making and temporary public artworks.
“This will be a fantastic opportunity for the people of Hawick, young and old, to have an influence on how their flood protection scheme will look and feel. I hope that many local people will get involved.”
Andrew has already worked with Hawick High School pupils, and has engaged with a range of community groups and organisations locally.
Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure
“Andrew will build on the work of the arts community group which was one of a number of groups set up to consider how the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme could provide wider benefits to the town.
“This is an innovative idea which I am sure will result in a number of interesting projects.
“The project team continue to welcome the views of the public during this vital outline design phase and ahead of the public exhibition later this summer.”
We have been involved in the appointment of a project artist along with:
- consulting engineers CH2M
- Creative Arts Business Network (CABN) which is part of Live Borders
Stow artist's previous exhibitions
Based in Stow, Andrew Mackenzie has exhibited his work extensively both in the UK and abroad.
Solo exhibitions include Veined with Shadow Branches at Sarah Myerscough Gallery, London, which included a collaboration with the poet and writer Ken Cockburn.
Group exhibitions include:
- A Parliament of Lines at The City Art Centre, Edinburgh which toured to The Pier Art Centre Stromness and RMIT Gallery in Melbourne
- Converge at the Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
Updates on Andrew’s work will be posted via the Hawick Flood Protection Scheme Facebook page which also provides general updates on the project.
Further information is also available from Hawick Flood Scheme.