Welcome to our Cycle Arts Renfrewshire Pop up outdoor film installation - Sightlines by Kevin Cameron.
Sightlines film installation explores how those who are lucky enough to have gardens relate to them, particularly through lockdown. The installation also looks at the garden of William McDowell in the grounds of Semple House and uncovers the dark history of slavery that financed it. The film draws on various sources including interviews with local people in Lochwinnoch, 18th Century representations of gardens and their owners, as well as historical information about McDowell."
Parkhill woods, off the cycle track between Kilbarchan and Lochwinnoch, was originally laid out by William Boucher, a prominent garden designer in the early 18th Century. The work was commissioned by Colonel McDowell “the richest commoner in Scotland”, whose wealth was derived from sugar, slavery and the profits of enslaving people. In the process of constructing his gardens and redesigning the waterways of his land he also came into conflict with the local population, who he described as, “enemies to the laudable spirit of improvement” and “such is the temper of the creatures here that they choose to live upon potatoes and oat meal on their own dunghills”. Now his innovations in the landscape are for the most part derelict, but some structures remain, such as the ice caves, cascades and fish pools that lie close to the Collegiate church.
The installation was created by Kevin Cameron is an award winning film maker, teacher and artist living and working in Lochwinnoch.
The project is presented as a site specific 15 minute film and audio installation inside the Ice Cave at Parkhill Woods, Castle Semple. The installation film will run on a loop and can be visited by the public in groups of one or two people or family groups under social distancing.
The installation will take place on Friday the 25th and Saturday 26th June 2021 between 12 noon and 4pm
Finding the Location: The Ice Cave at Parkhill Woods (entrance opposite The Collegiate Church entrance )
The map below shows the walking route from Castle Semple Car park, alternatively use the cycle route to The Collegiate Church entrance.
Admission is Free
Please wear suitable footwear for the forest path terrain and clothing suitable for the weather conditions on the day.
Sightlines has been designed under social distancing guidelines for outdoor arts presentation.
Sightlines is one of 4 Outdoor Arts Projects for the Paisley to Lochwinnoch Cycle Route Commissioned by Place Partnership at Renfrewshire Leisure. The Project is funded by Creative Scotland and Renfrewshire Council.
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