Stables’ rich heritage inspires artists

Picture shows Coalfields Regeneration Trustee Nicky Wilson with last year's winner Jamie Campbell.
Picture shows Coalfields Regeneration Trustee Nicky Wilson with last year's winner Jamie Campbell.

THEY say that where there’s muck there’s brass but at a major exhibition at Cambo Estate it’s more a case of where there’s muck there’s art.

Fifteen artists were invited to use the estate’s soon-to-be restored Georgian stables as inspiration for the exhibition, which was ‘neigh’ problem for sculptor Tom Harrup who decided to use horse dung as a sculpting material, mixing it with sand and clay and using a Bronze Age mould-making technique.

Sculptor Tom Harrup

Sculptor Tom Harrup

The resulting work - called Internal Tourist and described as “elevated voids and passages” - can be seen at the Heartwood Artists at Cambo exhibition, which runs from July 28 to August 26.

There will also be community art workshops, including bookmaking, ceramics and stone carving. These are open to all ages and no experience is necessary.

The estate near Kingsbarns will be a hotbed of creativity during the exhibition. As well as work by eight guest artists, also on show will be pieces by the core group of seven Heartwood Artists.

Previously, the Heartwood Artists have held exhibitions in woodlands in Perthshire and Catherine Erskine, of Cambo Insitute, was so impressed with them that she invited some of the artists to show their works in Cambo woods during the estate’s annual Snowdrop Festival.

Cambo Institute was set up in 1998 to create opportunities for learning in heritage, environment, arts, culture and horticulture at the estate and restoring and converting the stables, which date back to 1760s, is a key part of its future plans. Unused since the Second World War, the stables are due to be restored next year and plans include creating a new visitor centre.

In the exhibition catalogue, Diana Sykes, director of Fife Contemporary Art and Craft, said marks and traces of the buildings’ past provided focus for researching and re-imagining their history.

Admission to the exhibition is free and more details about the show and artists are on the Cambo website or call 01333 450054.