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Art and Craft Movement in Scotland (1880 -1920)

Thursday, September 10, 2015 @ 19:30 - 20:30

£4 – £5

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Elizabeth Cumming is the author of “Hand, Heart and Soul. The Art and Craft Movement in Scotland”. The book was shortlisted for the Saltire Society Research Book of the Year. She will lecture on the Scottish dimension of an international movement that saw the flourishing of the decorative and fine arts at the turn of the last century.

Hand, Heart and Soul - exhibition guideHand, Heart and Soul looked at Arts and Crafts practice across Scotland between 1880 and 1939. More than 300 objects in a wide variety of media – from jewellery to furniture, ceramics and glass, textiles to architectural designs – were assembled from public and private collections. Some items were familiar, many others (and their designers) were new discoveries. Arranged through six thematic sections, the show presented fascinating facets of the movement from the design or decoration of buildings to studio crafts. Together they provided fresh insight into life and identity a century ago.


The story of the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland is one of friendships, families and networks of art workers, architects and designer-craftsmen and women, all committed to the restoration of beauty to everyday life in the industrial age. At heart it was a middle-class city movement with its base in art schools and shared exhibitions. Arts and Crafts was an ideology which embraced modernity and progress but also the romance of the past. Part of the British movement, Scottish Arts and Crafts reflected and encouraged national dreams.

Scotland had contributed to the early formulation of the movement’s ideas. In the 1820s the essayist and historian Thomas Carlyle had criticised the spiritual emptiness of the new ‘mechanical age’. John Ruskin, a Victorian writer of Scots ancestry, emphasised the beauty of old, traditional handcraft and its pleasure for both maker and user. His writings, rooted firmly in the Presbyterian tradition, were influential internationally but nowhere more than in Scotland where the moral duty of the individual to society was strong.


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Tickets £5(£4 for PCAA members) available from our craft shop at 4 West Street

We are having technical difficulties with our website. To reserve tickets phone Jackie on 01968675661 or email jmcdonaldjmm@aol.com



Thursday, September 10, 2015
19:30 - 20:30
£4 – £5
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