Stepping out of the cold Autumn day and taking some time just to wander and enjoy great art is one of my favourite things to do. I have no idea why, but I get so much more pleasure out of galleries and exhibitions when its cold outside!
Perth Concert Hall’s Threshold artspace is one of these great spaces that I think we often forget about. Free to everyone to come in and browse round, the space has showcased hundreds artists in its ten years since opening.
Threshold is currently displaying a mountain range of recent and new contemporary art commissions as part of its new exhibition. Entitled Mountains, the exhibition features work by Scottish and Internationla artists and scientists including Alex Boyd, Alton and Elizabeth Byers, Mary Golden, Su Grierson, Simon Fildes, Agnieszka Kozlowska, Denis Mallon, Harald Pauli and Martin Price.
Mountains also includes the solo exhibition 'Himalaya: The Changing Landscapes' by Alton Byers which is showing at the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, just behind Perth Concert Hall.
The exhibition as a whole offers a breath-taking view of the mountains of the world and captures the majesty of nature in its most raw and awe-inspiring state. You will love this exhibition and I urge you to drop in and before its leaves on Monday 4th January.
What I find wonderful about this sort of art is that it is free to be enjoyed by everyone - and that's how art should be displayed. We need to take the elitist, high-brow mumbo jumbo out of art and simply open the doors and let people soak it up. Take your kids, take your mum, stay for a coffee.
Those of you interested in a more indepth experience can join Iliyana Nedkova, creative director for contemporary art at Horsecross Arts, on selected Wednesday mornings for Coffee, Croissant and Art featuring a curatorial guided tour of Mountains. For further information and to download a free exhibition guide visit their website here>>>
Here's what she said:
“The exhibition is set to encourage a broader critical inquiry into the changes affecting mountain environments. Our goal is to make global change in mountains visible. Our mission is to unravel why ‘we are all mountain people’. All of the artworks featured in the exhibition seem to capture our sublime land forms in an increasingly fragile environment – from the Black Wood of Rannoch at the heart of Highland Perthshire to the devastated Fukushima.”
Mountains is accompanied by a set of new exclusive limited edition prints by Alex Boyd and Agnieszka Kozlowska as part of Horsecross Arts Collect + Support initiative for affordable contemporary art. A perfect and unique Christmas gift right there!
Platform Festival returns for its second year with exhibitions and events throughout Perthshire.