Claire Blyth Art

Inch 13 Thoughts like flowers 11x11 cm

Working Perspectives Blog

A selection of artists from Crossing Borders have been invited into unexpected workplaces in Peebles: Castle Warehouse, Grandison's Plasterworks; Renwick and Weir joiners and Go Ape amongst others. For me, it's Nomad Beat, the charity-run music school. We've to find inspiration in these venues and use it to make new artworks. With a ceramicist, a jeweller and a couple of textile workers as well as painters, the resulting exhibition in the Tweeddale Gallery in early 2015, should be worth a look. We're pleased to have support from Scottish Borders Museums and Galleries services and from Peebles Creative Place.

Peebles - Creative Place

By clairebb, Jul 27 2014 08:15PM

Nomad Beat has been busy creating a treat for everyone - a fabulous collaborative outdoor musical performance with added sunshine....


Well done, Alison for composing a beautiful tune and bringing together pipe and silver bands, traditional and classical musicians, choir and goodness knows what else.,

I have played music - piano, cornet and guitar, always very badly, but with generous people who were willing to accommodate me, so I have experienced that amazing moment when the music takes off and you are part of something bigger and better than the sum of the parts.


As for my response as a visual artist, having done a lot of figure drawing in the past, I'm interested in the relationship between the human body and the instrument - does the body dictate the form of the instrument or vice versa - or is it another collaboration?

While I ponder that, here are some earlier sketches:


Wrestling or dancing?



Like a bird.



Loved hearing this girl giving it laldy on the drums - wish it was me!



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