Gentler Passion presents a sound installation exploring hand-made sheds that Pigeon Fanciers build for their birds.

The project is generously supported by the Scottish Sculpture Workshop’s Winter Residency 2013 program.

This blog will focus on the construction and fabrication of the work during SSW’s Winter Residency program.

Gentler Passion is one of many works that sets games, play, traditional hobbies and humour as concepts to explore within creative practice.


Gentler Passion was exhibited at Seventeen, Aberdeen (31st May – 30th June 2013). A great conclusion of three months of solid working. I enjoyed the challenge of making and exhibiting to a tight deadline as you just have to trust your own decisions and fate a little bit.

Installation was over three days with the first moving the sculpture and setting in up in the gallery space. The next two days were painting, audio testing and setting up for the opening event.

Seventeen is Aberdeen City Council’s new arts hub space.


Collection by Transit Van

So it’s finally on the horizon. Thanks to my husband and friend I’m shifting the sculpture from SSW in Lumsden to a temporary home in my shed.

At the end of May 2013, it will be exhibited at Aberdeen City Council’s new cultrual hub space ‘Seventeen’ as part of the city’s bid to host the UK 2017 City of Culture program.

Lots to do – but slowly ticking off the list…


Since I last updated this blog, quite a lot has happened regarding the project.

The sculpture itself has been finished during a painting marathon of 12 hours. Two coats of black gloss and two of grey and it now resembles the pigeon doocots I remember from Glasgow.

I also shared a delicious meal with Ruth Hodgins and Tina Dillman, other residents currently at SSW.

Last week I had a meeting with the Cutural Development Officer for Aberdeen City and I was delighted to hear the new work will be exhibited in June as part of the city’s 2014 cultural bid program.

As well as that good news, I was in touch with the Scottish National Pigeon Racing Club to enquire about recording an interview with one of their North East members. This recording will help to add a personal touch to the current sound recordings to date. I have a contact so am waiting to hear about a recording date.

Now I just have to figure out how to move the sculpture and where to store it in the mean time until June…