Imogen Rigden: Lace Weight

This multi-media show was conceived during research for a trip to the Atlantic islands of St. Kilda.

Evacuated on August 29th, 1930, the exhausted population had elected to leave their home island, Hirta, occupied by their forebears for four thousand years. This is of constant relevance as people travel to escape the effects of climate change and conflict.

The artist contemplates how the disintegration of any community affects cultural continuity and the well-being of women. The security of our own networks and the potential pain of isolation are explored through the existence and destruction of a lace weight shawl.

Careful drawings of feathers speak of versatility, resourcefulness and strength but also of vulnerability as we navigate hostile environments. Paintings, drawings and sculptural pieces evoke an outward journey of courage, optimism and fearfulness. Unwalkable landscapes continue the theme of travel into an uncertain world.

Imogen Rigden in Conversation
Wed 30 January 3pm – 3.45pm

Imogen will talk for 20 minutes about the fascinating history behind the exhibition and walk you through different pieces in the show. There will be time for questions afterwards and, of course, we invite you to stay longer to see the exhibition or for a tea or coffee.

If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Nicky Laird, Gallery and Exhibitions Co-ordinator, on

Advanced booking is essential as places are limited.

Imogen Rigden: Lace Weight


Admission Free

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