Felt Not Telt - Sian Yeshe

10 July 2021 to 11 July 2021

A site-specific installation exploring the centuries old tradition of Langholm Common Riding from 2021 Emerge recipient, Sian Yeshe.

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Image: still from 'Felt Not Telt'
Image: still from 'Felt Not Telt'

Felt Not Telt
Sian Yeshe

Saturday 10 July & Sunday 11 July 2021
Open 10:30am - 17:00pm

Join us for refreshments (outdoors) on Saturday 10 July at 13:00pm.

Booking is not essential but please be aware that a limited number of people can enter the exhibition at any one time, so visitors may have to wait.

Kiln Green
DG13 0EP

We are delighted to present, 'Felt Not Telt', an exhibition by current Emerge recipient Sian Yeshe which explores the centuries old tradition of Langholm Common Riding.

Common Riding is a significantly important part of the cultural heritage in the Scottish border region. Langholm’s Common Riding began in 1759 as a settlement of a legal dispute which upheld that the Langholm people had certain common rights within the town’s land boundaries. Thereafter, each year these boundaries were to be maintained and re-marked by locals. This has developed into a traditional celebration which takes place ‘annually on the last Friday of July’. The tradition was challenged in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic allowing Sian to explore the community’s relationship to its heritage through a series of interviews with longstanding participants. The exhibition features audio from these interviews as well as a combination of archive footage, footage from Common Riding 2017 and 2020, and the film ‘Felt not Telt’.

About the Artist

Sian Yeshe is an emerging artist from Langholm, Scotland. Sian explores people based narratives through a practice founded in documentary film and installation. Using visual and audio narratives Sian facilitates the communication of issues faced in often underrepresented communities, particularly in a rural context. Wishing her work to be approachable Sian rarely shows in gallery’s, preferring to create physical installations in situ and release work digitally. It is her hope that her work can not only uplift the communities she engages with but also shine light on the diversity of life within these communities.

About Emerge

Emerge is a 6 month programme of mentoring with a bursary of £1,000 for early career artists and makers with a connection to Dumfries & Galloway.

This year, we have awarded two Emerge bursaries which see's each recipient paired up with an experienced Upland artist or maker. As well as creating new work and taking part in Spring Fling, the recipients also benefit from go & see trips and networking opportunities. Now in its tenth year, the programme is becoming a key part of the infrastructure for our next generation of artists and makers in Dumfries & Galloway. This years recipients are Rachel Shnapp and Sian Yeshe. For more information about the Emerge programme please click here.

Emerge 2021 is supported by The Archie Sutter Watt Trust, The Holywood Trust and Creative Scotland.