Online Artists Talk with Deirdre Nelson & Emma Dove

8 July 2021

Join us for an online talk with artists Deirdre Nelson & Emma Dove, who will discuss their project Langholm Made.

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Deirdre Nelson photo by Eoin Carey
Deirdre Nelson photo by Eoin Carey

8th July, 6.30 – 7.30pm. (Via Zoom)

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Please join us for an online talk with artists Deirdre Nelson & Emma Dove, who will discuss their project Langholm Made.

LANGHOLM MADE has been running from March to July 2021, as part of 'Making Connections' – a creative project led by Upland with OutPost Arts and the Langholm Initiative.

Langholm Made seeks to explore and celebrate ‘making’ past and present in Langholm, a border town in Dumfries & Galloway which has a rich textile history and is also vibrant in contemporary and domestic craft and making.

Originally scheduled to take place from January – October 2020, the timelines and outcomes have been adapted to overcome the challenges of pandemic.

During the project Deirdre has been exploring & celebrating making in Langholm in its widest sense. Through call outs to the local community and through remote working with the primary school, she set out to collect what people have been making, both within studios and at home. Varied contributions were received - from baking, sewing and knitting to woodwork and fly-tying.

Emma Dove has been collecting stories and memories of the weaving industry through a series of recorded conversations. Gathering memories of working in the mills; knowledge, skills, or particular stories that have been passed down through the family; or more recent experiences of weaving activity happening in Langholm today.

As the project draws to a close Deirdre and Emma will discuss the work which has been produced and how this fits into each of their own wider, ongoing practices. They will also reflect on the process of the project and the experiences and challenges faced in trying to connect with a community and its heritage remotely.

Emma has also put together a programme of short films exploring and celebrating the roles of women working in the textile industries, which is available from 2 - 8 July to watch online here.

About the artists

Emma Dove 
Based in rural Dumfries & Galloway, Emma Dove is an artist working in film, sound and aural history. She regularly collaborates with other artists, musicians, academics and scientists. 

Previous projects have explored relationships to place, notions of home and personal memory, engaging with local communities to create immersive works layering long-take video, voices and field recordings. Completed works have been presented at exhibitions and festivals in the UK, Italy, Sweden, Romania, Brazil, Mexico and India.

Deirdre Nelson
An Irish artist/designer based in Glasgow. Deirdre creates textiles which explore humour, place and social history. She partners traditional techniques with contemporary processes such as digital print, creating work not only to be exhibited in galleries but also as part of artist residencies, education and community projects. She enables the communities she works with to explore social and environmental issues through making.

Deirdre studied textiles at Glasgow School of Art 1992 and a M. Philosophy in 1996. She has exhibited internationally and nationally and undertaken residencies both in the UK and Australia.

Deirdre developed a connection to Langholm through two years working on Arts Across the Curriculum Project in both primary and secondary schools in Langholm.