Art exhibition exploring the ‘search for identity’ at Linlithgow Burgh Halls

Elaine Alison is bringing her art show to Linlithgow
Elaine Alison is bringing her art show to Linlithgow

An art exhibition which explores the ‘search for identity’ is open now at Linlithgow Burgh Halls.

Artist Elaine Allison’s Branch Lines exhibition uses found objects such as old photos in thought–provoking arrangements and often uses the family tree as a starting point for her work.

She uses a variety of media such as sculpture, screen printing, sewing and embroidery, and raises questions about memory and personal significance by evoking shared memories and associations.

Her body of work has earned her a number of prestigious awards, including the Hope Scott Trust Award, the Society Of Scottish Artists’ Southfield Prize and the Meffan Gallery And Museum Solo Exhibition Prize.

Dave King, councillor for culture and leisure at West Lothian Council, said: “I’m delighted to welcome another high-quality exhibition to the gallery at Linlithgow Burgh Halls. This historic setting is an ideal venue for showcasing Elaine Allison’s intriguing work.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to explore the unique creations of an award-winning Scottish artist.”

Elaine Allison will be at Linlithgow in person for a free artist talk and gallery tour on Thursday, March 17, from 7 to 9pm.

She will host a guided talk through the gallery and discuss some of the details of her work, including a glimpse into the world of found objects, family trees and sculptural constructions. The event is suitable for anyone aged 14 and over and it is free, but advance booking is essential.

Other related events at Linlithgow Burgh Halls include an embroidery and photography workshop with Lisa Flemming on Sunday, March 13, from 11am to 4.30pm.

Those taking part can learn new techniques to manipulate and bring new life to photographic images on fabric, then embellish with thread, additional fabric or paints. Participants can bring along their own camera or photographs saved on a USB stick, ensuring images have not been compressed.

Tickets are £35 or £32 concession and the event is suitable for anyone aged 16 and over.

The Red Earth is a performance of live music in the gallery amongst the art works at Linlithgow Burgh Halls on Wednesday, March 16, from 7 to 9pm. Weaving true stories and original songs, folk musicians Mairi Campbell and David Francis will share the Campbell family history in a performance that speaks to the personal and the universal in the incredible reality of people’s lives. Tickets cost £10 or £7 concession, and the show is suitable for anyone aged 14 and over.

The Burgh Halls at The Cross, Linlithgow, is open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, with extended opening until 9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 11am to 5pm on Sundays.

For more information visit www.linlithgowburghhalls.co.uk, email burgh.halls@westlothian.gov.uk or call 01506 282720.