Artist and poet Alec Finlay is declaring a national Day of Access. Encouraging estates to open their gates and allow admission to their tracks for people who can no longer climb the hills, Day of Access is for everyone who experiences constraints on access while enhancing the experience of anyone who enjoys wild land.
Documentation from the pilot Day of Access will be exhibited in the Travelling Gallery alongside work by Finlay and his invited collaborators. Day of Access offers alternatives to ‘disability heroism’, where those with handicaps are expected to over-achieve; suggests connections between wounded nature, healing and rewilding; and uses disability perspectives to promote sustainable human relationships with ecology. The artworks engage disabled and able-bodied people by giving accounts of disabilities and how these influence relationships with the landscape both positively and negatively.
The Travelling Gallery bus will be at these locations on the following dates:
Wednesday 14th August, 5pm – 7pm - Exhibition launch at Customs House, Leith
Thursday 15th August – Art Late only
Friday 16th August, 11am – 5pm - Calton Hill in collaboration with LeithLate
Saturday 17th August, 11am – 5pm - Holyrood Park, 2pm micro-navigation walk by Alison Lloyd.
14 – 17 August