Home | News | Summer blockbuster
Arts | 4th June 2021

Summer blockbuster

Project to show how generations faced adversity 75 years apart


A PORTRAIT of Langholm’s people, past and present, is the theme of a major, summer-long project incorporating photography, printmaking and multi-media skills.

The Langholm People Project was launched by OutPost Arts (OPA) on Tuesday and it runs until September 30.

The project focuses on bringing awareness of Langholm people from history, contrasting them with people from present times.

It will draw parallels between the adversity faced by displaced Polish people resettled in Langholm Camp after World War Two and the collective challenges our community has faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lucy MacLeoad, OPA’s creative director, said: “Both issues link Langholm with a mass existential crisis, forcing us to confront ourselves in new ways; questioning our living spaces, our priorities and our lifestyles in unprecedented ways.”

Many Polish refugees lived at Langholm Camp, built on the site of a former military base on the Castleholm, as part of a national effort to resettle Poles displaced by war. Their important stories have yet to be collectively shared.

The refugees, who settled in the town, have made an important contribution to Langholm’s community and culture and those, who remember Langholm first-hand in the days and years after the end of the war, are dwindling.

Three artist commissions and a satellite programme of portraiture-related workshops and events will allow the community to collectively ask: Who are Langholm People? and be encouraged to become more creative as a result.

The project is part of OPA’s larger A Creative Place project, funded by the Holywood Trust, Robertson Trust, Stevenson Trust and Muirhall Energy.

Its exhibition, book and film are sponsored by the Langholm Alliance and will feature as part of its 400th Langholm Charter anniversary programme in September.

Lucy is project-managing the Langholm People Project, supported by Sophie Jarzyna, a descendant of one of the resettled Polish men.

Lucy said: “We’re excited to shine a light on Langholm’s people, their important stories and experiences in the face of adversity, both historic and present day.

“We’re also extremely pleased to offer paying commissions for Borderlands’ artists during this very difficult time for freelance creatives, who have really felt the impact of the pandemic.”

The three artist commissions will create original work inspired by historic and present-day Langholm people and their experiences.

The artists, all from Dumfries and Galloway or the Scottish Borders, will run four school workshops across all three commissions at Langholm primary school and the Academy, encouraging young people to engage with art and learn new creative skills and insights.”

Morag Eaton, an established Berwick-upon-Tweed printmaker, will focus on creating work on the subject of the camp, connecting with Polish descendants, local historians and people with their memories.

She will work with senior Academy pupils over two days in June, sharing her printmaking practice and creatively exploring the theme of ‘displaced people’.

Many of the Poles’ descendants have their own rich archives of stories, letters and photography for Morag to explore and use as starting points.

She will be supported by Sophie Jarzyna, a potter, and unpick these stories, accounts and visuals to create a large-scale narrative piece of work (or several smaller pieces) which honours their experiences and personal journeys.

Emily Tough, emerging Dumfries and Galloway multi-media artist, will create four portraits of Langholm’s COVID-19 Action Heroes who made important contributions to their community during the pandemic through their work.

Emily will work with P2 to P4 pupils, sharing her model-making practice during a workshop in August.

Kyna Hodges, emerging Dumfries and Galloway photographer, will create four portraits of the town’s COVID-19 Caring Heroes who looked out for more vulnerable residents during the pandemic.

Kyna will work with P5 to P7 pupils at the primary, sharing her photography practice during a workshop in August.

Langholm Faces portraiture competition launches this month and will encourage people of all ages to explore their creative side, contributing portraits towards a large-scale community exhibition from September 18 to 30 and publication.

The Langholm Faces exhibition will feature all the work from the artist commissions alongside competition winners and runners-up. Three, artist-led, community workshops, focusing on portraiture techniques and skills such as painting, drawing and photography will support and encourage people of all ages and abilities to take part.

Portraits can be of anyone from Langholm, historic or current and self-portraiture is encouraged.

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the charter signing, a hardback book featuring 400 portraits created from the whole Langholm People Project will be published and donated to all local libraries, becoming a ‘creative time-capsule’ for future generations.

Sian Yeshe, Langholm film-maker, will create a film charting the project’s progress and it will be premiered at the exhibition.

Would you like to support us?

The Eskdale and Liddesdale Advertiser is our community owned local newspaper and even in today’s troubled times, we aim to bring you local news and articles in an impartial, responsible and factual way.

We hope you have enjoyed reading this free article but we need your support so we can keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent and keeps you up to date with what is happening in Eskdale and Liddesdale.

Every reader’s contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to us.
‘Owned by the Community...Published for the Community’
Do you have a story?

Please get in touch if you have a story or article you would like to see published.

Related Articles

Chilli festival coming to Langholm

Self-confessed chilli capital of Scotland to host first ever ChilliFest


Public consultation on flood proposals promised

Councillor says ‘Ditch the Drain’ campaigners are being heard


Resurfacing works to result in A7 road closures

A7 road BEAR Scotland

The A7 will be closed between Canonbie and Hawick between…


Call for unvaccinated to come forward for jabs

Covid passports to be introduced in Scotland for those aged…


Talk to the Tarras team

Drop in every Wednesday for a chat


Muckle Toon Media welcomes new chairman

An optimistic John Hammond picks up the reins of the…


Over 100 residents attend heated flood defence meeting

Calls for renewed consultation with both regional and community councils


Kat joins Tarras team

Kat Mayer takes up her role as project and education…


Recycling Centre on the cards for Langholm

92% want to have the opportunity to dispose of garden…


National labour crisis felt by local businesses

Shortage of 100,000 drivers impacts on deliveries across the UK


FTS management duo gain prestigious degree

TWO local dyers have become the first to graduate from…


Canonbie Surgery relocates for major building repairs

EMERGENCY building repairs will be undertaken at Canonbie Surgery following…


Scaffolding fixed but what happens next?

Council forced to carry out repairs before something dreadful happens


Memorial centenary

THE 100th anniversary of the Langholm war memorial in Buccleuch…


Cleaning at the Kirk

Great team effort is appreciated


The Passion Remains

ONCE again, a much-reduced version of Langholm Common Riding was…


School transfer news

Langholm Alliance to consult on use of former primary building


Langholm Town Centre Building in danger of collapse

Fears that falling scaffolding and masonry may kill or injure


Our dream jobs

Two new managers appointed at reserve


Town's revival starts to come to fruition

Langholm Alliance has contributed £15,000 to boost activities


Engineering a future

Academy pupils awarded Industrial Cadet certificates


Rachel hands over the reins to Danielle

E&L Advertiser’s new community editor takes up her new post


Full steam ahead for ambitious enterprise

Planners give green light to the conversion of former BFA…


Langholm People

OutPost Arts sets portrait challenge


Community purchase of school on Knife-edge

THE future of Langholm’s former primary school as a vital…


War Memorial improvements

LANGHOLM Social Club is pleased to announce that, after much…


Town’s flood scheme is ready for public airing

Once COVID-19 restrictions ease, council will meet residents


COVID puts paid to second Common Riding

Members reluctantly cancel Langholm’s 2021 event


Mr Grumpy wins for Sharon

A LANGHHOLM amateur photographer has won the top prize in…


Langholm misses out on major investment

Town comes too low on index of need to qualify…


Book tells of ages past

A BOOK about Westerkirk in the year 2020/21 is ready…


Pauline awarded BEM

Award given to resilience team leader


Plan revealed for trees on two Eskdale farms

Timber processor wants to plant 450 hectares next to Claygate


Memories of Joe's shop

A BLAST from the past was uncovered during renovation works…


Murtholm site masterplan recommended for adoption

Council agreement will pave way for 200 houses if applications…


Promote your event on the Town Website

“What’s on” page is an effective way to publicise your…


Fragile Community faces more Turbines

NEWCASTLETON community council has responded to a proposal for a…


Speed Limit zone change leaves residents baffled

Council made changes to the zoning without any consultation


Two options under review for 2021 Common Riding

Lifting of restrictions may give members more opportunities


Cannabis oil company raises £2m to sell shares

Medicinal drug greenhouse production aspires to create 50 jobs

requires mailchimp logins and wired up to a list
Join our mailing list
Keep up to date with all that’s going on at the E&L
This site uses cookies.
Read our privacy policy

This site uses cookies for marketing, personalisation, and analysis purposes. You can opt out of this at any time or view our full privacy policy for more information.