Olivia Irvine : Familial Places

Recent MERZ artist in residence Olivia Irvine received a Creative Scotland Open Fund Bursary to research and develop ideas based on her family. Olivia spent time gathering information in the places she was brought up – Kilmarnock, Cults, Aberdeen and Banff – and in her mother’s current house in Edinburgh. She made trips to these... Read More

Life under Lockdown

Appearing at MERZ for a limited run, the exhibition Life under Lockdown features the work of seven artists from their teens to their seventies. Running over the last weekend of August as part of the Sanquhar Arts Festival the exhibition will be open by appointment for the next few weeks.  

Earthship Fife : Paula Cowie

Our second ‘film as research’ features Paula Cowie of Sustainable Initiatives Scotland introducing the ‘rammed tyre’ Earthship Fife as it nears completion. Photographs of the finished building have been added. The ‘film as research’ is part of the Changing Places exhibition at the Museum of Model Art held during the 2021 Sanquhar Arts Festival. ‘Artitect’... Read More

Changing Places : Derrie Pearson

One of two ‘research’ films made for the exhibition Changing Places curated by Derrie Pearson. Derrie has been the MERZ ‘artitect’ in residence since late June combining graduate ‘architect’ qualifications to design and plan a new building with the local ‘artistic’ intervention of members of the MERZ Advisory Panel. In her film Derrie explores the... Read More

Life under Lockdown

Trailer for the Life under Lockdown exhibition at MERZ as part of the Sanquhar Arts Festival (open from 11:00-4:00 Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August). On Friday 27th at 7:30 exhibition curator Hans Clausen will chair a panel discussion on the engagement of artists within a hospital and care setting following Covid 19.


Collage Unveiling : Performance MERZ Queen’s Road 27th August 6:30 Denise Zygadlo and Amy Marletta began constructing their 8’ x 8’ collage for May’s World Collage Day. Time, weather and events overtook the installation so Denise will perform A Collage Unveiling on the outside of MERZ at 6:30 on 27th August.  

Tadpole and Recent Residency Experience at MERZ

Just across Sanquhar High Street from the Bothy, and beside the Museum of Model Art and ZipStudio, Tadpole is our second purpose ‘re-built’ self-contained residency. While Bothy is a rural stone building from the 1830s Tadpole is an industrial brick building from the 1890s. Both Tadpole and Bothy are quiet, self-contained and close to town... Read More

Linda Kosciewicz : Souvenir

Linda Kosciewicz was artist in residence at MERZ for a couple of weeks in June. Linda explored several stories associated with the Napoleonic soldiers imprisoned in Sanquhar between 1812-1814. The soldiers were immortalised in the ‘Sodgers Pool’ on Crawick Water. Here the soldiers spent time and courted local women. Recently overlooked the soldiers had inscribed... Read More

Rhona Jack and Calum Wallis : Working under Lockdown 2020

Rhona Jack and Calum Wallis arrived for their MERZ residency in March 2020. Overtaken by the limits imposed by Covid the planned exhibition of kinetic sculptures were initially represented on several short films. Here their film of ‘An Isolated Process’ is intercut with Rhona and Calum‘s discussion about working in Sanquhar around industrial themes and... Read More

Calum Wallis & Rhona Jack : An Isolated Process

Rhona Jack and Calum Wallis were artists in residence at MERZ from March through to May 2020. Their tactile hand and wind powered devices could not provide the playful exhibition they had hoped. Drawings of their machines featured in an outdoor exhibition – Inside : Outside – on the street facing side of MERZ. Calum... Read More