Stamps, dolls, Rupert the Bear memorabilia, rocks, matchboxes, shells and coins…these were just some of the objects exhibited at Taigh Chearsabhagh last Saturday as part of a day dedicated to personal collections.
Inspired by ‘Biomass (NU20072014)’ by Sophie Morrish – an exhibition of her extensive collection of faunal remains gathered on North Uist over the last seven years – Broad Reach issued a call to the wider community to come to Taigh Chearsabhagh and display their own private collections.
The result was ‘Things We Collect’ – a day dedicated to celebrating the art of collecting – which saw Taigh Chearsabhagh transformed into a ‘collectors market’, with members of the public sharing and discussing their collected wares.
Some fifteen members of the community brought their collections for display. Throughout the afternoon, several of them delivered short talks, explaining how their collections began and what makes collecting a fun pastime.
A highlight of the afternoon was a talk delivered by pupils from Balivanich School. Together with Sophie Morrish – in a project part funded by RSPB – the children have been exploring the machair on Benbecula for faunal remains, cataloguing each discovery, and even creating their own ‘replica’ installation inspired by ‘Biomass (NU20072014)’.
Each of the pupils explained the process of their work with Sophie Morrish, highlighting their heightened understanding of the natural environment as a result of the project.
Other items displayed included miniature rocking horses, archaeological findings, shards of pottery and paintings.