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Sculptures offer insight into Highland life past and present

By Ian Duncan

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An artwork by Ian Kane which features in his Timepiece exhibition at Circus Artspace.
An artwork by Ian Kane which features in his Timepiece exhibition at Circus Artspace.

Timepiece is the first live exhibition at Inverness-based artist-run initiative Circus Artspace in more than a year.

It is also the first solo show following a year of working with online programmes during lockdown restrictions.

The exhibition, which runs until Sunday July 4, presents sculptural works by Highland artist Ian Kane at Inverness Creative Academy on the former Midmills campus.

His installation views Highland life through village and community, past and present, but also looks forward to the future with global concerns.

Timepiece places sculptural works together with objects retrieved from a local historic midden – all objects have been selected at a certain point of decay, some partially consumed by nature, offering an experience and perception of time.

The exhibition also features collaborative photographic work from June Bryson and textiles from June Hyndman. Essays in response to the work are contributed by artists Jamie Kane and Dr Norman Shaw.

Mr Kane said: "Timepiece is a sculptural project that I have been involved with over many years. Some elements have already been shown as stand-alone works in London and Glasgow.

"However, this is the first time that I have had an opportunity to complete and show the work in its entirety, in the way it was initially conceived and on home ground."

The artist has a long history of teaching art in Inverness at the Midmills campus and, more recently, retired from teaching the BA (hons) at Moray School of Art.

Mr Kane has been highly significant and influential in the learning of many University of the Highlands and Islands graduates.

Based near Inverness, he has exhibited nationally and internationally.

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