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To the Power of Twelve, 2018 Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, Scotland Photo; Keith Hunter

Christine Borland
Professor, Northumbria University

Over the last 30 years Christine Borland has developed research in negotiation with experts in institutions of science and medicine and in museums, collections and archives to make invisible practices and hidden narratives accessible through her works. In 2018 Christine worked in two Scottish collections to investigate institutional care narratives through the intangible heritage of World War 1; these resulted in I Say Nothing, a permanent work for Glasgow Museums at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum and To the Power of Twelve at Mount Stuart, Bute. A major body of work developed collaboratively with artist Brody Condon includes Daughters of Decayed Tradesmen a sculpture installed in a 19th century graveyard watchtower and an on-going project; Circles of Focus in which, alongside participants, they interrogate the potential of body donation for artistic as well as scientific research. Current research with partners at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh and Deveron Projects, Huntly focuses on engendering intimate connection to heritage, present and future ecology through the growing and hand-working of flax into linen. The resulting new body of work will be exhibited in Climate House gallery at the Botanics in August 2021 as part of the Edinburgh International Festival and with Deveron Projects in Huntly in 2022.
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