Katy Bentham will share a number of works in progress in the Giles Bailey & CIRCA Projects studio. The materials stem from her research at the stately home Rozelle House – near the birthplace of Scotland’s national bard Robert Burns in Alloway.
Bentham’s work generated so far, has examined the context of the council-owned stately home’s public art galleries. In the galleries’ collection is Alexander Goudie’s paintings illustrating Robert Burns’ narrative poem ‘Tam O’Shanter’ (famously set between Ayr and Alloway). Bentham’s research touches upon the ‘Burns’ country’ tourist industry as well as the relationship between the painter Alexander Goudie and his son (the television presenter and painter Lachlan Goudie) – considering ways to re-insert female perspectives on Scotland’s cultural heritage, testing how sites including the Brig o’ Doon and Auld Kirk Alloway graveyard made famous by the Tam O’Shanter story might provide a space for retelling or resistance.
This Studio is Sudden is immediately following a research trip to Alloway, where Katy Bentham and CIRCA Projects freely explored ideas of interest at the site – a number of materials including performance experiments collected will be shared and openly discussed.