Made in Kirkintilloch Events and Exhibitions

The Heritage Centre and co-curated space at Kirkintilloch Town Hall hosts a variety of exhibitions and events throughout the year.  You can find details of these events below:

Bits & Pieces

6 August to 27 September

From August-September, the Co-curated space hosts an exciting collaboration between Artist and Curator Trevor Cromie, working with two of Kirkintilloch’s most well known and regarded locals, Edward Z. Smith and Don Martin. Working individually, both Don and Edward have meticulously documented and archived decades of East Dunbartonshire’s social and industrial history and this exhibition offers a fascinating insight to what is only a small selection from their extensive archives. The focus for the works on show, grew from Trevor’s conversation with Don and Edward, identifying interests and stories to be shared. On view publicly for the first time, the work includes newly made giclée prints revealing something of the area’s changing social and industrial landscape and many of the people and things associated with them.

Image by Don Martin of people waiting for a bus

Image by Edwars Z Smith of people beside a river

Re-addressing the archive

1 October to 22 November

Re-addressing the archive continues the year long season of co-curated exhibitions at the Town Hall, with a collaboration between artist/maker Myra Ostacchini and Kirkintilloch’s Embroiders’ Guild. The collaboration brings together the highly developed needlework skills of the Guild, which, has been in existence for more than 25 years, with Myra’s cross-disciplinary approach to textiles, as they explore objects and narratives from within the EDLC archives and collections.

From Lion Foundry patterns and plans, to fine lace and lappet work, temperance reminiscences and Campsie Ware pottery, the Auld Kirk Museum and Archives offered inspiration for participants to research and respond to this extensive collection of objects, artefacts and photographs. The resulting works offer a contemporary take on heritage, developing traditional embroidery skills into new and diverse forms. A newly commissioned film, drawing and textile work by Myra Ostacchini forms part of the exhibition.

Embroiderers’ Guild participants: June Allison; Ruth Blakey; Ishbel Buck; Eleanor Cordiner; Pamela Diffin; Susan Gray; Jane Logan; Maris MacNab; Jean Pless; Louise Reid


Friday 5 October

Come along to a special evening viewing session including artist talk.

Venue:           Kirkintilloch Town Hall
Open:            6.30pm to 9pm
Talk:               Re-addressing the archive
Speaker:        Myra Ostacchini

image of person doing embroidery

Workshop: Experimental Textiles

Saturday 20 October

The workshop will begin with a presentation of techniques from the exhibition. A presentation from artist Myra Ostacchini will reveal the different stages of development to produce a stitched object. This will include her stretched gauze technique presented in large sculptures and small objects.

The workshop will share practical experimental textile techniques including card weaving, colour and texture to produce a small artwork for participants to take home. No previous experience required and suitable for beginners.

Tutor:            Myra Ostacchini
Venue:          Learning Space, Kirkintilloch Town Hall
Time:            12.30pm to 3.30pm
Cost:             FREE  Booking Essential

image of person sewing

Workshop: Thinking Through Drawing

Friday 26 October

This workshop will begin with a presentation of selected archive objects from the collection. Artist Myra Ostacchini will lead an investigation of drawing an archive object of your choice, experimenting with collage, colour and sensory drawing. There will be group discussions of how this connects with research and artistic process and development. No previous experience required and suitable for beginners.

Tutor:            Myra Ostacchini
Venue:          Learning Space, Kirkintilloch Town Hall
Time:            12.30pm to 3.30pm
Cost:             FREE Booking Essential

image of embroidery threads

Opening Times

Monday to Thursday
10am to 4pm

Please note: The co-curated exhibition space may be closed for installation or de-installation of exhibitions. Please telephone Kirkintilloch Town Hall on 0141 777 3143 to check opening times if visiting outwith exhibition dates.