Press Release: Breaking Ground Art Exhibition

Textile Artist & Painter Combine Forces in Groundbreaking New Art Exhibition.

Unconformity 2017 Jane Hunter

Both literally and figuratively ‘groundbreaking’, Arbuckle and Hunter bring together their work in this exhibition of paintings and textile art, approaching their shared inspirations of Scotland's geology and landscape from a different perspective.

‘Breaking Ground’ opens with a private viewing on Thursday 16th March 2017 at 7pm, in the Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine, Ayrshire.

Inspired by maps, mountains and a need to understand how landscapes were formed Jane, a textile artist based in Craft Town Scotland West Kilbride, uses cloth and thread to form an aerial overview of physical geography and geology.

Julie is a landscape painter from Glasgow. Impelled to capture Scotland's wild beauty in paint, her expressive work utilises metal, maps and even paint made from rocks.

Arbuckle and Hunter bring together their work in this exhibition of paintings and textile art, approaching their shared inspirations of Scotland's geology and landscape from a different perspective.

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Jane Hunter says: ‘Having spent the past few years immersed in ancient geological texts and all manner of maps from the past one hundred years, this body of work aims to portray a wide range of natural features key to shaping our land.”

"The decision to use Harris Tweed as my medium in these works is largely based on the fact that colours of the land are woven into the fabric of the cloth. For me, the provenance and heritage of Harris Tweed adds another layer to the narrative I hope to communicate through my work."

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Jane Hunter Artist at work in textiles studio

Julie Arbuckle says: "I was so pleased when Jane asked me to exhibit our work together. We're both fascinated by geology and share a love of Scotland's diverse landscapes - and though we have similar influences our work is visually quite different. There are threads which connect our work and through our combined efforts we can share our enthusiasm with and fascination for Scottish landscape. Anyone who loves Scotland, maps and rocks and posesses an inquisitive mind should see this exhibition."

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 Julie Arbuckle Landscape Painter in her studio

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Alison Riggans, Assistant Arts & Culture Officer, Harbour Arts Centre says: "The Harbour Arts Centre and North Ayrshire Council are delighted to host "Breaking Ground" an exhibition of work from artists Jane Hunter and Julie Arbuckle. The passion for the landscape that inspires these two fascinating artists clearly comes across in this new body of work. From the rich quality of colour and line in Jane's textile work to the luminous quality found in Julie's paintings, this exhibition is a unique and inspiring take on the Scottish landscape and a must see for anyone looking for a different perspective of our stunning country."

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Notes to editors: Harbour Arts Centre, Harbour Street, Irvine, Ayrshire, KA12 8PZ - is a North Ayrshire Council cultural venue. Telephone number: 01294 274059

The exhibition opens to the public on 17th March 2017 and runs until 30th April 2017. A full list of opening hours are available here.

Jane Hunter (35) is a self-taught textile artist based in an open studio/gallery in West Kilbride, Ayrshire. Studio 117 Main Street, West Kilbride, Ayrshire, KA23 9AR  Contact Jane: Mobile - 07796 692437 or email

Julie Arbuckle is a landscape painter based in East Kilbride, South Lanarkshire. www.juliearbuckleart.com  Contact Julie: Mobile - 07835 683 578 or email.

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Images: Web ready images below (right click to save) - for high resolution, print ready images please contact Sam on 07788 263 821 or email.

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A selection of Jane Hunter's new work below. Or view the whole collection.

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Bathymetric Chart Textile Art by Jane Hunter

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Jane Hunter Breaking Ground Art Exhibition

Jane Hunter Breaking Ground Art Exhibition

Jane Hunter Breaking Ground Art Exhibition

Jane Hunter Breaking Ground Art Exhibition

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A selection of Julie Arbuckle's new work:

Julie Arbuckle Breaking Ground Art Exhibition

Julie Arbuckle Breaking Ground Art Exhibition

Julie Arbuckle Breaking Ground Art Exhibition

Julie Arbuckle Breaking Ground Art Exhibition

Collaborative works by painted by Julie Arbuckle and hand stitched by Jane Hunter:

Blackmount and Lochan na h-Achlaise - Jane Hunter and Julie Arbuckle Collaboration

Goatfell Painting by Julie Arbuckle hand-stitched by Jane Hunter