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11 September 2019

Exhibition for the Aesthetic of Scotland’s industrial past

Industry + Aesthetics on display at New Lanark until October 2019

Man welding at welding bench in the port of Glasgow shipyard

An exhibition showcasing the visual impact, drama and power of Scotland as an industrial nation will go on display at New Lanark from Saturday 14 September to Sunday 27 October 2019.

Industry + Aesthetics features survey photography of industrial sites which forms part of the National Record of the Historic Environment, which is maintained by Historic Environment Scotland (HES). The images shine a spotlight on Scotland’s industrial heritage, capturing aspects from the everyday to the exceptional and the undervalued.
The photographs were chosen for the exhibition as a result of a crowd-sourcing exercise, which invited participants to look at the images and choose which words, feelings and emotions were conjured up by each.

Miriam McDonald, Industrial Survey & Record Projects Manager at HES and curator of the exhibition, said:

“The purpose of this exhibition is very much to capture those first emotions that grab us all when we look at an industry for the first time”.

Within the images on display you can sense excitement, sadness, awe, poignancy, pride and danger. As part of my job I have the privilege of visiting and researching the extent of our industrial nation, and Industry + Aesthetics is very much a celebration of this heritage.

Helen Martin, Collections and Exhibitions Officer at New Lanark, said:

“We are delighted to be hosting Industry + Aesthetics at New Lanark. We are presenting the images from HES alongside images from the New Lanark photography collection, and projects from students at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. The wider exhibition, ‘Snapshots of a Lost World: the Decline of Scottish Industry’, explores the past, present, and evolving future of New Lanark; using the Industry + Aesthetics exhibition as a jumping off point.”

Industry + Aesthetics will be on display at New Lanark until Sunday 27 October 2019. Entry to the exhibition is free.

For more information about the event visit the Industry + Aesthetics event listing

Two photography workshops inspired by the exhibition will also take place on Saturday 28 September and Saturday 5 October. The workshops are free. For further information visit the event page.

HES’s extensive archive spans a vast range of buildings, archaeological monuments and industrial and maritime sites, to give an unparalleled view of Scotland’s past. For more information, visit:

Canmore Image Database

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