This corner shop is a non-for-profit changing space in Leith, Edinburgh, hosting local artists, makers and gardeners, with an eye on the wider world. Events/residencies/shop pop-ups are in occupation during 2022.
Come and visit.
Contact mote by email to find out more, or if you would like to set up a show/shop or event. email@example.com
Flowers of Leith
24 to 31 August 2019. An installation created by Steph, Chrissy, their children and Mote in response to hostile graffiti drawn on the shop’s boarded windows while building work was completed.
Voices on the Road
7/8 November 2019. A special preview of a new short documentary premiered at the Royal Geographic Society 9 November 2019. The evening included a talk by Edinburgh-based co-director Eilidh Munro about the making of the film.
In the remote Peruvian Amazon, a road is quietly destroying a protected rainforest, cutting through a UNESCO World Heritage Site, causing conflict and fear. But for some indigenous communities, desperate for change, it is also bringing hope. Many people are struggling to live in this ‘paradise’ and the road brings promise of a better life. At what cost?
Rhubaba Choir Workshop
Sunday 7 September 2019. ‘Our bodies are porous and breathing, like leaves on a tree, like fish in the sea.’ Darla Eno led a Rhubaba choir workshop. The day including singing indoors and in a nearby wood, hawthorn tea and a midday feast.
Darla is an Edinburgh-based choral facilitator, cook, community worker and nature-loving forager. She sings with a peer-led polyphonic ensemble, Unučad, and has been an active part of the Georgian singing community in Edinburgh.
21 to 29 September 2019. Birds, animals, flowers. Betsy, an artist living on Vancouver Island, Canada, has a strong interest in climate change and the power of ‘kindness’ in art. She works in coloured pencil on paper and collage, and because of long-standing connections with Leith, visits regularly.
December 2021. Local artist and maker, Lorna Brown took up residence in the shop showing, selling and stitching. Her vibrant silkscreen prints, textiles and objects bring together colour and pattern with energy and warmth. The name Blessed Unrest is taken from a quote by the American choreographer Martha Graham, describing her dedication to dance. Lorna’s new workshop/studio, Ink on Mesh, opens this year in the old Victoria Primary School, now the new Heart of Leith community centre. www.blessedunrest.co.uk
Wall Painting by Miranda Blennerhassett
Miranda is a Dublin-based artist. In July 2019, she spent a week on a ladder painting the east wall of the shop. She says this about her wall painting:
“The painting is based on the original Victorian wallpaper found in the back shop. I reconstructed the pattern from photographs, tracings and scraps of paper gathered during early visits. I’m always keen to maintain the link between a work and its context, related to the location’s history. Using the shop’s existing pattern feels appropriate and a fitting way to acknowledge the building for what it is.
I’ve chosen to focus on one single repeat of the pattern and to simplify the form of it so that it becomes a shadow of the pattern, referencing its historical nature. It becomes more of a ghostly impression of the shapes rather than anything too literally defined, acting as a memory of the history of the shop’s interior, a form in keeping with the style of the era when the building was constructed and yet belonging to the present.
Frequently I scale up patterns linked with a domestic setting (knitting, weaving, quilting, tiling, wallpaper, etc) in order to give them a more dominant position in a space or location, showing the importance of overlooked details that have such a crucial subconscious impact on how we experience places and spaces.”
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mote102 & Flowers of Leith, 102 Ferry Road, Leith, EH6 4PG
Design by Tim Bremner. Website by Jamie Sterling