A not for profit, changing space in Leith, Edinburgh. The shop hosts local artists, makers and gardeners with an eye to the wider world. Exhibitions/events/residencies/shop pop-ups are in occupation all year but look out for opening times as they vary with each show/event.
The mote Shop is open on the first Saturday of every month and weekends in November and December. It features our resident flower collective as well as cards, prints, ceramics and other things.
All welcome. Please drop in for a look.
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On the concept of history, new work by Audrey Grant
10–18 November 2023
Next exhibition at mote. See also details for 11 November when Audrey will be in conversation with Imogen Gibbon, curator at the National Galleries of Scotland
21–27 September 2023
Mirror made of paper
9–16 September 2023
A new exhibition of paintings and textiles.
1808: Annotating the Seasons with Ochre Botanical Studios
19–20 August 2023
Lola Olufemi Reading Event
17 August 2023
Artist Residency: Claire Borwell and Alix Villanueva
7–12 August 2023
6 August 2023
Archie sold out 2 performances on Sunday 6 August
Jack Handscombe & Jacob Hoffman: Artist Residency
19–26 July 2023
24 Jun–9 Jul 2023
Seagull at the Shore
19 June 2023
Flowers at mote
3 June 2023
Paintings: New work by Thomas Aitchison & Tim Dodds
19–27 May 2023
21–30 April 2023
Memento by Joanna Kessel
24 Feb–2 Mar 2023
Winter Shop @ mote
3–17 December 2022
This fish sings
16–25 September 2022
Work by Leith-based artist Robin Wheelaghan
Jane Brettle: mine and other works
17–27 August 2022
Jane Brettle’s 2 part film work ‘mine’ was shown alongside new photographs. ‘mine’ documents several years’ exploration of abandoned coal and tin mining sites in East Lothian and Cornwall.
Cal Flyn Talk
17 August 2022
We were delighted to welcome author of Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape.
It's About Time
29 Jul–6 Aug 2022
This assemblage of sculpture, sound and moving image from three Glasgow School of Art graduates reflects on the persistence of shared cultural pasts, presents and futures.
Together, they pose the question: what is our stake and what is at stake, in remembering?
Cathy Orton, Paintings
20–28 May 2022
Cathy Orton’s perceptive view of her own world speaks for the wider one. Paintings on cardboard and canvas are simultaneously bold and sensitive, all of them saturated in colour.
9–17 December 2021
Textiles by Lorna Brown, Blessed Unrest.
Voices on the Road
7–8 November 2019
A short documentary set in the Peruvian Amazon by Edinburgh filmmaker Eilidh Munro.
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
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