Making Archaeology: with Frances Law

Saturday 4th + Sunday 5th May
10am – 4pm

Making Archaeology: a journey of imaginative interpretation

Booking essential, spaces limited to 10 people.
£85  Please Register Here


In this immersive 2-day visual art workshop, you will have the chance to develop a range of techniques – making work in response to the natural landscape of Falkland; and the archaeology digs taking place on the estate in April-May. You will visit the dig site and find out about the work being done there – becoming our archaeological artists-in-residence! There will be the opportunity to have your work displayed at the Centre a little later in the year, though this is not compulsory.

This workshop will guide you through a journey of investigation and imaginative interpretation. Working with found objects and mixed media techniques, including relief plaster casting, collage and relief print-making, you will be encouraged to explore and develop your personal responses in a supportive and constructive atmosphere to capture the spirit of the land, of time and place.

Suitable for all skill levels; from the beginner looking for new techniques and working methods to the more experienced student wishing to experiment with a wider range of materials. Suitable for adults 16+.

Led by Frances Law, a working artist who lives in Angus and works within community arts programmes throughout Scotland. In the last twenty years Frances has worked with hundreds of people – the focus of her work is to support and empower individuals to unlock their artistic abilities and to help them reach their true creative potential. http://www.franceslaw.co.uk/

All materials will be supplied – also feel free to bring materials of your own that you would like to use.

Please bring packed lunches. Tea and coffee will be available; there is a café at the Centre for snacks. Please wear suitable outdoor clothing and footwear, and bring a cushion or mat for sitting on, as a portion of each day will involve working outside. For warmer weather, please consider sunscreen and insect/tick-repellant.

Here are just some reflections from the participants of the first Making Archaeology workshop, which took place in September 2018, visiting the trenches at Chancefield:

“A really inspirational couple of days. Frances was very attentive to where we were as creative individuals and she encouraged each of us to explore and develop. I had an excellent time, where Frances gave me lots of ideas on how to progress some of my existing work and also many new techniques I can pursue. Many thanks!”

“I thoroughly enjoyed this weekend. It has stimulated me to explore different media in my creative practice. I was particularly attracted to the description which linked archaeology of the location to imagination. Frances is a very supportive and knowledgeable tutor and I would be keen to attend another workshop.”

“Weekends to explore and have time to allow ideas and thoughts to occur are a rare and precious thing. Thank you Frances, for re-booting my artistic being!”

“I enjoyed the theme of the weekend, exploring my own interests in archaeology and interpreting ideas in different media.”