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Brick City and LEGO Fun Facts

Brick City and LEGO Fun Facts

Brick City is a celebration of some of the world’s favourite buildings and urban icons, recreated solely using LEGO bricks. Brick City has previously been enjoyed by thousands of visitors across the UK and now fans of LEGO young and old will have the chance to catch this must-see exhibition at New Lanark during the summer of 2017 from 28th June – 9th August – with tickets on sale now.

Brick City Fun Facts

  • Brick City is comprised of an estimated half-a-million LEGO Bricks.
  • Over 60 models will be on display at New Lanark.
  • The smallest model in Brick City is a New York Fire Hydrant.
  • At a whopping 2×4 metres the biggest model in Brick City is London’s St Pancras Station.
  • St Pancras is also the model with the most LEGO Bricks – an estimated 180,000!
  • Call in the Olympic weightlifters…the model of the 2012 London Olympic Stadium is made of an estimated 30,000 LEGO Bricks.
  • Brick City features historical landmarks from 24 cities around the world, from Cape Town to Copenhagen.
  • There are four ‘Scottish’ models in Brick City all from our Capital city, Edinburgh.
  • The exhibition has previously visited London, Newcastle, Belfast and Hamilton – to name a few locations!
  • The most northerly destination Brick City has visited is Thurso in the Scottish Highlands.
  • Brick City is open to the public at New Lanark for 43 days – 28th June – 9th August 2017.

LEGO Fun Facts (source)

  • The plural of LEGO is LEGO. It doesn’t matter if you have one or one hundred pieces of LEGO, it’s still LEGO – although many people call them LEGOs.
  • LEGO comes from the Danish word leg godt. Leg godt means “play well” in Danish and LEGO is made from the first two letters of each word.
  • LEGO is 85 years old. The LEGO Group began in 1932 in Billund, Denmark and was founded by Ole Kirk Christiansen.
  • Ole Kirk Christiansen was a carpenter. He lost his business and began to make toys out of his leftover wood. He was inspired to construct a small wooden duck toy for his children and when they loved it he put them into production to sell.
  • In 2000, LEGO was named “Toy of the Century” by the British Association of Toy Retailers. LEGO beat both the common teddy bear and the Barbie doll.
  • Seven LEGO sets are sold every second. By the time you have read this fact, dozens of LEGO sets have been sold around the world.

Just some of the amazing models you can see at New Lanark this summer…

Brick City - Vegas Sign

Brick City - Trevi Fountain
Brick CIty - Macy Parade
Tickets for the exhibition are on sale now! Book yours at http://bit.ly/BrickCityNL 

Melissa – New Lanark Marketing and PR Officer

LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Minifigure, and the Brick and Knob configurations are trademarks of the LEGO Group of Companies. ©2017 The LEGO Group. Brick City is not sponsored, endorsed or otherwise supported by The LEGO Group.

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08/11/16 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , ,

New Lanark Remembrance Blog – November 2016

New Lanark Remembrance Blog – November 2016

Guest blog by Ruth Beattie, New Lanark Learning and Outreach Officer…

This year, Remembrance Sunday falls on November 13 when we will remember all soldiers killed in combat in the world wars and in wars and conflicts thereafter.

100 years ago in November 1916, Britain was over two years into the First World War and 142 New Lanark men were fighting for King and Country. 29 of them were killed during the war and are remembered on our war memorial which stands beside New Buildings.

The New Lanark War Memorial was erected on a snowy day in January 1922. In attendance was Major Henry Birkmyre of the Birkmyre family who owned the Gourock Ropework Company and New Lanark Mills. He commented: “this monument has been erected for the purpose of telling their children and their children’s children what splendid things these men have done.”

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The opening ceremony of the New Lanark war memorial in January 1922

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The War Memorial Today

We have a biography for each of the 142 New Lanark soldiers and in some cases a well-rounded picture of the man’s life in the village before the war, of his time as a soldier and life after the war. It has taken over two years for me to research the soldiers and their families. Many living relatives got in touch to pass on their family stories, photographs and documents; a truly valuable contribution to the research. The task is by no means finished, but we now have a much broader understanding of the villagers’ role in the war, of war work and production in the mills and of the soldiers’ lives.

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New Lanark soldiers William, Matthew and Robert Bones who lived at Braxfield Row.

Our current exhibition, New Lanark & the First World War explores all these topics and focuses on four soldiers of New Lanark – Joseph MacPherson, Daniel Kirkhope, Thomas Jess and William Hawthorne. Of the four, only Thomas Jess survived.

 

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Surviving soldier Thomas Jess and friend Jimmy O’Connor.

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William Robert Hawthorne.

 

The exhibition is dedicated to all the soldiers of New Lanark and their families past and present. We wanted to remember and celebrate the lives of the men who did not come home but also of those who returned and the story of their war. The exhibition was co-curated by Evelyn Whitelaw, Exhibitions and Events Officer and Ruth Beattie, Learning and Outreach Officer.

To learn more about the stories of the New Lanark soldiers and the village during wartime, visit the exhibition in the Saving New Lanark Room in Robert Owen’s School for Children. This is part of the visitor centre experience or tickets for the school can be purchased separately at £5 per person. The school building is open from 11-4pm daily in the winter. (November > March).

Ruth Beattie, New Lanark Learning and Outreach Officer

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30/08/16 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , ,

Art Exhibition Opening Day!

Art Exhibition Opening Day!

Today (30/08/16) is the opening day of the Hillhouse and Earnock Art Groups exhibition here at New Lanark. The Hillhouse and Earnock Art Groups have painted a broad range of paintings which are now for sale. The paintings have been created with four different types of mediums. They range from Watercolour to Pastel to Acrylic and to Oils. The Exhibition can be found in the River Room, which is located in The Institute.

The art exhibition is here from today until the 26th of September, 10am-5pm. This is the second year the art groups have made New Lanark their chosen location to sell their paintings. There are many paintings available to purchase with prices ranging from £5 to £500! There is a broad selection of themes on offer; from an exquisite painting of a teddy bear to a colossal painting of waves crashing together generating the power for a storm. The theme that stood out was the New Lanark theme, which had paintings of the buildings here in the village. There was a full section dedicated to New Lanark with extremely impressive artwork!

New Lanark Paintings . . .

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I have personally picked out some of my favourite paintings…

‘Storm Bringer’ £500 . . .

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‘Wee Broon Dug’ £30 . . .

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Panda £30 . . .

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In charge of the opening day is ex school teacher, Heather Darling. Heather is an art enthusiast who loves to encourage adults to paint. All members in the group are keen artists who all contribute to the exhibitions. There are 3 art groups in Hamilton which are always looking for people to join! Heather and her team encourage any adult to join their groups, no matter what level of experience you have- from beginners to Picasso’s! The groups visit galleries and exhibitions mainly in Edinburgh and Glasgow areas. If you are interested in joining one of the groups feel free to contact Heather Darling at [email protected] for more information.

Here are some other paintings The Hillhouse and Earnock Art Groups have to offer…

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So, if you are looking to indulge into some beautiful artwork, head down to New Lanark River Room to view Hillhouse and Earnock Art Groups exhibition! There are plenty of impressive paintings for sale.

Ronan Moore – New Lanark Marketing Intern

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28/07/15 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , , ,

The Quaker Tapestry at New Lanark

The Quaker Tapestry at New Lanark

New Lanark Guest Blog

by Bridget Guest, Manager of the Quaker Tapestry

“Is there anything I can do to help you?” I hesitantly asked the visitor who was in tears in front of one of the Tapestry panels… she was alright – just a little overwhelmed by the emotion of seeing something she had been longing to see. The visitor, a woman of about my age, was from Australia and had heard so much about the Quaker Tapestry but the experience of seeing the panels ‘in the flesh’ exceeded all her expectations.

The Quaker Tapestry definitely has a wow factor – but, I hasten to add, doesn’t always bring on a flood of tears!  The vibrancy and richness of the colours are not possible to portray in print or film – you really do need to see the embroideries.

‘Inspirational’ is the word most often used by visitors to describe it, with the ability to ‘speak’ to people in different ways. As one person, on a third visit, explained: “The first time I saw it – I read all the written information in the panels and the inspirational quotes; the second time I enjoyed the storytelling quality of the panels and was surprised at how much of the social history I didn’t know; and this time I have actually noticed the stitches!”

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I have been working with the Quaker Tapestry since 1994 when we established the permanent home for the exhibition in Kendal, Cumbria. With a background in art, design, illustration and a love of all textiles, when I spend time with the panels I am usually examining the embroidery stitches. Just how many colours of wool does it take to create an evocative sunset, what brilliance produced a three dimensional engine funnel or created a perspective in a landscape that allows you to see for miles?

It wasn’t until February 2001, that I became absorbed by the stories and social history within the Quaker Tapestry. We were exhibiting the Tapestry at Beverley Minster the hometown of Ann Nichols, one of the four main teachers who enabled the 4,000 men, woman and children to create the 77 Quaker Tapestry panels between 1981 and 1996. Ann is such a wonderful storyteller and has the ability to gently reel-in her audience. She had gathered a class of 9-year-old school children around her and one of the panels. You could have heard a pin drop as they sat with open mouths on the stone floor of the dimly lit Minster, listening to the tale of Richard Sellar, a young sailor from Scarborough who was press ganged to fight in the 17th century Dutch War.

A 19-year-old Quaker, Richard refused to fight and as a result he was made an example of by the captain with punishments such as keelhauling and hanging by his thumbs from the yardarm and whipping “until the blood ran red over his back”. Ann’s years in teaching had given her the skills to enthral the children as they listened to every gruesome detail. Children of their age had illustrated and embroidered the story at the bottom of this panel. Little hands went up to answer her carefully crafted open questions about how they might feel if those gory things had happened to them.   I was also enthralled at Ann’s delivery and I hadn’t noticed that my partner Roy had grabbed a blanket from the back of the shop to creep up behind the group of children at the end of the story and surprise us all by throwing the blanket over them with a loud shout of “here comes the pressgang!!” Needless to say, the screams of fright, surprise and laughter helped to lighten the mood.

Richard Sellar’s story stayed with me for several weeks and Roy and I were inspired to write a song about him. This led on to other research and song writing until we found we had an album of songs inspired by the Quaker Tapestry entitled ‘Universal Chorus’.  In another life Roy and I sing as a duo on the Folk scene and our claim to fame is that we sang the title song from the album on the BBC TV programme Songs of Praise in 2002!

Over the years the Quaker Tapestry and its stories of remarkable people have inspired all sorts of people to produce: poetry, song, theatre, other textile projects small and large, Scottish dances, music, sculpture, university students and lecturers, films, books and TV programmes… to name a few!

See the Quaker Tapestry at New Lanark in August – but beware…. this community textile has the ability to inspire and change lives! Exhibition open at New Lanark from Tuesday 11th to Saturday 29th August.


Come along to hear Bridget tell you more about the fascinating stories of the Quaker Tapestry and anecdotes of the people who made it. It may inspire you to do something wonderful.

Bridget’s talk – Friday 28th August 2015, Robert Owen’s School for Children, 6.30 for 7.30pm. Tickets £4, available by calling 01555 661345 or online. 

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Quaker Tapestry Museum in Kendal is open February to December each year for more information about this and embroidery workshops visit the website: http://www.quaker-tapestry.co.uk

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23/07/15 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , ,

‘World Wide Weave’ arrives in New Lanark

‘World Wide Weave’ arrives in New Lanark

Guest blog by Peter Bateson – Development Coordinator and Exhibition Curator for the Camphill Foundation…

A collection of vibrant pieces of textile art created in Camphill communities across the globe will be on display for two weeks in New Lanark’s visitor centre. After more than a year of preparation, and seven months of touring in England and Wales, Camphill Foundation’s World Wide Weave Exhibition arrives in Scotland for the first time at New Lanark where it will be shown from 23rd July – 6th August.

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The 75 textile works have been created and collected to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the Camphill Movement which began on 1st June 1940. On this date the first small group of pioneers moved into Camphill House by the River Dee at Milltimber near Aberdeen. Camphill communities provide schools and colleges for children and young people living with developmental problems and learning disabilities and communities for adults where everyone can live, learn and work with others in an environment of mutual respect and equality.

The World Wide Weave project has involved hundreds of people all over the Camphill Movement in 19 distinct nations and regions, with contributions created in 61 communities in Scotland, Northern Ireland, England, Wales, Ireland, Netherlands, France, Switzerland, Austria, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Russia, USA, Canada, South Africa, India and Vietnam. The common theme was “Our community’s relationship to its physical and social environment”, but each place was free to develop its own original interpretation. The exhibition also includes a small number of special pieces contributed by individual master weavers and tapestry makers.

Every one of the 75 pieces is unique and has its own story to tell. For example, there is a beautiful felting of the Russian landscape from the Camphill day-centre Turmalin in Moscow, where at first they were not sure they could do anything at all and then completed and delivered a masterpiece in record time. There is an enchanting tapestry of Tapola in Finland, brimful of colour and details of the village and its life, and a similar brilliantly coloured creation from Kyle in Ireland. There is a matching pair of Spring and Autumn feltings from Corbenic in Perthshire, breathtaking in their artistry, colour and detail.

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From Camphill School Aberdeen comes panel number 1 (quite rightly), a tapestry which incorporates a wealth of archetypal Camphill imagery and symbolism in one richly coloured and textured composition. In some pieces, for example from Mountshannon (Ireland), Rotvoll (Norway), Oaklands Park (England) and Loch Arthur (Scotland) it is the actual woven texture which is paramount, as the background to a symphony of colour which constitutes a whole world of experience in itself. From California there are two complementary semi-abstract pieces representing the wide panorama of the ocean and the majestic verticality of the redwood forest.

The World Wide Weave is an artistic endeavour, meant to be appreciated and enjoyed as such, but also it carries with it at least four messages. First of all, it embodies the principle of Unity in Diversity. Despite their huge variation in size, location and task and the incredibly rich mix of people who constantly interweave their lives and destinies in the network of Camphill communities, they all have the same set of core principles at heart. The exhibition expresses all the wonderfully varied and diverse characteristics of single communities coming together in one great artistic panorama of Camphill. Secondly, the exhibition carries a fundamental statement of equality regarding the potential of people with learning disabilities. The weavers, felters, tapestry-makers and embroiderers are artists and artisans in their own right and can place their work alongside that of mainstream artists and craftspeople.

A third element is that different individuals in a group have collaborated on a single piece of art, each contributing what they could towards the finished work. This has been a major feature in the development of the World Wide Weave. It has been a renewed experience of community cooperation and an example of social weaving along with the actual textile work. Many other people have also been involved in those pieces which incorporate other materials such as pottery, metal and wood, bringing together different workshops active in the community. A good example is the brilliant seaside image from Camphill Devon which has a colourful background of multi-textured weaving with felted and beadwork flowers, copper leaves, ceramic butterflies and wooden birds!

And fourth, most of the communities have used entirely home produced and in many cases also recycled materials in the World Wide Weave. A few of the exhibits are composed almost entirely of recycled materials. Caring for our natural resources, recycling and renewal is a special theme that runs throughout the exhibition.

The connection between New Lanark and Camphill goes very deep. The economic model of life in a Camphill community was strongly inspired by the work of Robert Owen and his efforts to establish a humane, just and fair economy in which everyone’s needs could adequately be met. He was seen by the founders of Camphill as a forerunner of their own commitment to the principle of brother/sisterhood in the economic sphere. In fact, Robert Owen is regarded as one of three ‘stars’ of Camphill, pioneering historical figures who laid the foundations for what were later formulated as Camphill essentials in education, social life and economics.

During the past seven months, visitors to the exhibition in England and Wales have been deeply affected by the range and richness of colour in the exhibits and the incredible variety and complexity of techniques on display. Through the texts and photos that accompany the exhibits they experience what they describe as a joyful, uplifting and life-affirming message. Last, but not least, they are deeply impressed by the skill and ability shown by the craftspeople and by the spirit of creative collaboration which is so much a part of that process. As one visitor in Bristol expressed it, “the best thing of all is that it so clearly comes from a living experience of community, and that’s something that we all need nowadays”.

Please come to see this spectacular show in the historic and very appropriate setting of New Lanark World Heritage Site. 23rd July – 6th August 2015, New Lanark Institute. 10am-5pm. Free entry!

You can follow the progress of the tour on the website www.camphillfoundation.net which will have all relevant information about the various venues, and also updates appearing regularly on Facebook/camphill-foundation-uk-ireland and Twitter @camphillFD.

The exhibition will move on to other venues in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and in 2016 to Switzerland, Norway and North America.

Peter Bateson – Development Coordinator and Exhibition Curator

The World Wide Weave Exhibition at New Lanark

The World Wide Weave Exhibition at New Lanark

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30/04/15 Exhibitions at New Lanark # , , , , ,

Seasonal Inspirations exhibition

Seasonal Inspirations exhibition

As part of New Lanark’s programme of externally curated exhibitions, Seasonal Inspirations will be displayed in the Institute’s River Room from Friday 1st – Friday 29th May, 10am-5pm. (Closed 16th May) Entry to view the exhibition is free!

Eileen, Evelyn and Nancy have known each other since joining two local art groups over 16 years ago and this year they decided to get together for the ‘SEASONAL INSPIRATIONS’ exhibition. Their subjects and media are varied and in this exhibition the visitor can find art works depicting landscapes, flora, seascapes and abstracts. The three artists will be in The River Room at New Lanark World Heritage Site every Tuesday in May (1pm to 3pm) to meet anyone who wishes to discuss any of the paintings on display.

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Eileen – New Lanark Guest Blogger

You can view New Lanark’s full programme of events, exhibitions, talks and tours at www.newlanark.org 

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