The Words of Keir Hardie Part of 100th Anniversary commemorations of Keir Hardie's death, Cumnock
As part of ‘The Words of Keir Hardie’ exhibition at The Baird Institute in Cumnock, a creative project was carried out by Geraldine, working collaboratively with members of the Cumnock History Group and S3 Art & Design pupils from Cumnock Academy. In the weeks leading up to the centenary of Keir Hardie’s death on 26th September 2015, a series of art installations in public places was created around Cumnock using ‘The Words of Keir Hardie’. The temporary public art installations consist of selected excerpts of texts from Keir Hardie’s speeches and writings and were placed in locations throughout Cumnock Town Centre using a chalk spray and stencil method. After an initial period of exploration into public art and the expression of political ideas through art in public places, the groups focused on ways in which to mark the anniversary event and to draw attention to the enduring significance and influence of Keir Hardie’s words first spoken over 100 years ago. The artworks show how his words still resonate within the context of Cumnock today and bring them into the 21st century by local contemporary voices.
Funded by Heritage Lottery and commissioned by East Ayrshire Leisure Trust. For more information: http://www.ayrshirecollections.co.uk/the-words-of-keir-hardie-creative-project/