Leah Millar began a project with Alchemy Film & Arts in winter 2020, undertaking research around Hawick’s landscapes, traditions, cultures and customs. Leah is working with communities within Hawick towards the creation of a moving-image installation that explores the relationships between land, riding and ritual.
This commission is part The Teviot, the Flag and the Rich, Rich Soil – a programme which explores the pasts, presents and futures of Hawick, researching and investigating the town and wider region’s cultural identities in relation to land, water, industry, territory, place and environment.
Leah Millar (b.1982, Belfast) is a contemporary artist and naturalist. Her work is a dialogue between individual and collective relationships to nature and land, and the wider politics of this at an ecological and species level.
Often relating to particular sites, Leah’s films are spatial enquiries informed by sensory experience, identity and the techno-ecology of images. Her work has been exhibited widely and in diverse contexts, from cinematic presentation to gallery exhibition. She is a recipient of the Arts Council’s Developing Your Creative Practice Award 2019.
EARTHYBODY – WORLD PREMIERE
BORDERS TEXTILE TOWERHOUSE
THURSDAY 28 APRIL – SUNDAY 1 MAY
11:00 – 16:00 / 4′ / 16mm
‘The rural outdoor expanses of EarthyBody, shot with a clear and stunning warmth, are animated and activated as moving entities. This is suggested not just by the women, whose involuntary blinks, undulating skins and muscular, breathy tremors offset the apparent stillness of their performances. The physical film itself also animates, activates, moves.’
THE TEVIOT, THE FLAG AND THE RICH, RICH SOIL
The Teviot, the Flag and the Rich, Rich Soil is a programme of artist residencies, film commissions, discussion events and community engagement exploring the borders, boundaries and lines of Hawick and the Scottish Borders.