The Hidden Place

29 July - 25 September 2010

A site specific wall painting at Ingleby Gallery. The Hidden Place is an alternative map of Scotland. Place names tell of old cultures, of history, geography, industry, religion and myth. Scottish place names have their origin in several languages; Gaelic, Pictish, Norse, English, French, Latin and Scots.


In The Hidden Place over 100 place names are replaced by phrases revealing the original meaning of these names. Each place becomes a piece of condensed folk poetry, revealing the riches of the past with a quiet lyricism; bay of the bent grass, place of pebbles, slope of brightness. The Hidden Place is one long poem about the land and its people.


The Hidden Place has also been realised as a limited edition three-colour screenprint that will be displayed alongside the wall painting. Further information about the print can be found on the books, prints and editions section of our website.