Ley Lines – Kate Scardifield

Unearthing social and historical gems from six local museum collections and archives across Scotland, Sydney based artist Kate Scardifield explores and reframes Scottish and Australian connections. Presenting and creating art in a new context, her exhibition Ley Lines takes the work of Scottish Astronomer and Governor of New South Wales Thomas Brisbane as her starting point. Brisbane was one of the first to map the constellations of the southern hemisphere and in Ley Lines Kate Scardifield creates and connects new constellations. These new works include textiles, sculpture and video, made in response to Brisbane’s collected astronomical equipment and selected objects and fragments held within six of Scotland’s local collections. Ley Lines opened courtesy of Fife Contemporary at St Andrews Museum on 2 December 2017 and will tour to venues in Hawick and Falkirk throughout 2018 and 2019.

Speaking ahead of the exhibition opening Kate Scardifield said:

‘During my five-week residency I visited St Andrews, Kirkcaldy, the Scottish Borders, Ayrshire, Glasgow and Falkirk, delving into cavernous museum storage facilities. The metaphor I began to use in my thinking and that continues to underpin the conceptual rationale for this project is of each collection as its own celestial configuration, its own unique constellation of knowledge. I hope visitors to the exhibition will find space to share new, possibly untold, stories about their local area, their community and Scotland’s connection to Australia.’

 Ley Lines is Kate Scardifield’s first solo exhibition in Scotland and was developed in response to a research residency across a number of Scotland’s local collections during 2016 including:

Fife Council Museum Collections
Scottish Borders Council
Selkirk Common Good
Heriot Watt University
Falkirk Community Trust
The Museum of Ayrshire Country Life and Costume At Dalgarven Mill
West Kilbride Museum

Curated by Panel in partnership with Heriot Watt University; Live Borders; Fife Contemporary; Co Create (Maggie Broadley); Falkirk Community Trust and supported in kind by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (MAAS) Sydney, Ley Lines presents a major new commission by Australian artist Kate Scardifield in Scotland. Ley Lines is kindly supported through Creative Scotland’s Open Fund.

Free drop-in activities for young people are available in the activity space beside the gallery.


Thursday 1 February 2018, 1.15-1.45pm – free informal tour of ‘Ley Lines’ with Fife Contemporary Director, Diana Sykes (no booking required)

Friday 9 February 2018, 2-3pm – ‘Making Connections’ – free talk by Fife installation artist Tim Fitzpatrick (spaces limited – booking required)

Thursday 15 February 2018, 11am-1pm – Banner-making workshop for children aged 8 and over with artist Claire Heminsley (spaces limited – booking required)