The project has two objectives :
firstly, to honour Richard Demarco's 75th birthday by providing a home for the Demarco Archive under one roof, in what he regards as the ideal setting. Skateraw can be the pioneering model for the fusion of culture and agriculture, an example which we hope will be imitated in many rural communities of the British Isles. During the Edinburgh Festival there will be a rare opportunity to see the highlights in the Archive as well as new work.
Secondly, to provide locations on the farm at Skateraw where 'site-specific' and 'land art' projects can be carried out. Johnny and Sandra Watson, owners of Skateraw, have recently visited both Giuliano Gori's world famous collection at his farm in Tuscany and Ian Hamilton Finlay's sculpture garden at Stonypath. They are inspired to have similar projects on their own coastal farmland.
Several artists have visited the site, including Doug Cocker, Kate Downie, Rose Frain, Ian Hamilton Finlay, Mary MacIver, Will Maclean, Ken McMullen, Margot Sandeman, Arthur Watson and George Wyllie. They are very interested in its potential for site-specific and outdoor sculpture work.
Although no charge is being made for the use of the building, funds are required to pay for the fitting out as office and exhibition space. Funds will also be required to finance the land art projects.
There is a Demarco - Skateraw Project Website Here