Part of the Edinburgh Art Festival, Owners of the Soil at the Fine Art Society in Edinburgh examines ties between land, identity and ownership through the early Scottish diaspora’s dual identity of both colonised and coloniser. Will Maclean RSA’s boxed constructions, collages and drawings recount the experiences of six residents of Polbain, Ross-shire, all native Gaelic speakers born in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was an accepted part of their lives that they would have to leave home to find a living in the south or overseas. The boxed constructions contain artefacts symbolising narratives of each person’s life. Shaun Fraser’s works in glass, bronze, ink and print focus on Nova Scotia, an area dominated by Scottish settlements with place names which displaced those of the First Nation Mi’kmaq people. Incorporating peat and organic matter, Fraser’s work is innately linked to the locality on which it draws. The exhibition can also be viewed on the Society’s website.
The Society continues to exhibit the best of Scottish art across the centuries and British art, design and furniture, viewable on its website.