Limomolum | Jeremy Hutchinson

Limomolum
Kirkcaldy Galleries, War Memorial Gardens, Kirkcaldy
Running until June 11

This exhibition explores the effect of de-industrialisation on Kirkcaldy. For over a century, this town on the East Coast of Scotland was the axis of a global industry: linoleum. At one point, there were six linoleum manufacturers in the town, bringing thousands of jobs to the local area. But the sixties saw a sharp decline in the demand for linoleum. By the mid-eighties, almost all the jobs had disappeared.

The title of the exhibition refers to a routine by the comedian Billy Connolly, where he accounts for Kirkcaldy’s industrial decline. He claims that the town’s linoleum industry went down the pan because nobody could pronounce the word linoleum.