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20-22 November 2019

Experimental Studio, Baltic 39, NE1 1EW

Charles Danby and Rob Smith, in conjunction with the Lowick Heritage Group, present the first iteration of Lowick Lime, an exhibition and event that explores the lime industry’s entanglement with materials, ecologies, people and histories in the village of Lowick on the Scottish Borders.






















Lowick Lime engages with the Lowick Heritage Group’s initiative to restore a 19th century lime kiln. It expands the historical site of the kiln through the activation of walking routes, ecological and architectural surveys, the micro-industrial production of quicklime, community archaeology, the marking of hidden industrial sites, and archival storytelling. These actions negotiate alternative understandings of what restoration means, consider the contemporary significance of lime in the region and ask how it continues to inform the interrelationships of people with the land.


Wednesday 20 – Friday 22 November Wednesday 4-6pm, Thursday – Friday 10am-6pm

The exhibition takes the form of an expansive drawing that re-orientates aspects of the geological, social, economic and industrial structures of the village of Lowick within the space of the Experimental Studio. A floating conical archival structure provides a ‘meeting place’ for publics with ‘tellings’ of Lowick, through objects, materials, scripts and artefacts.

Event: Unearthing Lowick Lime

Friday 22 November, 6-8pm

Unearthing Lowick Lime is an event in two parts. Part 1 is an open discussion hosted by Charles Danby, Rob Smith and the Lowick Heritage Group. It will think- through the actions and negotiations that are ongoing in Lowick, and unravel some its complex relationships to its geological and industrial limestone landscapes. It will ask how a 19th century lime kiln opens new interactions with Lowick’s industrial past, how it forms contemporary meanings for the residents today and provides Lowick with opportunities for new kinds of future-building.

Part 2 is a performed reading of a script by members of the Lowick Heritage Group. The script is the latest in a series written by social historian Julie Gibbs for the people of Lowick, and is the first to be performed and read outside of the village. It is compiled from extensive archival sources that create an exacting storytelling through characters and events from Lowick’s past. This script draws on the conflicting interests surrounding Lowick’s lime industry between 1839 and 1842.

Charles Danby and Rob Smith have worked collaboratively since 2011. Together they explore site and land use in the transforming industrial landscape of the UK. Their work draws on histories and legacies of Land Art practices, exploring new approaches to site- based contemporary art making within the material and digital environments of bordered land sites such as quarries, islands, forests, and national parks.

The Lowick Heritage Group was established to maintain an appreciation of its 4,000 year history as a settlement and to promote life-long learning among local people and visitors to the village.

Lowick Lime is hosted by Northumbria University and Baltic 39 as part of the UK- wide Humanities festival, Being Human: Discoveries and Secrets, 2019.

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