Ken Words: Donald Watson Writing Workshop  Saturday 1st February|   2pm-4pm   | £5  |  12 places available |  

The Smiddy, Balmaclellan

The writer and artist Katy Ewing will lead a workshop that draws on Donald Watson’s finely detailed ornithological artwork currently on display in the Donald Watson Room to prompt imaginative writing. She will support participants in developing their initial responses to create poems or short pieces of prose.

Katy Ewing is a writer, artist and researcher. She was the winner of the 2018 Wigtown Poetry Competition D&G Fresh Voice Award.


Sunday 9th February|   2.30pm |

£14 /£4 u25

RANT is the meeting of 4 of Scotland s finest fiddle players, two from the Shetland Islands and two from the Highlands. Bethany Reid, Jenna Reid, Lauren MacColl
and Anna Massie join forces to create a sound which is both rich and lush, yet retaining all the bite and spark synonymous with a Scottish fiddle player. Using just their fiddles, they weave a tapestry of melodies, textures, layers and sounds. Known for their work as soloists and with various bands, this is a celebration of
the instrument they all have a passion for. Since the release of their debut album RANT in 2013 which won them critical acclaim in the form of a Herald Angel Award for outstanding performance across all the Edinburgh Festivals , the band have made major festival and concert appearances across the UK, Ireland and
Scandinavia. They provided strings for Julie Fowlis Gach Sguel album, and their music has been used for both BBC and ITV national television programmes.

Their live set reflects their years of honing their sound together and their love for their home areas of Shetland and the Highlands through the writing, repertoire and

'An irresistible journey through reels, strathspeys and jigs'  (Songlines)

'This is dignified, deep and profound music.'

'Sheer class' ★★★★★ (The Herald)

Exhibition on Screen: Lucien Freud - A Self Portrait  (U)  Tuesday 4th February|   7.30pm   | £7 / £4 u25s 

BBFC: U Run time: 80 mins

For the first time in history the Royal Academy of Arts in London, in collaboration with the Museum of Fine
Arts in Boston, is bringing together Lucian Freud’s self-portraits.

The exhibition will display more than 50 paintings, prints and drawings in which this modern master of British art turned his unflinching eye firmly on himself. One of
the most celebrated painters of our time, Lucian Freud is also one of very few 20thcentury artists who portrayed themselves with such consistency.

Spanning nearly seven decades his selfportraits give a fascinating insight into both his psyche and his development as a painter, from his earliest portrait painted in 1939 to the final one executed 64 years
later. When seen together, his portraits represent an engrossing study into the dynamic of ageing and the process of self representation.

This intensely compelling exhibition creates a unique opportunity for EXHIBITION ON SCREEN to reveal the
life’s work of a master in one show.

Dark Sky Jazz: Julian Arguelles Quartet

Saturday 22nd February |  7.30pm   |

£10 / £4 u25s 

Award-winning saxophonist Julian Argüelles brings his critically acclaimed quartet to Scotland. This is a rare opportunity to hear Argüelles mix of exciting contemporary jazz infused with Spanish rhythms, South African grooves and classical nuance. The quartet features some of the UKs most active and talented improvisers; Ivo Neame piano (Phronesis, Marius Nesset), Conor Chaplin bass (Dinasaur, Binker & Golding) and James Maddren drums (Kit Downes, Gwilym Simcock).

An exceptionally gifted musician, Argüelles has been compared to sax legends Wayne Shorter and Charles Lloyd (UKVibe), while his on-stage chemistry with Julian Argüelles Quartet has been likened to Keith Jarrett's renowned 1970s European quartet (Jazzwise).

FILM: Plastic China (12A)

Sunday 23rd February|   2.00pm |

£5/£4 u25

Part of our Filmhub Scotland supported Climate Conversations programme. Run time: 1hr 22mins Director: Wang Jiuliang

Through the rolling hills of plastic waste can be heard the faint rustle and laughter of children scurrying and playing. The smiles that break across their grubby faces belie a bleak existence for the families that scrape by sorting plastic waste. Following Pen and his daughter Yi Jie, under the watchful eye of boss Kun, this film shows the lives of those harmed most by severe social inequality.

As the world's biggest plastic waste importer, by 2016 China was receiving ten million tons per year from most of the developed countries around the world. With high external costs impacting the local environment and health, these imports are reborn here in these plastic workshops into recycled raw materials for the appetite of China the world factory. This waste is then exported back to where it came from with a new face - manufactured clothing or toys. Plastic China's main character Yi-Jie is an unschooled 11-year-old girl whose family works and lives in a typical plastic waste household-recycling workshop. As much as her life is poor and distorted, she's a truly global child who learns about the outside world from the waste workshop that her family lives and works in.

Wang Jiuliang is considered the first independent documentary filmmaker who uses camera to raise environmental awareness in China.

The screening will be followed by a discussion on plastics and sustainability,

Our Kind: Once Upon a Planet

Thursday 27th February|   7.00pm |

£6/£4 u25

Join us for this one-off community performance about climate change as we explore our relationship with the planet and the impact our actions are having. Featuring a youth shadow puppet performance retelling an ancient Chinese fable about flooding, a dance performed and created by our Choreoskills Lab group, songs from the Wyrdy women, writing and more. Followed by a youth led discussion on the climate emergency.

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