Self portraits on show at Kirrie studio

Self portraits feature at the new exhibition at the Hamilton Kerr Photographic Studio in Kirriemuir.
Self portraits feature at the new exhibition at the Hamilton Kerr Photographic Studio in Kirriemuir.

THE ARTISTIC talents of primary school pupils in Kirriemuir have gone on display in the town’s Hamilton Kerr Photographic Studio in High Street.

The exhibition, titled ‘To see oursels as ithers see us’, opened on Friday evening and features self-portrait etchings by local schoolchildren. It was inspired by the line from Burns’ poem and made possible by local artist and teacher Maureen Crosbie.

Almost 300 children from Northmuir and Southmuir primary schools took part in the project, creating etchings on acrylic using a dry point technique.

Maureen said: “An invitation to make an etching at Hospitalfield House in Arbroath in the recent ‘know thyself’ exhibition, inspired me to create etchings with children. As part of the Angus Open Studios group, I was invited to participate at Hospitalfield House and discovered a basic etching process which was ideal for younger people”.

Always keen to turn her work and experiences as an artist into new teaching techniques, Maureen could see the traditional etching process with acids and other chemicals were not possible in a classroom environment. However, the dry-point method using acrylic sheet was one which could be translated easily to work with children as young as seven. Using the line from ‘To A Louse’ by Robbie Burns to inspire the self-portraits, the children’s work was of such high calibre Maureen decided to approach local photography studio Hamilton Kerr, who have kindly donated space in their shop to exhibit the etchings.

Louise Kerr, co-owner of the studio said: “We are more than happy to support local art projects. As photographers we have links with many artists in the area and when approached by Maureen, we immediately saw a great way to encourage art in primary schools. We are passionate about the portrait medium and have taken photographic portraits of many of the children taking part”. The exhibition runs until February 1; the studio is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.