_Intermedia Gallery - Exhibition

  Introduction / Luxury / Art of the Storyteller - The introductory area comprised of information about the gallery layout, press release and free postcards. The Luxury and Art of Storytelling project was work completed by Hole in my Pocket in 2003.

  St Kilda History - A short history of the Island of St Kilda formed part of the introduction to the Seanchaidh piece. It included a documentary about the people of St Kilda thought to have been filmed between the late 18th and early nineteenth centuries, a timeline highlighting key stages in the development and demise of the island and the islanders, and some published literature on St Kilda. The map of Scotland shown in this picture pinpointed the key stages of our proposed journey where St Kilda would be the ultimate destination.

  Seanchaidh - The presentation comprised of 10 large photographic prints, one for each day, a stamped Scotland map indicating our daily progress, items we accumulated during our travels as well as our personal travel diaries.


"Beginnings and Doubts.

By the time we had reached Edinburgh Waverly Station, barely an hour into our adventure, the realisation of the task ahead was beginning to dawn. The idea of the journey was little more than five days old, and yet now we found ourselves rucksacked up to the max and pushing a bloody air hostess trolley. what were we thinking?"


"Where the hell are we?

Our spirits began to lift as we ventured into unknown territory. We arrived in Thurso in the pitch dark to discover our hostel was also a kebab selling take-away internet cafe. After ditching our luggage, trolley included, we headed out to sample the Thurso nightlife. This was it!"


"Time to recharge.

After a few hours spent on the choppy seas we finally reached Thurso. It was pishing with rain- absolutely chucking it down. Thankfully we didn't have far to walk to find Brown's Hostel. After polishing off a fish supper from the local chippy we decided a night of rest was much needed."


"Two adults and a trolley to Maes Howe please.

We decided to be tourists for the day and use public transport to visit some of the local attractions. We were unsure what the drivers reaction would be to our travelling companion."


"A delayed return to the mainland.

Having stayed in Stromness for almost a whole day longer than originally planned, we finally set sail for the mainland. The people we met on Orkney, and the island itself, were without doubt the highlight of the journey so far. Orkney- we love you."


"A day dominated by travel.

In a day that involved two separate train journeys, one bus ride, a lift in a taxi and a ferry crossing we had precious little time to stop and relax. The one exception was at Kyle of Lochalsh where we were able to abandon the trolley for a short while, find a nearby cafe and kill some time before the next bus across the Skye Bridge to Kyleakin."


"St. Kilda anyone?

After reaching a dark, wet Mallaig the night previously, we awoke to find a grey, wet Mallaig waiting for us in the morning. Having altered our itinerary due to financial constraints, Mallaig was now our first realistic port from which we could sail to St. Kilda. Upon discovering the cost of involved in this we attempted a more financially viable, if a little optimistic, alternative."


"Enter a world of unlimited homemade marmalade and scones.

We arrived in dull and wet Oban. The directions we had been given to the hostel were a challenge to us both but we eventually found the hostel and its rather exuberant hostelier. All activity in the hostel was centred on the small kitchen where unlimited scones along with homemade jams and marmalade were available for no additional cost."


"The very reluctant Pied Piper of Oban.

For almost the whole day we were followed around Oban by two extremely enthusiastic youngsters named Ruairidh (right) and Colin (centre). Their endless energy started to become slightly wearing when we found ourselves being layed siege to in our hostel at around eight in the evening!"


"Missing Presumed Found.

At the journeys end we placed the stories we had gathered into a single bottle and threw it into the sea off the coast of Oban. Although we had failed to reach St. Kilda, we had succeeded in gathering some great stories, meeting a number of diverse characters and maybe even touching other peoples lives with our mission."

For the final day of the exhibition we invited the Clydebank Burgh Band to play us out in style. The hour long set was greatly enjoyed by all and many thnaks must go to the band for giving up their time on a Saturday afternoon.

  Our trusty blackboard, which had served us well during our three weeks in the Intermedia gallery, announced the gig to passers by.

  Although difficult to see through the recently washed windows, the band must have proven a rather bizarre sight and sound to those out to do some Staurday shopping.

  A man called andy plays a trumpet.

  Three other people play three other brass instruments. Thanks to them all.

Carnival Road - Situated in the back room of the Intermedia Gallery this exhibit featured 8 masterfully crafted clay figures which were all inspired by a painting which alburt stared in 1996 and continues till this day. In the centre of the room was a rare tropical spider kindly donated by Glasgow Zoo for the duration of the show.

  Taking centre stage in the Carnival Road exhibit was the Vietnamese Mountain Spider.

  The project was inspired by the idea of a zoo in Glasgow's City Centre.

  Alburt has been painting the Carnival Road canvas since 1996... will he ever finish it?

  All the characters in the painting resemble an animal... this long necked chap is half giraffe.

  And here is the clay figure version of the character.

  Another character from the painting.

  The attention to detail on this lion inspired figure stunned many a visitor.

  An ice-cream selling walrus character.

  And here is the clay figure version of the character.

  Each figure was housed within Hole in my Pocket's homemade plinths. Special thanks to Gav who gave up a Sunday to hammer and glue bits of wood.

  Lastly was the nonsense room where we displayed, well, nonsense- random stuff that didn't really fit in anywhere else. At the entrance to the room was a toy gun and the invitation to aim and shoot at your least favourite D-list celebrity.

  These tiny superhero clay figures were displayed inside an acrylic cuboid.

  In the centre of the room was a glass chess set which had an ongoing game between Hole in my Pocket and those who visited. At the rear of the room was a monitor displaying the bizarre true story of a beach whale which was blown to pieces with dynamite.

  Extracts from Alburt's sketch book were displayed- the sketch books offer an insight into the workings of Alburts mind and are therefore a wondrously scary thing.

  A rather gruesome blu-tac sculpture.

  Some nonsense even managed to sneak into the main space of the gallery. The daily board game challenge rarely failed to draw a reaction from the visiting public. One person is quoted as saying "F**king hell, that's amazing.... f**k!" after Scott explained the rules of the game shown in the picture to the right. We think he was drunk, high or possibly both. Nice chap though.

  To the bemusement of scotia, alburt decided to set a trap for any monkeys that may have been wandering down King Street in Glasgow.

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