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The Sandstone Steps: Artist Talk

September 8 @ 7:00 pm 9:00 pm

The Sandstone Steps: Cultural crossings with art, poetry & music.
A transatlantic collaboration between artists Hugh Bryden & Maddy Rosenberg. 

Sandstone Steps is an ambitious collaborative project that explores and celebrates the historical cultural flux that crossed and re-crossed the Atlantic between the coasts of New York and Dumfries and Galloway. It all began with the voyage of sandstone and craftsmen from Scotland in the nineteenth century- and still continues today.

This cultural exchange fosters collaborations between visual artists, musicians and poets from Dumfries and Galloway and New York. This collaboration is producing a prestigious limited edition artist’s book, commissioned music, poetry pamphlets and artists print portfolios. Exhibitions and performances on both sides of the Atlantic are taking place along with this.

Sandstone Steps is a multi-disciplinary cultural event in a box, an artist’s book in three parts: with a musical element, a literary element and a visual art element. 

The box, in a shape of a staircase with drawers, will contain specially commissioned music, poetry and relief prints in each of its three “steps.”

From April-September 2024, it forms the center of a programme of exhibitions, concerts, poetry readings and related events in Dumfries and Galloway, then moves to New York for celebrations in 2025.


Donations to the Project Help:

  • Publish the poetry
  • Record the music
  • Facilitate the production of the artist prints
  • Produce the wooden boxes
  • Pay for travel and accommodation for participating artists for the exhibitions and performances in Dumfries and Galloway from April through to September 2024!

This project is just the beginning! We plan on establishing cultural links between Dumfries and Galloway and New York, developing them long into the future.

Free This artist talk is free to attend.
100 High Street
Dumfries, DG1 2BJ United Kingdom
01387 252435
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