Tattiefields is the first of four public art projects created in Lochside, in partnership with DGHP, Dumfries and Galloway Housing Partnership and Richard East of City Design Co-operative Landscape Architects. Tattiefields was initially conceived by Richard East, and began from a series of discussions and memories of the site’s previous uses before houses were built there. Richard’s landscaped ridge and furrow design was the inspiration for the artworks installed exploring the humble tattoo’s international links and histories.
Lead artist Katie Anderson worked with the Creative Futures team to develop the artworks inspired by conversations and activities with local residents, including a Tattie Buffet, Tattie Growing Competition, Tattie printing and craft workshops, community evenings … all things potato!
The final artworks were installed and unveiled in September 2018. The maps on display on the Tattiefields columns feature locations connected with tatties across the world, alongside local landmarks. They also include a loose guide for the tattie growing season in Dumfries and Galloway.