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Off The Margin: Imprints in Time

March 22 @ 6:30 pm 9:00 pm

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Join us for the launch of ‘Off The Margin’, a micro-fest of print, illustration, journalism and publishing.

Artist John Wallace presents a re-staging of his documentary and site-specific video installation, “Imprints In Time,” delving into the rich history of printing in Dumfries Town Centre, with a focus on the former Dinwiddies retail shop and Printworks. The event includes a screening followed by a discussion featuring invited speakers from grassroots journalism and print in Scotland, along with prominent figures from the printing industry in Dumfries.

Imprints in Time was an exhibition, site specific video installation and series of public engagement events exploring the history of printing in Dumfries Town Centre, centred on the former Dinwiddies retail shop and Printworks. Three installation films capture the experiences of Master Compositor Mac Creedon and Master Pressman John Ronnie, both of whom served their apprenticeships at Dinwiddies, and of Dr. Robert Dinwiddie, grandson of founder Robert Dinwiddie, who himself worked regularly within the business when he was a student. The three films are here re-presented in standalone form.

After the screening, we welcome you to join us for an insightful discussion delving into Dumfries’ print heritage, while also examining the current grassroots print and journalism landscape in Scotland. In an era marked by increasingly divisive mass media and heightened public scrutiny regarding the accuracy and biases of printed media, how are communities, journalists, and creatives reclaiming agency? What insights might this offer into the potential future of print, media, and journalism in Dumfries & Galloway?

Speakers Include

Judith Hewitt: Museum Curator (Dumfries and Galloway Council)

Judith Hewitt serves as the museum curator at Dumfries & Annan Museum. Currently, she oversees the exhibition ‘Fighting for Justice: Strikes and Protests in Dumfries 1770-1920′ as part of the Off the Margin period. This exhibition and its accompanying events program provide a comprehensive look at Dumfries’ print economy and its historical significance in shaping the working class industries of the region. 

Johnny Gailey of Out of the Blueprint

Out of the Blueprint is an eco-print studio in Leith, Edinburgh. They specialise in Japanese printing techniques like RISO and GOCCO, offering affordable, sustainable, and ethical print services for the local community. As a social enterprise, they reinvest all profits to support young people through residencies, publishing support, training, and education initiatives. 

Karin Goodwin of The Ferret

Karin Goodwin is a journalist and co-editor of Scottish media co-op The Ferret and reports on social affairs and health inequalities. She’s written for a wide range of Scottish and UK broadsheets, magazines and online platforms including the Sunday Times and the Guardian and reported for BBC Scotland’s Disclosure as well as working on other radio and film projects. She is currently writing and co-hosting podcast ‘Sheku Bayoh: The Inquiry’.

John Wallace | Film Artist & Documentary Filmmaker 

John Wallace specialises in creating installations and films that delve into human relationships with various aspects of both constructed and natural environments. His work often emphasises locations where he possesses a personal connection or intimate understanding, a concept he terms as ‘insider art’.

His artistic exploration extends into the realm of technology-mediated interactions with places. He is intrigued by the fusion of technology and environment, utilising live and historical data sources to craft dynamic audiovisual installations that respond to tangible changes occurring beyond the confines of the installation space.

Doors open at 6:00 pm

100 High Street
Dumfries, DG1 2BJ United Kingdom
01387 252435
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Access Information: Level Access in rear of building through adjacent close to left-hand side of the Cafe (facing the front of the building). 
To ensure your experience with us is as best as it can be, please do let us know if you have any specific access requirements and we’d be happy to help. Please email Kevin or Sal on: [email protected] or phone 01387 252435 and speak with one of our team. 
We are able to provide walk-throughs of the building before attending our events as well as assign seating before your arrival. 

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