From Scotland to Corby
traversing terra firma & terraces

David Blyth
Roddy Buchanan

Corby Woodlands Friends Groups
Celtic and Rangers Supporters Clubs

From August and September 2017

 

Scottish artists David Blyth and Roddy Buchanan were in residence at Sudborough Green Lodge during August/September 2017, to work with communities in Corby, exploring cultural shifts that take place when people relocate.

The strong association between the two places began in the 1930s when there was a large influx of men and their families from Scotland, who came to work in the steelworks. As a result Corby was nicknamed “Little Scotland” and there remains a large population of Scottish descent, preserving many of the customs that were brought with them. From Scotland to Corby will explore how these traditions connect with specific areas of contemporary Scottish cultural and artistic practice.

Based in the remote Aberdeenshire landscape, David Blyth is a multi-disciplinary artist from Scotland whose work predominantly concerns itself with an analysis of Human-Animal relations. As he states, “I like animals, art and people. I try to make work that helps them get along better.”

Throughout August, David worked with Corby Woodland Friends Groups and local residents to develop a project that celebrates the cultural heritage and wildlife of Corby’s urban woodland. David explored the woodland environment as a communal place for the production of value, meaning and knowledge in people’s lives – a cooperative partnership that adds value to the users and the woodland itself, using close observation of natural phenomena to offer guidance and advice for overcoming challenges we face in contemporary life.

Glasgow’s Roddy Buchanan examines how sports, games and recreational activities can express and communicate issues of race, nationality, aspiration, culture and identity.

During September, and at the start of a new season of Scottish Football, Roddy met with Celtic and Rangers Supporters based in Corby, the latter once having the largest supporters club outside of Glasgow. With declining opportunities in the steel industry, Scots immigrantion into Corby stopped in the 1970’s. During Roddy’s residency he made contact with local men and women who continue to support Scottish football from a distance. The result were interviews with two key fans, together with photographic installations in many of pubs frequented by supporters, the with the aim of holding the memory of an important community in Northamptonshire’s local history.

To read the interviews please visit:
fermynwoods.org/from-scotland-to-corby and fermynwoods.org/from-corby-to-scotland

This project was supported by Claudia Zeiske and Deveron Projects, Huntly, Scotland.

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