Staying and Waiting: The Stories of our Places are Hidden in the Collections We Make


2017-2018 Permanent collection cases, objects created during community workshops. Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary.

The second of three commissioned artworks for the new DGRI hospital, comprising of a series of 11 collections housed in coffee tables using a series of objects found, gathered and created with local arts groups. These can be found in the socialisation spaces in each ward, and also in the Moffat and Stranraer health centres. Commissioned by Dress for the Weather and Wide Open.

The project worked with students from HNC and HND art classes at the Dumfries College, and young artists as part of blueprint100’s open workshops at the Stove Network. Students and artists were invited to create an object cast in pewter that reflected ideas of health and wellbeing, that could be a positive message for someone to spot whilst spending time staying in the hospital, or that reflected their experiences in Dumfries and Galloway. The found objects are a mixture of natural materials gathered from around the region, old postcards, artworks and curiosities linked to places around the region.

The tables were fabricated by Glasgow Sculpture Studios, and designed by Dress for the Weather.

Image credits: Colin Tennant.

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