Catherine Yass, High Wire
22nd June – 15th September
The Gymnasium, The Barracks, Parade, Berwick upon Tweed TD15 1DF
Opening times: Wed – Sun 11am – 5pm
Tel: 01289 330999
Further information: www.maltingsberwick.co.uk/bva
Artist’s Talk by Catherine Yass in The Gymnasium,
Sat 22nd June, 1pm
Further information: www.maltingsberwick.co.uk
Presented in the Berwick Gymnasium is the multi-channel video installation High Wire (2008) by acclaimed British artist Catherine Yass. The work follows the French high-wire artist Didier Pasquette, who was invited by Yass to walk a wire strung between two towers on the Red Road Estate in Glasgow. Stepping out between what were once the highest social housing blocks in all of Europe, Pasquette offers us the ultimate vertiginous perspective.
Situated beneath the town walls, the Gymnasium allows visitors to look out at people walking along Berwick’s ramparts – a visual rhyme to the figure of Pasquette, walking across the screens within the gallery.
High Wire is shown with thanks to and generous support from the artist andArtangel, who commissioned the work with Glasgow International Festival of Contemporary Visual Art in 2007. The exhibition is organised by Visual Arts in Rural Communities in collaboration with Berwick Visual Arts.