The two new artworks on the front of the Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre in Peebles are Peel 1 and 2 by Selkirk based international artist Liz Douglas.
Commissioned as part of a visual arts themed month of Peebles Creative Place 2014, the pieces are a development of Liz’s recent research into laser-cutting as an innovative drawing tool and her response to the invitation to create a new artwork linked to Peebles’ practical, historic and artistic relationship with fish, particularly of the salmon on the River Tweed.
Fish Flagrante - Meeting Liz Douglas
Her work has been shown in galleries and at festivals across the world, today two of the largest pieces ever created by Borders’ artist Liz Douglas are a new landmark on Peebles’ historic High Street. The pieces, inspired by the town’s intrinsic connection to fish were commissioned by Peebles Creative Place 2014 and were made for the face of the Eastgate Theatre.
I met with Liz to discuss the pieces and explore the motivation behind them, this is what Liz had to say:
The weekend of the 31st of April saw Peebles inundated with mountain bike riders from across the world taking part in the World Enduro Series which formed the centrepiece of the Tweedlove bike festival. Tweed Green played host to a mountain bike expo with stalls from the worlds biggest bike companies and chaces to meet some of the best mountain bikers in the world.