It’s always fascinating to get a window into an artist’s world and that was certainly the case this morning when I was invited to drop in on Inge Panneels as she was being filmed for ITV’s Border Life programme.
The filming took place at Inge’s studio, tucked away in a large garage behind her house in the delightful village of Lilliesleaf, near Selkirk. As a glasswork artist, Inge specialises in kiln and architectural glass techniques, although she also works as a part-time senior lecturer at the University of Sunderland’s Glass and Ceramics Department.
Part of a series of profiles of Borders-based artists, much of the filming focused on Inge’s involvement in Working Perspectives – a project that saw a dozen artists from the Crossing Borders collective paired with different workplaces around Peebles and then charged to create new works based on their experiences.
Inge’s host workplace, the John Buchan Story museum in Peebles, turned out to be something of a perfect match. An author, politician and public figure with strong connections to Peebles and Tweeddale, Buchan’s love of travel and adventure segued beautifully into Inge’s own work in which the use of maps and mapping have become a recurring theme in recent years.
Inge’s pieces, although not all finished, reflect Buchan’s love of landscape both here and in Canada where he served as Governor General before the Second World War. I don’t want to reveal too much – you’ll have to wait for the final exhibition in February – but suffice to say they are thought-provoking, intricate and really rather beautiful.
Big thank you to Inge, reporter Gill and cameraman Paul for an entertaining morning. Top waffles too, Inge!
The Working Perspectives – Artists in the Workplace exhibition opens at the Tweeddale Museum and Gallery, Chambers Institution, Peebles on Sat 14 February and runs to Sat 11 April.
The Border Life programme featuring Inge Panneels (and a little bit of Peebles Creative Place 2014!) will air on ITV Borders at 8pm, 9 February.