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Travelling Gallery, a contemporary art gallery in a bus, arrives in Lewis and Harris this month, with the exhibition High on the Summit Ridge by Gabecare; a collaborative art project by Rachel Adams and Tessa Lynch which investigates the domestic mess of 21st century living.

Gabecare take their name from little known American inventor Frances Gabe who devoted much of her life to designing and building the world’s one and only self-cleaning home.  In an attempt to rid herself of the thankless, unpaid, and never-ending housework, Gabe used her own money and construction skills to develop and build a house that cleaned, rinsed, and dried everything from the dishes in the cupboard to clothes in the wardrobe. She eventually received a patent for her design in 1984.

Exploring the unpaid labour that goes into housework, Gabecare draw our attention to who carries out the care and maintenance at home. Taking inspiration from social history and the evolution of housework, Gabecare have created an enjoyable installation which provokes storytelling and memories from our own families while also digging deeper and questioning the economy around housework and care. The exhibition will also include objects selected by the artists from Museums and Galleries Edinburgh‘s social history collection.

The Travelling Gallery will be visiting the following venues in Lewis and Harris, in partnership with An Lanntair arts centre:

Tuesday 13 June – An Lanntair, Stornoway – open 10am – 4pm

  • Wednesday 14 June – morning – Sir E Scott School (not open to the public)
  • Wednesday 14 June – afternoon – Sgoil Bhreascleit (not open to the public)
  • Thursday 15 June – morning – Pairc School (not open to the public)
  • Thursday 15 June – afternoon – Shawbost School (not open to the public)

The gallery is free to visit and everyone is very welcome. 

Visit Travelling Gallery website for more details

Gabecare is a collaborative art project between Rachel Adams and Tessa Lynch. It investigates the domestic mess of 21st century living. Formed through a joint residency at Studio Pavilion, Glasgow which culminated in the exhibition Stoop, Stoop, Stooping is Stoopid (2019). They have since exhibited in the exhibition You are Never Done, curated by Thomas Abercromby at Springburn Museum as part of Glasgow International Art Festival 2021.

Travelling Gallery is a contemporary art gallery in a bus, it is a national service, founded 45 years ago, with the exceptional ability to reach communities and people across Scotland. Travelling Gallery is a ‘not for profit’ organisation, regularly funded by Creative Scotland and supported by the City of Edinburgh Council.