Moladh Marsden Rock

Keith McIntyre

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


In response to the 18thC Gaelic Bard Duncan Ban MacIntyre’s epic poem Moladh Bein Dobrain, McIntyre examines how we eulogise geological features in the landscape that have accrued a cultural identity and promote narrative discourse. Producing large scale ink drawings and associated works in print and paper mechanics, McIntyre interrogates natural form and the environmental impact of erosion through the mapping of the motif, past and present and the reductive potential of paper as a flat, torn or crushed support or sculptural mass. The ‘Moladh Marsden Rock’ solo exhibition/project commissioned by Customs House, evolved out of work produced for the ‘Unfinished Business’ exhibition (curated by Dorsett) at Wallington Hall 2012 (National Trust), where a ‘Withdrawing Room’ was created featuring mural sized drawings of rock formations in the North East managed by the Trust and transcribed from William Bell Scott’s 19thc Victorian murals situated in the Hall. In 1996 the magnesium arch of the Marsden Rock on the South Shields coastline (also managed by the National Trust) which had been a popular destination for tourists and artists for generations, collapsed into the sea. Working from early postcards McIntyre speculates on how the original ‘rock’ was imagined and offers new drawings and paper-works for audience reflection and interaction. Associated events and workshops with local societies, schools and community organisations in the Customs House promoted discussion around social history, the impact of environmental change, coastal erosion and immortalising our changing locality.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2013
EventMoladh Marsden Rock - Customs House Gallery, South Shields
Duration: 1 Feb 2013 → …


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