Supported by the Millennium Fund, Dumfries and Galloway Arts Association developed a programme of community arts events throughout the year 2000 – a seasonal and elemental celebration on the theme of Rites of Passage.
White Hill Design Studio were closely associated with the development and management of the autumnal event of ‘Plenty’ – a celebration of earth and harvest.
In the initial stages of the project, there was only a limited budget, and no site or materials available. Our concept drawings allowed the project team to approach the planning authorities and possible sponsors to discuss how the project might be realised.
The construction used timber from the surrounding Ae Forest, bound together by chains, and covered with tarpaulin to create a meeting space in the forest. After the month-long celebration, the tarpaulin was removed, allowing the timber framework to become fully visible in the landscape.
The ‘dome’ hosted a month long series of events, including film shows, musical performances and celebrations of local food. The final event was a symposium on timber, attended by people from the public, private and commercial sector from all over Scotland.
From the original concept drawings through the construction process to the final conference on New Timber Buildings, White Hill were perfect partners for the project.
The extraordinary building was designed and built by Sam Barlow, but it would never have happened without the sustained creative support of White Hill Design Studio.
Robbie Coleman, Rites of Passage Artistic Director
Dumfries & Galloway Arts Association