New Park Gallery exhibition raises a smile

'Smile' features the work of 13 artists
'Smile' features the work of 13 artists
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Organisers at The Park Gallery couldn’t be happier about their latest exhibition.

The Callendar House venue is showing ‘Smile’ this summer, an exhibition exploring the comedy found in everyday life.

The exhibit comprises works from 13 leading contemporary applied artists, and its Park Gallery showing is its first in Scotland.

Gillian Smith, arts development officer at Falkirk Community Trust, said: “We are thrilled to be hosting the Smile exhibition at The Park Gallery.

“It is a really uplifting collection of work from some exciting artists who all have international reputations. “It is the only Scottish showing of this exhibition and we can reassure our visitors that they will find plenty in the exhibition to make them giggle.”

The exhibition looks at how makers have explored the love of everyday humour. 

Involving a variety of genres and materials, every piece in the exhibition invites visitors to spend time with it – whether to uncover a deeper message or admire the maker’s skills.

Examples include Abbott and Ellwood who exhibit humorous sculptures of people made from metal sheet printed with colourful patterns, while Eleanor Glover’s five letters spelling out the word ‘smile’ have been compared to characters at a party.

There’s also a Scottish influence from Deirdre Nelson whose animal-based stitched and knitted works stem from her artist’s residency on the Hebridean Isle of North Uist.

The ‘Smile’ exhibition runs at the Park Gallery at Callendar House until August 19.