Sunday, 15 August 2010

Ingleby Gallery

The image shows a detail from The Hidden Place by Thomas A Clark:
a unique site-specific wall painting at Ingleby Gallery from 29th July
to 25th September 2010, also realised as a three-colour screenprint.

Ingleby Gallery, 15 Calton Road, Edinburgh EH8 8DL

Thursday, 29 July 2010

The Hidden Place at Ingleby Gallery

A site specific wall drawing is currently on show at Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, and continuing until 25 September 2010. From their website:

"The Hidden Place is an alternative map of Scotland. Place names tell of old cultures, of history, geography, industry, religion and myth. Scottish place names have their origin in several languages; Gaelic, Pictish, Norse, English, French, Latin and Scots. In The Hidden Place over 100 place names are replaced by phrases revealing the original meaning of these names. Each place becomes a piece of condensed folk poetry, revealing the riches of the past with a quiet lyricism; bay of the bent grass, place of pebbles, slope of brightness. The Hidden Place is one long poem about the land and its people."

The Hidden Place has also been release as a limited edition three-colour screenprint - for more details, look here.

Monday, 15 June 2009

Lochan nam Breac

the little loch of the trout
you have never been there
whenever you think of it
circles spread on clear water

Thomas A Clark

Monday, 18 May 2009

The Book of Deer

The Book of Deer is not about deer. It is a 10th century illuminated manuscript of the gospels with additional material on the early Celtic church. Its principal interest is that it contains the earliest surviving Gaelic literature in Scotland. The manuscript was discovered in Old Deer, Aberdeenshire, hence the name.

Thomas A Clark, May 2009

photograph by Dominic Greyer

Monday, 4 May 2009

On the Ardnamurchan peninsula...

On the Ardnamurchan peninsula, rivers, streams and burns are often accompanied by road signs giving their names in Gaelic. While pointing to the presence and importance of water, this practice beautifully illustrates how place is particularised, marked and preserved by language.

'Abhainn Glac na h-Eaglais' is the 'Stream of the Hollow of the Church' and 'Allt Torr na Moine' is 'Burn of the Peat Mound'.

Thomas A Clark, May 2009

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Project History

The Hidden Place was originally organised with the assistance of platform projects in Newcastle upon Tyne. From March 2009, this blog has become the new home for all information about the project.

The first sign, at Falkland, was installed in November 2008. More news will be posted here soon.

Be Involved

You are invited to take part in the project and acquire a road sign giving the meaning of your local place name. If you would like more information about this, or about the project, do contact Alex by email: hiddenplaceproject [at]

We look forward to hearing from you.