The Pear Tree Project
This year (2011), Ullapool is celebrating the life and times of an ancient Worcester shire Black Pear tree which once grew in the grounds of the Old School House, Market Street. Its fruit was a bit on the hard side, but was well-know by local children for its excellent ammunition qualities!
Sadly, the pear tree had to be cut down to make way for much-needed new houses, but memories of the tree and related childhood experiences,
were recorded and interpreted through a series of art and social history
Ullapool Museum Trust (who spearheaded the project) and Ullapool High School
collected pear tree stories for an exhibition and archive.
The Macphail Centre was the setting for Eleanor White's community workshops
where people of all ages painted and decorated wooden pears. These
pears were then hung from trees in 6 different locations in Ullapool during
May 2011. They were supposed to be up for 3 weeks but there are still
some hanging on a tree at the Ceilidh Place in West Argyle Street!
Textiles artist Jan Kilpatrick made an ambitious attempt to build a pear tree in only eight hours! The workshops took place at an talla solais, Ullapool's art centre and
Jan was helped in this enterprise by a good number of Primary 6 pupils from Ullapool Primary School and a few intrepid adults from the community at large.
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Macphail Centre Community project working
in partnership with Jan Kilpatrick, and exhibited at an talla solais, Macphial
Centre and Gairloch Library in 2010.
from the edge of civilisation!
These photos show a selection of items from the exhibition, illustrating the diversity
and skills of the people involved.
PASSING PLACES / AITE SEACHNAIDH
This work commissioned by The Macphail Centre has been funded by the following:
Highland Council; Leader+ ; Scottish Natural Heritage; Ulapool Tourism & Business Association