The Travelling Gallery: High on the Summit Ridge

Tues 13 June



Travelling Gallery will be back in Stornoway on Tues 13th June as part of the most recent tour of communities throughout Scotland.


Travelling Gallery is pleased to present a new exhibition by Gabecare; a collaborative art project by Rachel Adams and Tessa Lynch which investigates the domestic mess of 21st century living.

Gabecare take their name from little known American inventor Frances Gabe who devoted much of her life to designing and building the world’s one and only self-cleaning home.  In an attempt to rid herself of the thankless, unpaid, and never-ending housework, Gabe used her own money and construction skills to develop and build a house that cleaned, rinsed, and dried everything from the dishes in the cupboard to clothes in the wardrobe. She eventually received a patent for her design in 1984.

Exploring the unpaid labour that goes into housework, Gabecare draw our attention to who carries out the care and maintenance at home (tidying is a task that is noticed when it’s not done but unnoticed when it’s done) while at the same time managing to embrace and even celebrate the continual messiness of our daily lives. Taking inspiration from social history and the evolution of housework, Gabecare have created an enjoyable installation which provokes storytelling and memories from our own families while also digging deeper and questioning the economy around housework and care.

The exhibition will also include objects selected by the artists from Museums and Galleries Edinburgh‘s social history collection.

Artist Tessa Lynch will be leading an Artist’s talk and workshop at 2pm.