We are Minty Donald and Nick Millar, two public artists based in Glasgow. We are excited to be starting work on a new project – ‘Our’ Falls – in Polbeth, West Lothian. The ‘Our’ Falls project hinges around Limefield Falls and the construction of a viewing platform and fish ladder beside the local landmark. Limefield Falls was built by nineteenth century entrepreneur and industrialist, James ‘Paraffin’ Young, on Harwood Water, which flowed through the gardens of his home, Limefield House. The water feature was allegedly a tribute to his friend, missionary and explorer David Livingstone, and Livingstone’s ‘discovery’ of Mosi-oa Tunya (called Victoria Falls by Livingstone) on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. We are looking forward to working with people from Polbeth to explore the environment and stories surrounding this unique feature. In preparation, we’ve been spending time in the area carrying out our own explorations. We’ve followed Harwood Water downstream from the Falls, where it forms the boundary of Polbeth; climbed the Five Sisters Bing, and visited the Scottish Shale Oil Museum.
Over the next ten months, we will be hosting a series of workshops and public events in Polbeth. We imagine these as fun, accessible opportunities to engage with the rich and complex histories and ecologies of Polbeth, and to imagine some possible futures for the area.
You can see more about Minty and Nick, and their work over the last few years: