Kristin was invited as one of the artist-in-residence at Abbeyhill Primary School working with Primary 6 pupils throughout the academic year 2017/18 as part of the ongoing Polski project. The residency included an exploratory class trip to The Great Polish Map of Scotland, known as Mapa Scotland, just ahead of its official re-opening in April 2018. Kristin and her young co-artists looked at landscapes and scale models afresh, working from observation and their imagination to produce drawings and sculptures.
Despite the chilly conditions at Mapa Scotland, the pupils drew outside, navigating their way around the 50m 3D concrete structure surrounded by ‘sea’, and then worked with clay and papier-mâché to create an archipelago of miniature landscapes based on their pencil drawings.
Mapa Project Manager Keith Burns gave a talk about the terrain relief model, claimed to be the largest of its kind in the world. Built on a scale of 1:10000 and sited in Eddleston, near Peebles, Mapa Scotland was given a category B listed building status since its massive refurbishment programme.
“We were so intrigued to hear about those summers that the Polish university students spent making the concrete sculpture during the 1970s. How the derelict sculpture came to be rediscovered in the 1990s. How the grounds at Mapa Scotland were once used for the training of the Polish Air Force Officers who protected the British Isles during the Second World War. It was so inspiring to experience this significant site first hand, through our own creativity, reflecting on ideas of heritage, geography, languages, gratitude and history.” Keith Martin, Principal Teacher
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Kristin Mojsiewicz’ artist’s residency at Abbeyhill Primary School in 2018 was curated by Iga Bożyk, Patrycja Godula and Iliyana Nedkova as part of POLSKI project and the ongoing artists-in-residence programme at the school In partnership with Polish Contemporary Art Organisation and MAPA Scotland Facilitated by Vlad Hasiu, Ines Maria, Keith Martin and Jeanette Wyn Supported by The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh, VIVID Accounts Twój Doradca, Abbeyhill Primary School, Abbeyhill Primary School Parent Council and Mercure Barony Castle Hotel