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Rosita McKenzie and Rebecca Marr – Two Voices I; Horticulture Behind the Scenes

27 July - 1 October 2006

The Education Room, Inverleith House. 

photograph of green ferns, hedge, blue sky

Rosita McKenzie: "Fennel and Hedge", photographic print. 

This was an innovative exhibition of photographs of the Garden taken by Rosita McKenzie, who is blind, assisted by Rebecca Marr, a sighted photographer and arts education specialist. The photographs were accompanied by Tactile Images (by Lara Latcham) and audio descriptions (by Rosita, Rebecca and Dr. David Rae, the Garden's Director of Horticulture). Suitable for people with sensory impairments, this was part of a series of exhibitions which accompany the main programme which are designed to improve and widen access to visual art.

The Education Room, Lower Ground Floor (Access via the lift).

Rosita McKenzie - BIOGRAPHY

Rosita McKenzie works as a freelance Disabliity equality consultant with a special interest in Arts access for visually imapired people. She worked with the Living Paintings Trust; the National Portrait Gallery London; the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Whitechapel Art Gallery.

Since moving to Scotland in 1997, she has been working with staff at the National Museums of Scotland; the National Trust; and the National Galleries of Scotland. She also serves on the Board of Edinburgh Sculpture Workshop. McKenzie graduated from Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh, with a BSc Hons in Social Science and Health in 2002. More recently, she was appointed Special Advisor to the Scottish Arts Council, predominantly working with the Visual Arts Department.

McKenzie has performed her poetry and exhibited drawings and sculpture. Two Voices was her first photographic exhibition.

Rebecca Marr - BIOGRAPHY

Rebecca Marr is a Fife based photographer. She has worked accross Scotland and is an Artist in Residence at Adam Smith College, Fife. During her residency she has worked on a project of Skyscapes Heavens of the Kingdom, and has embarked on a photgraphic documentary exploring the changing industries in Fife.

Marr also works as a community artist working with a wide range of groups. She has worked with co-Artist in Residence Lisa Flemming on projects with the YMCA and YWCA. Flemming is also a freelance gallery educator at inverleith House.

Marr has worked extensively in gallery education and was Co-ordinator of Engage Scotland. She first met McKenzie while working on 'Addressing Disability in Galleries in Scotland', an Engage Scotland 2003 publication.

She enjoys collaboration and continues to work with poet Valerie Gillies. Together they published Men and Beasts and toured their exhibition of portraits in image and word. 

EXHIBITION EVENTS 

In connection with this exhibition, Rosita McKenzie and Rebecca Marr ran a 'Two Voices Workshop'. Jane Corrie ran 'Voices in the Garden' - a tour for visually impaired people'.

For further information about the exhibitions or events, please ask at the reception desk or contact Inverleith House

photograph of green hedge, flower border, garden tools in wheelbarrow, blue sky

Rosita McKenzie: "Barrow and Border", photographic print. 

photograph of white daisies

Rosita McKenzie: "Crazy Daisy", photographic print. 

All works courtesy of the artist and the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. 

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