Hannah Imlach: Energy Objects
09 August – 21 September 2019
Worm, Peacock Visual Arts (11 Castle Street, AB11 5BQ, Aberdeen)

Thursday 08 August, 18:00–20:00, Free / All Welcome

10 August, 14:00–15:00, Free / All Welcome

Energy Walk:
31 August, 14:30–16:00, Free / All Welcome

Nautilus Turbine, tulip wood, birch plywood, acrylic tube and cork, 2016

Energy Objects draws together three sculptural projects by the visual artist Hannah Imlach which consider the context and aesthetics of renewable energy infrastructure. Imlach’s fascination with energy transition, particularly community-initiated projects, began with a residency on the off-grid Isle of Eigg in 2015. This exhibition brings together her sculptural, photographic and print works on this subject, alongside a newly commissioned sculpture series created in association with Aberdeen Community Energy and Peacock Visual Arts, supported by the Royal Scottish Academy.

The sculptures in the exhibition draw on the social and environmental histories of energy sites, namely Eigg’s hydroelectric scheme, the (now uninhabited) Monach Isles off the West coast of North Uist, and the banks of the River Don in Aberdeen. The pieces are inspired by natural forms, such as the logarithmic spiral of shells collected on Laig beach (Eigg); early technologies, such as the rotary quern stones carved at Clach Brathneach (Monach Isles); and current infrastructure, such as Donside community’s recently installed Archimedes’ screw (Aberdeen). The sculptures are kinetic, and participatory, intended to be carried, assembled and/or ploughed through the water.

Tide Quern, powder-coated stainless steel, Perspex, birch plywood and fixings, 2017


The exhibition is accompanied by two public events: Energy Walk on Saturday 31st August, a procession to coincide with Donside Village Fayre, and on Saturday 10th August a conversation on sculpture, poetry and energy cultures. For this conversation, Imlach will be joined by her long-time collaborator, poet and researcher Dr Lila Matsumoto (University of Nottingham) and Dr Alexandra Campbell (University of Edinburgh) whose research considers the ecologies and poetics of the sea.


Lila Matsumoto and Hannah Imlach, Monach Isles (photo credit: Thomas Butler), 2017

Energy Objects In-Conversation
Hannah Imlach, Dr Lila Matsumoto & Dr Alexandra Campbell
Saturday 10th August, 14:00 – 15:00

You are invited to join a conversation on sculpture, poetry and energy cultures with visual artist Hannah Imlach, her long-time collaborator poet and researcher Dr Lila Matsumoto and Dr Alexandra Campbell, whose research considers the ecologies and poetics of the sea. The conversation will begin with a series of short presentations within the exhibition space reflecting on the challenges and opportunities of making artwork in response to renewable energy transition.

Hannah Imlach is a visual artist based in Glasgow working predominantly in sculpture and photography. Her practice is informed by environmental research with a particular focus on sites of environmental conservation and renewable energy transition.

Lila Matsumoto is a poet and lecturer in creative writing at the University of Nottingham. Her practice-led research focuses on the points of contact, historical and potential, between literary practice and visual arts. Her collection of poetry is Urn & Drum (Shearsman).

Alexandra Campbell is a Fellow in English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. She is particularly interested in ecologies and poetries of the sea. She is currently working on her first book project titled ‘Hydropoetics’ which examines the relationships between experimental poetics, environmental justice and oceanic decline in contemporary world literature.


Energy Walk
Saturday 31st August, 14:30 – 16:00

14:30: Meet at Donside Hydro
16:00: Return Transport provided from Donmouth Road Car Park

You are invited to join artist Hannah Imlach, members of the Donside community and researchers from the James Hutton Institute on Energy Walk, a procession along the River Don from the community hydro scheme to the sea. Imlach has created a series of lightweight, wind-activated sculptures informed by her residency in association with Aberdeen Community Energy, taking particular inspiration from the form of the Archimedes’ screw. Participants are invited to walk with these sculptures and contribute to a discussion on community energy and the ecology of the river.

Energy Walk coincides with Donside Village Fayre and provides an opportunity to celebrate and share the achievement of Aberdeen Community Energy in setting up community-initiated and run renewable energy in Aberdeen.

The event will be documented in still photography to create a series of images that will be shared and exhibited. All ages and abilities welcome, for access enquiries please contact: ane@peacockvisualarts.co.uk after 6th August.

Tide Quern Assembly, Monach Isles (photo credit: Thomas Butler), 2017

About the artist

Hannah Imlach is a Scottish visual artist who creates site-specific and interactive sculptural objects informed by current environmental research. Since graduating in Fine Art from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in 2011, Imlach has worked collaboratively within communities of specialist knowledge, completing residencies within research institutions, conservation charities and community groups. The outcomes of these projects include site-specific sculpture, photography and video, alongside exhibitions and participatory events.

Imlach is based at Glasgow Sculpture Studios where she creates her works using a variety of traditional and contemporary sculpture-making processes, such as origami, detailed woodwork, metalwork and 3D-printing. She documents her pieces within specific environmental contexts in still and moving image.

Significant projects have included: a year-long Leverhulme Trust-funded residency with marine and molecular biologists at Heriot-Watt University, creating artwork in response to Scotland’s deep-sea cold-water coral reefs; an 18-month commission with the Peatland Partnership, developing sculptural ‘instruments’ inspired by peatland ecology and restoration in the Flow Country; and a series of projects concerned with renewable energy transition, including a residency with the Not Just Energy Futures social anthropology research group at the University of Edinburgh, the Banff Research in Culture residency On Energy, and a series of sculptures informed by community hydro and tidal energy schemes on the Isle of Eigg, North Uist and in Aberdeen.

With Support from:

Aberdeen City Council
Creative Scotland
Royal Scottish Academy