This outdoor event celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Scots poet Hamish Henderson through three outdoor installations at the Spittal of Glenshee, two using light and sound and the third using Hessian to create a giant portrait on the side of Bad an Loin.
Born in Blairgowrie and brought up to speak Gaelic, Hamish spent his first five years in Glenshee, going on to be schooled in England at Dulwich College, and then at Downing College Cambridge.
He has been called the most important Scots poet since Robert Burns and is considered to be the founding father of Scotland's 20th century folk renaissance during which he was an accomplished folk song collector, discovering such notable
performers as the Stewarts of Blair, Jeannie Robertson, Flora MacNeil and Calum Johnston.
An exceptional man in many ways, he served as an intelligence officer in Europe and North Africa; was a communist, linguist and intellectual; co-founded the School of Scottish Studies; and wrote songs in addition to poetry, one of his most famous
lyrics being ‘The Freedom Come-All-Ye’.
The giant portrait of Hamish designed by the Perthshire based artist Martin McGuinness called "“come aa ye at hame wi freedom” will be created over a hectare of hillside using the natural fabric of Jute, a material the was central to the development of the place of his birth, Blairgowrie.
One light installation entitled 'Poetry Becomes People' will feature fragments of poetry written by by Hamish Henderson, the Perthshire poet Jim Mackintosh and local young people he has been working with, all of which will be projection mapped on huge surfaces nearby.
The second, called 'the carrying stream", designed by Dundee's Biome Collective will be a 2.5 metre light portal made with LED tube lights which illuminate a dynamic gateway animated with multiple patterns and audio sequences that evoke deep connection between the people, places and landscapes of the past, present and future.