Internationally acclaimed textile artist and author Cas Holmes is launching her new exhibition in West Kilbride.

And primary pupils and New Scots will be playing a big part in the event.

Places, Spaces, Traces is an exhibition exploring the concept of ‘place’ and our understanding of the importance of heritage.

It will examine how our inherited traditions, monuments, objects, and culture can impact upon our identities and our space we call ‘home’.

The exhibition will be held at the Barony Centre in West Kilbride, Scotland's designated Craft Town, from Thursday, August 31 to Saturday, October 7.

Through the medium of textile, internationally acclaimed artist and author, Cas Holmes, explores the connection we have to our landscapes; the relationships we have with ‘identity’ and ‘place’; and in the wake of a global pandemic the question she asks is ‘what do we value, what would we miss’.

Cas has invited a creative response to this question from selected members of the Scottish Potters Association, the Primary 6 children from West Kilbride Primary School; and our New Scots community within North Ayrshire (including Syrians and Ukrainians seeking refuge).

The Scottish Potters members will be creating individual responses, through the medium of clay, to the three words in the title, ‘Places, Spaces, Traces’.

The P6 pupils, working alongside freelance arts education officer, Karen Teal, and retired arts therapist, Fiona Macintosh, will be exploring the theme ‘meaningful but indescribable’ objects.

This part of the exhibition is titled ‘Clay and Cloth’ and the children will be creating vessels made from clay and will be adding an object that has meaning for them, something they value most from their ‘space’ in the world, into a cloth pouch.

The New Scots, working with community arts tutors, will be creating a body of printmaking, looking at the theme ‘what we value, what we miss’, particularly what they miss from their homelands - familiar buildings/structures/landscapes.

Their work will be exhibited and then bound together to continue touring with this wonderful Exhibition when it leaves West Kilbride – it will be titled ‘Bound Together’.