Arts Festival Takes Over Wellgate

NEoN digital arts festival is planning to take over the Wellgate shopping centre in Dundee next week.

Artists Alan Holmes and Alan Taylor from Manchester, known professionally as AL and AL, will be transforming Unit 26A – formerly the Iceland store – into a high-end art gallery with their show Down The Rabbit Hole. It will include a new piece entitled ‘The Immaculate Conception of Isaac Newton Production’, involving apples suspended in the act of falling.

Meanwhile, Weave by Abertay will  be taking over vacant retail units nine to eleven on the second floor on behalf of NEoN, with their group show ‘Lifespans: Forever And Ever’. An exploration of the expansive and endless nature of our digital lives, it will include work by Cassie McQuater, Hadi Mehrpouya & Robert Powell, Tale of Tales, and Marius Watz.

Down the Rabbit Hole, AL and AL

Down the Rabbit Hole, AL and AL

NEoN festival director Donna Holford-Lovell said, “Working in public places in Dundee can be a challenge, but the communities that use Wellgate are always intrigued by public art and I’m sure will be up for finding out more.”

Unit V, beside the new Iceland shop on the second floor, will also be turned into an activity space, where members of the public can learn more about the exhibitions and the concepts behind them in. Helen King, Outreach and Education Assistant for the festival said, “AL and AL made an artwork called Icarus at the Edge of Time, which is a ‘space opera’ based on the myth of Icarus, but in their version he flies too close to a black hole and is transported into the future.

“The workshop will use this story as a starting point for creating collage flying machines. I am gearing it towards families, but it open to anyone who wants to join in. We will be thinking about Einstein’s theory of relativity and how this can be warped in space to effectively travel through time.”

The activity room will be open throughout the festival, with various workshops and events taking place from Tuesday 6 November to Sunday 11 November. Both exhibitions will run for an extra week, until Sunday 18 November, to give members of the public more of a chance to experience the contemporary art.

Peter Aitken, Centre Manager said, “We are delighted to once again be welcoming NEoN into Wellgate. We pride ourselves on being not only a shopping centre, but a place where people talk, gather and relax, especially over these chillier months.

“NEoN’s exhibitions are a prime example of what’s being produced by some of the city’s most talented artists and, by showcasing their work here, they’re making it all much more accessible to the general public, engaging new audiences and sparking debate about art in its many different forms.”



The online programme of events for October & November 2018 is available to view at:

More information about AL and AL commission can be found here:


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