Plaque on the Union Canal.

Amanda Thomson: Mainly in Sinuousities

Amanda Thomson is a visual artist and writer who lives and works in Strathspey and Glasgow. Her writing has been published in journals such as The Willowherb Review. Her book, Belonging, natural histories of place, identity and home, is to be published by Canongate in August 2022.

For Channels, Thomson turns to print work to explore notions of home, movement, migration, and landscape under the title Mainly in Sinuousities. Created in consultation with botanist Greg Kenicer, Thomson has created a pamphlet which allows visitors to navigate the Union Canal through its flowers. The pamphlet functions in part as an exploration of plant usage – which has at times been applied for medicinal, practical, or folkloric purposes – with some plant names appearing in Scots language. Providing historical commentary, this work is an exploration of the every-fluctuating state of language and the natural world.

This print work is accompanied by five plaques along the Union Canal at different points of interest between Lochrin Basin and Wester Hailes. Find the plaques geotagged on our map here.

EVENT Amanda Thomson in conversation with Greg Kenicer and Emmie McCluskey | Friday 26 August | 2-3pm | Find out more

EVENT Writing Workshop with Amanda Thomson and Elizabeth Reeder | Saturday 27 August | 5-7pm | Find out more