I was reminded recently about the power of asking.

I’d spent a weekend on what felt like a treasure hunt in Galloway: it was the annual Dumfries and Galloway Open Studio event: Spring Fling. We’d travelled the highways and byways of Galloway, and seen some glorious work. And in the evening we had experienced the art installation, EDGE at Carrick beach. I had mixed emotions as we drove down to the shore to see it; this place is so special, full of so many happy memories; I couldn’t bear the thought of artists spoiling it forever in my mind.

But they had only made it more magical.

“EDGE is a ghost tideline that followed and entwined with the existing one at Carrick Foreshore, formed using detritus collected along the coast together with curious objects and artefacts large and small, given to, created or found by the artists. These clusters of objects formed fragments of mysterious narratives and forgotten stories, some real, some imagined, some playful, others full of sadness and loss. The stories explored the nature of the link between this land and distant places and became part of the ancient tidal conversion between the sea and the shore.

The new tideline was full of surprises, mysteries and revelations and visitors were able to explore details of the work using the age-old skills of beach combing.”

EDGE was thoughtful and thought provoking. It made me think of emigration and immigration, and of what we have lost and what we have found. I reflected on my own status, as a British national, the daughter of a German refugee.

In the brochure we were asked to make a donation to Massive Outpouring of Love who work with refugees in Dumfries and Galloway. I’m so pleased to have been able to support them. But I wouldn’t have done it if I hadn’t been asked.

Make sure you are making the most of every opportunity, and ask people if they’d like to support your organisation.

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