Get down to the knitty-gritty at Kilmarnock station

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

We’re not spinning a yarn…

Kilmarnock station is playing host to a unique exhibition from a local artist for the next fortnight.

Janet Renouf-Miller cycled around 800 miles around Scotland and is telling her story through a collection of knitted objects based on her experiences. The epic journey, which she entitled ‘Knit 1 Bike 1’, saw her named by Cycling UK as one of their top 100 women in the sport. Among the woollen wonders on display are a Brompton bike, a cooked breakfast, and the world famous Glenfinnan Viaduct.

The free exhibition is located in the Active Travel Hub on Platform 1, and has been arranged to encourage more people to get on their bikes and explore the local area. As well as the display, Janet will also be putting on a ‘Learn to weave’ workshop and cycle ride.

The hub forms part of the Kilmarnock station village, which restored and brought a number of formerly vacant station offices and rooms into community use.

John Wilson from the ScotRail Alliance’s community team said:

“There’s always something new and exciting at Kilmarnock station, and a great deal of the credit has to go to the Kilmarnock Station Railway Heritage Trust. The ScotRail Alliance is working with groups all across the country not just to deliver the best railway Scotland’s ever had, but to also to make a difference to local communities.”

Artist Janet Renouf-Miller said:

“Knit 1 Bike 1 was a wonderful adventure, and I wanted to give people a unique interpretation of a journey around Scotland. I made good use of the trains during my trip, so it’s great that my work is going on display at Kilmarnock station.

“We take so much of our local surroundings and countryside for granted, so I’m hoping that visitors will be inspired to go out and appreciate it for themselves.”

Notes

  • The exhibition runs from Wednesday 20 September until 3rd October (excluding Sundays) between 11am and 4pm.
  • It will also be on display in ‘Heartfelt by Liz’ at Dalmally station, from 17 October to 1 November
  • For more information on Kilmarnock Active Travel Hub, or to book the workshop, call 01563 532416 or visit createwithfibre.co.uk