An artist is asking people to get personally involved in her new exhibition which opens later this month at National Glass Centre.

Artist Carrie Fertig’s solo exhibition Forgiveness opens on Saturday, September 29, but next Tuesday (September 25) between 10am and 2pm members of the public are invited to a special event to engrave their own stories of forgiveness on to glass.

“We’d love people to come along and literally make their mark and become part of my exhibition. People will be engraving in to glass using small electric engravers.

“You don’t need any experience, it’s like writing with a slightly excited pencil and their stories will become part of the exhibition,” explained Carrie.

The Forgiveness exhibition is timed to mark the centenary of the end of the First World War and will be on show at NGC until Sunday, March 24, 2019. Carrie was commissioned by NGC to explore what ‘peace’ means to people today.

“Without forgiveness, there is no peace. When emotions are pushed aside they become stronger and can darken every aspect of our lives.

“The aim of this exhibition is to help people find a path to forgiveness, to free themselves from a weight they carry around.

“Whether forgiveness is needed for a person, a situation, or even yourself, we hope this exhibition will be helpful, and you can make a meaningful contribution to the work displayed,” explained Edinburgh-based Carrie.

“We are looking for personal stories of a particular situation or event in your life that needs, or has already achieved forgiveness. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t reached the point of forgiveness yet.

“What are the details of what happened? What are the facts of the situation? All stories are anonymous, so we ask that you don’t include any names, but defining relationships is helpful.

“Once you have written your story, we will cover it up so the next person will not see it during this one-day event, however, all stories will be displayed in the exhibition which is open to the general public.

“We suggest that you take some time to think deeply about this, write it down in advance, and bring it with you.

“Why in the world would anyone share something so personal? Because this can be the first step in setting yourself free from the burden of living with pain associated with that which has not been forgiven.

“To tell the story is to get it outside of yourself, to be heard, to be seen, and allowing others to connect with that pain is a step towards release and helping others to achieve the same for themselves.”

Carrie, a graduate of Edinburgh College of Art, works in glass, film, sound, performance, installation and sculpture. Her Forgiveness exhibition allows people to explore the process and theme of forgiveness through sound, moving images and an installation.

Those who share their stories at next Tuesday’s event will receive an invitation to a private preview of the exhibition at 6pm on Friday, September 28, which will include a live performance.

The Forgiveness exhibition will tour to Scotland next May – first to the Thurso Gallery in Caithness (May 25 – July 6) and then to the Inverness Museum and Art Gallery (July 13 – August 24)

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