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3. A Critical Forest Art Practice: Future Forest Workshop

In the first blog post we wrote about the creative inquiry that lead to initial ideas about a ‘Critical Forest Art Practice.’ In the second we wrote about the struggle of ‘Working Onsite in the Black Wood’. Our efforts to experience and know the forest, while reflecting on the opportunities and challenges the arts and […]

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2. A Critical Forest Art Practice: Onsite in the Black Wood.

This project evolves through ongoing dialogues with: The Kinloch Rannoch Forest and Trails Consortium Anne Benson, Artist, Chair, Rannoch and Tummel Tourist Association, Loch Rannoch Conservation Association. Jane Dekker,  Rannoch and Tummel Tourist Association. Owner Treats Gallery, Kinloch Rannoch. Jeannie Grant, Rannoch Forest and Trails Volunteer, Educator. Bid Strachan, Perth and Kinross Countryside Trust. The […]

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1. A Critical Forest Art Practice.

Above is a sketch, an image created for an exhibition ‘Eden3: Trees Are the Language of Landscape‘, presented at the Tent Gallery in Art Space and Nature at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh in May 2013. It sets the threshold for the work that began in July 2013. In 2012 we had chosen […]

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Imagining Natural Scotland Conference – Project Videos now online

The project videos from the Imagining Natural Scotland Conference are now online. http://imaginingnaturalscotland.org.uk/conference/project-videos/   Tweet

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The Third Landscape ~ urban rivers

Jo flagged up Gilles Clement, the French gardener / botanist / ecologist and his idea of a “third landscape”. In landscape management, this is a compromise between the engineered and the entirely wild. Thinking about planting or replanting gardens and urban areas, Clement says that human, animal and weather flows have produced a state where […]

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Gallowgellygillburn, Dundee

Saturday 3rd Aug : Exploring the Gelly Burn, one of the tributaries of the Dighty, with Roshni Jose, PhD researcher at Abertay. The Gelly Burn runs through what is now Ardler Village. Where once there were Dundee’s iconic multis (surely on our coat of arms at one point?), now there are football pitches and green spaces, […]

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Making Space for Water ~ postcards

This project has been exploring our experience of urban rivers, and our responses to water in our built landscape – environmental, civic, personal, practical …. The most important creative element has been in the exchange of ideas, the exploration of other ways of thinking and the chance encounters and that have taken place on our walks. But […]

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Making Space for Water

This project explores the route, uses and character of urban waterways. The Dighty Burn in Dundee and the Denburn in Aberdeen are both part of the history and mythology of their home towns; yet they constantly alter, reinventing themselves along their course. Urban rivers are intimate, immediate places of contact with the non-human world for […]

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Mirror Lands Artists Talk

  Several weeks in to our project, we are holding a public talk at the Lighthouse Field Station in Cromarty to discuss the background to Mirror Lands and how the work – exploring the sounds and narratives engrained within the area that the Field Station is based – is progressing so far. Through video and sound recording and conversations with a wide […]

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Dreaming Scotland

First thoughts…… I am on the train to Edinburgh Waverley from Queen Street, Glasgow, enjoying the views. To me, the Campsie hills look like a geological tidal wave. I try and spot the green towpaths of the Forth and Clyde canal as they duck and weave from one side of the railway to the other. […]

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Mirror Lands is Go!

  Here we are, all set up in our little Mirror Lands office – part of a decommissioned Lighthouse no less – at The University of Aberdeen’s School of Biological Sciences Lighthouse Field Station in Cromarty. It’s great to be beginning the project – there’s a flurry of ideas and possibilities bouncing around at the moment and […]

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Successful Applications announced

            Now that all the applicants have been notified, we are delighted to be able to announce the successful applications to the Imagining Natural Scotland project fund. The quality of entries to the INS project fund was extremely high, and with over 100 entries to assess, deciding which projects to […]

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