Firth of Clyde Project

The Firth of the Clyde – photo: Stephen Hurrel







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 select proved extremely difficult. However, after careful consideration and much discussion the fifteen projects selected were as follows (in no particular order):


1/ Project Title: Caledonia: the Forest Is Moving, Breadalbane

Applicant Organisation: Collins & Goto Studio

Project Description: A series of residencies and partnerships to produce sculpture, new media and sound artworks that promote public discourse about the cultural import of future forests in Perthshire.


2/ Project Title: Dreaming Scotland

Applicant Organisation: Lowri Potts

Project Description: Imagined and actual natural Scotland as expressed linguistically by New Arrivals anticipating a different life and contrasted with the perspectives of established residents; shared through an innovative installation and website


3/ Project Title: Mirror Lands

Applicant Organisation: Mark Lyken

Project Description: A collaboration between electronic composer Mark Lyken, filmmaker Emma Dove and Aberdeen University Ecologists. Exploring Scotland’s ecological consciousness through a deconstruction of natural history filmmaking.


4/ Project Title: A new EIA for Natural Scotland: Environment, Imagination and Aesthetics

Applicant Organisation: Jo Hodges

Project Description: An investigation into the changing nature of Scottish landscape through a creative reimagining of the Environmental Impact Assessment, examining perceptions of beauty, value, place and community.


5/ Project Title: Montrose Bay: The Changing Coast

Applicant Organisation: Jean Duncan

Project Description: To explore how the visual arts and public engagement can influence understanding in the local community of coastal change and environmental risk at Montrose Bay.


6/ Project Title: Wild Land

Applicant Organisation: Simon Fildes

Project Description: A cross artform project using video to work with landform mapping data to explore how conceptions of wildness differ according to the observer’s point of view and how this can be and is influenced by romantic representation of the wild lands in the past and present.


7/ Project Title: Thinking like a Mountain

Applicant Organisation: Esther Woolfson

Project Description: Through artistic and scientific observation and collaboration, we aim to trace and to illuminate changing concepts of the role of  ‘predator’ through the land and mindscape of Scotland.


8/ Project Title: Search Film

Applicant Organisation: Duncan Marquiss

Project Description: In ‘Search Film’ the artist observes his father the biologist Mick Marquiss as he tracks goshawks in rural Aberdeenshire. The film extends into a broader conversation on human foraging behaviour.


9/ Project Title: Through The Looking Glass – Clyde Reflections

Applicant Organisation: Stephen Hurrel

Project Description: A short-film based around interviews with a diverse range of people, including scientific experts, who have a close relationship with the marine environment of the Firth of Clyde. These interviews will form the basis of a ‘fluid film’ that features HD video footage from above and below the waterline.


10/ Project Title: Portraits of Scots Pine

Applicant Organisation: Marcus Leotaud

Project Description: Understanding and documenting Caledonian pine forests, through eight tree ‘portraits’ and a map; in particular to attempt to portray the Dothistroma Needle Blight which threatens them.


11/ Project Title: Water of Life

Applicant Organisation: Rob St John

Project Description: Through drawings, photographs, writing and sound, we will illuminate the dependencies of humans and urban biodiversity on Edinburgh’s water network, exploring fluid boundaries between the visible and obscured, the ‘natural’ and ‘unnatural’.


12/ Project Title: The Valentine Project

Applicant Organisation: Lisa Mackenzie, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, ECA, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh

Project Description: An exercise in graphic archaeology wherein the postcard view is critiqued through the lens of ecology and the practice of drawing to reveal some other realities of the Scottish landscape.


13/ Project Title: Making space for water: a poetry of place

Applicant Organisation: Hazel Lesley Harrison

Project Description: To gain greater insight into the ‘worlds within worlds’ that the river carries; and to convey these through the forms and technique of poetry. The project will focus on the Denburn, the Water of Leith and particularly the Dighty Water.


14/ Project Title: Barnacles – Fish or Fowl?

Applicant Organisation: Philippa Mitchell

Project Description: An exploration in collaboration with the artist’s husband (who is a bird ecologist with the Waterfowl and Wetlands Trust) of how barnacle geese have been represented in visual art and how this has affected their public perception and the management of the population over the decades. The exploration will be through public engagement projects and education work as well as the artist’s own work.


15/ Project Title: Tales From The River Tweed

Applicant Organisation: Bright Club

Project Description: A storytelling journey along the River Tweed, from the source to the sea.


Over the coming weeks further details about these exciting projects will be published on this website on individual project webpages.

The Firth of the Clyde - photo: Stephen Hurrel

The Firth of the Clyde – photo: Stephen Hurrel

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