Last weekend, I spent an amazing weekend seeing work at the first Environmental Art Festival Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway, where commissions, events and discussions asked us to question our relationship to the landscape and natural world. It was a really beautiful setting in which it engage in this kind of discussion and I was exposed to a lot of really stunning visual art. It was also great to have this whole weekend away from phone reception and internet to soak up all the ideas being explored in each piece. It really made me assess what we’re trying to achieve as a company, and has hopefully inspired the idea for our next project (details to follow very shortly we hope!)
My favourite piece of the weekend has to be Things That Befell Us In Those Strange Years by Ingrid Shearer and Gavin MacGregor of Northlight Heritage which took you on an intriguing walk around the Stroan Loch viaduct through the history of local places when a rail line used to run by the loch. The only disappointment was the clouds over the Dark Sky Park on the Saturday night after a talk by Astronomer Royal John Brown. I was ready to have my mind blown but sadly I’ll have to wait until next time!
You can see more about our ‘highlights’ from the weekend here:
Things That Befell Us in Those Strange Years
The Rise and Fall of Grey Mare’s Tail
I hope the festival continues to grow in size, scope and audience but it was a brilliant start. The next festival will be in 2015 so I hope to see some of you reading this blog down there.