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Friday, June 28, 2013

Arts Hubs coming the EAFS party

from Fresh Start

Last week the Environmental Art Festival Scotland unveiled its four main commissions. Now the covers are coming off a whole series of other EAFS contributions embracing an amazing and eclectic mix of media.

What’s special about the latest batch of events and activities is that they are all being presented by the Arts Hubs which cover D&G’s four districts – and they have been funded by Fresh Start. One of the central aims of the Fresh Start initiative has been to make the most of – and create a showcase for – the talent in every part of the region.
It’s hoped that EAFS will grow into a major international biennial event, and will help keep D&G at the forefront of the environmental art world. By sewing the hubs into the fabric of the event from the very start the festival is providing opportunities for the arts community to work together in new and interesting ways. 

Each hub will take the limelight for a different weekend, which will hopefully mean that people will travel from one district to another enjoy the activities, compare notes, chat and start building their own networks.

Below are bare-bones details of what’s on offer – go to the EAFS website (full info not yet available here....incoming) or watch out for the brochure for fuller information.

30 August - 2 September (presented alongside EAFS Core weekend)
• Middle Distance: An illustrated presentation of projects connecting art and the land.
• Place Identity Memory 2: An international exhibition of artist-made books which develop the idea of ‘place’ as an area suspended in a web of culture, memory, landscape and time.
Kenneth White - legend
• An evening with Kenneth White: Poetry and prose by Scottish poet, academic and writer Kenneth White, exploring the ways in which geopoetics can illuminate and challenge the world.

Annandale and Eskdale
7- 9 September
• Making the Most of Moorlands: An exhibition in Langholm of local artists’ work exploring the moorland and its wildlife.

 • TapRoots: Magical tales of trees and woods ... and discover the treasures at the heart of the land. 
Richard Demarco - legend
 • Ephemeral and Everlasting: Richard Demarco’s studies of rural roads leading to and from Edinburgh, photographs by local photographers, sounds and poetry.

• Tidemark: Workshops and public reading with Vivien Jones: The everchanging shore line at Powfoot provides the stimulus for a writing workshop and a public reading of new creative work.

14-16th September

• Wigtownshire Shindig: Launch, Wigtownshire Environmental Art Exhibition resource presentation of image collection, Bird House Trail, Wood for the Trees Exhibition.

• Dancing in the Sand: Instead of leaving only footprints, leave a body-print linked and dancing with others until the sea plays its part, rubbing out our artwork as if we had never been.
• Whithorn Lecture 2013: David Griffiths, BA, PhD, MA, FSA Scot University of  Oxford, will speak on ‘Early Medieval Whithorn: The Irish Sea Context’
• Shire Charabanc: Wigtownshire Arts on the Move. Artists, poets and storytellers travel across the area making stops at places of interest like Whithorn, Glenluce, Sandhead, Stranraer, Newton Stewart and Wigtown.  

 • Henge: Henge. Wood. Circle. Communing. Theirs. Bypass. Concrete. Line. Commuting. Ours. 


21-22 September

 • Guided Walks around Environmental Art in Upper Nithsdale: Includes the Crawick Artland Project.
• Koyaanisqatsi & Oh Joys an Tears: Environmentally themed film showing of ‘Koyaanisqatsi’ (life out of balance) followed by locally produced, historical ‘Oh Joys an Tears’.
• The Nithraid: A daring sailing race from Carsethorn to the Caul, culminating in a spectacular and symbolic finish in the heart of Dumfries.

• Blood Orange: The all-controlling authority is about to take a cruel bashing, and the oranges are not the only fruits.

Summerhill Land Art - The Amazon
Over the last two years, the 'Base' Youth Project from Summerhill Comunity Centre in Dumfries have been working on an ambitious plan to transform an area of open ground in Summerhill. Having developed their themes around raising awareness about rainforest issues, they created their slogan ' Think Global, Act Local' . The group of young people and adult volunteers were further inspired by their 2012 trip to the Eden Project in Cornwall, after their 12 week workshops highlighting rainforests being the lungs of our world. The group worked in partnership with Dumfries and Galloway Council Countryside Services, Holywood Trust and other local Organisations, hired a Project Manager, Steve Chettel from UK ARTS and Landscape Artists James Gordon and Susheila from Rachan Designs to help realise their vision and create the Land Art Design - The Amazon. Volunteers have spent over 1400 hours collectively working on site over the past few months and stage one will be officially launched on Sunday 22nd September with an evening of creativity and wonder - you are invited to come along.

1 comment:

  1. Despite repeated questioning the separatists refuse to confirm or deny that the weather will be worse after independence - how can the planners of this worthy endeavour make preparations for a major outdoor festival for the future with this doubt hanging over them.Proof, if any more were needed, that talk of change and democracy ruins lives and jeopardises environmental art...#bittertogether #U-KOK