Fertile Ground Conference

Fertile Ground Conference

FERTILE GROUND : environmental arts towards change
We gathered on 25 & 26 October 2014, Bleachingfield Centre, Dunbar

Our speakers helped us explore the theme: Chris Fremantlele our Chair for the discussion, Matthew Dalziel of Dalziel + ScullionJudith Spark Grays University; Natalie Walton The Hepworth Wakefield; Matt Baker The Stove, Dumfries & Environmental Art Festival Scotland; Philip Revell Sustaining Dunbar & Dee Davison Marine Biologist of Dunbar Sci-fest

Artists then gave us an insight into environmental arts in practice from:  LIz Adamson Polarcap Contemporary Art Projects; Robbie Coleman & Jo Hodges; Hannah ImlachKaren Gabbitas, Mary Morrison of CABN and Emma Herman-Smith our artist in residence 2014 was also be represented.

North Light Arts delivered the ‘Fertile Ground Conference’ on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October in Dunbar, East Lothian, with the aim of creating a space to nurture a conversation exploring creative ways to engage communities in the potential for change through public art with an environmental agenda.

The day was enhanced by linking with Sustaining Dunbar and the ‘Gathering In‘ in the afternoon outside in the marquee: also there were free children’s work shops in the Hall of the Bleachingfield, Fishy creatures from recycled materials, a presentation from ECA Art Space and Nature Graduate Akshaya Narsimhan, Seaweed Smoothies and Artists Films.
Children made the amazing table decorations and questions which decorated the tables for the Celebration of the Sea & Supper an amazing feast with a foraged starter from Mark Williams of Galloway Wild Food; Followed by a seasonal supper from The Ridge. A wonderful inspiring and thought provoking day ending with poetry, music and prose to entertain and nourish.
Be part of the continuing conversation about the future of our environment.
Images by Mike Bolam