John Muir Artist in Residence Natalie Taylor

John Muir Artist in Residence Natalie Taylor

Fertile Ground: SOIL

North Light Arts and East Lothian Arts Service will present the first John Muir Artist in Residence and a number of special events at Dunbar Town House from 13-26 April 2015. Celebrating John Muir’s passion for the outdoors and to mark John Muir’s Birthday there will be a range of events taking place across East Lothian.

This is UN Year of Light and is also International Year of Soil, which offers a unique opportunity for North Light Arts to collaborate with Dunbar Science Festival, and Zero Waste Dunbar to explore the theme of light and soil. Light is important as it helps plants undergo photosynthesis and is needed to warm the earth. Soils are essential to our ecosystems, playing a key role in the carbon cycle, storing and filtering water, and improving resilience to floods and droughts.

North Light Arts and East Lothian Arts Service will present the first John Muir Artist Residency at Dunbar Town House from 13-26 April. The selected Artist in Residence, Natalie Taylor, will explore the theme of Fertile Ground: Soil, in particular investigating the importance of East Lothian’s rich soils during International Year of Soil 2015. ‘I have become more and more convinced that food production is of enormous importance, and that localising it, and empowering communities to become self sustaining is the way forward. soil is fundamental for the production of the vast majority of our food, therefore if the soil is depleted our nutrition sources are compromised. Art can be a way of drawing people in and introducing new ideas, so in my residency I propose to highlight the importance of soil to our collective health.’

Natalie will be lead a range of participatory workshops and events as part of the residency culminating in an exhibition of work at Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery 23 May to 20 June 2015.

Bukashi Composting Workshop |2-4pm Saturday 18 April | Dunbar Town House | Free

North Light Arts artist in residence Natalie Taylor is planning on making her own soil, using Japanese Bukashi (fermenting) methods. Come and learn about this new composting technique, and make a special composting bin for inside and outside the home, in this fun interactive family workshop.
www.natalietaylor.org.uk

For further info please email infonorthlightarts@gmail.com