Alchemy of Soil

Alchemy of Soil

Alchemy of Soil by Natalie Taylor
Join us for the official opening event 30May followed by the film Symphony of the Soil

Exhibition runs 23 May – 21 June 2015, 1 – 5pm, Monday – Sunday. Free.
Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery, EH42 1ER

Natalie has created a powerful exhibition in response to the theme of the first John Muir Artist in Residence – Fertile Ground: Soil supported by East Lothian Arts Service. The exhibition comprises works dealing with the ground we walk on and its fertility. The exhibition includes; drawings, paintings, sculpture, tapestry and an installation exploring the theme of our fertile soils. It is inspired by her research within the community during her John Muir Residency, which she undertook over two weeks in April, and the subsequent reading she undertook in the light of the UN International Year of Soil, 2015.

Natalie who has previously worked with North Light Arts in Dunbar was selected to undertake the first John Muir Residency, based at Dunbar Town House. Natalie explains,

“During the past years, I have become more and more convinced both personally and artistically, that food production is of enormous importance, and that localising it, and empowering communities to become self sustaining is the way forward. Art can be a way of drawing people in, and introducing new ideas, as well as making a space welcoming for living and growing. “

Natalie worked with our community visiting many local projects and farms to gather soil samples that she is using in her new work. She also ran a Bokashi workshop in April in celebration of John Muir’s birthday and this proved really popular with families, some travelling long distances to take part. Participants of all ages learned about the Bokashi method of composting and the making of Bokashi tea; the results of their workshop becoming an essential part of the forthcoming exhibition. Natalie is also presenting a new drawing in response to her research into local soils of East Lothian. It is a large scale diagram made entirely from pigments derived from the many and varied soils of the region, and refers to the crisis in depletion of global arable soil.

The exhibition is on for one month and will be open seven days each week at museum times. On Saturday 30May for the special preview celebration Natalie will be greeting visitors to the exhibition to enjoy a glass of wine and nibbles in the Community Room and live music from young local talent. Presented in connection with Zero Waste Dunbar is a special screening of the feature length film Symphony of the Soil by American artist Deborah Koons Garcia. Natalie will also be delivering an artist’s talk on Wednesday 17June and tickets are available for this evening event.

Exhibition Preview: 3-5pm Saturday 30 May. Free
Come and join us for a glass of wine and nibbles to celebrate Natalie Taylor’s, Alchemy of Soil Exhibition.

Film Screening: Symphony of the Soil by Deborah Koons Garcia
5 -7 pm Saturday 30 May. Free

The ‘Symphony of the Soil’ film is an artistic exploration of the miraculous substance of soil. By understanding the elaborate relationships and mutuality between soil, water, the atmosphere, plants and animals, we come to appreciate the complex and dynamic nature of this precious resource.

Natalie Taylor Artists Talk
7pm, Wednesday 17 June. Free

Artist Natalie Taylor will discuss her experience as the John Muir Artist in Residence in Dunbar, her work in the Alchemy of Soil Exhibition and her research into East Lothian’s rich soils.

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