the ability and instinct to return to a territory after travelling away from it
North Light Arts are delighted to announce that the John Muir Artists in Residence 2018 are Dalziel + Scullion. Working in Dunbar and with the idea of the John Muir Way, their work with its acute sense of context and place provides an alternative method to how we think about and relate to nature, the environment and ourselves. They will work in the landscapes of East Lothian towards an exhibition at Dunbar Town House Gallery, opening on Saturday 19May and throughout June, an artist’s talk and the launch of an associated publication in the gallery on Saturday 23June, closing on 24June 2018.
The renowned artists Matthew Dalziel and Louise Scullion are Scottish based artists working with sculpture, photography, video and sound exploring new ways to engage with the subjects of, the environment and ecology. They were chosen for the John Muir Residency after Matthew Dalziel worked with North Light Arts when he presented at the Fertile Ground Conference in 2014. We are sure that their sensitivity to place and the nature of the John Muir Way will further the ecological aims of North Light Arts and help to reconnect people to the nature of the landscapes on their doorstep.
‘We constantly strive to understand the context and the place our artworks will exist in, investigating ways that art can focus attention on and amplify particular aspects of the ecology of a place; it’s authentic features and unique character. Through this we cultivate qualities that may have lain dormant, three dimensionalising ideas into forms that inject a new value and alternative recognition of a place. The artworks become conduits between people and nature, helping audiences experience our shared environment from alternative perspectives, with the aim of re-establishing our connection with nature and the non-human species we live alongside.’
Dalziel + Scullion Homing project involves them working with a number of local specialists as they walk and investigate the nature of the route, focusing on it’s beginning in Dunbar to Musselburgh, whilst setting a tone that might be adopted further along the length of the 134 mile walk. Consulting geologists, botanists, countryside rangers and others they have strived to better understand the context for their work. A number of carefully chosen sites have been identified where visitors can interact with its geology, plants, insects or other life forms with the aid of a series of instructions that will invite contemplation, curiosity and interaction. The exhibition will introduce people to these encounters and to the potential artifacts that can be made and collected along the way.
Dalziel + Scullion John Muir Artists in Residence 2018:
Exhibition opening 2 to 4pm 19May to Sun 24June
Artist’s talk and book launch 2 to 4pm 23June
Last day Sunday 24June
Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery Dunbar High Street EH42 1ER | Tel 01620 820699
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The annual John Muir Residency is supported by East Lothian Council Arts Service and Creative Scotland.