Tide: John Muir Open Exhibition 2019

Tide: John Muir Open Exhibition 2019

Tide: A Sea Change – Dialogues of Change

NEWS: Our panel including East Lothian Arts Service and Matthew Dalziel have selected our TIDE artists. We are really pleased to announce the winner of the John Muir Open Bursary is Jenny Pope.

We are really looking forward to working with her and the other nine artists who together will be creating an environmental diaogue at the exhibition in June 2019 at Dunbar Town House.

How do we meet the challenges of a more resilient and sustainable future? How can creative thinking show us the world around us, how it is and how it might be? How can we meet the changes that we need to make, can the arts raise a dialogue with the community that can hep to focus and change minds.

The famous environmentalist John Muir was born in Dunbar and his boyhood experiences of the surrounding hills, cliffs and sea inspired his belief that connection with the natural world is essential to our sense of well-being. Some of his philosophies on the value of the natural world, and our reliance on it, are just as relevant today as they were when he wrote them.

Can we help people to really relate to the places we inhabit and essentially share with nature, can we become more sensitive to the world around us and be more resilient as a result?

WHAT WE WANT North Light Arts want artists to submit works that contain these sensibilities and pose some of these questions: From established or emerging artists.

Works will be selected by a panel to include Matthew Dalziel of Dalziel+Scullion, the ELC Principal Arts Officer and North Light Arts. Works could be designed to be wall hung, installed, screened, performed or be participatory. The panel will meet at the end of January 2019.

New or proposed work should be submitted to North Light Arts by 14thJanuary 2019. Please make your written submission of a maximum of 2 A4 sheets together with 4 good quality images (previous or new works, these should be suitable for use in publicity)

ONE BURSARY of £1000 will be awarded to one artist, or group of artists towards the production of a new work.

Works to be displayed for 1month from the end of May and throughout June 2019 at Dunbar Town House Museum and Gallery.

Works may be for sale at the end of the exhibition (45% commission)
Reasonable installation costs may be covered


North Light Arts is an established environmental organisation delivering innovative public arts projects and educational initiatives across the community in and around Dunbar and along the John Muir Way. We are artist-led and seek to generate new ways of engaging with our landscapes through a cross disciplinary and collaborative approach: Developing opportunities that actively connect specialists, organisations, artists and communities across generations; as a catalyst for sustainable change.

Supported by East Lothian Council Arts Service

DEADLINE: 12pm on Monday 14thJanuary 2019

Email: jmopen.nla@gmail.com