TIDE: DIALOGUES OF CHANGE | Exhibition

TIDE: DIALOGUES OF CHANGE | Exhibition

TIDE; DIALOGUES OF CHANGE | JOHN MUIR OPEN 2019

Exhibition opening Saturday 25June 2.00 to 4.00pm Dunbar Town House

OPENING EVENTS TAKING PLACE ALL DAY | FREE
11.00 to 1.00pm Please join us on this short Medicinal Walk along the John Muir Way exploring the medicinal qualities of plants on the way in various ways with artists Natalie Taylor and Botanist Anna Canning.
Meet at the John Muir Statue outside the Town House (wear suitable clothing – unfortunately most of the route is not easily accessible)
2.00 to 4.00pm Meet some of the artists at this years opening and join the conversation
4.00pm Join coreographer Saffy Sotohy and artist Joanna Young for the first outing on their new work Bodies of Water a participatory work looking at the vital properties of water through sound and other mediums and movement.

This summer in Dunbar, twelve Scottish artists have been selected for the John Muir Open to offer an opportunity to develop their personal environmental practice in a joint exhibition. It is titled TIDE and aims to continue an already growing dialogue around our impact on the environment; encouraging artists to explore, in contemporary ways, the philosophies of John Muir.

It will be a pleasure to work with our bursary winner Jenny Pope with her unique take on the theme.  She has been commissioned to make new site specific work that draws on her use of found materials and cryptic humour.

This summer in Dunbar, twelve Scottish artists have been selected for the John Muir Open to offer an opportunity to develop their personal environmental practice in a joint exhibition. It is titled TIDE and aims to continue an already growing dialogue around our impact on the environment; encouraging artists to explore, in contemporary ways, the philosophies of John Muir.

It will be a pleasure to work with our bursary winner Jenny Pope with her unique take on the theme.  She has been commissioned to make new site specific work that draws on her use of found materials and cryptic humour.

  • The exhibitors are: Andrew McNiven, Ellis O’Connor, Emily Joy, Giulia Gentili, Julia Barton LittoralArt, Karen Gabbitas, Natalie Taylor, Sam Anderson and Saffy Setohy and Joanna Young (collaborating nationally with: Aya Kobayashi, Nicolette Mcleod and Jamie Grier) and Rowena Comrie

 

We will be displaying very individual artworks at Dunbar Town House Museum & Gallery – from sound installation to works made with found objects, 3D printing to painting. Some artists will explore through participatory practices with the community, in contemporary dance and work with plastics on the quayside in connection with Dunbar Harbour Trust.

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?

To enhance the conversation we will invite the artists to an evening discussion with other local specialist who will investigate the theme. These events combine to raises questions that are meaningful and relevant to our locality, how we will live in the world in the future and how we think about achieving greener and more sustainable living.

  • Exhibition begins Friday 24May – Opening Saturday 25May 2 to 4pm
  • Open each day 1to 4pm till 23June
  • Town House Museum & Gallery Dunbar High Street EH42 1ER Tel 01620 820699

The exhibition is supported by East Lothian Arts Service

North Light Arts is a small organisation and we are creating this opportunity to works for the benefit of our nationally acclaimed and emerging artists, the communities they engage with and the nature of our environment: promoting the philosophies of the great environmentalist John Muir. As always we will be taking the arts to people  in order to promote access and connection and create the context for the making of environmental artworks that raise a dialogue of sustainable change and are relevant and meaningful to both people and nature.