John Muir Open TIDE | Jenny Pope

John Muir Open TIDE | Jenny Pope

I am delighted to be part of this year’s John Muir Open and to have been awarded the bursary too.

I have been busy in my studio creating new work in response to the brief of ‘Dialogues of Change’.

My work recently has been about psychological issues and ways that change can be made and I have created a series of objects, “Tools to Evoke Change”.

The new work looks at the positive aspects of being in nature, as well as on the mix of emotions around climate change.



I have started to create a series of tools called “Sunrise Gatherers” and these are specific to particular beaches along the East Lothian Coast. The inspiration came from my early morning walks along Portobello Beach, and the idea of trying to capture a moment at a particular time and place, and I like the idea that each place would need a slightly different tool. I also want to make some of my tools move and have arranged to work with Eagle Lab, based at Codebase, in Edinburgh, to help me with kinetic sculptures, possibly solar powered.