TIDE | Dialogues of Change | John Muir Open 2019

TIDE | Dialogues of Change | John Muir Open 2019

TIDE | Dialogues of Change | 12 Artists 12 Questions

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. Titled TIDE it aims to continue an already growing dialogue around our relationship with nature, how we live and our impact on the environment; encouraging artists to explore, in contemporary ways, the philosophies of John Muir.

A panel including Matthew Dalziel of Dalziel+Scullion selected the artists from a large submission, demonstrating the need to offer an environmental context for the work to be seen and discussed. It was agreed by all that Jenny Pope would win the bursary and make site specific work for the exhibition. We will open with a medicinal walk and a dance collaboration on Saturday 25May till 23June. Jenny and Natalie Taylor will lead a public conversation on 28May an on 20June Julia Barton of LittoralArt will take plastics with marine specialists and Surfers Against Sewage.

We will be displaying very individual artworks – 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, another artist inviting people to a medicinal foraging walk. 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.