Arts and Environment
The second in our series from the ‘What If ?’ on-line exhibition 2010 to 2020
The environment we live in and share is the enduring focus of our work in collaboration with artists, specialists, volunteers and communities.
The landscape around Dunbar and the John Muir Way is our canvas, whether in a gallery setting or in the landscape itself – but more than that we work in and with our environment to leave a lasting impression on the people we connect with: We take people into local places they may never have been before, creating experiences and art works to delight, to question or to look at the world in a different way. Through our work we want people to develop a new visual language, one that expresses an understanding of their place in the world.
Dunbar is the home of the great environmentalist John Muir and these are the landscapes he trod as a boy. If you read his environmental philosophies many are so relevant to contemporary thinking, He talked about:
‘When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.’
My First Summer in the Sierra , 1911, page 110.
Our projects use this as a starting point and encourage our artists to re-imagine this place that we call home for the the era of the Anthroposcene. We now live in a world where the pace of change is huge and not easy to navigate or understand. With the climate emergency affecting our lives more and more it is even more important that North Light Arts have been generating a space where environmental arts can flourish: encouraging a creative culture where more people benefit from a stronger link to, and sense of investment in nature and the inextricable link of nature to our biology and the habitats we create for ourselves.
What If? has led us to the creation of many opportunities in the past which have explored the nature of our environment and our relationship to it; these events and opportunities are celebrated in this exhibition but the idea of what if also leads us to question the legacies that are being created for the future…..
See just some of our images showing how we have utilised our environment in the past here in this short video here:
By North Light Arts