JOHN MUIR OPEN | TIDE
John Muir Open
Was established as an exhibition to offer opportunity to environmental artists to submit works. We are extremely pleased by the quality of works, which answered the themes we suggest through the titles of the exhibitions. It is an open submission and a small panel select the artists to take part from a huge amount of interest.
2019 Tide: Dialogues of Change
Twelve artists exhibited:
We offered a prize of £1000 which was awarded to Jenny Pope to produce new site specific work – sculpture with found objects and other include; Other artist who were selected were:Rowena Comrie – painting; Ellis O’Connor – painting; Emily Joy – installation: Giuila Gentill – sculpture; Karen Gabbittas – artists books; Dr David McNiven – sound and video, Julia Barton sculpture with waste plastic, Saffy Sotohy – poems and small clay vessels with contemporary dance and Natalie Taylor – painting.
A workshop was held on medicinal plants on the cliff top at the opening of the exhibition and the participants also made cyanotype images and looked at the science of plants.
Saffy Setohy Bodies of Water – this was the fifth and last stop on their Scottish tour and was a short contemporary dance residency. The group of artists also undertook a wonderfully different dance works in progress – based on water it was also held at the opening of the exhibition. They also performed the mesmerising dance held at West Barns Hall in collaboration with the Brunton Theatre. A sensory workshop also had the audience making small clay vessels and joining in the performance.
Julia Barton undertook a number of school workshops using plastic waste which the pupils collected. She did a performance on Dunbar Harbour over a number of days in collaboration with the Harbour Trust where she talked to visitors about plastic pollution