biography

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[more] I am a socially engaged artist who helps people get closer to their communities and environments through creative and ecological experiences. I connect people with ecology through art to captivate and inform them towards more creative and sustainable ways to live. I am an ecological artist and researcher who designs and leads community projects and outdoor arts workshops to [re]activate public engagment with ecology. Collaborations with local communities and stakeholders seek to generate ecological responsibility and sustainability through experiential learning and new modes of creative activity to help put people back in touch with environment, community, and self.

Through the direct sensory experience of matter and by documenting societal and ecological exchanges, I explore the interplay between embodied process and ecological concern. This contemporary approach portrays connection and empathy through embodied speculation by employing field research strategies to tune into bodily, sensory engagement within ecological space. Relational encounters with science and nature play a role in this knowledge production. 

Record of ArtisticPractice

 

Ecological Artist Statement

I am an ecological arts professional specialising in strategic community engagement and behaviour-change projects to transform public perception of ecology, sustainability and climate change. I generate new modes of insight through an expanded drawing practice using paper, sculpture and digital mediums to document societal and ecological exchanges. This multi-disciplinary approach engenders connection between human and nonhuman communities to engage and inform eco-mindfulness, mutuality, and kinship. I hold a BFA Hons in Fine Art, MFA in Art, Society, Publics, and PhD in Contemporary Art Practice. I work between the Outer Hebrides (UK) and Auckland (Aotearoa NZ).

Art Education 

2021: Contemporary Curating in Art + Design, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee UK

2020: PhD Contemporary Art Practice, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee. AHRC Creative Economies funded research entitled Deploying collaborative artistic co-creative methods to strategically promote eco-social regeneration for small island communities

2014: MFA Art Society and Publics, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design (DJCAD), University of Dundee

2011: BFA Fine Art Honours (First Class) - University of the Highlands and Islands, Moray School of Art, Elgin

 

Awards 

2019: Artist-in-Residence Award Scottish Graduate School of Arts & Humanities

2018: Visiting Doctoral Research Award Scottish Graduate School of Arts & Humanities

2017: Creative Economies DTP Scholarship Scottish Graduate School of Arts & Humanities | AHRC

2015: Visual Arts & Crafts Award Creative Scotland/CNES

2015: Writer and Travel Grant Connected Communities Bursary through a-n

2012: Visual Art & Crafts Award Creative Scotland/CNES

2011: Talent Development, Investment Programme 4 Creative Scotland

2011: Research Grant Stanley Smith (UK) Horticultural Trust

 

Projects and Workshops

2021: EcoArt with Kaipātiki Project Environment Center + NorthArt, Auckland Aotearoa NZ

2020: EcoArt with Kaipātiki Project Environment Center + Auckland Print Studio, Auckland, Aotearoa NZ

2017-18: Grow Your Own Community CCF4968 for Tagsa Uibhist (Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund)

2016: Sewing Wildflowers for GROW WILD (Royal Botanic Gardens Kew) and Tagsa Uibhist

2016-17: Local Food for Local People CCF-4744 for Tagsa Uibhist + Cothrom (Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund)

2015-16: Local Food for Local People CCF-3812 for Tagsa Uibhist + Cothrom (Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Fund)

2011/13: Art and the Machair with Olwen Shone, for MachairLife+

 

Residencies

2022: La Wayaka Desert Residency, Atacama Desert, Chile (upcoming)

2019: Kaipātiki Project Environment Centre, North Shore, Auckland, Aotearoa NZ

2017: Kunstverein Schwedt e.V., Galerie am Kietz, Schwedt/Oder, Germany

2015/16: DRAWinternational, Caylus, France

2013: Outlandia, Glen Nevis, Fort William,

2011/12: Cuan Uibhist/The Secret Sea, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Art Centre, North Uist , Outer Hebrides UK

2011: Arteles Creative Centre, Hahmjarventie 26, 38490 Haukijarvi, Finland

 

Exhibitions 

Solo

2022: Land Radius|2, Depot Artspace, Devonport, Auckland, Aotearoa NZ (upcoming)

2019: RE-Generation, NorthArt, Northcote, Auckland, Aotearoa NZ

2019: Meeting Ground, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Art Centre, North Uist UK

2017: Apparitions DJCAD, Dundee UK

2017: Monument Game Tournament Cultivating Perspectives on Landscape, St Andrews University UK

2017: Proposition for a Reading Group Stuff of Research, Kelvin Hall, Glasgow UK

2015: Proposition for a Reading Group Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Art Centre, North Uist UK

2014: Landship Public Art sculptural intervention for Dundee City Council, Magdalen Green, Dundee UK

 

Group

2021-2022: Land Radius|2, Dear2050: Oceans on the rise, guest exhibition at Kunst(Zeug)Haus Rapperswil, Schönbodenstr. 1, 8640 Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland

2021: Touching Wood, Artweek Auckland, ReFabCabins, Grey Lynn, Auckland, Aotearoa NZ

2021: Towards the Water Eco-tone exploring the challenges of Argyll's environmental stewardship during COP26, Dunoon Burgh Hall, Dunoon, Scotland

2021: High Water 8.30-22.00 on 30.03.21. An online celebration and vigil of the vernal spring tide with 60 artists from across the world | a project of Tidelines and art.earth supported by the Low Carbon Devon Project (University of Plymouth Sustainability Hub)

2020: Wild Garden, Whenua Ūkaipō Connectedness 2020, a celebration of te taiao/the natural environment, the United Nations at 75, Public Trust Hall, Wellington, Aotearoa NZ

2020: Entangle Edge and Surface, The Book as Art v8.0: Infinity. Decatur, Georgia, USA

2019: Path Drawing/Apparitions. Rock-Paper-Scissors. Expanded Drawing Exhibition, Circus Artspace, Inverness, UK

2017: Entangle Edge and Surface. In the Open, Sheffield Institute of Art, Sheffield, UK

2017: Wasserwirtschaftliche (Water management). Spurensuche (Traces), Galerie am Kietz, Germany

2016: You are not outside. Weit Genug, Kultursentrum Klosterkirche, Angemunde, Germany

2016: Wall Paper Plant. Open Studios, DRAWinternational, Caylus, Midi-Pyrennes, France

2016: Monument Game. Worlding Place, Art and Geography Conference of Irish Geographers, DCU, Dublin

2016: Tha mi a bruadair. I Have a Dream, Vancouver Biennale, I Have a Dream Global Art, Farming&Peace

2015: Tha mi a bruadair. Faith in Paris, Raising Farmers Voices in Paris, ArtCOP21, Paris, France

2014: Land Radius. SSA Annual Exhibition, National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK

2014: Relic. So much depends upon, Members Lounge, Scottish Parliament; and The Tent Gallery, Edinburgh, UK

2014: High Points: The future is behind you, the past is in front of you. Winter Salon, Timespan, Helmsdale

2014: Land Radius MFA Show, Cooper Gallery, Dundee, UK

2013: Finding. New Highland Graduates, Inverness Museum & Art Gallery, Inverness, UK

2013: High Points: The future is behind you, the past is in front of you. Äkkigalleria, Jyväskylä, Finland

2012: Connections. Ways of Seeing, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Art Centre, North Uist, UK

2012: Cove. North Light, Dunbar, UK

2012: An Roinn/The Sharing. Cuan Uibhist/The Secret Sea, Taigh Chearsabhagh, North Uist, UK

2012: Connections. Space, An Lanntair, Isle of Lewis, UK

2011: The naive evidence of things. Open Studios, Arteles Creative Centre, 38490 Haukijarvi, Finland

 

Collaborations | Commissions

2022: Island Hands Across the Atlantic, young people's collaborative film project with Comann Eachdraidh Uibhist a Tuath (North Uist  Historical Society) and Barbados Museum 

2020: Wā Kōrero Public Programme, Whenua Ūkaipō Connectedness, Public Trust Hall, Wellington, Aotearoa NZ

2019: Art in the Capitalocene, with Prof. Karen Till and Dr Huhana Smith, shared insights with communities and networks in Rathangan, Maynooth, Dublin, Cork, Galway and Burrenbeo Trust, about global ecological and climate crises (supported by Irish Research Council)

2018: To St Kilda and Back, with musician Julie Aitken

2017: Locating Lorne, with  Dr Deirdre MacKenna, Cultural Documents

2017: Monument Game Tournament Cultivating Perspectives on Landscape, with SGSAH Student-let Cohort, University of St Andrews

2017: Proposition for a Reading Group Stuff of Research Symposium, with SGSAH Student-led Doctoral symposium, Glasgow

2014: I have a Dream Global Art, a Farming & Peace project, with Shweta Bhattad, Vancouver Biennale

2014: So much depends upon… Nil By Mouth with Hans K Clausen, Crichton Carbon Trust, Edinburgh

2014: An fheadhainn tha laighe samach (They lie silent and still), WW1 Commemoration with Comann Eachdraigh, Uibhist a Tuath, Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre, North Uist UK

2011/13: Art and the Machair Project with Olwen Shone, for MachairLife+, Outer Hebrides

 

Talks | Tutoring | Lecturing

2022: Changes to Climate, Changes to Environment. New relationships through art practice.
a conversation with Laura Donkers and Reiko Goto.
CEAC Glasgow UK

2021: Working with Communities|Ecological Arts Practice GAP (Greening Arts Practice), Visiting Artist Talk, Chrysalis Arts, North Yorkshire UK

2021: Engaging with the Real LAU Visiting Professionals Talk - Leeds Arts University, Leeds UK

2021: Collaboration as a Tool of Resistance, Panelist in No Borders Art Festival, Ottowa, CANADA

2021: Getting Out into Nature Artist Talk Programme, An Lanntair, Isle of Lewis, Outer Hebrides UK

2021: To Engage with the Real|Drawing Outside, Co-Natural Makers On-line Research Symposium, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth UK

2019: Guest Lecturer - Cultural Geography, Maynooth University EIRE

2019: Guest Lecturer - Visual Art, MIC University of Limerick EIRE

2016/18: Visiting Tutor - Masters in Art and Philosophy, DJCAD, University of Dundee UK

2016/18: Guest Lecturer - Masters in Art and Philosophy, DJCAD, University of Dundee UK

2014/15: Guest Lecturer - BFA Fine Art & Design students, UHI Lews Castle College, North Uist UK

2014/15: Visiting Tutor - BFA Fine Art & Design students, UHI Lews Castle College, North Uist UK