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Environmental Art Festival Scotland

Date uploaded: August 14, 2013

The Dumfries and Galloway region is the location for the first Environmental Art Festival Scotland (EAFS). You are invited to join EAFS for a creative, stimulating and fun programme of events that intend to inform and challenge feelings and thoughts about landscape and places within it.

In Dumfries and Galloway people live closely with the land, this relationship is always changing and evolving. The creative arts are breathing new life into the region, helping to celebrate its special places and making innovative links with other walks of life to make Southwest Scotland a positive, progressive place to live.

Much of the local, national and international artwork commissioned in recent years focuses on the relationship with landscape environment, exploring new ways to connect with nature. This year’s EAFS will further explore this relationship through temporary commissions, debates, discussions, musical events and performance by artists from the region and round the world. EAFS' ambition is to grow into a biennial event – cementing Dumfries and Galloway as an international centre for environmental art practice.

EAFS is the result of a new partnership between three organisations: Wide Open, Spring Fling and The Stove. Support has come from Dumfries and Galloway Council and Creative Scotland under their Place Partnership Programme and through Year of Natural Scotland. Festival partners include: Scottish Natural Heritage, Forestry Commission Scotland, The Crichton Carbon Centre, Creative Carbon Scotland, Dumfries & Galloway LEADER Programme, University of Glasgow, Savour the Flavour, Visit Scotland and Destination Dumfries and Galloway.

At the heart of the four-day Core Festival Weekend (30th August – 2nd September) are four clusters of commissions, exhibitions and performances, in four diverse locations spread across this large and beautiful area of Southwest Scotland.

The commissions have been awarded to well-known and emerging artists from home and abroad. All have been specially developed to reflect the 2013 festival theme of Energy and the Land.

Each day will see a special emphasis put on one of the artworks – making it the focus for a host of other activities and events. These will include talks, dance, performance, live music, a picnic and a ceilidh.

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image (c) Paul Willows

image (c) Paul Willows