Artful Migration: Artist Residency

An artist residency at WWT Caerlaverock

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Artful Migration is a residency programme being developed by Upland in partnership with Ginnie Wollaston of Moving Souls Dance along with support from WWT Caerlaverock and the RSPB.

Ginnie’s uncle George Clark left her a legacy and his brother John Clark was a keen artist who lived for many years in Gatehouse of Fleet. She wanted to give this legacy to Dumfries and Galloway in memory of both uncles, enabling artists to create work inspired by the unqiue environment and migratory birds associated with the region.

The first Artful Migration residency will run over 2017-18 and act as a pilot to enable a rigorous underpinning for the development of the artist residency programme over the next 3 years.  The wider three year programme aims to:

  • encourage and support artists, including young and emerging artists, who primarily create work informed by the fields of wildlife, the natural world and the environment
  • increase the provision of interpretation opportunities within the wildlife reserves of Dumfries and Galloway
  • create new and exciting work around the themes identified surrounding the individual birds and the scientific research being done
  • develop a programme of creative activities for a range of groups and individuals to participate in
  • connect with international partners or artists along the migratory routes

We are very pleased to have appointed visual artist Angela Alexander Lloyd as the first Artful Migration Artist in Residence. Angela will be resident at WWT Caerlaverock between November 2017  - March 2018. During this time she will study and record individual Whooper swans and their family groups. The research and observation will focus on parent/ cygnet socialisation as cygnets learn how to socialise with the flock of swans that have migrated with them from Iceland to D&G.

Angela will develop a new piece of work based on this research  to be exhibited at WWT Caerlaverock during Spring 2018. 

You can follow Angela's progress on her dedicated blog.