Artist Talk: Artful Migration Residency

24 November 2021

Join Video artist and filmmaker John Wallace in conversation with environmental artist and educator Dr Jan Hogarth


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Image by Richard Arthur
Image by Richard Arthur

24th November 2021, Online via Zoom, 7pm.

Please book via the Eventbrite page. A Zoom link will be sent to attendees before the event.

Join video artist and filmmaker John Wallace in conversation with environmental artist and educator Dr Jan Hogarth.

This talk will focus on John's recently completed Artful Migration artist’s residency centred on the lives of the breeding pair of Ospreys that return each year to NTS Threave Nature Reserve at Kelton Mains, Dumfries & Galloway.  John and Jan will explore the role and concept of artistic ‘residency’ in the development of engaged environmental art through relationships with place and people, and the productive tension between John's dual stance as objective 'documentarian' and emotionally engaged ‘insider artist’.

The Artful Migration residency was undertaken by John between June 2020 – August 2021 and culminated with ‘Scene: here’, a multi-screen video installation exploring NTS Threave Nature Reserve at Kelton Mains, the yearly return of ospreys, and their role as a major attraction for visiting humans.

Coinciding with the start of a 100-year Threave Landscape Restoration Project to improve habitats and make the area at Kelton Mains more resilient to climate change, interviews with workers, volunteers and visitors gave insight into coming changes, those already seen, and the impact of the ospreys on those who volunteer their spare time to look out for them or who simply come to catch a glimpse.

The Artful Migration artist-in-residence, is a programme developed by Upland in partnership with Moving Souls Dance, offering artists a unique insight into the migratory birds of Dumfries & Galloway through partnership working with local nature reserves.


About the speakers:

John Wallace

John’s video installations have been exhibited at Environmental Art Festival Scotland, Wild Film Festival Scotland, Berwick Film and Media Arts Festival, Biggar Science Festival, The Barn at Banchory, CCA Glasgow (Cryptic Nights) and The Royal Scottish Academy.

A founding co-director of D-Lux Arts (Dumfries’ light-based art festival), he won an RTS Award for Best Factual in 2007 for When Chapelcross Towers Came Down and RSA’s Morton Award in 2018 for his work Roadspace. He has produced dozens of films for clients including ITV, Artist Rooms and Tate Media and collaborated with artists and arts organisations across the UK.

An ‘insider artist’, John concentrates his work in places and landscapes local and familiar to him. He lives in Annandale with his partner and son in a house that’s also home to swallows, swifts, sparrows, bats and countless spiders.

Dr Jan Hogarth

Jan was born and brought up in rural Dumfries and Galloway and then studied Sculpture at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen (where she got a first class honours degree), following that she did an MPhil in Public Art and Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art. From 1991 Jan taught art and design at Newcastle College and then in 1994,while still teaching part time at Newcastle College, Jan embarked on one of the first practice led PhDs in environmental art at Sunderland University. The PhD entitled "Dislocated Landscape" explored contemporary practice in a landscape context. Jan returned to Dumfries and Galloway in 2001 to bring up her two children in a rural area so they could enjoy the childhood she had. Working as a public art manager, she developed Andy Goldsworthy's Striding Arches project ( for the community and also Hideo Furutas Adamson Square as well as working with filmaker Adrian McDowell to create his award winning film "Ma Bar". Other commission have included Matt Bakers sculpture installation at Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve and Dalziel and Scullions "Speaking the Land" film work and their multiple installation “Rosnes Bench” designed to reconnect people to landscape through the senses. 

In 2010 Jan and her colleague Tom Littlewood set up Wide Open to develop Environmental Art for the south of Scotland and the company has been developing projects like "Star of Caledonia", Rosnes Bench, The Dark Outside and Environmental Art Festival Scotland ( (with the Stove and Spring Fling). Jan continues to work as an artist running her environmental Art project “Quests and Retreats” and the “Our Unicorn Project” designed to engage young children with climate change and help develop a curiosity for the natural world. 

Jan is passionate about engaging all ages of people with Scotland's landscape through contemporary art practice, teaching, lecturing and sketching. Having recently trained in primary teaching, she is most interested in working with children. As a primary teacher she sees her role as curating enchanting learning experiences that help build a love of nature, the planet and find ways to use it to improve our wellbeing especially against a backdrop of covid lockdowns and climate change anxiety.