Artful Migration 2020
An artist residency at the National Trust for Scotland’s Kelton Mains site at Threave Estate
Artful Migration is an artist-in-residence programme which supports artists to create work informed by wildlife, the natural world, the environment and climate change.
The programme is being developed by Upland in partnership with Ginnie Wollaston and Nicholas Parton Philip of Moving Souls Dance. It is also supported by Creative Scotland and the National Trust for Scotland, who own and manage Threave Nature Reserve.
For Artful Migration 2020, environmental video artist and filmmaker John Wallace will be creating work based on the behaviour of the ospreys at Kelton Mains, Threave Nature Reserve (which is part of NTS Threave Garden & Estate). Based in Annandale, in the east of the region, he not only plans to explore the lives of the rare birds of prey but also wants to look at the wider ecosystem that supports them, plus their impact on people.
The 2020 residency builds on a successful pilot which took place at WWT Caerlaverock in 2017-18, when Angela Alexander-Lloyd created work based around the annual migration of whooper swans from Iceland to the Solway Firth.
The Artful Migration was set up to honour the legacy of Ginnie Wollaston’s uncle George Clark and his brother John Clark, a keen artist who lived for many years in Gatehouse of Fleet. Ginnie 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.