Artful Migration: Artist Residency
An artist residency at WWT Caerlaverock
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 ran over 2017-18 and acted 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 were very pleased to appoint visual artist Angela Alexander Lloyd as the first Artful Migration Artist in Residence. Angela was resident at WWT Caerlaverock between November 2017 - March 2018. During this time she will studied and recorded individual Whooper swans and their family groups. The initial research and observation focused 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 developed a new piece of work based on this research which is currently being exhibited at WWT Caerlaverock until 31st August 2018.
You can follow Angela's progress on her dedicated blog and find out more about the exhibition here.