Sumptuous costumes, archaeology and 24 hours of previously unbroadcast music were among some of the events in the first ever Environmental Art Festival in Scotland, held locally here in Galloway.
The festival aims to evolve into a major national, and international, biennial event which explores the relationship between art and the environment. It is also about having fun and encouraged children and adults to express their own creativity, to enjoy art and make the most of Scotland’s magnificent countryside.
Renowned artist Alex Rigg performed Sporopollen, a dance show beside the rushing waters at the base of Clatteringshaws Dam and nearby at Murray’s Monument, a temporary radio station called Dark Outside FM was broadcasting 24 hours of previously unreleased or unbroadcast music – contributed by more than 200 musician and bands worldwide – in the heart of the Galloway Forest.
In the same area archaeologists Gavin Macgregor and Ingrid Shearer took visitors on a journey which used art to explore the history of the beautiful landscapes round the Stroan Viaduct.
Renowned Dutch artists Pat Van Boeckel and Karin Ven Der Molen looked at sustainability issues by encouraging people to plant acorns to grow wood which will be used to renovate the old Anwoth church. At the same time, internationally-celebrated Japanese sculptor Ueno Masao was putting the finishing touches to a new piece of work called Dome of Silence in Castramon Wood, Gatehouse while James Winnet’s gravity-powered fountain, which used the energy from the Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall not far from Clatteringshaws Dam, shot water more than 20ft in the air.